Stunningly beautiful decor and fabulous music. Come and have just the one drink, unless you're loaded, and take in this Parisian beauty. And buy a cd on the way out. La Suite is highly recommended.
239 rue St-Honore
Telephone: (00 33 1) 4244 5000
Typical local bar - great selection of European beers and the best Patatas Bravas in Madrid! Head down at dusk on a warm summer's evening to soak up the traditional Madrid atmosphere. There are dozens of tapas bars lining the street facing the park, and often buskers providing a bit of live music.
On the corner of Calle de Valmojado and Calle Illescas (Parque de Aluche), Aluche; nearest metro: Aluche/ Campamento
There are many horror stories about Main and Hastings but head south on Main, out of Downtown, and it dramatically changes. It's a very busy shopping area and from about 8th onwards there are a number of small bars, coffee shops and eateries that you can relax in. Heading further south (from 18th onwards) there are quaint antique and bric-a-brac shops to browse in. For a great value pizza check out Cipriano's near the self serve car wash (at King Edward), you will be taking a doggy bag home!
Main Street (8th Street and anywhere south)
Lagkegehuset is a fantastic bakery in Christianshavn, 10 minutes walk from the centre. This part of town is really much nicer that the touristy centre, so if you want a feel of the real Copenhagen, go there.
The breads-cakes are extremely good and they use mainly organic ingredients. The stone-oven-baked ciabatta is soft, even after five days. The staff are friendly and they serve coffee which you can drink seated on bar-stools facing the canal through the big, opening windows.
Torvegade 45, Copenhagen; tel +45 3257 3607;
www.lagkagehuset.dk/ (only in Danish)
Lovely small restaurant, family run, excellent local atmosphere. Delicious lomo de buey (beef fillet), brought to the table salted and uncooked, along with a scorching hot earthen dish on which to cook the meat in front of you as you talk and eat.
Lovely manchego chipped from a wheel as you enter and brought to the table, good wines, and delicious desserts. Excellent for a solid Spanish meal without all of the touristy tat. Food usually 15€-20€.
Plaza de la Marina Española, Metro Santo Domingo
It is THE shopping street of philly. There are some shops which are difficult to find even in Manhanttan since they are shops that originally started out in Philly, eg Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, etc. An added bonus is a branch of ING bank right on Walnut that offers free internet and where refreshments are served - a perfect hiatus from all the shopping to catch up on your emails. Weary shoppers can round off their day by getting their well earned rest in Rittenhouse Square, one of the most pleasant green spots in Philly. Walnut Street also has some of the best and most expensive restaurants to boot. One of my favourites is a Japanese restaurant called Shiroi Hana just off Walnut street on the 15th.
An area of the city a lot of tourists shy away from but full of great bars and resturants, live music street performers and pleasantly free of shops selling toro t-shirts and flamenco aprons.
Calle Argumosa is one long stretch of terrazas in which to drink red wine and watch the world go by, and in the narrow side streets there are great little bars everywhere. La Candela is great for real flamenco and late drinks.
Metro Lavapies or Anton Martin. La Candela. Calle del Olmo
When you reach the sea you'll be at Muizenberg, the traditional Jewish beach of Cape Town. You'll then pass along the coast through the sea fishing resorts of Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek. You can buy gurnod straight from the boat. The final station is Simonstown which used to be a Royal Navy base. Nearby are the famous penguins. Have a seafood dinner with chilled Cape chardonnay from the neaby vineyards.
Restaurant right on the harbour with views of Ithaka beyond. Really good dolmades (stuffed vine leaves) and excellent lamb souvlaki (kebab). Very relaxed atmosphere, friendly service etc.
On the sea-front in Agia Efimia, email@example.com, tel 26740.61739
An absolute gem of an Indian restaurant, tucked away in an unexpected spot. Best service I have experienced, a fabulous menu and a grand decor. This place is packed every night of the week, but we still made sure we took every visitor we had in 9 months!
Calle Zurbano, metro Alonso Martinez
Go out at typical UK times and try to eat lunch or dinner and you'll find yourself in an empty restaurant (if you can find one open), being laughed at by the staff and in bed before the Madrilenos have put their make up on.
Small lightly fried very mild green chillies. They taste great with a small glass of beer. A plate of 20-30 lightly fried mild green chillies, all seemingly harmless until you eat the rogue chilli! Uncomfortably hot and a source of great amusement for your companions.
Any tapas bar
A simple bar where you can find beer and marisco (sea food) by weight. Its always busy and it's in the centre of shopping neighbourhood Barrio de Salamanca. So it's the greatest pit stop.
Cervecería La Cruz Blanca
Goya, 70 (esq. Alcalá)
Tel: 91 575 00 52
Albert Dock on the waterfront. Classy bar with booths and lounge for glammed up crowd. The best reason for visiting is the huge bay windows that at night show a lit up albert dock with the Liver Building in the distance.
Albert Dock, 10 mins walk from Liverpool Lime Street
It might well have been because the week leading up to my visit had been extraordinarily tough, but this hotel was a godsend.
Greeted by musicians in Tibetan dress, you enter the main lobby decorated by miniature stupas: from the enormous main window you can see the eyes of the Boudannath peeping over the rooftops.
Fantastic buffet and underground bar too, all for about £70 a night.
PO Box 9609, Taragaon, Boudha, Kathmandu Tel: 00 977 1 4491234
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