Padstow town and harbour. If you're down in Cornwall ... get yourself down to Padstow! It's a great little town full of little streets and shops to explore, and a great harbour in which to sit and watch the world go by. You'll not be disappointed.
There's also a great pizza restaurant overlooking the harbour. It's located in the first floor of a building above an ice-cream cafe.
Padstow is on the north Cornwall coast, across the estuary from Rock. For more info check out www.visitcornwall.com and search under Padstow.
Peebles is a market town in the Scottish Borders. Located approximately 25 miles south of Edinburgh it's a great place to visit for a leisurely day out.
Dander down the high street browsing the variety of shops and boutiques. Pop into the Tontine Hotel for a coffee or a bite of lunch. Walk by the river. Take your kids to the swing park or local swimming pool.
If you're feeling slightly more energetic put on your walking boots and take a walk up some of the surrounding hills ... or head to Glentress for a spot of mountain biking.
For more info check out www.visitscotland.com and search under Peebles.
Peebles is approximately 25 miles south of Edinburgh (45 mins by car).
It's also possible to get there by public transport with First Buses - No 65.
A beautiful tucked away riad in a central location, amazing hospitality, incredible food and the best service I have encountered. Peter (the owner) was a wonderful host along with Hassan who is adorable. Kabira (chef) is absolutely incredible, her food is to die for. This Riad is really worth a visit - if you are planning a trip to Marrakech you must stay here - we were 3 ladies travelling together and we were so well looked after - would definately re-visit.
29 Derb Bouelilou
Sidi Ben Slimane
40000 Marrakech Medina
tel: + 212 (0) 24 37 66 12
Palazzo Versace is a super swanky hotel at Marina Mirage on the Gold Coast. While my budget won't stretch to their room rates, everyone is welcome to enjoy a drink in the hotel. We chose the Versace signature cake, which was served with tea or coffee from a vast selection. At $16 it was great value, with a whopping big piece of cake (no supermodel portions here!) and was served on beautiful china while we lounged on silk-cushioned chairs.
If you decide to holiday in Lindos, Medeast restaurant is a must. The views over Lindos bay and the ancient acropoils are breathtaking. The food is five star and always ask for a special bottle of local wine not on the menu. Manolis, the owner, is an excellent host and if you're lucky he may even play his guitar at the end of an evening.
On the right as you leave the main square in Lindos, heading uphill
Cute, family friendly retro diner with amazing sponge cakes, oozing fruit pies, yummy cupcakes and cookies. There is an extensive savoury menu, with a 'home style cooking' flavour. Get the pancakes - thick and spongy with fruit baked in the middle. Delicious!
The spiced crab is to die for. Good job, given the quantity of fat used in its preparation - the English pun on the name may be a happy accident but it's accurate all the same. It's quite cheap, too.
1, Lorong Awan 6, Kuala Ampang, Selangor
Google map: tinyurl.com/3a987pq
A Buddhist-run vegetarian restaurant, this is a lot more fun than it sounds. Stunningly good fake burgers, stir fry etc.
It's tricky to find but so, so worth it.
Unit 19-LG1, Level B1 Block D Jaya One,
No. 72A Jalan University,
46200 Petaling Jaya,
Tel: +603 7968 1818
Google map: tinyurl.com/366mmhc
It's in a dining 'complex', downstairs by the car park.
Lovely pizzas and friendly staff, on a well-patrolled street of secondhand bookshops and thrift stores - a rarity in the city. Cash only, so bring some with you, or go to the ATM up the street.
7th Avenue, Melville 2196, South Africa
011 726 2614
Google map: tinyurl.com/39epy4x
Tomato is a cool salad bar, bar, tea and coffee house, is a breath of fresh air among the carbohydrate-laden eateries of Budapest. It's a beautiful traditional corner cafe, black and white tiled floor, soft lighting, good wine and the best salads in town. So when you've had your fill of goulash, i'd highly recommend this little gem. Friendly staff all speaking good English.
Lovely place for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Find a spot on the gorgeous patio and tuck into treats such as banana french toast, English fry ups etc.
All food sourced onsite or from nearby farms.
Strictly Coffee is a specialist, boutique coffee house situated in Robertson valley in the Cape. The friendly owner Hanno Schwartz takes his coffee roasting very seriously and is always on hand for a chat and to share his infectious passion for coffee roasting. The atmosphere is welcoming and relaxed. The selection of coffee is vast, with a bean for all tastes.
San Sebastian has fantastic beaches adjoining the city centre. It's a great city for food, not just at the Michelin starred restaurants. Cheaper restaurants offer fixed-price menus del dia, much cheaper at lunchtime than at night. Cafe Oquendo does an excellent three-course lunch, inc 1/2 bottle wine for €16pp. So fill up at a leisurely lunch, sleep it off on the beautiful Playa de Concho till 8 o'clock (Spanish style) then shower/change & hit the many excellent pintxos (tapas) bars in the adjoining old city (Parte Vieja).
A traditional restaurant (taverna) with a name kept alive since 1850. Dishes from all over Greece, large portions, house wine and a unique atmosphere. Experience a meal like a local.
Aisopou 4 – Psirri, Athens
Tel: 210 3211565
Fine dining in Stornoway - a new experience and one well worth supporting. Local & Scottish produce, all sources identified, inventively and well cooked; service interested, leisurely - a very pleasant experience.
As first timers in Seville, we booked an excellent walking tour on our first day. David Cox, an Englishman and resident, organises small informal groups to discover the rather more unusual history and places in this beautiful city. We loved it and it was the kind of introduction that none of our guide books could match. At our request, he also told us about some excellent places to eat that were both good value and just off the tourist trail. There is a website with details of how to book both walking and bicycle tours. Suggest you try to do this tour early in your stay and then enjoy your own sight seeing even more.
A great place to take a break from the heat and enjoy an inexpensive ice-cream, snack or fresh fruit juice at Le Jardin cafe in the lobby. The hotel is now run by Sofitel but it's steeped in history and has hosted many famous guests.
16, Saad Zagloul Square,
Raml Station, Alexandria
Google map: tinyurl.com/374xvw3
A top-quality restaurant in the heart of town. Serves a range of fantastic food including lots of Canarian cooking. The steaks are particularly good and reasonably priced. Staff are very attentive and helpful. I'd recommend their 'queso asado' (toasted goats cheese with Canarian sauces; the house steak with bacon, apple and onion; 'papas arrugadas con mojo' (small potatoes boiled and wrinkled in sea salt with local garlic and chilli sauce); and half a litre of local wine.
Calle El Peñón, Puerto de la Cruz (round the corner from the bus station)
Tel: +34 922 37 01 33
Google map: tinyurl.com/2uu6rvz
KaffeStugan is a family-run Swedish cafe in Chengdu. Conveniently located on a major road, near Chengdu's Sichuan University and Babi II, the cafe is a great place to hang out for an afternoon and catch up on emails/news/plan the next day over a cup of hand dripped coffee.
The cafe has a great atmosphere, wonderful owners, traditional Swedish food (and inspired vegetarian food), whisky, Wi-Fi, and is a great spot to find out local information. The owners stock English language magazines, and they appear to have lived there long enough that they know where to go and what to do.
Most information in the cafe is available in English, Korean, Swedish, and Chinese.
The food is fantastic and worth the few extra RMB. The chef is a former vegan and makes wonderful vegetarian dishes. The coffee is also fabulous, if a bit slow as it is hand dripped, and apparently carefully selected by the owner's wife.
Unfortunately, the cafe doesn't open until 11am, but it is open until at least 10pm.
2nd Floor (above WoWo 24 hour store), #9, First, South Section, First Ring Road (opposite Hongwasi)
Tel:+ 860 28 8544 3365
Google map: tinyurl.com/2uh8lq8
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