Situated in a peaceful, quite courtyard very close to Divan Yolu, Yerebatan Sarayi and Aya Sofya this is a perfect place to stop for lunch or a drink.
The medresseh itself houses workshops and exhibition rooms highlighting traditional Turkish crafts such as calligraphy, ceramics, jewellery and so on which you can look round either before or after your meal.
The food was well prepared and very tasty and our kick-boxing, friendly and attentive waiter was great!
The menu reflects more of a cafe than a restaurant feel with dishes such as lamb meatballs served with chilli and spaghetti and scrambled eggs with tomatoes and chilli
Caferiye Sokak., Sogukkuyu Cikmazi No 1
Quite easy to miss but is signposted from Caferiye Sokak
The phrase “everything stops for tea” is certainly true of this charming teahouse situated on Stari trg in the heart of the old town.
You can either sit inside or, if the weather is good, under an awning on the other side of the narrow street. They serve a huge variety of green, black, flavoured and herbal teas. We tried Golden Nepal, Almond, Coconut Tea and a Darjeeling.
The tea is served from beautiful individual oriental style teapots and you pour it into fine bone china cups and saucers. The cups have a silhouette image of a Geisha on the base. You cannot help but feel genteel!
They also offer light snacks and cakes (hot chocolate muffin - delicious!), and there is also a shop selling teapots, cups and other tea-related bits and pieces.
This is a great place to chill out and people watch, the service is excellent and the tea wonderful. Go there and treat yourself
Stari trg 3
Erdbeer by day looks like a derelict block of flats, but by night tranforms into a cosy and unpretensious cocktail bar.The name 'Erdbeer' means strawberry which well describes the decor of comfy sofas and walls painted deep red. An extensive drinks menu includes a pint of daiquiri for 7 euros as well as exotic fruit juices and smoothies. It never gets busy before 11 though, which is when the DJ arrives ...
Max Beer Strasse 56; U-Bahn Rosa Luxembourg Platz
I recommend exploring east Berlin. Take the U-bahn to Schönhauser Allee U-bahn station, or better, Eberswalderstrasse, one stop earlier. There’s a fast food stall under the station where you can get an excellent currywurst with chips. From there you can walk to Kollwitzplatz, a small square commemorating the artist Käthe Kollwitz. She was known for glowering portraits drawn with charcoal. Until a decade ago it suited this north-eastern part of the city, but the neighbourhood now is cheerful and gentrified. The buildings in the streets around Kollwitz Strasse have had their bulletholes filled in and been painted bright colours, and there are lots of excellent cafes, restaurants and bars. There’s even a weekend farmers’ market.
Eberswalder Strasse, U2
It's a cheap local Manchester bar right near UMIST and Piccadilly. By day old mans pub; by night alternative, vintage crew, indies local. If you can't be bothered getting dressed up, go here. Doubles £2! Staff friendly, music varied and at weekends and some week nights themed club nights are held downstairs. They're good fun.
Just near Spar off Piccadilly approach rd. 5 mins from Canal st. 2 mins from Granby row, 2 mins from UMIST. 5 mins from Oxford Rd.
The former demonstration boulevard of the GDR, the Allee is a unique site, offering a glimpse into the political and architechtural past of East Germany. It has integrated itself well into the West, offering various shops and restaurants. There is a wonderful beer shop along the Allee offering at least 300 different brews; just a little more enticement if you're into that kind of thing...
Organised every year in late June by Bier Passion magazine, this is a celebration of Belgian beer and brewing, where it's possible to enjoy a choice of several hundred beers.
You'll meet beer-lovers from all over the world at this event which has out-grown two venues since it was first organised in 1999. It is now held on the Groenplaats in the heart of the city. It IS a commercially-organised event, so there are some beers from the mass-produced, not-very-interesting end of the market, but even so there are more craft-brewed beers than any one person can sample in a weekend.
On the Groenplaats. Bier Passion magazine's website is www.beerpassion.com
It was once my local pub. I was born and bred in London Fields, and this was a beacon of the community: good beer, a boules pit in the back garden and, during the summer, local cricket or football. Someone generally has a guitar or sings a song and people listen while chilling on the grass.
It was an intimate, friendly place - it's lost its intimacy because it's more popular now, but its still a great place for a summer day's relaxing. Take a picnic...
Pub On The Park
Pivovarsky Dum is a brewpub-cum-restaurant. As well as the usual light range of Czech pilsner it brews a variety of flavoured beers such as nettle, banana and wild cherry. Stylish surroundings and decent food.
One of world-renowned chef Joel Robuchon's new ventures, the principle being: no reservations, small-sized dishes, bar seating on high stools, design.
His aim is to provide top-quality food without the fuss and pomp of the traditional gastronomic restaurants. The food is delicious (not if you're on a diet though, but it's worth breaking your diet for), presented impeccably and portions are small (tapas-style). The restaurant is aiming for a trendy, design look (all black and red, from the stools, bar and crockery to the clothes the staff wear), with muted lights. Diners are seated at a u-shaped bar, and so it is ideal for couples (more than that, and the conversation would be difficult).
The only issue is that they take no reservations. You can turn up from around 18.30 and they will tell you when you will have a table. Be prepared to dine late (my brother and I ate at 23.00!). As there are no nice bars to wait at, I recommend you walk about ten mins up the Boulevard St Germain and have a drink at the mythic Cafe de Flore or Les Deux Magots.
I recommend taking any dish served with the mashed potatoes (only an accompaniment, but absolutely divine - think butter with a bit of potato). And the poached egg in girolle soup was delicious.
5, rue Montalembert
Metro: Rue du Bac (Ligne 12)
If you can go to just one of the Cape vineyard towns, Franschhoek is much quieter and less tourisity than Stellenbosch. The town’s name means French corner, and it really feels like Provence has come to South Africa. There’s a lovely restaurant called Le Quartier Francais which serves divine lunches. And if the driving gets too much and you want to stay for a few glasses of wine, there is a charming guesthouse behind the restaurant.
A quirky museum detailing the 400-year-old history of tea and coffee, from the British persepective. It's quaint rather than hi-tech but you won't find many places that serve up a better cuppa.
Near London Bridge. www.bramahmuseum.co.uk/tea/index.htm
The gay village it is a quite large area of bars, clubs, restaurants and shops in the heart of Manchester. As its name gives away, it is the No 1 place for a gay night out! The reason this place is special is because all the bars are next to the canal and it is the most beautiful place during the summer to sit outside. The atmosphere is great, because it is not only for gay people but for everyone and it is so friendly. You can find any kind of bar there, posh, trendy or traditional pubs. It is exactly how a gay village should be: inclusive.
In the heart of Manchester, everyone knows it! A short walk from Piccadilly train station.
A pub whose clientele come mainly from the local sixth form college. The left hand side of the bar is where the locals congregate to grumble about how their local bar has been turned into a teenager hangout, the right hand side is where the uber trendy youth of Rotherham can be found. Typically anyone with any ID can make a tidy profit making bar trips for the younger looking members of the crowd.
Moorgate Rd, Rotherham, South Yorkshire S60 2AY
Lapa is a district in Rio which is near Santa Teresa. It has a street party every thursday, friday and saturday which absolutely rocks with live music and lots of drinks. It's where all the Brazilians go and is great for getting a true feel of Rio.
The Lord Jim Pub was founded by the late Jim Phillips and his wife, Annie, in 1974. It was once a favourite haunt of Ronnie Biggs and today is one of Rio's most popular nightspots with both expats and a young Carioca crowd. If you're looking for somewhere to watch the English Premier League, Series A, La Liga or the Champions' League, The Lord Jim shows two, sometimes three, premiership matches a week and four Champions' League games every round on its big screen. And following our long-awaited Ashes triumph, cricket junkies will be able watch live coverage of England's winter tour to Pakistan.
The pub has a selection of imported draught beers including Guinness, Heineken and Old Speckled Hen, and, if you feel like a taste of home, the pub grub menu includes full English breakfast, fish and chips and a selection of pies, steaks and curries. If you're staying at the Copacabana Palace, Annie Phillips is still around, working as hospitality manager.
The Lord Jim Pub is at Rua Paul Redfern 63, Ipanema, a block and a half back from the beach, near the Jardim de Alah, between Rua Prudente de Moraes and Rua Visconde de Pirajá. You can't miss it. There's a working red London 'phone box outside. Tel. 2259 3047, www.lordjimpub.com.br
Let's face it, Khao San is a 'farang' magnet. Everyone ends up there at some point. Grab a Singha beer from the 7/11 about half-way down the road, pull up a chair at one of the few patio-style tables on the pavement and do some of the best people-watching to be had in Thailand.
Banglamphu Neighbourhood. Just listen for Jack Johnson asking 'Where'd all the good people go?'
It's an "Amazonian power-berry" (whatever that means) with five million times the anti-oxidants of blueberries and guarana and other good things. I had it from roadside stalls, made into a grainy purple ice-slushy, and it was uniquely refreshing and energizing. It tastes like blackberries and chocolate, mixed.
All over, or ask for ah-sigh-ee
Bright & revamped. Watch the world go by while having a drink or a meal in one of the many bars around the main hall. Idling away the hours you inevitably end up chatting to those passing through - celebrate their new jobs, commiserate that they've missed their train - and enjoy sharing their lives.
One of the very few choices for budget foreign travellers, the Captain's hostel enjoys a prime location on the Bund and sports a pretty decent roof restaurant to boot. It's 20RMB for a bunk; best to book. Though it's possible to get 'Chinese' dorm rooms elsewhere it's not recommended.
37 Fuzhou Lu, nearest Metro Henan Zhong Lu (Line 2) Tel: +86 21 63235053 www.captainhostel.com.cn
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