Friends is a training restaurant which is training young people who have previously been living on the street a trade - be that catering or waiting. It is open from 11am daily and serves a variety of really good tapas - both western and Cambodian.
Near the national museum, Phnom Penh
This is an NGO which has been set up to train young Cambodians in the tourism industry. Tues - Fri lunchtime the restaurant is open. For 8USD you are served a 3 course lunch in peaceful surroundings by the students who are learning about catering, serving, bar, and hospitality.
NH6 West, Siem Reap
Blue Pumpkin is a cafe/bar in the centre of Siem Reap. Go all the way upstairs as far as you can until you reach the A/C enclave with the most divine sofas for a comfy and relaxing drink or bite to eat. Their ice cream shakes are to die for.
Psar Chaa area
Ocana is a bar/restaurant/ bocadilleria/pizzeria. It's an interesting place with friendly staff, and away from the main tourist areas.
The thing that made it special when we visited (about 5 years ago) was that it was still serving tapas in the traditional way - with every beer, you get a free snack, each one different. The chef was a bit perplexed when we got up to our ninth beer one night!
Parts of the building are pretty old, and the staff were proud to show us around the areas that weren't in use at the time when they saw we were interested.
The patron is a great supporter of local musicians, and eagerly told us (despite very limited English) about a recital of flamenco guitar and singing that was taking place nearby.
If you don't speak Spanish, take a phrase book and be prepared to use it!
Plaza del Realejo, 1
Tel: 958 25 64 70
Former film studios in south Berlin converted into an eco haven with organic bakery, bar and restauarant, outdoor performance space, artist studios and theatre.
The accommodation is basic but fun - the rooms have beds on a mezzanine and there's a large communal kitchen you share with performers. Great for the budget - conscious and a great insight into the real Berlin.
Viktoriastr. 10-18, 12105 Berlin / Tempelhof
Metro: U-6 right at the U-Bahnhof Ullsteinstrasse
A wonderful, family-run pub in the heart of the city. This amazing old building houses three entirely different bars. Downstairs you'll find a traditional pub with a choice of real ale, a large range of whiskies and great jukebox. Next door there's a huge bar which has live music, DJs and a variety of other events - it's always full at weekends and the atmosphere is great. Upsatirs they have a cool retro 70s style cocktail bar where the cool kids hang out. It's a great place.
New Street, Worcester. Not far from either Shrub Hill or Foregate Street Station.
Local to Wittenbergplatz and, as the name suggests, a great place to eat from breakfast to dinner and later.
Vibrant decor in red and sort of mod with a bit of retro. Appetising and interesting meals served by very accommodating staff.
Motz Str 28,10777 Berlin
Tel 030 23635702
One of the best Turkish Döner shops in Berlin, open until 6am.
Extremely reasonable, good quality fast food, including vegetarian options. Compared to kebab in the UK, the version here is way tastier, with lots of crispy salad.
The walls are decorated with technicolour murals of how the Pergamon altar might have originally looked in Turkey, pretty different from how it looks in the nearby museum today. Also serves beer, pizza etc.
Under the bridge at the entrance to Friedrichstr Station.
A gastro-pub worthy of Islington in the middle of nowhere. The Prairie Hotel has good rooms, great outback food (kangaroo is particularly good) and its own beer. The best thing about the place are the owners and staff though. Sit watching the sunset with them and at 10-ish the mile long coal train will rattle through as well.
Probably the best hotel-experience we have had in Australia. Strongly recommended.
Every Cologne brewery has its own beer hall, but Gaffel, Paeffgen and Muehlen have the best beer and food (especially Gaffel).
They are also far enough away from the train station and cathedral to be less full of tourists.
Gaffel - Alter Markt
Paeffgen - Friesenstrasse
Muehlen - Heumarkt
Real Cretan food in a nice casual chic environment.
Fresh produce shipped daily from the island of Crete. Owner Stavros Theodorakis, famous Greek journalist is around most nights making sure his guests have a great night out.
Gamopilafo (Cretan risotto served at weddings) is the best you can get outside Crete. Around 40 euros per person including wine and dessert. Reservation recommended.
Vrasida 13 (oposite Athens Hilton)
Mood is a bookstore in a lovely square in central Turin, and it's put together a bookstore and a cafe so you can sit down and read the books, while having an espresso or an aperitivo. The interior is modern with an industrial feel.
Via Cesare Battisti, 3/E - 10123 - Torino
0115660809(Bookstore) - 0115188657(Caffè)
Forget what you've read in a guide book or heard in whispers, the best frites in Brussels can be found at Place St. Josse. Choose lashings of mayonnaise, pili-pili, cocktail sauce, ketchup or just au natural. Check it out, you will not be sorry!
Brussels, Place St. Josse
Pub and guesthouse (hotel is a rather grand word for it) in Broughty Ferry, just outside Dundee.
Wonderful setting on the Tay - enjoy the spectacular sunsets from the end of the street or the pier. Real ale, rooms renovated in modern but cosy style. Good food. Excellent base for exploring Dundee and environs.
10-16 Fort Street, Broughty Ferry
Dundee DD5 2AD
Tel: +44 (01382) 775941
Fax: +44 (01382) 477466
Lovely island just off the coast near Pattaya. No commercial pressures or cars, just lots to explore in peace and quiet, including the ruins of a royal palace, a Chinese temple and great views of the sunset. Eat at Pan and David restaurant.
Boat from Si Racha, Chonburi
Wonderful restaurant on the west of the river. Not cheap, but worth every penny for the great food, cocktails, service, view and private river boat. Has traditional dance displays at the weekend.
Opposite the Grand Palace next to Wat Rakhang in Thonburi.
Just the maddest restaurant in Thailand. It's an enormous German beer hall that brews its own (very good) beer and seats about 1,500.
They serve German and Thai food and have cabaret every night - a mixture of traditional Thai and pop music. It's mostly Thais who go, and they all seem to be there to celebrate something and the whole place ends up dancing - at least in part because the staff insist on making you dance. Good if you're in a crowd, it's a truly Thai, if unexpected, experience. You'd need to book - it keeps going until about 2am.
Rama III- you'll probably need a cab. See www.tawandang1999.com/en/eng/detail.asp
A cosy and inviting French restaurant in the art district of Waterloo Street serving excellent food and a good wine selection. Cocktails in the alfresco courtyard and dine in comfort in a private bungalow.
42 Waterloo Street Singapore 187951
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