Vegetarium is a great vegetarian/vegan restaurant in the heart of the city. A wonderful restaurant: great atmosphere, very helpful staff, and the food is excellent. A great choice of dishes, both vegetarian and vegan, many of these are from Hungarian cuisine. They have menus available in English. The place doesn't have the feeling of abstinence that many vegetarian restaurants seem to have in Europe - very warm and inviting.
Vegetarium, 5, Cukor Utca 5; tel: 1 48 40 848
Hate the corporate tat of Oxford Street? Fed up with the tourists in Covent Garden? Too old for Camden Lock, but still want that eclectic edge? Try Church Street. Several chintzy, eclectic little boutiques and bric a brac shops, a couple of decent second hand bookshops, and loads of decent ethnic restaurants (Indian and Thai particularly well represented).
Seven Sisters tube, then a 243, 149, 73 or 76 bus. Alternatively, the overland station at Stoke Newington
Home of Whistler's best burgers, fries and ice cream. Everything is made fresh daily. Choose from over 20 different toppings and homemade sauces. The best burger you'll ever eat.
105-4369 Main Street; tel: 604 938 9300
The white chocolate and macadamia nut cookies served in the mountain restaurants are sublime. If you want to try a regional speciality, chocolatey Nanaimo bars are super sweet and packed with sugar - clearly an essential energy-boosting snack.
Lovely restaurant in one of those old French colonial mansions. Sit on the wooden porch, amidst tropical plants, caressed by the breeze from old-fashioned ceiling fans and have a delicious leisurely lunch. The four cheese pizza is to die for...honestly.
Impeng Road, near the temple, Wat Impeng
In an area heavy with pizza competition, this little place is a slice of the unusual. Excellent pizza and garlic bread, but it’s the décor that makes it stand out – the walls are covered in graffiti. Fully sanctioned by the owners, customers have recorded their thoughts for posterity, spidery handwriting reaching all the way to the ceiling. It makes for interesting reading as you enjoy your pizza.
On the little street behind the Virgen Milagrosa Church next to Kennedy Park, Miraflores.
A kind of Shangri-la for fast food lovers, an oasis of pepperoni and mozzarella in a desert of rice. An entire street dedicated to the worship of deep-dish and stuffed crust, located just two blocks from the buzzing Ovalo at the heart of the plush district of Miraflores. Don’t waste time comparing menus – they have whatever you want, as long as you want pizza, so just tuck in.
Opposite Kennedy Park, Miraflores.
Newly opened space devoted to organic food - shop and restaurant. Menu is a bit limited and they're overawed by their own tandoor, but all in all, it's a nice relaxing place to eat breakfast/lunch and the food is absolutely fresh.
Al. Franca, 1590 (Jardins)
This restaurant does really fabulous food and has a lovely interior - modern, but warm and cosy. I had the most amazing carrot soup there, really tasty, though it's not veggie. There's obviously a Hungarian influence but it's a bit more modern than some of the standard stuff you get elsewhere.
Magyar Utca 12-14
061 483 1355
An old 15th century grand house with an open courtyard that overlooks the Alhambra which is floodlit at night. There are inward and outward facing rooms. Very atmospheric and within easy walking distrance of the Albaicin area. Has Ac and central heating. Very cosy in Jan this year 2006. Helpful staff.
Dine at El Huerto de Juan Ranas which over looks the alhambra, tapas at bodega castaneda in calle almireceros.
Cuesta De La ictoria 9m 18010 Granda
Tel +34 958 221 100
It's a classic old style bar/bistro/restaurant with a bit of style and little pretension. Quality food, and wine of course, it's smokey and well decorated, a picture of classical South American dining.
Liguria. Av. Providencia 1373.
Metro Tobalaba (North exit).
No trip to Whistler is complete without a visit to Shakespeare’s pie shop
– it’s hands down the best spot for a snack in town.
They offer a mouthwatering selection of freshly made pies, and it’s great value for money. It’s very popular locally, and you’ll often spot some of Whistler’s many resident top pro skiers and snowboarders in there.
201-4000 Whistler Way
Tel: +1 604 935 1743
Great street to explore for cafes, restaurants and shopping. There’s Greek, Italian, Turkish and Lebanese food. Highlights are : Mediterranean Wholesalers - an Italian supermarket - A1, Tabett's Lebanese bakeries and Istanbul Meats. Just wander up and down the street and find lots of hidden gems.
North Coburg tram goes there from Elizabeth St in the City
I don’t recommend anyone to go anywhere near this "housing development". Taxi drivers won't take you there and the police only go there in extreme cases, usually by the dozen (of vans), but on Sundays there´s a great market in "The Alameda de Hercules". Try the food in Los Robles (calle Argote de Molina), it’s not cheap, but the food is great.
On Thursdays there´s a street market called “El Jueves”. On Wednesdays they put a sign on the church door which says "tomorrow is Thursday", just in case you forgot it's Wednesday.
Some things may have changed in the 20 years since I lived there but the art school dance goes on forever. Avoid if possible La plaza de la Pulmareja, which is close to La Macarena, but try to visit La Plaza de San Romanand and the bar of the same name. They have a blackboard which counts down the days to La Madrugá, the night between Thursday and Good Friday when the Cristo de Los Gitanos goes out for a walk. I once saw and heard Cameron de la Isla singing Saetas there, spinechilling.
c/ Argote de Molina is one minute from the cathedral
Don’t miss the selection of cake shops on Acland Street in the beach resort of St Kilda, only a short tram ride from the city centre but well worth a stroll - so many chocolate and cream delicious items in consecutive windows, you’ll want to try (and fail to finish) more than one.
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