Take a leisurely stroll along one of the prettiest and most historic routes in London. Start in the village of Blackheath and then stroll over the heath to Greenwich Park and the Royal Observatory, where you can cross GMT and get a wonderful view of London. Then down into Greenwich, through the covered market and the Naval College, past Cutty Sark, and then under the Thames to the Isle of Dogs via the century old Foot Tunnel.
From there it is only a short walk to Canary Wharf under the progressively larger shadow of the skyscrapers. On the Wharf there are restaurants, serious shopping in the indoor malls, and best of all the Jubilee Line and DLR to take you home again.
Blackheath, Greenwich, Canary Wharf
Restaurant situated down a side street between Barkers and Gap. It looks like an office block from the side but if you look carefully, you will see the entrance for the restaurant. Provides lovely views over the gardens and the south side of west london, but the restaurant is expensive in the evenings. however, the lunchtime weekday special is an absolute bargain for the location.
Kensington High St station, exit, turn right onto High St and right again at Gap. Entrance is on the right just before the square
Bar that serves food upstairs, with a restaurant for more refined dining downstairs. Excellent fresh seafood as well as a wide range of other meals made with locally sourced produce, friendly helpfull staff. Good value upstairs, worth the extra for the more special but unintimidating experience downstairs. The name is a Scots word meaning to wander.
Gibson street, round the corner from Kelvin bridge underground (exit on the right instead of taking the elevator to Gt Western road, follow the river as it flows towards the bridge that carries Gibson street over it, turn R after taking the stairs up to the bridge).
Just off Grafton Street. Beautiful breakfasts, poached eggs, muffins, smoked salmon, irish bacon, soda bread and THE most delicious coffee. Friendly staff, newspapers and generally chilled morning brekky. Perfect.
Cafe Java (South Anne Street) 5 South Anne Street, Dublin 2
New bar in trendy Jesmond district of Newcastle, underneath the Quaker Meeting House. Looks like your aunty betty's living room in the 1970s! Got to visit this surreal drinking den!
Close to Jesmond metro station
A cosy little bar and restaurant on the Shore, where you can curl up in winter with the papers over a great coffee and sit outside in the summer with a cool pint. The food's fab, whether dining in the restaurant or sharing a huge bowl of steaming mussels in the bar. And the best things... the unprententious and friendly staff, the jazz pianist, and the other clientele!
3 the Shore
A medieval-themed restaurant serving all types of medieval dishes and honey beer. All staff wear servants’ clothing and lighting is provided by candles on the tables.
Vana turg 1, near the Old Square; www.oldehansa.com
Theatre ship with bed and breakfast facilities and bar. Totally unexpected cross cultural place to stay. Tone Holmen, one of the owners, is a great cook and speaks perfect English and Spanish, the ambience is terrific and the price of a bed for the night is reasonable for Oslo. The beer isn't very expensive either. The fjord is usually calm and it's a delightful experience to sit and look out over the sea while enjoying a cool lager and listening to some Afro-Caribbean music. Very near the main shopping centre, kindly hosts and lovely views.
Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunic's 1996 concrete and glass confection, nicknamed "Fred and Ginger" because it resmbles a pair of male and female dancers, is a refreshingly modern touch amid all the baroque beauties. There's a restaurant at the top with views, La Perle de Prague - but it's pricey.
For live music, check www.livemusicvancouver.com
The best hostel in the city (during the summer) is the Jericho Beach Hostel. They organize all sorts of bar-crawls, vollyball and the usual BS. Plus it's a giant dorm right on the beach.
However, if you're coming here anywhere outside of summer, stay here www.samesun.com/vancouver_hostel.html or check out the Cambie Hostel/Bar. Both Hostels have good bars with cheap $6-10 pitchers of beer, full of ex-pats, and opportunities to go into the interior/Banff ect. The Cambie is a rowdy dive of a bar, so expect picnic tables, and lot's of beer being tossed everywhere by 19-23yr olds.
There are a few smaller hotels around Robson St. for about $90CAD a night. There's a million luxury hotels such as the Opus Hotel, and Hotel Vancouver (google for info).
For restaurants, you can either score $0.99 sushi on Davie St or check this www.straight.com/content.cfm?id=12744 (Best of Vancouver).
Contrary to popular belief, it's not 100% legal here. However use common sense and you'll be fine. There are a few cafes around town, and an actual store operating called 'Vancouver Connection'. Read this magazine: www.cannabisculture.com/ and ask around the forum.
Get on the skytrain and get off on Broadway St. Make your way down commercial drive towards the water and you'll come across a billion artist-run centres/cafes/bars galore.
If you really want to do something awesome, look for vacation cabins along Shushwap Lake, Christina Lake, or the millions of other cabins. Rent a boat and party till the sun comes up on the beach in Osoyoos or whatever. Not cheap :(
Finally, if you want to check out local punk/metal bands, meet awesome people and drink the cheapest booze on the planet go here www.thecobalt.net
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It is worth walking to Vinohrady to eat or go for a drink - there are a number of great bars and restaurants that aren't as crowded by tourists. They're also a lot cheaper than bars or restaurants in Staromestske or Wenceslas square.
From Wenceslas square go toward the museum, then bear right. or get the trams/tube to nam. miru or IP Pavlova.
Five victorian shopping arcades which run off St Mary Street and High Street. The arcades are shopping centres as Jules Verne might have imagined them; beautifully ornate yet ever-so-slightly ramshackle. Full of interesting independent shops and cafes.
Walk along St Mary Street and High Street and you can't miss them!
Lovely 24-hour Art Deco rail car diner in Chelsea area. There's an old piano in one corner, and the place has a very charming feel. Food is great, all-day breakfasts, club sandwiches, omelettes and specials board. Cosy little booths too (candlelit at night!), an ideal place to spend an hour or so, sipping coffee after your breakfast, gazing on 10th Avenue, pretending you're a New Yorker.
22nd & 10th Avenue, Midtown west, NY 10011-4711
Pálffy Palác is a bit like Prague itself: romantic and dark. You dine in a room lit only by candles but you can still make out the past grandeur of this 17th century palace. Oh and the food is excellent too - definitely nouvelle by Czech standards, but also great value and tasty. Do book.
It's a typical bar in La Habana Vieja (Old Havana), where the first daiquiri was made, years ago. The daiquiri is a delicious drink made of rum, lemon juice and tons of ice!
Obispo No.557 esq. a Monserrate, Habana Vieja, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba;
tel: (53-7) 867 1300
Riga has lots of really excellent restaurants but they get very busy on a Saturday night. So book in advance. Perhaps because Latvian is such a hard language, most people speak some English. One really good place is Melnie Muki in Jana seta - one of the most detailed menus I've seen.
Melnie Muki is in Jana Seta ("seta" means street) which is in the old town. It looks a bit like a Swiss chalet from the outside.
I hate to give away this secret, but here goes: on old town square, somewhat across from the astrological clock, there is a hotel called U Prince. Go in the back and take the elevator to the top, and from there take the stairs up. You'll be rewarded with a restaurant/cafe on the roof, sporting probably the best view of Prague.
Staromestske Namesti 29, Praha 1
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