Most certainly THE place to be seen in Shanghai, this classy split bar and restaurant has magnificent views over the Bund and the Pudong skyline.
You can't be seen coming here by public transport. Taxi - find No.5 The Bund (at the corner of Guangdong Lu) and head up to the 7th floor. www.m-onthebund.com/
Cafe Popular and Cafe Tacuba are both intsitutions and deliver the authentic DF experience. Cafe Popular is great for good value breakfasts with tons of food and coffee. Can get very busy as it's (as the name suggests) very popular with the locals. Cafe de Tacuba is a bit more expensive but a real experience with waiting staff in pinnies and 50's style head-dresses. Very colourful decor and delicious food. I recommend the hot chocolate and sweet breads. Great to people watch, especially on a Sunday when clans of "chilangos" head out for food.
Cafe Popular - 5 de Mayo Street; Cafe de Tacuba - Tacuba Street nr Allende Metro.
The best breakfasts in America - the blueberry pancakes are to die for, though my sister swears by the banana and pecan ones. Absolutely no frills, but friendly service and great food make this a must for breakfast if you're visiting Boston.
Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe, 429 Columbus Avenue, Boston; Open Mon-Fri, 6am-2.30pm, and Sat, 7.30am-1pm; Tel: +1 (617) 536-7669; Nearest stations: Back Bay or Mass Ave; www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/food_drink/cheap/documents/04122414.asp
Chinese Restaurant in Dalston. Located in an old pie and mash shop, Shanghai is by far the best Chinese in east London. On Sundays, they have an all you can eat buffet, which includes duck with plum sauce and pancakes.
41 Kingsland High Street; tel: 020 7254 2878
Dalston in East London has the most amazing selection of Turkish/ Kurdish restaurants ... homemade bread, soups and meats all cooked over hot coals ... Fill up for around a fiver.
Kingsland High Street, London E8 up to N16
Doyles at Watsons Bay is a legendary Sydney seafood restaurant. There are other Doyles resturants at Circular Quay and Darling Harbour, but nothing beats arriving by ferry, then sitting practically on the beach with the freshest seafood and a fabulous bottle of wine, watching the boats go past.
Watsons Bay ferry from Circular Quay; Tel: (02) 9337 1572; www.doyles.com.au/wharf.html
An old, old tip, this. Slap bang in the centre of the city, you'll probably have passed by this huge department store on a number of occasions if you've been to Paris. If you fancy a good cheap meal with an excellent view then grab a plate in the restaurant on one of the upper floors. Admittedly the decor is somewhat drab, and you're unlikely to bump into any of Paris's chic set (most of the clientelle look like octogenarians) but if you get a table by the window then none of that matters. This is also a good spot for using the toilet if you get caught short.
BHV, 52/64 Rue de Rivoli, near Hotel de Ville metro.
Budget priced, filling and very good vegetarian food in the heart of town. On the menu is always a light option, a lunch option, a dinner special, soup, and quiche and a salad. The food is very healthy and wholefoody but you won't leave hungry. You could eat there all week and not get bored. Prices range from £3 to £6.50. It gets very busy, and is very cosy so be prepared to queue at times and especially to share a table. Also bear in mind that it's bad etiquette to reserve seats before getting your food! You can also do take-away.
31 Neal Street; Tube: Covent Garden or Leicester Square
Vegetarian fast food cafe in Kreuzberg, selling 29 different veggie burgers, gorgeous chips (fried with skins still on) and salad, plus tofu curry wurst and a variety of other vegan treats, topped off with lovely juices or beers. 7 euros buys you a burger, chips, salad and a drink. The staff were very friendly (and speak good english when your German lapses) and it stays open until 1am at the weekends.
wienerstresse 19, berlin 10999; www.yellow-sunshine.com/
Brunch 11am on a Sunday. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, swing round to your left and head to the waterfront. Perched on the water with a still stunning (Post 9/11) view of the Financial District. Great American food (especially fish) and great service.
1 Water Street Brooklyn (Go to the Town Hall stop on Manhattan and walk across)
Xocoa is a small chocolatier chain in Barcelona (its name is Catalan for cocoa) but as well as the customary sweet treats sold, especially during easter when they build large chocolate models.
Cr. Petrixol (off Cr. Portaferrisa); Nearest Metro: Placa Catalunya, Liceu
Not just for hardcore fans of Sex and the City. Amongst its other delicacies, their huge, creamy cupcakes are the popular choice - these are so popular that the bakery has put a limit to how many one customer can buy!
401 Bleeker Street (10th and Bleeker)
It's the most fantastic classic Italian espresso bar, and the perfect place to spend an hour or so - whether for a coffee at its long sleek bar, or for a bowl of steaming home-made pasta round the kitchen table, cooked in front of you by Italian mammas. Everybody who is anybody goes there.
Bourke Street, Melbourne (nearest station: Parliament) Open Mon-Sat 8am-11.30pm, Sun 12 Noon-8pm Tel 03 9662 1885 No URL but a review can be found here www.miettas.com/Australia/Victoria/Melbourne/PellegriniS.html
The Cafe at the NSW supreme court is open to the public and does gorgeous food. It's cheap and offers excellent views of the city from it's high level (can't remember which floor). Only available for lunch!
It is on the corner of Macquarie Street and Queen's Square opposite the Mint. Near St. James station.
An institution on K Rd this cafe/bar/restaurant has been around since the early 90's. Its a relaxed affair with interesting clientele, a great wine list and excellent music. A perfect place to do some general lounging around.
168 Karangahape Road; Mon-Sat: 11am till late (Fri & Sat even later!), Sun: 5pm till latish; www.verona.co.nz
One of my favourite restaurants deep in the heart of the old centre of Genoa, just around the corner from the Cattedrale San Lorenzo. Serves both traditional and modern Ligurian cuisine in stylish surroundings. Prices are reasonable and the wine selection is good too.
Piazza Invrea, 3 R; Tel: 247 0823; www.squarciafico.it
In a sea of Irish and chain bars, it was refreshing to find this local pub/restuarant that brewed its own beer locally (in Brooklyn). There are three of these places in New York, one of them being in Union square. They have delightful beers tastin like orange, cinnamon, red fruit. They let you taste it before you buy it and i was told that they change the ingredients every month or so. They also do food and the portions were generous and the food delicious. The place has a lot of locals there especially people going there after work or pre-theatre. I enjoyed it immensely and thoroughly recommend it. The closest I have found in London has been the Bunker in Covent Garden and the Freedom bar off Carnaby street.
Tucked down Spring Street, this little brasserie is a great place to rest your weary feet after a hard day's shopping in Soho. It's pricey and you may have to wrestle for a table or a space at the bar but the Bloody Mary's are worth it!
80 Spring Street, NY 10012 212 965-1785 www.newyorkmetro.com/frame/set.htm?site=http://balthazarny.com
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