If you love hot chocolate visit De Proeverie in Katelijnestraat 6. It is owned by Sukerbuyc the chocolatier.
Their hot chocolate is served with the same sort of care as the Japanese serve tea.
They also claim to have the only British tea in Brugge, although why you would drink that I do not know!
Be there on a Wednesday - it is the open market day for a veritable smorgasbord experience.
Take a trip on the canals and a horse & carriage ride. Visit the lace making shops to witness the results of a near-miraculous craft.
Bruges has a quieter side with many friendly local bars. Worth checking out is the welcoming Cafe de Hollandse Vismijn.
Approached from the Burg down Blind Donkey Alley, the Hollandse is on the far side of the Vismarkt (fishmarket). There is a large heated terrace and six beers are served Van t' Vat (on draught).
If you are after food head one block down to the relaxed L'Estaminet bar opposite the charming Astrid Park. Again with a large terrace where a varied bar food menu is served to locals and visitors alike.
Den Djiver restaurant serves food as good as anything I've had in London, England or anywhere else. I had a four-course meal with a gorgeous well matched Belgian beer for each and at normal prices.
I'd go again just to go back to this place (and for the chocolates and lovely beer obviously).
Cafe Latte is not a drink, it's a nice little Italian restaurant in swanky Toorak. Great pasta dishes (mainly southern Italian style), nice wine list, central bar and a fantastic atmosphere make this a place 'to eat out' at.
521 Malvern Rd, Toorak, VIC, 3142
Phone: (03) 98265846
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.
Whilst Hoi An felt a bit like a Disneyfied version of Vietnam to us, there is a restaurant on the waterfront which did the best vegetarian food we ate in the whole of VN.
Cafe des Amis serves a set meal each evening (I forget how many courses). The only choice is seafood or veggie and it is utterly delicious food. If you are veggie, you'll be sick of spring rolls and stir-fried greens by the time you get to Hoi An, and Cafe des Amis will provide some very welcome and tasty variety.
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!
Would you like to be greeted by a stork on the way up to your room at the Hotel Cordoanier?
Ask him nicely and he will direct you - in any language you choose - to the best restaurant round the corner in the main square.
Don't be tempted to buy chocolates in Godiva, Leonidas etc. Avoid these overpriced tourist traps!
You can get a much better range of tastier (and cheaper) artisan chocolates from Tante Roos stall in the big Saturday morning market; its where all the locals go.
You must visit Kong restaurant in Paris. It's on the roof of the old Samaritaine department store on the rue de Rivoli.
With its glass domed roof you get the most spectacular views of Paris and there's a great bar on the floor below which is full of Parisian fashionistas.
As a tip you need to ask to be seated on the upper floor to get the best views. For a chic spring/summer afternoon, stroll around the Place des Vosges in the Marais district (Metro St Paul)and enjoy the eclectic boutiques in the surrounding streets. The department store is closed until 2011 but the Kong restaurant remains open.
1 rue du Pont Neuf / La Samaritaine
Téléphone : 01 40 39 09 00
Head to the market square where you'll find beautiful mouth watering chocolate shops, delicate Belgian lace shops and the best chips and mayo in Belgium.
Just don't go during school Battlefield trip season - else the chocs and chips will all have disappeared.
Visit De Proeverie Tea-Room, Katelijnestraat 6, for the best hot chocolate you will ever taste!
It is a fabulous little tea room with delicious cakes and chocolate taster plates from Sukerbuyc Chocolatiere, and you can buy more chocolates to take away at the Sukerbuyc Chocolatiere shop opposite when you've finished.
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