From its humble beginnings as Australia's first shopping centre, Chadstone (Chaddy to the locals) has grown to be one of the largest (in size) and is the largest in sales turnover in Australia. It is now known as Australia's 'fashion capital' centre. It has masses of off-street parking and a huge variety of stores.
1341 Dandenong Rd, Chadstone;
Buses from all suburbs head there. Nearest railway station, Hughesdale, is a 10 min walk away;
tel: 9563 3355;
A popular restaurant for Lisbonites and for tourists alike, so booking is recommended. The traditional Portuguese fado singers begin at 9.15pm prompt. You can't come to Portugal and not listen to a fado. There is no admission fee but a small cover charge instead. The food is top class.
91 Rua da Norte, Bairro Alto;
tel: 21 322 4640
You can't go to Vancouver and not have sushi! Vancouver seems to have as many sushi places as Starbucks cafes, and that's saying something.
For a truly amazing and mouthwatering experience, go to Guu, which has three locations: 838 Thurlow street, 1698 Robson and another one in Gastown. They're always hugely busy so expect to sit for a while with an Aloe Vodka cocktail (trust me, very yummy) before being seated. Your shoes will be taken from you and returned when you leave. The food is outstanding. Toothpicks and mouthwash are provided in the excellent loos.
For a more standard, West-Coast sushi experience, SushiBang at Burrard and Cambie has a wonderful special which will fill up even the most hungry, and Samurai Sushi on Davie Street just west of Burrard is also excellent, and has very fast and efficient service. Prices at both will astound anyone accustomed to what we pay for sushi here in Britain.
All downtown within walking distance.
Its a market and entertainment area. You can pick up fresh seafood (including live lobsters and crabs!), look at exhibtions or go for a drink. It also has an organic market with a lot of choice - its an amazing place and good value for money
Accessible by bus, train, car, boat, bicycle or on foot;
Asian fusion bar/restaurant in a dodgy part of town, but with great food, beautiful people, amazing cocktails. It's one of the few places with a buzz.
117 West Pender Street, Vancouver;
tel: 604 642 2882;
The hotel Wentzl is absolutely brilliant. Beautiful location and rooms and good service.
On the first floor they have a restaurant which I think is the best in Krakow. Ariel is also very good.
You don´t have to do much in Krakow. Just strolling round the streets is a pleasant experience.
I was there during Christmas time. They have a very nice Christmas market on the main square in December.
Siem Reap's premier restaurant. For a taste of what the colonial lifestyle might have been like before the guns started firing take a pew on the veranda in this old French villa . The menu is extensive, tasty and not that expensive, and Angelina Jolie can't be wrong about the cocktails (they even named one after her).
If you really like it, there's a guesthouse too.
No. 341, 50 m north-west of the Old Market, Svay Dangkom, Mondul I;
Chlopskie Jadlo (Peasant Food) is a chain of restaurants serving good traditional food in large portions at very low prices. Three branches in Krakow.
Pod Aniolami (Under The Angels) serves traditional and contemporary Polish food at reasonable prices, in a tasteful restored cellar. The wild boar with cranberries is excellent.
Great new hotel in Chamonix with shop for kit rental, beer garden with it's own climbing wall and a cool bar and restaurant downstairs. Open year round with regular events/parties in the bar.
964 Routes Des Gaillands, on the South side of Chamonix by the lake and climbing wall. www.verthotel.com
Tel +33 0450 531 358
An elegant dining room and rooftop bar with spectacular views of Ibiza Old Town from the terraces. Equally spectacular is the fantastic French cuisine, which is always presented beautifully - and tastes even better than it looks. Admittedly expensive but worth it as a holiday treat!
San Rafael, just in front of the old white church;
tel: 971 198 056
Great restaurant on the old town square. Sit outside and marvel at the beauty of the town or go inside for a modern taste of Poland. Great food and service, reasonably priced for a tourist location. And all beautifully presented. I'd recommend the Polish chocolate torte (if you have the room).
Rynek Glowny 39;
tel: 012 433 70 10;
First of all, the ambience of this restaurant is amazing. Housed in an old cellar you are welcomed by the sound of running water – courtesy of the small fountain on one wall – and bird song – courtesy of the caged birds singing to each other across the restaurant (we spent a good few minutes trying to decide whether or not the birds were real. They were real, or else they were extremely convincing automata!).
All this – plus the eclectic collection of bric-a-brac on the walls and the friendly and efficient waiting staff – helped to create an interesting and pleasant atmosphere in which to enjoy the traditional Polish food (fish soup, tench in cream sauce, wild boar) that is on the menu.
ul. Grodzka 35;
tel: 12 421 3999;
This restaurant, situated a couple of minutes away from Rynek Glowny, has a menu comprising Mediterranean dishes, pasta, traditional Polish cuisine and - its speciality - fresh fish.
It’s a charming venue, the decoration is rustic with light green walls, wooden furniture, wooden shutters and subdued lighting - perfect for an intimate evening meal. The atmosphere too is lovely, welcoming and friendly, a lot of the credit for which must be given to the staff who were all excellent. While we were there a table of four rather demanding people arrived and the staff dealt with their ever-increasing requests with great patience and concern. More than I could have mustered - they were annoying me and I was just sitting there, not having to serve them!
As for the food, it too was excellent, well cooked, well presented and very tasty. And, though certainly not the cheapest place to eat in Krakow, it was very good value. A starter and main course each, one dessert, one coffee, a bottle of wine and two vodkas cost approx. 280 zloty (50.00 sterling/89 USD). Which for a slap up meal in a lovely place ain’t bad!
ul Sw. Marka 16;
tel: 12 422 1680;
This very friendly gay/lesbian bar has a wide selection of wines and other drinks. Generous portions of freshly-prepared snacks are also available.
Also worth a visit for the super murals on the wall, and it offers a showcase for local artists working in various media.
Clientele is mainly, but not exclusively, lesbian and gay.
5 rue Halévy, 06000 Nice
Tel +33 04 93 87 07 04
This is a fabulous vegetarian restaurant next to the old port. There is no menu to choose from: the Italian chef, Marco Folicaldi, cooks fresh ingredients from that morning's market.
Five courses delivered by friendly waiters who explain the ingredients of each course. Excellent food and wine, a unique restaurant with a great atmosphere.
4 bis, quai Papacino
(Rue de Foresta)
+33 049356 25 27
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