Relaxed but funky cocktail bar. Blow your holiday budget on the cognac and champagne-based Black Amex – a snip at £160 a glass – or stick with the more down-to-earth Basildon Sue.
Rua Ruben A Leitao 17, Principe Real;
tel: 351 21 342 4033; www.cincolounge.com
The place to be seen in Cuenca. Busy all the week through, with particular spikes for Ladies’ Night on a Wednesday and Salsa Saturday, it’s a buzzing mix of the beautiful people of Cuenca, hoary old expats and baffled looking travellers in zip-off trousers. Located in a superbly restored colonial building – all dark wood and exotic plants – and offering delicious international cuisine (although the portions are small), Eucalyptus is where it’s at.
Upstairs bar with rooftop beer garden. Great atmosphere outside and in when it gets too chilly and everyone piles back in for the live music. Nice beers (pricey, but I'm sure you know that if you're in Norway) and friendly locals.
Gronland 18, not too far on foot from the central bus station;
tel: 22 17 16 00
Huge, rightly famous, beer hall. People packed together on benches at tressle tables to drink excellent beer in vast quantities, served and kept in order by formidable, efficient hospital matron style waitresses.
Hofbräuhaus am Platzl
Platzl 9 (behind Marienplatz);
tel: 089 290136 10;
The beach at Las Salinas is the island's most southern tip. It's beautiful and the best place to go and sunbathe if you're feeling beautiful in your bikini (ladies). Certainly don't go if you're having a “fat day” as you'll stand out wearing anything more than something to hide your modesty. In fact most people don't even do that. Salinas beach is renowned for attracting an attractive and fashionable crowd. Besides the stunning beach and crystal clear sea, there are plenty of cool places to relax and enjoy a cocktail - my favourite is the Jockey Club, and Sa Trincha is good too.
Can be reached by hire car, bicycle (be careful of the traffic) or bus from Ibiza Town (10 km) or Playa d'en Bossa (6 km).
Dar Cherisa is a lovingly restored town house that is a wonderful place to have a tea/fruit juice or even lunch. You can sit in the courtyard, one of the rooms or on the terrace. There are also art exhibitions and books on Marrakech to leaf through. Well indicated, it's in the Mouassine part of the Medina.
This is a great live music venue located in the old town and serves a very large main courses for about £6.
The curry is exceptionally tasty mixed with salad, chutney and a dollop of ice cream. Half-price beer (usually around £4 a pint) is on offer most evenings until about 9pm.
15, rue de la Préfecture
Decorated with a fully wooden interior and resembling the original Cotton Club, this wonderful and cosy bistro awaits you from early in the morning for coffee until late at night. It's food menu is also exquisite. Every night there’s live music.
3 Kolokotroni Street (shopping arcade) opposite the Old Parliament, next to Habitat; nearest metro station: Syntagma. tel: 210 331 4915
This hostel is so unexpectedly swish that you have to stay there once if only to realise that budget accomodation is not as bad as you
think. It's packed full of facilities, including a free all-you-can-eat breakfast, 24 hour reception and a ludicrously cheap,
buzzy bar - and it's only £10 a night. Not bad for a hostel slap bang in the middle of London (between Euston and Kings Cross).
The Generator, Compton Place (off 31 Tavistock Place), London, WC1H 9SE
020 7388 7666 www.generatorhostels.com/london/
Features 70s décor and young customers, but there’s no discrimination against over 40s, perhaps the seats are rather low, which makes getting up out of them a bit of an effort, but that might have been caused by the half litre of Zwiec and the shot of Wyborowa.
Ul Freta 51
Large gallery showing a range of work by the prolific Brasilian artist and friend to the stars Romero Britto. There are some beautiful pictures on display and plenty of bars and cafes to relax in afterwards on Rua Oscar Freire.
Rua Oscar Freire, 562
Traditional bar/restaurant. Atmospheric and reliable - immortalised by Juliet Binoche in Kieslowski's Trois Couleurs. Open every day from 8.30 (great coffee and croissants) and all day and evening.
Corner of rue Mouffetard and rue de l'Arbalète; nearest metro: Censier-Daubenton
Outlying district in the ABC conurbation, accessible by trolleybus or train from Luz. Derided by locals (those in the city centre) as being a hick town, it's actually worth visiting for a browse around the shops (the staff don't leap on you like in the centre) for bargains and a few pots of cold beer in one of the more friendly bars there.
Santo Andre stations (Line D)
Restaurant/bar in yet again, an old French mansion. Excellent outdoor terrace with the the best fresh spring rolls in south-east Asia. Get your fill of cold Beer Laos on a hot afternoon and watch the world stroll by.
Nam Phou Place (right across from JoMa Bakery)
Cool, stylish cocktail bar just off popular Leidseplein. The staff and clientele are easy on the eye and the toilets are dark with a nice flat surface to rest your cigarette or book or whatever. Sometimes the regulars can get a bit rowdy and it has been known for a slap or two to be administered, but in general the atmosphere is chilled, just like the drinks. The food is average but bearable and affordable.
Korte Leidesedwarsstraat 45, near leidseplein; trams 1,2,5,10
Great Middle Eastern restaurant with a difference. Belly dancers, henna tatoos and fortune tellers combine with great food and a very sexy atmosphere to make this a really special place to go in the Jordaans district.
Rozengracht 133-1, Amsterdam; tel: 020 344 64 01
This casual place has a brilliant location right on the Esplanade. Downstairs is a self-service cafe; upstairs, the comfortable library bar and a restaurant serving Scandinavian/Continental food.
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