Located on the very pretty canal of Prinsengracht this is a great place to chill out on the terrace in Summer or warm up in the eclectic interior (wooden tables, ethnic style soft-furnishings, plants and low-hanging lamps) in winter.
The menu includes Mexican, Middle Eastern, Italian and other European dishes. Starters include humous and pitta bread, vegetarian pate, guacamole and tortilla chips. Main courses include Burritos, pasta and - a particular favourite - the Vegan Platter. This gives you tasters of four or five different dishes on one plate -for instance brussel sprouts or courgettes in a soya milk sauce, barley and beans, shiitake mushrooms and soya - combinations are often unusual but always interesting and well cooked. For a dessert try the chocolate and pear tart or the devilishly tasty Banana Cream Pie.
Service is very friendly and efficient, the atmosphere is relaxed and, as some tables are shared, it can be a good place to meet people.
It does get busy so it may be worth booking a table and it does NOT accept Credit Cards do make sure you have enough cash.
A three course meal for two costs approx 50 euros
Opening Hours: noon-10.00pm
Phone: 626 18 03
When leaving Venice, if you don't have time to have lunch before rushing to catch your plane from Marco Polo, don't fret because you are in for a treat. Forget the usual airport food that we all know and hate - this airport food is a delight. Fresh pasta, with selection of different sauces, fabulous variety of salads and breads, dainty looking puds, with a glass or two of red. So civilised!! It was almost worth going home to experience something in such a different class to anything that I have ever had in an airport. The Italians certainly know how to live (and eat!!)
Marco Polo Airport
It is THE shopping street of philly. There are some shops which are difficult to find even in Manhanttan since they are shops that originally started out in Philly, eg Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, etc. An added bonus is a branch of ING bank right on Walnut that offers free internet and where refreshments are served - a perfect hiatus from all the shopping to catch up on your emails. Weary shoppers can round off their day by getting their well earned rest in Rittenhouse Square, one of the most pleasant green spots in Philly. Walnut Street also has some of the best and most expensive restaurants to boot. One of my favourites is a Japanese restaurant called Shiroi Hana just off Walnut street on the 15th.
An absolute gem of an Indian restaurant, tucked away in an unexpected spot. Best service I have experienced, a fabulous menu and a grand decor. This place is packed every night of the week, but we still made sure we took every visitor we had in 9 months!
Calle Zurbano, metro Alonso Martinez
The West Coast is only now starting to be discovered by tourists. Yes, the water is cold and yes, the wind can blow but the views and of course, the seafood, more than make up for it!
Paternoster has a great beach and a lovely, unspoilt fishing village feel. Head to the hotel for some of the best 'honest' seafood you'll find in the Cape.
Head up West Coast Road for about 80kms
Tucked away in the centre of SP but one of the great food markets of the world (IMHO) in a railway-station like building dating from 1928 - best place to buy fish/meat/cheese/fruit/spices - anything edible in SP (NB if you're going to buy fish like tuna/salmon, look for the Japanese owners and ask for sashimi quality)
Has also undergone a pleasing renovation with a glass-floored balcony section that allows you to admire the stained-glass windows or watch the commotion below while eating the famous pasteis de bacalhau - a fried A4 size pasty full of shredded salt cod, or sandwiches with gravity defying amounts of ham/salami/mortadella/cheese, etc. Not very good on veg, but there is a more conventional market across the road which sells live animals.
Rua da Cantareira - Metro São Bento (turn right and go down the hill to 25 de Março, then turn left).
The food is superb and the wine is cheap and excellent. Solly and Jane welcome you and there is always something for the non-meat eaters. The best restaurant I have eaten in in South Africa.
108, Kloofnek Road,
Tel: (021) 424 3838
Old style taverna in the once run down but newly trendy area of Exarchia. Don't expect sophistication, this is simple traditional Greek food chosen by the time-honoured method of pointing at it behind the counter.
Do expect however, a complete cross section of Greek society - from business men in suits to students to society kids from nearby Kolonaki - wonderful food, and a sense of the "real" Athens. A word of warning though, make sure you visit the toilet before you go as they too are of an authentic Greek nature.
Expect to pay no more than 10 euro a head for salad, main course and a beer.
Nearest metro: Panepistimio
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
The TV Tower (Fernsehturm) was built in the late 1960s and features a spherical revolving restaurant and viewing gallery at the top. The period decor and fittings were still intact when I visited in 2001, and hopefully this is still the case! The food is good too. Ideal for Saturday lunch before a walk around the city.
Adjacent to Alexanderplatz.
A cafe that is cuddly and hip at the same time. Stellar coffee, ground on the premises, plus a huge variety of fantastic pastries and cakes and in unforced, friendly atmosphere. Ground coffee can be bought to take away too.
Bergmanstrasse, Kreuzberg. U-Bahn: Gneisenaustr
While wandering along an apparently deserted stretch of canal, having fled the über-trendy Deansgate bars, we stumbled across a glorious beer garden with crowds of relaxed and friendly drinkers basking in the golden sunshine of a July evening and enjoying a feisty barbecue. Great atmosphere, great canals and bridges (both 19th century and modern) round about.
92 Castle Street, Castlefield, Manchester. Tel. 0161 839 8646
Willoughby's, down in the waterfront centre, is one of the best seafood restaurants I have ever been to. Melt-in-your mouth sushi, HUGE rock oysters from Namibia, the freshest fish (served in the pan with delicious potatoes) and really good paella. No booking, and really casual, it’s great for lunch and there’s no need to reserve. And it’s dirt cheap by British/European standards - you couldn’t eat like this at home.
Ground floor, V&A Waterfront shopping centre
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