If you arrive in Paris Nord and have time before taking one of the new TGV Est lines out of Gare de l'Est then dump your luggage at the station and walk for five minute east to the Canal St Martin and grab coffee or lunch at one of the restaurants springing up on the Quai de Valmy, in this increasingly improving area.
The canal is also great for a walk if you've time.
Visit the gardens at the Rodin Museum - a great place to sit, ponder and enjoy the gardens and sculptures dotted around the ornamental pool, lawn and wilder areas.
The cafe in the garden is also a top spot for a coffee or lunch. The gardens are open daily (execpt Mondays) and cost only 1 euro to visit.
Get the old train, the Ferrocarril de Soller built in 1905, through the almond orchards on the outskirts of Palma under the mountains to the orange and lemon groves of Soller. Have great coffee and cake, or homemade ice cream and orange and lemon sorbet from the local orchards at Fet a Sóller.
Rather than endure the torture of the office Christmas lunch in one of London’s eateries, we took the Eurostar to Lille in the hope of finding a restaurant to pass a few pleasant hours partaking of good wine and food.
By chance, we stumbled on Le Barbue d’Anvers, and were not disappointed. Housed in a characterful sixteenth-century building just seconds from the Grand Place, the menu included an excellent selection of regional specialities (such as carbonade flamande and waterzoï).
An extensive and reasonably priced wine list was complemented by service that was attentive but not obtrusive.
1 bis, Rue Saint-Etienne
Tél: +33(0)3 20 55 11 68
Fax: +33(0)3 20 15 08 14
A good choice for lunch on the Grand Place is 't Kelderke (The Little Cellar) - a restaurant with great atmosphere and food.
The restaurant is built into an ancient cave and serves dishes which are typical of the region.
Soup is a very reasonable 2.25 euros, and moules marinieres, 6.25 euros. My wife had the pot-au-feu, and I chose carbonnades flamandes a la biere, both of which were delicious and priced at just 4.75 euros each.
We drank an excellent beer from tap. 't Kelderke was superb value for money in truly authentic surroundings.
A great little restaurant with fantastic views and great ambience, as well as good food! Less well-known (and less expensive!) than its big brother on Porthminster but up there with it.
Great place for brunch before taking a tour of the Lower East boutiques. Fish tacos and buttermilk biscuits left me wanting more!
4 Clinton St between Houston and Stanton Sts, Subway: Subway: F to Delancey St; J, M, Z to Delancey–Essex Sts, Mon–Fri 8am–11pm; Sat 10am–4pm, 6–11pm; Sun 10am–4pm.
We joined a tour with Hanoi Street Foods which was a great introduction to the local grub and took us places we wouldn't have dared go ourselves.
When we got more confident we sampled the local 'bia hois' where a glass of beer is available for less than 10p!
Also recommended is Highway4 restaurant where we were either ultra-confident or drunk on their rice wine and tucked into local scorpions, bugs, ostrich and crocodile!
Lively, friendly restaurant serving southern and eastern African food. Unique cuisine from a range of countries, including crocodile and impala. Beautifully presented.
18 Ashley Road
I love Vietnamese food but after three months on the road in south east Asia, this place was a dream come true!
The most delicious ice cream, and the biggest variety of flavours I've ever had!
There is one near the lake in Hanoi, and also one in Ho Chi Minh City.
Try the Den Dyver Restaurant. Forget the tasting menu with wine: this is Bruges and beer rules the roost. Seven courses are each served with a different beer. Good food, good beer and you might just learn something about the beers as well!
Fantastic little restaurant run by a family of deaf people. Go for the Banh Khoai - crepes with fish and/or veg - but make sure you leave with one of their trademark bottle openers - handmade from a piece of word with a bolt on it. The owner will make, sign and date one for you. Amazingly effective and a memorable souvenir.
The atmosphere is really good, the staff friendly, the food is great and very cheap - a meal for less than £2. Good for veggie food too. Beware the imitators, including the place next door!
Lac Thien: 6 Dinh Tien Hoang. West of the river, near the Citadel.
A great way to travel to Bordeaux is to take the Eurostar to Lille and then simply change platforms and get a 4 hours TGV to Bordeaux Gare St. Jean.
No one does better 'steak frites' than the L'Entrecote restaurant on the Cours de 30 juillet. For around 15 euros you can dine on the best steak frites going served with a delicious sauce that is a closely guarded secret and accompanied by a nice bottle of the local plonk.
It may not seem very orginal but the sheer popularity of this place with locals and visitors alike is testament to how good it is.
Friendly restaurant near the old port with imaginative cooking. Three-course menu (27 euros in the evening) offers excellent value for money.
We like La Virgule so much we went there twice on a recent weekend break. Although located one street back from the waterfront it has a large outdoor seating area on a pedestrianised street with good views to Notre Dame de la Garde. Seems popular with locals. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner.
20, rue de la Loge, 2e arrondissement (Le Panier). Tel: +33 (0) 4 91 90 91 11
In Amsterdam, the former city glasshouse has been restored and turned into the light-filled, airy De Kas restaurant, with smaller glasshouses around the main room used to grow herbs and vegetables. Book for dinner in high summer and start with a glass of champagne flavoured with a basil leaf, followed by delicious, seasonal food like confit duck, grilled fish, fresh salads and tiny jellies made from fresh berries. They serve one daily, five course menu so all you need to do is book a table, turn up and relax - neatly avoiding both menu dilemmas and dinner envy.
Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3
Of the listed restaurants in the Christian quarter of Aleppo, this is the best value in terms of atmosphere and food. It has two entrances, one signed from the side of the Armenian cathedral and the other from Qastal Ibshir Pasha street. Beer and wine on offer.
See above for directions. tel 2224462.
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