This little bar/resto is located two-thirds up the road to the right of the Palais de Justice in Vieux Nice.
It is unmissable, being adorned in red and black and by a picture of its mascot gobi fish.
This is a bar that still retains an old Nicois feel and is frequented by local families whose kids and pets run in and out freely.
Everyone is very friendly and will chat to you in Nicoise or French about Olympique Nice or the tram system - whether you like it or not.
Seating is at a premium but if you do wait, glasses of rosé are freely forthcoming. Offers a range of Nicoise classics including a great version of the eponymous salad.
The ultimate antidote to the über-rich Azuriens and general Vieux Nice gentrifiction.
Stand facing the Palais de Justice in Vieux Nice. Take the road to the right side of the building. Bar Antoine is two thirds of the way up on the left.
Earthwalkers is a fantastic, friendly, buzzing guesthouse. Run by a group of young Norwegians and employing brilliantly friendly, happy and professional Khmer staff, they have clean, comfortable rooms and great service as well as a welcoming and sociable bar and restaurant area. Tours to Tonle Sap, Angkor Wat and other spots can easily be organised, as well as onward travel - nothing is too much hassle.
One of the best things about staying at Earthwalkers is the chance to make a genuine difference in Siem Reap and further afield - Earthwalkers runs a fund dedicated to helping underprivileged Cambodians, and also co-ordinates voluntary work, as well as holding regular Apsara dancing shows by local children.
Located in the old town, very popular with students, tourists and locals due to its informal ambience.
Small wooden dining tables cramped into a small space gives it its unique informal atmosphere.
Food is excellent and cheap. The house red is good value and the fish soup is delicious.
38, Rue Droite
Located in the old town, this is a delightful inexpensive restaurant with a good mix of local dishes.
The rabbit and salmon are excellent and the wine is modestly priced. The fish soup delivered piping hot in a large tureen is probably the best in town.
Service is quick and efficient and very popular with locals too and you're not rushed out.
6, Rue St Reparate
This is a great live music venue located in the old town and serves a very large main courses for about £6.
The curry is exceptionally tasty mixed with salad, chutney and a dollop of ice cream. Half-price beer (usually around £4 a pint) is on offer most evenings until about 9pm.
15, rue de la Préfecture
The idea of Polish traditional food is not exactly enough to get the palate racing, but these dumplings are superbly tasty and come with a choice of sauces each as deliciously fattening as the last. A good place to try them is in a little Pierogeria just off the square in the Old Town. Windows steamed up from conversation and hot dumplings, hang up your coat on a hook and sit down for a treat.
Location: Half a block from the Old Town Square, heading north.
Address: 14 Oraz ul. Krzkywe Kolo 30.
Renting an apartment allows you to experiment with the local cuisine - risi e bisi, fegato alla veneziana, and sarde in soar (sardines), all taken with polenta. There's two or three good cookbooks in English (mostly written by Americans, of course) available in the best bookshops (mostly behind San Marco).
Take an ombra (a glass of wine) in a bar at mealtimes, and eat the delicious snacks on offer (whose special name I've forgotten) - all classic Italian antipasti. There are good cheap bars everywhere, each with their own ambience. Our favourite was facing onto the fish market.
A great spot to stop for lunch in the otherwise overpriced and tacky, touristy San Marco area.
It's a small but bright, friendly and busy place, right next to a bridge - actually, if you're a woman with a mind for pranks, you can have the singular experience of startling fellow tourists in gondolas with a 'hello' as they glide past the window of the women's toilet. I also shared my table with three (rowdy) off-duty gondoliers.
East of San Marco, on the Riva degli Schiavoni
A stunning converted mansion with a garden. The food used to be good but they changed the menu in November to some sort of Latin fusion, doubled the price and it's now truly awful. Drinks are good though and the actual building is amazing.
Parana 1048, between Santa fe and Marcelo T de Alvear.
Google map: tinyurl.com/kusduu
Fantastic little cafe and outlet for quality olive oils, run by a passionate olive oil enthusiast.
Daily menu of seasonal dishes, each matched with one of the range of oils.
Learn about each appellation, or just enjoy a nice lunch!
8 Bis rue du Collet, 06300 Vieux Nice
Tel : 04 93 13 06 45
A pizzeria in the back streets of San Polo that has an enormous range, great staff and even better prices if you're trying to do Venice on a budget. Used by a mix of locals and lucky tourists, so you get a good atmosphere, but also an English language menu if your Italian isn't up to scratch but want to try one of their more interesting pizzas.
Santa Croce, 1552/a; Go out of Campo San Polo to the north-west, and follow the calle straight, over a little cross-roads, and Ae Oche wil be on your left. Not easy to find, but worth it
Another superb restaurant in Melbourne with one of the best views available across the bay towards Melbourne and Williamstown. The large dining room upstairs follows Fitzroy St around the corner and overlooks the yachts at St Kilda Marina. Having a meal here while watching the sun go down is not to be missed. Also, the wine list should be classed as extraordinary, because it is.
For a cheaper meal, the street level bistro is great value too.
1 Fitzroy St, St Kilda
(corner of Fitzroy St and the Upper Esplanade);
tel: 9593 8800
Circa is simply one of the best restaurants in Melbourne ... the atmosphere, the setting and the food is simply stunning. Situated upstairs at the back of the Prince Hotel, Circa has made a name for itself by providing a classy dining experience.
Evening dining is an event in itself but I recommend the Sunday lunch. Not cheap, but worth it.
2 Ackland St, St Kilda (a block from the St Kilda light rail
Every clubber and late-night drinker is well aware of the evils of the post-party munchies and the many horrific solutions. But Amsterdam takes nocturnal junk food to a new level.
Find a FEBO outlet, stick your change in the slot, pull back the little glass door and, hey presto, there's your snack. Piping hot and stuffed to the rafters with cholestorol. It's automatic - no need to interact with a human being - and they never close.
But do be careful not to burn yourself. And don't ask: a) what that unidentified fried object you're eating actually IS; or b) just how long it's been there...
All over the city centre - look for the yellow shopfronts;
A beautiful art nouveau bar with traditional, hearty, Czech food. Try the moravsky hrabec, a dish of diced pork and onions, which comes with both bread and potato dumplings and red and white sauerkraut. Of course all this wonderful Bohemian fair needs washing down, this bar is owned by the Pilsner Urquell brewery and sells beer by the litre .
It was busy on the Wednesday night we went, but we had no trouble finding a table in the cellar bar, which turns into a dance club later on. This bar attracts plenty of locals, which is always a good sign, the staff are also very friendly, not always a Prague strong point. Wonderful!
Junction of Kolkovne and Vezenska,opposite The Spanish Synogogue; nearest metro: Staromestska
There are actually two parts to this outfit. The first, on ul. sw Anny 13, is the more formal, and serves Polish food in a cosy cellar. The second is a salad bar, and is located nearby, off a passage and also in a cellar. And in summer the courtyard at the back is a salad bar too, serving great veggie food at very reasonable prices. The smoothies are good too.
ul. sw. Anny 3, Old Town (Stare Miasto)
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