If you are in Montpellier for more than a couple of days, you need a cheap, friendly, local restaurant that won’t drain the budget. La Tomate, situated on a tiny picturesque square in the old town, offers a fantastic three-course meal for just €11.
La Tomate, 6, Rue Four des Flammes, 34000 Montpellier;
Tel : 04.67.60.49.38
This is an internet cafe on the steps leading up (past the British Embassy) to the castle. Run by an English chap and his Czech wife, it's a great place for a swift beer/coffee whilst getting internet access.
Thunovska 21/195, Praha 1 - Mala Strana www.cizi.cz/ruze.php
Copenhagen has nine restaurants with one or two stars according to the Michelin Guide.
If you're looking for fine dining then pull out your trusty copy of Le Guide (you always carry it with you, don't you?) and get ready for a taste experience.
The hot spot for young, hungover city dwellers. You're lucky to get a table on a Saturday but try the Hang-over Brunch and, if necessary, order a painkiller pill with it.
Brunch is served from 10-13 except Saturday 10-12 and Sunday 10-15.
In town at:
Tel: (+45)33 13 50 60
A delightful restaurant down on the Rocks serving beautifully fresh fish and other quality Aussie produce with innovative and Asian twists. Try the six tastes, fresh from the sea. Also, if you can, sit in the bar area not the main restaurant: from here you can see the kitchen at work!
Rockpool, 107 George St, The Rocks, Sydney
Tel: +61 2 9252 1888
This is for all the backpackers amongst you. Emre's is a tiny kebab shop next to Scruffy Murphys Irish Bar which is located just off George St. It does the greatest post-pub kebabs I have ever had. Chicken or meat with mountains of salad and loads of sauces to try. It just has to be done!
Goulburn St, Sydney
A quintessential Sydney institution is the Sydney fish markets in Pyrmont. If you're there over the weekend - go for lunch and have a look around the markets. Either you can buy a seafood platter there including a dozen oysters for $12 and a bottle of young Semillon and eat on the harbour side (beer battered snapper is ace) or buy some green king prawns and whatever else takes your fancy and head to a beach (Bondi or Coogee are good) spark up one of the barbies there and make you own seafood feast.
For breakfast, Bills is a Sydney institution. There are two locations - Crown Street in Surry Hills and Darlinghurst. Must trys are ricotta hotcakes or the sweetcorn fritters. Make sure you do brunch at least one day of your stay as I swear nowhere in the UK does brunch like Sydney does. If you can't get to Bills and want a view Ripples cafe across the harbour from the city is a lovely place for brunch. Yellow at Potts Point Maclay Street is also good.
A cafe/bar with wonderful snacks and coffee at very reasonable prices - 2 cappucinos and 2 krafens (like doughnuts) at half the price of 2 cappucinos near St Marks. We heard Italians coming out and agreeing that the coffee was excellent - a real complement.
On Campo San Stefano, near Accademia bridge and Vaporetto stop.
For quintessential Sydney I would recommend Icebergs it really is a must go to place. It has stunning views overlooking Bondi beach and a really good vibe - great if you fancy a night of cocktails and champagne - this is where all the beautiful people go. Try to get there early before sunset so you can take in the amazing views. The restaurant is very good here and great for either a lunch or supper but equally you can just enjoy a cocktail here. The food is fab although it is the view that is king.
Bondi Icebergs Club
1 Notts Avenue
Sydney does Japanese food far better than the UK. A fun budget option is Ju-Ju’s in Kings Cross, a typical izakaya, complete with karaoke in the corner. For a special night out Tetsuya’s is undeniably one of the great restaurants of the world, but if you want great food without the name-dropping, Uchi Lounge on Brisbane Street provides impeccable quality for in-the-know locals – there’s a no-booking policy at the weekend so get there early!
(Ju-Ju’s, Bayswater Road, Kings Cross, NSW 2011. (02) 9357 7100)
(Uchi Lounge, 15 Brisbane Street, Darlinghurst. NSW 2010. (02) 92613524)
(Tetsuya’s, 529 Kent Street, CBD NSW 2000. (02) 9267 2900)
Bar and restaurant.
Converted Catholic church in the city centre, all the features have been kept including the 300-year-old stained glass windows. Hundreds of candles adorn the building - it is beautiful.
Seel Street, Liverpool. Just accross the way from FACT
We had the best meal I have ever eaten at this place - go for the menu degustacion - 8 courses, all fantastic; plus excellent and reasonably priced wine - good Douro for 2.50 euros a glass! Total for 2 of us (including a bottle of cava) was 100 euros - great value!
Call Conde de Almodovar 4
Depends how you wake up - hungover or feeling fresh. Either walk or run from Bronte to Bondi north. Grab breakfast at brown sugar and after showering etc ... head to Tamarama beach (if you cannot bodysurf well stay on the beach and play beach volleyball - it can get pretty rough in there).
After an afternoon here, stop by icebergs in Bondi on your way back home for a drink. Make your way down to the botanic gardens to watch the sunset with a picnic dinner. Finally, grab a few mates and get into your car and head up to palm or whale beach for the night. Relax there the whole next day doing whatever you please...
guide books??? google these places...
Venice is a stange and wonderful place - full of quirks and idiosyncracies, and while often (but not always - go when it's freezing!) filled with tourists, it does what it can for its own, and its regulars. Apparently there are three prices - Tourist, Italian, and Venetian. If you're a regular face in a restaurant or cafe, you'll notice prices dropping significantly over time (depending on how long you stay!) - one night I was out to dinner with one of my friends, and supper was free!
Still, people complain about high prices in Venice, even the Venetians. I think the British are lucky on any trip, because there is no way you'll pay coffee and sandwich prices that we do over here! Just have a 'toast' (ham and cheese toasted sandwich) and a coffee and you'll pay 3 Euro depending on where you go. Even my Milanese friend couldn't believe prices in DuChamp on Camp Santa Margerita ("But how is it possible? I don't understand. HOW is it possible?") So, don't always believe the myths.
Also, hotels often decrease prices significantly in low season, and while often freezing, it is worth it for a deserted San Marco, and a real look at Venice.
A great website by Krysve. Hotel information and booking for four good hotels (Salieri, Art Deco, Al Sole, Florida) as well as photos of Venice (including some taken in March this year - really a fantastic experience in Venice!). This site is well-maintained and a wonderful resource for anyone who is in love with or who wants to visit Venice. Certainly the creator of the website loves the city maybe more than anyone I else I met during my stay. Try it!
I lived in Sydney for 6 months and Bécasse is divine. There's nothing flashy or garish about Bécasse but it will stand out as one of the most memorable dining experiences you'll ever have. The muted, elegant decor is the perfect complement to the superbly created dishes. The decadent degustation menu is seven courses of heaven.
48 Albion St
A visit to the original Doyle's restaurant at Watson's Bay is a must. The Doyle's family has been serving the freshest seafood there for over 100 years. Take a taxi, or even better a ferry, in the evening to sit on the verandah eating fish and chips and watching the most spectacular sunset disappear behind the towers in the city. It's a bit pricey for a backpacker, but well worth a trip out of the city.
11 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay
A hip little collection of cake shops, cafes, restaurants, an Apple Mac shop, and a good supermarket. Grab a coffee and sit and watch Bangkok's finest come and go in their new 4WDs.
Thonglor Soi 15. Get a cab from Thonglor BTS station if you don't want to cab it all the way.
Bangkok is actually a very hip place; the people are entrepreneurial and have a great sense of style. Playground is a mini-mall with a great magazine selection, a couple of cafes and a good restaurant on the top floor, a bookstore, clothes, great regular art shows and other designy things to look at.
It's on Thonglor (Sukhumvit Soi 55). Get the BTS to Thonglor then a cab up the road. Playground is on the right. Or just get a cab from wherever you are, it's cheap.
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