... Is, in my opinion, in Broughton Street, and looks so posh from the outside that I hardly dare to go in. Everything is spotless, and it isn't even that expensive. They also sell award winning self-made ale pies and Haggis in one-person sausage-like portions.
The head butcher has a really big belly, which in my opinion is a quality trademark of good butchers, as they want to serve customers fresh produce but don't like to throw their high quality products away - so they eat it themselves. That's the same with my village butcher at home.
Apart from that, there is a wide variety of special sausages to try for free - from wild boar to beef with blackberries and Lucifer's matchsticks.
The butcher is also very friendly and chatty, and they have leaflets on their products such as the history of Haggis and Burn's supper, including a variety of poems. They might even recite them for you at the till to get you to hear them with the original Scots language.
Crombie's of Edinburgh: 97 Broughton Street;
Fantastic decor, open windows overlooking the river, colonial charm and delicious food and drink.
Not do they sell absolutely heavenly pastries, but buying them is a real experience - crowds of people clamouring for them as they come straight out of the oven. I had to push and shove to the front and then watch three batches be devoured before I got mine. The phrase "selling like hot cakes" must have come from this place.
Rua de Belém 84-92;
tel 21 363 74 23;
Tram 15, trains from Cais do Sodré, many buses
A restaurant, cafe, social club for Alentejans (the vast rural plains between Lisbon and the Algarve) and one of the loveliest Moorish interiors in Lisbon. To see the tiled interior of the restaurant is worth the price of an excellent meal alone.
Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 58, just north of the Rossio
Good vibe, great atmosphere. The candlelit interior of this bar is a perfect place to chill out in Krakow. You’ll find it in a little courtyard just behind Rynek Glowny. The decor is burgundy and red punctuated by Indian and Asian artefacts. Find yourself a seat, order a beer or vodka from the friendly staff, take a sip and relax. Perfect!
Rynek Glowny 6;
tel: 12 421 6522;
Fantastic little cafe and outlet for quality olive oils, run by a passionate olive oil enthusiast.
Daily menu of seasonal dishes, each matched with one of the range of oils.
Learn about each appellation, or just enjoy a nice lunch!
8 Bis rue du Collet, 06300 Vieux Nice
Tel : 04 93 13 06 45
A lively, exciting part of town, where the trendy Catalans hang out and without the Brits abroad found chugging back cans of San Miguel as you will find on the Ramblas.
El Born has amazing bars and restaurants. Calle Banys Vells houses a great Cuban called Vieja Havana, and a cosy, romantic wine bar called Va da Vie. During the daytime El Born is home to great boutique clothes and shoe shops, although be warned, they close on Mondays.
Nearest metro station: Jaume II; main roads: Calle Argenteria, Calle Banys Vells and Passeig del Born
The port area, about ten minutes' walk from the foot of the Ramblas.
Stroll around and go into any one of the specialist seafood restaurants there. You will be blown away by the fresh taste, generous portions and choice. Seafood in the UK will never be the same after this.
Thousands of shoppers every day pass some of Leeds’ best kept secrets - the pubs in the little alleys off Briggate. Of these, the best two are Whitelocks (down an alley by the Northern Rock) a fantastic time-warp of a pub with walls covered in mirrors supplied by long since defunct breweries. Excellent real ale, and famed for its luncheons. The other highlight is the Angel Inn, a Sam Smiths boozer down an alley beside Dixons. Cheap beer and comfortable surroundings - the upstairs lounge is a great way to pass an hour with the papers away from the bustle of Briggate.
Briggate, Leeds city centre; nearest station: Leeds City.
A modern creperie - boasting two branches either side of Grafton St - that serves tasty French treats in a variety of sweet and savoury flavours as well as toasted sandwiches. The main reason that I visit is for the coffee, which I believe to be the best in Dublin.
Dawson St, South William St
Authentic Italian restaurant. It sells truly excellent slices of pizza for takeaway. (Very) fast food without the guilt of inflating the profits of some evil multinational purveyor of junk food.
Chatham Street, just off Grafton Street, round the corner from HMV; tel: 670-5630
A little paradise of a street. Forget Poble Espanyol, this is an authentic tour around the best in Spanish food and drink as well as an assortment of museums. Don’t miss the anchovies or the cava at El Xampanyet, indulge in the Textile Museum’s ice creams, listen to the dulcet tones of an oboe and cello while sampling top-quality whiskey at Espai Barroc and sample the avant garde wines at the Va de Vi.
Banys Vells, No 16; nearest metro: Jaume I
A modern and stylish restaurant, yet with a warm buzz about the place, it is always a great place to eat. Paul Heathcote, who has other restaurants around the north-west, would be famous if he cooked in London, as it is, we in Manchester can enjoy the place instead.Tip: book for a Monday evening, quieter and good value offers on the a la carte menu, miles better than a pizza for a midweek treat.
Jacksons Row, off Deansgatehttp://www.heathcotes.co.uk
One of the hubs of nightlife in Venice. There's some great bars - Cafe Rosso, Duchamp, and the Orange bar on the square itself, and Cafe Noir and Cafe Blu just round the corner, the latter which has great live music. But it's not all about the nightlife, in the daytime Campo Santa Margherita is a lovely place to sit and relax, watch people go by, feed the sparrows, and grab a slice of delicious pizza from Pizza al Volo.
Campo Santa Margherita, Dorsoduro
The best tapas in central London - a little family-run restaurant at the Wardour St end of Old Compton St. Excellent value. You'll have to wait for a table in the evening - but you can usually walk right in at lunchtimes.
63 Old Compton St., Soho W1
Lovely 24-hour Art Deco rail car diner in Chelsea area. There's an old piano in one corner, and the place has a very charming feel. Food is great, all-day breakfasts, club sandwiches, omelettes and specials board. Cosy little booths too (candlelit at night!), an ideal place to spend an hour or so, sipping coffee after your breakfast, gazing on 10th Avenue, pretending you're a New Yorker.
22nd & 10th Avenue, Midtown west, NY 10011-4711
Bills is apparently something of an Australian institution, part of the culinary empire of Bill Grainger, but when I stumbled upon it by chance I had no idea what to expect. This Darlinghurst cafe is simply and brightly decorated with a large central communal table where solo diners can read the papers or chat. I was there for breakfast and from the relatively short menu went for the scrambled eggs with apple cured bacon. Good lord. The eggs had clearly been whisked by angels and scrambled by a genius. They were simply divine, buttery, creamy, of perfect consistency but never heavy or cloying.
I never realised what heights a humble breakfast can reach. When I told the waitress how good they were, she said they had been voted the world's greatest scrambled eggs. I can see why. Seek out and enjoy. You will not be disappointed.
433 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst
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