A large cafe/bar/restaurant with a great atmosphere, cheap food and good service. It’s a lovely place to sit and watch people. I highly recommend their unique hot chocolate, it tastes like hot chocolate mousse. They have vanilla and hazelnut flavour as well. It gets very busy after concerts as all the performers go there. There’s frequent live music as well.
Prid Dvorom, by the clock tower at the end of the Stradum;
tel: 020 321 414
Small, completely unpretentious restaurant/bar serving a stunning selection of tapas, raciones, meals, including great ibérico hams, bull tail, lamb sweet breads etc. Good wines, and low prices.
C/ La Torre, 8 Jerez; tel: 32 29 15
It's a tapas restaurant. Eating out in Lanzarote can be difficult, there's a lot of very average places, but this is a little gem. Very simple food in a very relaxed setting just off the beaten track.
La Geria,, Yaiza, Lanzarote www.el-chupadero.com/bodega/bodega_index.html
Fantastic Samuel Smith’s pub on Fleet Street. Great Sam Smith's ales - Old Brewery Bitter etc - one of the cheapest brews in London, but still great quality. Friendly staff, good food in 'chop room' and from the bar. The building is fantastic – don’t make the mistake of standing in the small bar at the entrance - there's a whole warren of bars and rooms all over the pub - the basement is particularly good.
145 Fleet Street - look for the illuminated cube sign outside then go up the little alley to the door; nearest tube: City Thameslink.
Come here for a really excellent Thai meal for around £6 for a main course. You'll get reliably good food at a bargain price, good beer brought to your table and a pleasant, friendly atmosphere. I've been going here for years and it's never let me down. It's best to phone and book a table.
119 Kensington Church Street, London, W8; tel: 0207 792 1246
A Sydney icon. Harry's Cafe de Wheels has long been held in high esteem as the premium pie-lovers late night eatery. Open late into the night, the vaudeville-style caravan offers drinker, thinkers, and tinkers the best in baked and savoury goods.
Try the Tiger, the café’s house special. There’s a hearty serving of gravy in both layers, all served up with mash and mushy peas. Dynamite.
Cowper Wharf Rd, Woolloomooloo, Sydney
A modern creperie - boasting two branches either side of Grafton St - that serves tasty French treats in a variety of sweet and savoury flavours as well as toasted sandwiches. The main reason that I visit is for the coffee, which I believe to be the best in Dublin.
Dawson St, South William St
Nestled high in the hills, this is Ireland's highest pub. Great seafood, a scenic drive and heaps of good music.
Glencullen Cross, Glencullen; An irregular bus service leaves from the city centre; To drive head south for Enniskery and take the turnoff for Glencullen. The pub sits on right-hand side of road
This place is indispensable for brunches. It's usually pretty quiet on a Saturday/Sunday morning, which makes it very relaxing for the hungover. Try the peanut butter and banana malt and pancakes with bacon and maple syrup.
Eagle Bar and Diner, Rathbone Place, London W1
(off Oxford Street, near Tottenham Court Rd tube station)
This is a combined bar, cafe/deli, restaurant and club with an excellent location on the Esplanade. The punters can sometimes be a bit bland (office girls and suits on the prowl) but the food is good and the Kellobaari at the back is pretty cool.
Teatteri, Pohjoisesplanadi, Helsinki;
This casual place has a brilliant location right on the Esplanade. Downstairs is a self-service cafe; upstairs, the comfortable library bar and a restaurant serving Scandinavian/Continental food.
People have been drinking in a pub on this site since 1198. Great atmosphere, peat fires, a wonderful smoking zone forecourt, and the stew is quite something. Hey, it's even a wireless hot spot.
20 Lower Bridge Steet, just off Merchant's Quay
A new and very cool bookstore in the heart of Palermo Hollywood, where most of the local TV,
radio and film studios are located. Set in a typical Casa Chorizo, this beautiful libreria framed in mahogany bookshelves, offers meals in a quaint setting, with a full bar and cafe set in the back.
An ample selection of English language books plus local guides make it a perfect stop for
a quiet moment for a 'cortado' after eating at one of the local eateries or before checking out
the BA nightlife.
Bloody good pizza. The service can be a bit unfriendly, and they rush you a bit, but the pizza is worth it. The location, not far from Piazza Navona, is great as well. It's listed in all the guide books.
Via Governo Vecchio 114, behind Piazza Navona.
A small chain of cafe bars offering quality and value for money. The two city centre ones are in lovely old buildings, and they combine a nice old-fashioned character with a quality range of Italian influenced food. They don't take bookings, but have an efficient queuing system, so they are probably one of the best places to go if you find yourself without a booking on a Friday or Saturday night.
South Great George's Street and Grafton Street
Their gluttonous "roasts in a roll" are something you'd get in Valhalla - great haunches of meat carved into enormous home-baked rolls with delicious spreads. They make excellent soups, salads and pizzas, but it's with their chocolate brownies that Gruel truly excels: big heavy slabs, crisp on top, gooey in the middle, baked several times a day with quality ingredients.
The atmosphere's good, the staff are enthusiastic and there's a new spacious room downstairs, perfect for mislaying the rest of your afternoon in. This is the best lunch in Dublin.
68A Dame Street, Dublin 2; tel: +353 (0) 1 670 7119
The Cobalt is easy to miss – it’s located on the ground floor of a Georgian townhouse on a largely residential street on the northside. Its only identifiable from a dark blue sign on the doorway. However, inside it’s lovely: a simple cafe with basic but tasty sandwiches and snacks in two elegant rooms and an outdoor garden, decorated with art for sale.
The Cobalt is only open for lunch with occasional evening music events. It’s popular, so to get a seat try to be in before 1pm.
It’s probably the most stylish place for a cheap(ish) lunch in Dublin.
16 North Great George's Street (just north of Parnell Street East)
A Mexican bar/restaurant found on Broughton Street. The food is pretty basic fare, but is a reasonable price and the restaurant is always busy. It's a great place to go for lunch or a light evening meal or even just some drinks with friends, with a good atmosphere and a great location.
It's simple, but effective.
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