This place is superb. In a prime waterfront location in the village of Orhaniye, this hotel/motel/restaurant/beach club has been run by the Dinc family for many years. I have been going there for the last 8 years.
Orhaniye is a peaceful, quiet, typically Turkish village in the equivalent of a national park that is almost completely undiscovered by mass tourism (Sunsail use it as a base but they are at sea 6 days out of 7).
Discuss your requirements with the Dinc family, they will pick you up and return you to Dalaman airport; this is about a two hour journey and you will go through Turkey's Blackpool - Marmaris - but rest assured Orhaniye is light years distant rather than just 30 minutes!
As of 2007 the family will be taking bookings directly.
Tel: 90 252 487 1074/1398
Fax: 90 252 487 1070
One of the most chilled places I used to visit when I lived on the island. This restaurant is located above a beautiful cove with crystal clear, aquamarine waters. It's worth going for the views alone. Great food and chilled music complete the experience.
971 196 176;
A traditional Spanish delicatessen offering the very best of Andalucian products. From outstanding, award winning wines through to high quality oils and vinegars and other deli goods. The orange jam is a must try. And be sure to take home a goats cheese in rosemary – it’s the best you will ever taste. All products are locally sourced and the owner is an Englishman called James who has lived in Granada for nearly 20 years.
Calle San Jerónimo, 3;
tel: 958 206890
Restaurant serving traditional Slovenian fare. I packed snacks for a trip to Ljubljana, expecting the food to be bad. My friend and I were so impressed with this place, we went back three nights in a row. You must try prekmurska gibanica, a Slovene speciality with poppy seeds, cottage cheese and apples. Truly addictive. The game plate is also excellent. Popular with the tour groups, but don't let that put you off. Great food and very inexpensive.
Torso d.o.o. Ciril Metodov trg 18;
tel: +386 1 439 68 55
Fax: 01 430 01 17
Great restaurant on the old town square. Sit outside and marvel at the beauty of the town or go inside for a modern taste of Poland. Great food and service, reasonably priced for a tourist location. And all beautifully presented. I'd recommend the Polish chocolate torte (if you have the room).
Rynek Glowny 39;
tel: 012 433 70 10;
Go at sundown to hear all the hippie drums and see all the cool fire dances. In short, the way ibiza was 30 years ago in its pre-Ibiza Uncovered days.
Then get dinner at the restaurant on the right-hand side of the beach, not the yucky one on the left. The nicer restaurant also has an amazing gift shop.
Reached only by car-follow signposts for San Miguel.
Situated within the port area of Ibiza town, Mao Rooms was opened in 2001 and is brought to you by London's Chinawhite.
The cocktails and food are all lovely and are best enjoyed while lazing about on the day-beds covered in silky fabrics and cushions.
D'Emili Pou 6, Ibiza Old Town;
tel: 971 194 331;
A magical seafood restaurant perched on the cliff side at Cala D'Hort beach in the south.
Overlooking the breathtaking Es Vedra island, the paella is the business and the view at sunset is a suitably fitting dessert.
tel: 626 494 537
A unique cafe/restaurant housed inside one of Copenhagen's old tram cars, on a quiet square in the centre of Copenhagen. Can get quite hot inside in summer but there's seating outside (though sit outside and you miss out on the atmosphere). Food is cheap and cheerful - burgers, chips, omelettes. Touristy but fun.
tel: 33 13 31 01
Forget Cafe del Mar (hugely overrated) - the Blue Bar in Formentera is the best beach bar experience in Ibiza & Formentera.
Situated on the beautiful, unspoilt Platja de Mitjorn, the Blue Bar is a relaxing place to cool down, eat and drink by day, with DJs by night.
tel: 971 18 70 11;
Restaurant and bar in the hills about 5 miles from Ibiza Town. It’s a huge garden covered in Arabic style tents, cushions, candles - the most chilled place in Ibiza. The perfect escape after a couple of crazy nights.
Ctra. San Jose - km 5,6 (On the road to San Jose about 5 miles from Ibiza Town);
tel: 971 396 349
These are free publications with detailed listings of bars, restaurants, guesthouses, shops etc plus useful articles, maps and so forth. They are very handy for tourists and other newcomers to this rapidly changing city, where annually published guidebooks can be out of date almost as soon as they are published.
The guides are available at guesthouses, bars, restaurants and shops.
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;
First of all, the ambience of this restaurant is amazing. Housed in an old cellar you are welcomed by the sound of running water – courtesy of the small fountain on one wall – and bird song – courtesy of the caged birds singing to each other across the restaurant (we spent a good few minutes trying to decide whether or not the birds were real. They were real, or else they were extremely convincing automata!).
All this – plus the eclectic collection of bric-a-brac on the walls and the friendly and efficient waiting staff – helped to create an interesting and pleasant atmosphere in which to enjoy the traditional Polish food (fish soup, tench in cream sauce, wild boar) that is on the menu.
ul. Grodzka 35;
tel: 12 421 3999;
This restaurant, situated a couple of minutes away from Rynek Glowny, has a menu comprising Mediterranean dishes, pasta, traditional Polish cuisine and - its speciality - fresh fish.
It’s a charming venue, the decoration is rustic with light green walls, wooden furniture, wooden shutters and subdued lighting - perfect for an intimate evening meal. The atmosphere too is lovely, welcoming and friendly, a lot of the credit for which must be given to the staff who were all excellent. While we were there a table of four rather demanding people arrived and the staff dealt with their ever-increasing requests with great patience and concern. More than I could have mustered - they were annoying me and I was just sitting there, not having to serve them!
As for the food, it too was excellent, well cooked, well presented and very tasty. And, though certainly not the cheapest place to eat in Krakow, it was very good value. A starter and main course each, one dessert, one coffee, a bottle of wine and two vodkas cost approx. 280 zloty (50.00 sterling/89 USD). Which for a slap up meal in a lovely place ain’t bad!
ul Sw. Marka 16;
tel: 12 422 1680;
To be honest, we weren't expecting that much from Hungarian cuisine, and sadly on the whole we weren't disappointed. During a 6-day stay we were often left with a heavy, ponderous and slightly queasy feeling as if we'd just been given some bad news, having consumed what we took to be typical dishes (stews, side orders of pasta, lots of meat and few vegetables). Tellingly, this also sums up the facial expressions of many of our fellow diners at a number of eateries.
Lucky breaks came at two main venues: one being the grill houses set up at the open-air wine festival between Deak Ter and Astoria (duck leg, crispy red cabbage, mixed veg), but most significantly (and reliably, as the wine fest isn't an ongoing feature) the fine restaurant Cafe Kor on Sas Utca. We found the place on our penultimate day and had lunch and dinner in there - two meals at one place in a day is something of a first for us.
The restaurant is billed as offering “quintessential Hungarian dishes with an international twist” and this seems to sum it up nicely. The food we had was uniformly excellent, well-presented but not fussy, substantial where necessary but not overbearing - various salads, freshly- and lightly-cooked vegetables, creamy sauces that weren't cloying and drowning the meat or fish. Service was great too - friendly, attentive and relaxed. (We were juggling space on our table at lunch and they offered us somewhere else to sit before it had even crossed our minds to suggest it).
It's quite pricey by local standards, at least compared with the 1000-2000 HUF prices we'd been paying for mains elsewhere, but still very good value. (The wine ramped up the cost of dinner quite a bit, but it still came to about £45 for two - a shared starter, two mains, desert, wine and coffee. Lunch - two salads and asparagus, plus a couple of glasses of wine - was about £18).
It was very busy at lunch and dinner midweek, and they recommend booking. I'm sure there must be many other sources for great Hungarian food, but do check this place out.
Pest V, Sas utca 17;
tel: 311 0053
This Italian restaurant serves fantastic pizzas and great entrecote steaks. Friendly service, with a family/local atmosphere.
Menus in English available.
5 av Prado, 13006 - Just by Place de Castellane;
Peter's is the ultimate American Dream; a village boy with no foreseeable future moves to the big city and makes it big with his own restaurant chain.
The restaurant features a mix of Tex-Mex and Chinese food, the best milkshakes on the Asian continent, a comfortable atmosphere and free wi-fi if you happen to be carrying your laptop.
The original Peter's:
117 Ke Hua Bei Lu;
tel: +86 028 85227965
12 Tong Zi Lin Dong Lu;
tel: +86 028 85180903
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