A superb tapas bar right in the middle of the Boqueria food market. It is a wonder to see the chefs working in such a tiny space to produce extremely fresh, rustic tapas. Wash it down with a glass of cava and soak up the hectic atmosphere of the market.
La Boqueria market, Las Rambla 91
Small square located in bohemian neighbourhood with three terraces for eating and drinking. Very nice and quiet with fairly priced meals and drinks.
To the west of the city centre - just continue walking up the Paseo de Gracia; nearest metro: Fontana
A great cheap place to eat, a good menu, for euro, pound or dollar holders, and even by rupee standards, the menu will appear cheap. The guy’s friendly, and if you speak German, and are feeling homesick, this is the place for you. Max Muller is the Delhi's Goethe Institut. German films are screened once a week, open and free to all.
Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place
Winchester is surprisingly short of good quality eateries, considering the affluence of the area. Monde is the best place to get your breakfast requirements attended to. Squeezed into several floors of a small building, it serves cooked breakfasts, sandwiches and cakes in addition to teas, coffees and juices.
On a sunny weekend morning you'll spot groups of people loitering nearby, ready to pounce on an outside table as soon as it is vacated. With the cathedral grounds a croissant's throw away, it's a great place to while away the morning or to lay plans for an assault on the nearby shops.
The Square, Winchester.
Cooperatively run vegetarian restaurant handy for the Picasso Museum and the lively bars of the Born area. It's based in a former sweetie warehouse and is a lively, informal restaurant, free of much of the worthiness that so often goes with veggie restaurants.
Choose soups, pasties or innovative pasta dishes from daily changing blackboards or pick more hearty dishes from the restaurant's menu. And do try to leave room for the fab cakes and puddings.
c Dels Flassaders 30 bis; tel 93 319 9866; Metro Jaume I; Open 1pm to midnight, Tuesday to Saturday
Rumeli Hisari is the fortress on the European side of the Bosphorus. There are about 10 cafes and restaurants nearby and they are all very popular with Istanbulites. They can get really crowded especially on weekend mornings but the wait is worth it, the place is absolutely phenomenal. And after breakfast you can have a stroll on the banks of the Bosphorus. One tip: Parking is nearly impossible, take a cab and ask to be taken to Rumeli Hisari.
IIf you’re looking for some good local beer, then try this bar – the name means ‘good beer’. It also serves other drinks of course, and very reasonably priced food. There are plenty of seats and it usually has a lively atmosphere, as it is populated by enthusiastic locals.
A delightful medium sized cafe on the European banks of the Bosphorous. There is a good variety of food on offer, both Turkish and international, and their salads are particularly good as is their chocolate-almond cake.
One of the nicest times to visit this cafe is between 5 and 7pm in summer when you can watch the sun setting over the Bosphorous and the sea ferry's travelling across it.
Just for information, Ask (pronounced Ashk) means love in Turkish.
Its on the city's beach road next to the Makro centre
Helps a lot with the altitude, is available free in most hotels, and tastes pretty good too. Hardcore travellers will want to chew the coca leaves, as the locals do, but the tea is more palatable and leaves you with a more attractive smile.
Wherever there's hot water
Cuzco can be cold in the evenings. But fear not, locals have come up with a cure. A hot glass of creamy Ponche de Leche with Pisco warms the parts other drinks cannot reach.
Perhaps the best place to enjoy this speciality is in the eccentric little place on the Plaza de Armas, alongside the Cathedral. Pretty much all they serve are Ponches de Leche, pastries, and some left-wing politics in the shape of huge Soviet posters.
A great place to warm up, wind down, and actually experience a bit of authentic Cuzco.
Many places, but Plaza de Armas is best
This tiny café offers one of the best views in Cuzco, great coffees and enormous juices. If you can secure one of the seats outside, you get to look past the nearby San Blas Church and down onto the red roofs of the city while enjoying the sun and a latte. Of course you will be asked to invest in cigarettes, paintings, postcards and so on, but it’s worth putting up with.
Above the waterfall, Plaza San Blas;
Tandapata 684, Plaza San Blas
One of the best things to do in Cuzco is to grab (it may involve inflicting minor flesh wounds) a table in one of the balcony cafes overlooking the Plaza de Armas, order a Pisco Sour and just take in the view. The Cathedral, La Compania, San Blas, laughing local children harassing tourists in quick-dry clothing … what more could you ask for?
The best restaurant in Nottingham. Serving typical dishes from around Europe, the kind of place that makes you feel proud when you find it on holiday. The atmosphere is welcoming and pleasant with an air of sophistication. Prices are very reasonable.
20/22 Broad Street; tel: 0115 950 0009
One of Istanbul’s most photographed monuments which incredibly dates back over 2,000 years, you simply cannot miss the iconic Kiz Kulesi or Maiden’s Tower, out on its own little island at the mouth of the Bosphorus.
In its capacity as customs control, defence tower, lighthouse and now restaurant, you can’t help but wonder what this intriguing structure has bore witness to over the centuries. This is truly a unique dining experience in what is itself a one-of-a-kind city.
The food is good, but who cares? It’s the view of the sun setting over old Istanbul from the tower’s summit that people really come here for.
Transfers from Salacak (Asian Side) and Ortakoy (European Side) daily – check the website for times. Booking recommended.
Tel: 0216 342 47 47
There is no shortage of good places to eat in Istanbul. Around Sultanahamet you will find many ‘tourist’ type restaurants serving a range of Turkish and western dishes.
Walking around any of the other neighbourhoods you will come across traditional Turkish concerns frequented by locals where you can try authentic food including kebabs at very reasonable prices. The roads leading up to Taksim Square from the Galata Bridge have many kebab cafes. There are several good seafood restaurants in the Kumkapi area, serving locally-caught fish.
Finally for the less adventurous, Istanbul has the usual array of global fast-food outlets scattered around.
Luxor has a good selection of places to eat, particularly in some of the large hotels.
For example, the recently-opened Indian restaurant at the Sheraton has received excellent reports and is well worth a visit. Other hotels such as the Hilton and Emilio also house very good restaurants and are open to non-residents. At the budget end, there are several good-value ‘tourist’ restaurants.
The Ramses restaurant adjacent to the Emilio on Sharia Yusef Hassan, is a very reasonable, basic place somewhat undiscovered by the bulk of tourists.
The restaurant at the St Marks Hotel on Sharia El-Karnak is cheap with pleasant service but in need of a facelift. The Amoun and El-Hussein which are next door to each other further down Sharia El-Karnak and attract large numbers of tourists, both are good value serving mainly western dishes.
Although the town isn’t renowned for its nightlife, some of the larger hotels such as the Etap and Sheraton have discos until the early hours where you can also see bellydancing shows.
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