First of all, you shouldn't miss the number one popular food in Malmo, which is of course the falafel. They come in only two sizes, large and extra large (so don't ask for a small one, even if you are suspicious). The price is as low as 15 kr, which is about a pound and they are good. The best places are Falafel No 1 in the south (close to Mollan) and Varnhemsfalafel in the east.
Furthermore, did you know that Swedes and Finns are the heaviest coffee drinkers in the world? And there isn't a single Starbucks in Sweden. If you enjoy espresso and cappuccino Malmo is the place. The best places are Lilla Kafferosteriet at Baltazargatan, Dolce Sicilia at Drottningtorget (which also has the most amazing ice cream) and Solde at Regementsgatan.
Remember that Malmo is a small place and that you can walk everywhere. Especially thorugh the area of Vastra hamnen and Bo01, with grand architecture, around Davidshall and behind (i.e. west from) Lilla Torg.
If you like jazz, world music and rhythm in general, visit Club Jeriko. Furthermore, check out Inkonst, a very friendly and cool place with both groovy clubs, theatre and poetry slams.
Enjoy. I know I do.
Swedens have a reputation of being quiet, however, they really want to talk to people. The reason they are a bit difficult to get started is that they are afraid to embarrass themselves. Don't let this stop you; go on and you'll make friends for a lifetime. Remember that everyone speaks English so don't hesitate to ask people how to find things or where to go.
Falafel No 1, Bergsgatan 37, Malmo.
Jeriko,Spangatan 38, 211 53 Malmo.
Tel : (00 46) 401 030 20
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If you're a traveller between 18-28, pick up a copy of JUICE magazine. It's a free guide to the coolest places on the island state for streetwear, sneakers, clubs and bars.
Most clubs & bars. Check out their website at www.juiceonline.com/
Imagine a converted Labour Exchange which brews its own multi-award winning beer on site, with a devoted all-age clientele in spacious, comfortable surroundings and place a wonderful Thai kitchen upstairs in its heart (you can see the chefs working as you savour a pint at the bar) - sounds almost too good to be true. It's very good value too and the service is excellent.
Just 20 minutes by taxi from Old Havana there are perfect Caribbean beaches – fine white sand and inconceivably turquoise water — which are the perfect escape from the heat of city. There are a few beach bars serving decent fried fish, etc. Swimming pools are a rarity in Havana, but there is a good one in the lovely Hotel Sevilla — cocktails available.
The Parque Central area is the place to stay when visiting Havana. A cheaper alternative to the Parque Central Hotel is the adjoining Hotel Plaza, which was built circa 1905 and has since been renovated, with a marvellous entrance and lobby. Rooms are small and dark, but you only use them for sleeping. No pool but you can use the one down the street at the Hotel Sevilla for a few CUCs (1.08 $ U.S.) One should visit the rooftop dining room at the Sevilla, have a drink at the sidewalk cafe of the Inglaterra, and see what's happening on the Inglaterra roof, Friday or Saturday (all within 1 minute from the hotel). The roof of the Plaza gives the best view of the Bacardi building just to the east. The Sevilla and the Telegrafo are intermediate in quality and price, between the Plaza and the Parque Central. Also, it’s very close to the two art museums (don't miss the modern one of Cuban art, in between the Sevilla and the Museum of the Revolution).
Ingnacio Agramonte 267, Habana Vieja, Havana, in the north east corner of Parque Centrale, adjacent to Hotel Parque Central. Food, drinks, bottled water, bank just across the street
Because it's the best and the coolest and the classiest local jazz club in Montréal. Good menu with great ambience; jazz is always good, and always full of locals. Generally a cover charge, depending on the band, so you'll be among the non-student scene of the city. Size is fairly small, so while it's great to have a conversation and be able to see the musicians' actual fingers play (and both of these at the same time), you will risk not getting a seat if you show up after 22h30.
1254 Mackay (cross Ste. Catherines ouest);
tel: (514) 931 6808
A great little jazz club named after a congressional resolution passed in 1987. $10 cover but it's BYO with a $3 corkage charge and plenty of space to hang out. And being on 14th street, if it's not your cup of tea there are plenty of other places to hang out like Bar Pilar, BlackCat and others.
1610 Fourteenth Street NW Wash, DC 20009;
tel: 202 667 3700;
metro: Green line – U Street Cardozo Station; Red Line - Dupont Circle Station;
This little city has many “hofjes” or courtyards hidden away between houses. Try the Begijnhof, an oasis of calm close to the bustling heart of the city. It’s on the Spui. A doorway in a terrace of houses leads you into this idyll where there is a lovely English Church dating back to 1400. Here too is the oldest house in Amsterdam, one of the few surviving wooden ones.
One of the publicity slogans that the city has is that while Rome has more sunshine, Amsterdam has more cafes. And it’s true. There are more than a thousand restaurants in Amsterdam. When the Dutch go out to eat, they rarely eat Dutch food which is like much of that from the hinterland of Europe based on root vegetables and geared towards high calories to combat the fierce winter winds from the North. Avoid the inevitable tourist menus around Dam Square and look elsewhere for somewhere a bit different.
Check that your choice of restaurant takes credit cards if that is what you’re paying with as there are many that still don’t take this form of payment. If you’re after a bit of dining in grand turn-of-the-century style then try 1e Klas, (First Class) which is in the former 1st Class waiting room at Central Station. Or for something unusual, The Sea Palace, a very large floating Chinese temple.
One of the nice things about this city is that it doesn’t matter where you sit in a bar or restaurant, the price is the same. By the way, the Dutch eat early and a lot of restaurants will have stopped serving food after nine. Also, it is legal to drink wine and beer from the age of 16 in Holland. And Holland is a paradise for beer drinkers with such a huge variety available, both local and imported.
Begijinhof: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 371; www.begijnhofamsterdam.nl/index_engels.html
1e Klass: Platform 2B, Centraal Station, in the centre; tel: 020 625 0131
The Sea Palace: Oosterdokskade 8; tel: 020 626 4777;
A friend took us there - very darkly lit piano bar with professional singers. I am not a professional singer despite my pretensions and even had a go. Fantastic cocktails.
4 Valencia Street, near the Castro;
tel: (415) 241 0205
Funky French bistro assembled from a decomissioned Parisian bar. Live music on the weekend, inexpensive lunches, intimate, discreet place for dates. Located between Union Square, the Financial District, and Chinatown. A true San Francisco gem.
7 Claude Lane, San Francisco CA 94108;
tel: (415) 392 3505;
Hlucin is a town of around 15,000 people with an artificial lake, Sterkovna (Sterkac in local parlance), which has waterskiiing, windsurfing, swimming, mini-golf, and of course a few bars. You can go fishing on one side of the lake, too.
Hlucin itself also has numerous excellent bars, including the legendary "56", as well as some pretty decent restaurants and a couple of very good boarding houses. It's where lots of people chill out at weekends and it's a good place to relax with a few beers.
If you're lucky, catch the footy team at Hlucin stadium near the railway station. There’s a good pub at the station, and a great pub, "Gol", at stadium. Then continue the pub crawl down the road and carry on. Very friendly people, nice little cinema, good food and a nice place to sunbathe. Well played all round.
Take the 56, 34, 69, 70, 71 or 72 bus from Ostrava - should take only 15 to 20 mins. Get off opposite the "56" pub or hang on one more stop and get out at the bus station just near the main square.
The Gottschedstrasse is a street with lots of bars and clubs for various tastes. It’s between the city centre and the stadium, within easy walking distance from both. Try Luise (a pub), the more stylish Sol y Mar (a restaurant) or Night Fever (a disco-themed club).
Located in Mainz, just outside Frankfurt, by the Rhine River, this restaurant is a must-visit. Originally, in the 13th century, it was a hospital and church for the poor and sick, and though it has since passed through many owners, it still retains a unique atmosphere. Now it has a restaurant, bar and beer garden serving breakfast, dinner, cocktails and even homemade pastries.
Mailandsgasse 11, 5516 Mainz;
tel: 06131 22 5757;
Well known by sports motorcycle riders for its location on the fabulous Reefton Spur run, the old timber pub has a good bar menu and an even nicer restaurant. The best spot however is sitting outside with a beer in ya hand.
McMahons Creek, on the C511 between Warburton and Cumberland Junction (n.b: Reefton is approximately 4kms downstream and Warburton is 15kms away);
tel: 5966 8555
A so called Irish Bar - it sells Guinness in cans for twice the price of everthing else - but it has a very popular pub quiz on a Sunday night. The winning team get to choose from keeping the prize money or buying everyone in the quiz a drink.
Deliberately hard to find, this unsignposted hole in the wall is the home of salsa in Cuenca. Here pinch-waisted, elastic-hipped locals swing gringas around the claustrophobic dance floor while their boyfriends sup beers and look on through green eyes. Open late, with a well-worn path from Café Eucalyptus on a Wednesday night, it’s as hot, hot, hot as it gets in Catholic Cuenca.
Location: Gran Colombia y Tomas Ordonez;
Opening hours: Midnight to late
Dortmund has a rich nightlife and hundreds of cafes. The biggest concentration is around the main shopping area (Westenhellweg, Kleppingstrasse and Alter Markt).
The small Westpark is where the young and beautiful hang out on sunny afternoons, either playing footy, barbecuing or sitting in the biergarten.
Follow Lindemannstrasse all the way to the stadium, and I'm sure you'll stop off at one of the pubs and bars along the way. Find out about clubs and events in the free magazine 'coolibri', available in most cafes.
Westpark is next to Möllerbrücke at the northern end of Lindemannstrasse. A 15 min walk from town or take underground line U42 southbound towards Hombruch.
Book early to get an outside table in one of the many Jewish restaurants lining Szeroka, the main square of Kazimierz, the Jewish quarter of Krakow. Time your meal to finish before dusk, and then just sit back and experience the gradual lighting up of the square by the thousands of restaurant table candles (there is virtually no electric lighting). Sip your coffee and vodka and take in the magical atmosphere where the only noise is the gentle, almost reverential hum of conversations and clinking glasses. Nobody seems to leave their tables until late into the evening. The most breathtakingly peaceful experience I've ever had in the centre of a city!
Ulica Szeroka, Kazimierz, about a mile walk, south from the Wawel; A taxi from the centre will cost about 10-12 Zloty, (£2).
I was lucky enough to sing there with a cantor during a Jewish festival. The dignity of its quietly crumbling deterioration has to be seen to be believed.
Also, the young folk there are charming. There are a selection of old, brick cellars that are now bars where university students play their light, almost naive, drinking games.
ul. Szeroka 24;
Go to Texas, the most famous rock club in Athens. Plays classic rock and metal every night until morning. Often frequented by bands such as Motorhead after they've played in the city. If you like Texas you can also try nearby Revenge of Rock.
Texas is on Ippokratous Street in the bohemian area of Exarhia. Revenge of Rock is on Leofourous Alexandras, also in Exarhia. Exarhia is central Athens – a 10 minute walk from Ommonia square or take a cab (most taxi drivers will know these clubs)
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