Haga is an older part of town with wooden houses, once for the poorer inhabitants of Gothenburg and now an uber-fashionable place to live. With many trendy shops there is one particular cafe along Haga Nygata (the main street). The cafe is called Cafeva and serves home-made food and soups, excellent coffees, teas and hot chocolates. The decor is homely and it has a very friendly atmosphere. A must for any visitor to Gothenburg.
Haga Nygata, tram stop Jarntorget or Hagakyrkan.
They do the best Gyros pitta on Rhodes - pork cooked on a rotisserie, with tzatziki, tomates and onions. I sampled quite a few just to be sure! A great value lunch at just 3 Euros.
It's near the church bell tower on a corner after you walk past the Donkeys from the main square.
The Huka Jet is a 30 minute high speed jet boating experience that shows you the spectacular Huka Falls and whizzes you past cliffs at 80km per hour. It does a 360 degree spin, and, at times, you get so close to the cliff walls that you can almost feel them graze your ears!
Afterwards, lunch at the Huka Prawn Park right next to the Huka Jet is delicious.
Near Taupo - if you are staying in Taupo, a courtesy coach will pick you up from your accomodation. It costs NZ$79, which is a bit pricey, but a unique experience. Oh, and I advise you to book!
An incredible Indian restaurant in a city where there are more than a few. Absolutely wonderful service and the food is superb. Best to book, especially at weekends, but the staff are so good they'll try to cram you in at most other times.
19 Ashton Lane (off Byers Road)
Glasgow, G12 8SJ
It's a short walk from Partick Station.
The night markets offer delicious food on a budget and a great atmosphere. Pick up some great satay to share with friends and then wander along the waterfront after a couple of tiger beers.
Little india is also a great place to buy some amazing cheap food and is often thriving in the evening
Various hawker centres tinyurl.com/cu2st
Little India's nearest station is Little India
If you go to a restaurant with massive portions don't be shy about asking for any food (e.g. Schnitzel) that you don't eat to be wrapped in foil so you can take it away with you. Lots of locals do it and there's no shame attached.
Does the most fantastic pepper crab. Most taxi drivers will have heard of the place or take the MRT to the nearest stop, Aljunied, it's a three minute walk from the station.
50 Stadium Blvd Singapore 397796,
near Aljunied MRT Station
What do you want when you go on holiday? Great scenery, things to do, excellent restaurants... oh hang on, let's throw in some world class adventure sports and free wine, and not just some cheap plonk but some of the high-end stuff, too.
Despite its rather sedate sounding name, Margaret River, three hours drive south of Perth, has all of these.
It's the home of world-class surfing competitions with frighteningly large waves which break against the rugged coastline with awesome power and regularity.
It's the home of Moss Wood, Leeuwin Estates and a hundred other world-class wineries, many of which have cellar door tastings and attached restaurants.
The local produce is so fresh and tasty that most of the restaurants deliver something a little special. Vasse Felix is particularly good for a smart dinner, but most of them are interesting.
Margaret River Cheese Co. (yummy cheddar), Chocolate Factory, Simmo's Ice Cream and Bootleg Brewery are all good stops between wine-tastings.
And that's just inland. The coastline of this area is one of the most beautiful on this side of the continent - or any side of any continent to be frank.
And the coastline offers up plenty of places to stay: north to south you've got Dunsborough, Yallingup, Gracetown and Prevelly/Gnarabup, where you'll often get stunning sea views from your deck, as you sip your day's purchases.
Some of the comments on Perth are pretty critical - but they also miss one of the great advantages: when you've got an area this beautiful, you don't want it to get too over-crowded. Margs gets pretty busy around Christmas, but the rest of the year you can normal find a corner of it - a beach-break, a vineyard, a restaurant - to keep to yourself.
Margaret River is three hours south of Perth. We like staying at Bavu Beach House www.bayubeachhouse.com
From Penny Black to BQ, the bars at the top end of Boat Quay are a world class place to hang out in the early evening.
Where else can you find a place as idyllic as this, just seconds from the centre of the city's financial district? Light rippling off the water, multi-coloured converted "go-downs", old river taxis still plying the river and historical buildings on the other bank?
Yes, the restaurants further down the river really are pure tourist fodder, so you'll want to go somewhere else to eat, and Harry's Bar might be more famous for Nick Leeson than anything else, but don't let the stigma of going to an "expat hangout" divert from a genuine part of Singapore's culture.
The expats have been here since the place began, after all, and you may know someone who works nearby - an ideal excuse to drink in the atmosphere.
If this doesn't appeal, stroll up to The Fullerton, cross the bridge, and head for Indochine and its Opium Bar where you can stare back at Boat Quay from the other bank - and probably get some better food.
Boat Quay, Raffles Place MRT.
It is a bar/restaurant on Loi Kroh road, the menu is superb taste- and pricewise (i recommend the gammon steak, a bargain at 190 baht). The staff is Thai and Western friendly,which is standard in the entire country.
They have a big screen for football and a wide selection of beers (Thai and Western). This is the sister bar of the Queen Victoria which is on Propokklao road (bad location) and also a great place.
Near the end of Loi Kroh road, on the left if you are coming from the night bazar.
Hoboken is a mile square city best known, perhaps, as Frank Sinatra's birthplace. It also disputes Cooperstown, NY as being the birthplace of modern baseball. It is an eclectic, thriving community located directly on the Hudson River across from Manhattan, sporting amazing views from one of three riverfront parks.
The main street - Washington Street, hosts trendy and traditional cafes, restaurants, bars, and shops -a pleasing blend of the "old time" Italian and German Hoboken, and the gentrified new Hoboken.
Hudson Street, just two blocks from the river, is lined with elegant brownstones and mansions that once belonged to the rich and famous of NYC who sailed to Hoboken for a days' respite.
One can get Hoboken from NYC via the PATH train (subway from NYC to New Jersey), at Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, 9th, 14th, 23rd and 33rd streets.
A $2.30 bus ride (gate 205) from Port Authority Bus Terminal will take you to Washington Street, the main drag, and the 38th street and pier 11 ferries will give you a lovely ride across the Hudson River in a matter of minutes.
When in Cape Town visit Mama Africa restaurant. There is live music and the food and wine list is excellent. The place is crowded so if you like a good seat make a reservation.
Long street 178, Downtown
Tel: 021 424 8634
Excellent value, very traditional Indian restaurant in lovely colonial building. Makes a refreshing change from the squeaky clean eateries located in high traffic areas, this is actually in a nice green spot off Dempsey Road and is really peaceful at nighttime. You will be stuffed for a fiver (sterling) and add drinks to that.
Dempsey Road, just ask a cab driver. Should be less than 8 SGD from anywhere central, only a few minutes from olland village.
One is the high tea at the Shangri-La hotel. Sit and gorge in decadent surroundings in three hour sittings. Waitresses indulge your every whim, there's over 100 teas to choose from, and a seemingly endless choice of food. From Chinese roast pork to Scottish smoked salmon via sushi and a wicked dessert trolley, beware...you will need the rest of the weekend to recover!
The other is the Col bar, a former officer's mess and much more low-key. Perfect for homesick comfort food like sausages, beans and chips, and set in a lovely rural setting (well, by Singaporean standards!). Cheap, fun and great for families.
22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 65 6737 3644
Jalan Hang Jebat, off Portsdown Road
From the outside it looks very nice and same can be said for the inside. It can be a little cold for my liking. The service is excellent and very professional. The meat somosas are very tasty and same can be said about the seekh kebabs which are brought out sizzling with fried onions.
The mint sauce is excellent with the starters and the main course. The other half didn't like the aloo tikkas. She found them abit tasteless.
Can't comment on any of the vegetable range as we didn't try any. They also do sweets and the prices are very reasonable.
You can also try Anam's which is up the road. They also do a buffet. It is a bit too pricy although the service is very good. They do excellent starters and dessert. The main meals are not quite the same. They taste as if no one has put any effort in them. (I'm asian so I know what I'm talkin about)
You can also try Mumtaz, which is further up the road. This is very nice from inside but the service is terrible and you have to wait quite a bit to get seated.
205 Great Horton Road
01274 579 374
211 Great Horton Road
286-300 Great Horton Road,
Visit Mandela square in Sandton City. A vibrant shopping mall with a square that sizzles in the evening from all those lovely restaurants. A good place to eat is Montego Bay. Under the watchful eye of the biggest Mandela statue - you'll enjoy a nice seafood or other dinner.
Friday and Saturday nights, the Quadrilatero area (north west corner of the city) is full of life and locals....the area 'piu trendy' in Torino...but in an authentically italian way! Go there for the best alfresco dining and people watching.
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