It is a cafe, cultural centre, and shop. The cafe has tables outside overlooking the Plaza San Fransisco which is very beautiful. The shop sells indigenous art ranging from clothing to paintings and jewellery.
Plaza San Fransisco, Quito
Oh frabjous day! Callooh! Or, so it said in Lewis Carrol's Jabberwock!
Cafè Callooh is a new cafè in Hampton with an unusual interior, great coffee and snacks. Soup of the day and other eats are great. Kid-friendly too. Tucked away from the main part of Hampton's High street, Cafè Callooh is well worth a visit! Enjoy the wall writing....
75 Ludstone Street
Hampton Vic 3188
T: 9521 6865
Google map: tinyurl.com/okdc73
A nice cafe for Sunday brunch. At the western end of the Ile St Louis, Le Flore does a fantastic 20 euro brunch menu. It will keep you going until the evening.
Le Flore en l'Ile
42, Quai d'Orléans, 75004 Paris
Tel : 01 43 29 88 27
Forget Atomic Cafe, just a few metres down the road is the uber cool, but totally unpretentious cafe Agnes Curran.
It serves great java and sells art, antiques and homewares making it really classy and very quirky.
There's something really special about Agnes Curran. It is full of character and a real find; not only that but it is renowned for the Kiwi delicacy Lamingtons: a wedge of sponge soaked in dark chocolate, coated in coconut and served with raspberry jam and cream. The staff are lovely too. What's not to love?
181 Ponsonby Road, Auckland. Tel: 464 9 3601551
Starfish Bakery is a charitable cafe/bakery/art shop with internet access that also offers excellent massages in its Sala Santepheap.
My massage, with a blind older lady named Janara, was one of the best I'd ever had and only cost US$10 for 90 min (in Sept 2007).
The cafe food also looked delicious. Mainly western stuff like omelettes, cakes, coffee.
Proceeds support Starfish Cambodia www.starfishcambodia.org/
Downtown Sihanoukville, on a small dirt road right around the corner from Samudera Market(1-2 min walk)
tel. 012 952 011
The best eggs benedict on Ponsonby Rd, cheap and set in rather odd surroundings at the Freeman's Bay end of the street. A great place to laugh at the Sunday Star Times of an afternoon. Flat whites are excellent too.
Ponsonby Road, Auckland
A great place to sit and watch the world float by. Fantastic fresh fruit shakes at 50p a pint and good cheap food. Try your hand at Boa and if you are feeling confident take on "Papa" Hapa Hapa the cafe owner. He claims never to have been beaten, but I know different!
Lamu Town Waterfront
For unique and panoramic views over the city, within ten minutes walking distance of the station, visit the Metz cafe on the top floor of the Metz department store - and enjoy wonderful coffee and cakes at the same time!
Find ‘De Erste Klasse’ on platform 2b of Amsterdam Central Station and be infused with years of rail travel atmosphere. This huge late 19th century wood paneled brassiere is the epitome of European railway romanticism: think ‘Brief Encounter’ without the tea urn.
Café Du Prins is a wonderful slice of Dammer life, on the Western fringe of central Amsterdam. When I visited, we popped in each morning as we strolled along the canals into the city, stopping by for a strong coffee, a glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice, or one of those very small beers that the Dammers seem to like so much.
By the third day, we were on first-name terms with the landlord and bar maid, and the old man on the stool at the bar would nod in a manner that seemed to say 'Well, if you must'. It was mid-March, and it rained almost every day, but inside Café Du Prins we always felt cosy, despite the rickety tables and bare brick walls.
I would like to know what percentage of my stay in Amsterdam was spent in Café Du Prins, admiring the artwork on the walls, poring over the flyer racks, listening to the atmospheric soundscapes from the stereo, or eating pancakes, ham and eggs, or little biscuits.
The other thing about Café Du Prins is that it conforms to the Dammer mould of tallness, narrowness, and shambolic order. Once this status quo dawns upon you, you notice it in many guises. Of course, the city is packed into the concentric semi-circles formed around the canals, and as the buildings teeter on their foundations, standing tall, narrow and tightly packed, the essence of the city somehow follows suit.
Tall men and women sat upright on high bar stools, Heineken drunk from narrow vessels, the streets densely packed with upright cyclists on high-seated bicycles, and of course the Dammers themselves … Café Du Prins is a beautifully welcoming retreat and is well worth a visit.
Cafe de Jaren on Nieuwe Doelenstraat offers delectable food (and staff!). It's the ideal cafe, with a reading room, restaurant and - my favourite spot - terraced decking right on the River Amstel.
The view takes in the University and Muntplein, and the cafe is only a short walk from Central Station. Their cocktails make the day and their apple tart is to die for, even in a city famous for them.
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