A very Singaporean shopping experience in the local markets. Have a Tiger and some noodles from the local eateries while you're there - very worhwhile.
Don't forget to visit Raffles for a Singapore Sling; I know it's very touristy but you'll regret it if you don't do it. The food is excellent as well.
Nowhere is too far to walk in Singapore because of the experience, just make sure you have plenty of bottled water with you. The new (2005) shuttle bus service around the city is fantastic, buy a "hop on-hop off" ticket; they stop near all the major sites, then you can walk some more.
For the budget traveller and for those who want to eat where the locals eat, you find them all over the city! Don't be afraid to sample exotic delicacies, you will be pleasantly surprised for just a few dollars! Oh and, if you like to chew gum don't forget to bring your own because Singapore law prohibits the sale of chewing-gum all over the city including the airport!
Everywhere in Singapore but especially in Chinatown.
Not just in Leeds but in Yorkshire in general. I am a Mancunian, not a United fan, but cultural programming dicates that I'm not really meant to readily hand out compliments to our Yorkshire counterparts. Well, I don't care when it comes to fish and chips. The fish tastes like fish in Yorkshire, not like white rubbery stuff in batter we get over here, and the chips melt in the mouth. How good are the chippies once you get past Rochdale? I simply don't eat fish and chips in my own city any more, I wait for my trips to Yorkshire instead. The ones next to the Chemic Tavern in Woodhouse and tucked down a little side street close to the Skyrack pub in Headingley are particularly good.
A chippy on every street - or so it seems.
Very well known hotel, very expensive to stay there but a must for anyone on a visit to Singapore is afternoon tea and a Singapore sling in the lobby area of the Raffles Hotel. It's one of those fantastic experiences and a defo must. Dress smartly.
Very local to city, just ask any locals who are very friendly to direct you.
Used to live there - fab place, 5 minute walk out of big bustling city, nice restaurants, boutiques and coffee shops. Laid back way of life out of fast pace of city.
Turn left at bottom of Queen Street and then follow road round, up big hill and there you are - it's a great place to have a slow stroll around eating drinking and viewing things and especially people watching.
Here you can cycle, rollerblade, walk, run, eat drink, or sit and read your book. Bikes and blades can be hired cheaply by the hour. This is a fully landscsaped linear park with lots of trees and flowers, running alongside the sea halfway between the airport and the centre of town.
There are also several work-out stations, and a couple of reflexology circles. These are uptured pebbles of varying degrees of sharpness laid out in a circle for you to walk on and invigorate you feet with a self foot massage. There are also clumps of restaurants and bars serving different kinds of foods.
About 20 minutes by taxi from Orchard Road. Ask for East Coast Park.
The riverside walk along the Singapore river goes from Robertson Quay to the Esplanade. It is a very pleasant stroll on wide pavement, away from the traffic and with mostly subways under the main roads. There is plenty to see along the way and plenty of places to sit or to eat and drink.
Best of all is BREWERKZ microbrewery on the other side from Clarke Quay, which has an outside terrace with retractable sun blinds, or inside comfort away from the heat. This place has a range of ten or so different beers brewed on the premises. Try the "sampler" of several different small glasses, or cut straight to my favourite,the best of all ........ IPA. Good food is available at Brewerkz and there is a wine bar adjacent.
Clarke Quay itself has lots of restaurants, music pubs and shops. Walk on to Boat Quay then to the fabulous Fullerton Hotel. This was the old British era Post Office and has been expensively refurbished as a top hotel. There is a nice bar where the old counter room was. Over the bridge from the Fullerton is the centre of British Colonial Singapore.
MRT Clarke Quay
Singaporeans are proud of their gleaming city - but don't often mention that the hard labour is done by an army of migrant workers imported from around the region. On their (rare) days off, each nationality gravitates to a different part of the city, where you can find great food, cheap CDs and other products from their homelands, and some crazy karaoke-disco bars.
For Burmese stuff, head for Peninsular Plaza; for Thai, hit Golden Mile Complex. The Phillipino maids have made Lucky Plaza their own, while the Bangladeshi construction workers descend on Little India in their thousands on Sundays to chat and shop and eat.
Peninsular Plaza: 111, North Bridge Road
Golden Mile Complex: 5001, Beach Road
Lucky Plaza: 304, Orchard Road
Little Dhaka: around Veerasamy Road
...and for more info on migrant workers: twc2.org.sg/
Great 24 hour cafe on Manhattan Beach Blvd just 2 blocks from the ocean. One of the few places around the area to be open 24 hours. Their sandwiches are great, burgers tasty, but the best thing on the menu is their french onion soup with a chunk of baguette dunked in it and a slice of mozzarella melted over the top. Get the blackberry lemonade too. Good people watching from the (heated) terrace.
1138 Highland Ave (Cross Street: Manhattan Beach Boulevard)
Manhattan Beach 310 545-8511
Restaurant, bakery and deli open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The bar next to the restaurant is famous for jamming sessions (every night Wednesday to Sunday) by famous and upcoming musicians.
A late night stop a must!
Canter's Delicatessen and Restaurant
419 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90036
Tel: (323) 651-2030
Take a drive down to Manhattan Beach. Enjoy the pier and beach, but do not miss out on this fantastic restaurant. It's clean, inexpensive, friendly, with utterly delicious food. They have many tasty dishes suitable for vegetarians (but not vegans), as well as the standard Mexican fare very well prepared. I lived in L.A. for many years and ate there regularly.
1005 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA
Indian vegetarian restaurant run by volunteers. Good food. You pay what you judge the meal to be worth and the profits go to charities in India.
(NB No alcohol) Mon-Fri. Lunch and evening
I recommend the work of artist Liam Spencer. He is a local artist whose work showing impressionist views of modern Manchester has been exhibited in the Lowry and Manchester Art Gallery. While you would need to check local listings for his exhibitions - there have been Spencer shows once or twice a year in the last few years - there are a few places you can find his work - not all of them totally obvious.
Manchester Art Gallery on Mosley Street has a couple of his panoramic paintings in its permanent collection, and the Lowry in Salford also has some of his work. Spencer's work has been reproduced in some limited print formats and is available from Wendy Levy Contemporary Art in Didsbury. While there, it would be worth a meal at the The Lime Tree restaurant in nearby West Didsbury, which also has a panorama painting of Salford Quays but the most unlikely place you would see a Spencer work is the reception to the Accident and Emergency section of North Manchester General Hospital in Crumpsall, which has a huge panorama of the hospital itself, at a worryingly low height given the agitated states I've seen some of the clientele in. Let's hope your visit to Didsbury's bars and restaurants doesn't cause you to visit the final stop on my Liam Spencer tour!
www.liamspencer-art.co.uk Also: The Lime Tree Restaurant - 8 Lapwing Lane
Didsbury; Tel:0161 445 1217. Wendy Levy Fine Art - 17 Warburton Street, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6WA; Telephone: 0161 446 4880; www.wendyjlevy-art.com/; North Manchester General Hospital: Delaunays Road, Manchester, M8 5RB; 0161 795 4567.
Good hotel in the heart of Lhasa. Comfortable rooms which are clean and which sometimes have working heating. Great restaurant downstairs - try a yak burger for novelty, momos for pleasure and yak butter tea for punishment. Great place to stay. If you're starting off in Lhasa, it's a gentle introduction to Tibet. If you've crossed Lhasa to get here it will seem like the most luxurious hotel in the world. Reasonably priced.
Central Lhasa the address is:-
100 Beijing Dong Lu, Lhasa, Tibet, PRC
Tel: +86 891 6323496 ext.0 / 6364078
Fax: +86 891 6336845
Restaurant, cafe, bar with great Mexican food, good beer and pleasant atmosphere. Courtyard seating. Fantastic breakfasts accompanied by classical music. Good strong coffee.
Thamel - If you were coming out of the Kathmandu Guesthouse you'd turn left and the Northfield is just a couple of doors along on the left.
Gourmet organic cafe that's a great place to go if you're sick of burgers and fries. You won't have to subsist on wheatgrass and beansprouts though, they do great chicken salad, hefty sandwiches, soups, good desserts and cakes too.
Urth Caffé - West Hollywood
8565 Melrose Avenue, (310) 659-0628, between Robertson and La Cienegahttp
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