A smart portside restaurant serving amazing value for money "menu del dia". There’s soup, a choice of starter and main, wine and water, dessert, coffee, digestive liqueur and sweets. All for the quite incredible price of 8.5 euros (and it tastes great as well).
Tony Soprano eat your heart out. This is a treat of a restaurant amongst the many special Italian eateries around the city. Locals will tell you that the best pizza in the world is to be had in São Paulo and there's more to this place than just pizza. Enjoy the food and spot the Brasilian footballers amongst the many caricatures that adorn the walls.
Alameda Campinas, 1615
01404-002 - Jardim Paulista
Visit the famous beer-brewery in Ottakring, the 16th district of Vienna. Drink the tasty Ottakringer helles or the even more famous Ottakringer dunkles until you have to vomit.
Although this might not be very good for your health or liver.
You can drink beer which tastes better and more original than any beer in the US - so, visit Vienna and taste an Ottakringer
Ottakringer Brauerei AG
U3 or S45 to Ottakring
The Kaiko Club is a very neat and clean club to perfectly finish your day round Vienna. The club is connected to a second club nearby, so you can leave your coats in one, and pass on to the other. In the club you can get lots of delicious cocktails going from a simple Strawberry Daiquiri to far more complicated cocktails like a Bahama Mama. The bar can offer you an oriental waterpipe for about 10€. Since it's quite new, the prices are moderate but not too high to frighten, but not too low to let everyone in. Since the owners tend to keep their bar clean you can be sure not to be disturbed by any drunken bastard passing by.
Everybody knows the Prater and its Riesenrad, but fewer people know the extraordinary restaurant Schweitzerhaus. It is famous for its enormous assortment of draft beer and its delicious "Stelze". Moreover, its not only worth a visit because of the dishes, but also because of the unique atmosphere of the restaurant's garden, which surrounds the visitors.
Indeed, an oasis in the big metropole.
In the Prater, near to the oldest "Hochschaubahn".
One of the many tributaries running up to and across Avenida Paulista. This is a trendy part of town notable for its multitude of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. Keep your eyes peeled for the street art. There's some interesting graffiti and amusingly designed stickers to be found here. If you're hungry there is great sushi to be had at gohan cozinha oriental - R.Augusta 2542.
Located on Insurgentes Sur in the Condesa neighborhood, this hotel is conveniently near the fun in the Zona Rosa.
I shared a double room. It was clean, quiet, and had a large bathroom with a giant shower, TV, breakfast and coffee. This hotel is comparable to any moderately priced business hotel in the US. At the equivalent of $40 US per night it's a bargain. The staff were professional and attentive.
Insurgentes Sur 287, Col Hipodromo, Condesa, CP 06100
Access to Metrobus. Located south of the Glorieta Insurgentes.
A bright and lively family run restaurant situated at the beach end of Hampton St, Pelagos offers traditional greek food and a great atmosphere (with lively greek music playing in the background). Great for families and others wanting a proper greek feed, Pelagos is a must visit. Note: take-away is also available!
265 Hampton St (beach end)
Hampton, VIC 3188
Tel: (03) 9598-3332
Open 24 hours a day, this is the perfect place for an early or late breakfast - so long as you like churros! This is a cafe that sticks resolutely to what it does well. El Morro serves up excellent hot chocolate and coffee, and mountains of churros - hot, sugary, deep fried extruded doughnuts. Go on, give your arteries a rush.
42 Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico City - on the edge of the historic centre.
La Habana's reputation is intriguing: it is said to have a rich history of being a hotbed for illicit meetings between journalists and politicians. The clientele, however, is pretty diverse: you are as likely to find yourself seated next to an old woman in floral dress and outrageous hair as you are to be near a scheming anarchist hack.
Guaranteed is one of the best breakfasts you're ever likely to experience. The spicy sausage omelette, for one example, is quite unbelievable. And the coffee is sensational. (You can also choose from a huge range of beans from an adjacent booth to take home). The 50s decor - a wide open space and high ceiling - provides a perfect setting to read the newspaper or plan your day.
Morelos #62 (On the corner of Avenida Cuauhtemoc and Morelos, at the eastern edge of the Reforma district)
Great bustling atmosphere as good as you would expect in Paris or other more 'sophisticated' cities. OK, it may not be traditionally Czech but its a great place to go after a hard days sightseeing for a drink and something to eat. Clientele is approx 75% Czech, which is always a good sign. Try the soft boiled eggs served in a glass - you will think you have ordered a cocktail when it arrives, it is so beautifully presented.
Vitezna 5, Praha 5; tel: 420 257 311 562;
Right next to the Vlatava River
Wonderful restaurant, serving gorgeous food at ludicrously affordable prices, it's deservedly popular, although be prepared to queue with locals and tourists alike (well worth it and the queue moves very swiftly) you almost feel sorry for the surrounding eateries whilst in that 50 yard long queue. Plaça Reial is a popular haunt with some of Barcelona's more "colourful" characters, which only adds to the restaurant's charm.
Plaça Reial, Barcelona. tel: 93 317 3075.
Fabulous bar and restaurant - owned by the lovely Alex with excellent cocktails from their (very lovely) bartender. Relaxed, sophisticated - go for dinner and find yourself staying all evening.
Consill de cent 211 - five minutes from the Plaza de Cataluna.
I don't know if this is a Catalan speciality, but it is absolutely gorgeous (and I am not even a chocaholic, not by a long way). In some, but not all, cafes, the hot chocolate drink is thick, a bit like custard, so that you have to eat it with a spoon. You might think it would be too rich, but no - because it's not too sickly sweet, just chocolatey. Often served with 'melindros' - almondy cakes a bit like spongy macaroons. Or 'churros' - unsugared doughnut 'worms' that are delicious.
Found in all cafes, but some serve xocolata thicker than others.
A very large modern tapas bar popular with locals. Excellent place for a group to go out for a meal/night out. The best thing about it is the prices, second best is the staff - great craic. You can sit at the bar for a casual bite and a beer, pointing out what you want from the huge array of appetising Tapas on display on the bar, or sit down and order off the menu. A group of four of us sat down for a meal at about 9.30.
We left after 2am (last out of the place), with plenty of beers and about three-four tapa each on board. The cost was an astonishing 30 euro each including a tip on top of the included service charge, as the waiter was such a laugh. Highly recommended for a cheap and utterly cheerful night out. You may have to wait a little while for a table, but people are constantly coming and going, so don’t be put off by a queue.
Rambla Catalunya, 18; tel: 93 318 1997
A great local spot for that quick meal or snack before or after shopping or visiting the cinema.
One thing to note is that the Dendy Deli which is located at the Dendy Plaza in Brighton is not in Dendy St Brighton, it is in Church St.
Dendy Deli located at Dendy Plaza
Church St Brighton
(west of the railway line) tel: 9592 6233
This is a fantastic cavernous place with flickering candles, earthenware pots and waiters in medieval costume. It could be tacky but it's not as it's set in a authentic 13th century cellar down a narrow alley in the old town.
The menu does not include anything not around in medieval times, which means you get the interesting choice of pheasant soup and rabbit stew among other culinary delights of a bygone age.
It's expensive by Riga standards, but still good value for the experience you get. Especially if you're there on a night when the aforementioned dressed-up staff give impromptu live music performances.
Vegas can be an expensive place once you've gambled, shopped and seen a few shows. Save a bit of money by eating at one of the buffets. For around $12 you get all you can eat. There's a surprisingly good range of food, including plenty of friut and veg if you starting to tire of burgers and Coke.
A lively, exciting part of town, where the trendy Catalans hang out and without the Brits abroad found chugging back cans of San Miguel as you will find on the Ramblas.
El Born has amazing bars and restaurants. Calle Banys Vells houses a great Cuban called Vieja Havana, and a cosy, romantic wine bar called Va da Vie. During the daytime El Born is home to great boutique clothes and shoe shops, although be warned, they close on Mondays.
Nearest metro station: Jaume II; main roads: Calle Argenteria, Calle Banys Vells and Passeig del Born
The café is gone but the unusually flavoured chocolates thankfully remain. The chocolates are the stars, but the pastries are also gorgeous and the chocolate-themed gifts a lot of fun - chocolate beer anyone?
C Petritxol 11-13, 08003; tel: 93 3011197
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