Mauthalle is one of the biggest medieval buildings in the centre of Nürnberg. Built in 1498 it was first used as a depository for salt and wheat. From the 1800's it was used to house municipal offices.
And after being burnt down during the second world war, it was restored to its former glory in the 1950's. Today it houses a shopping centre and in the basement is a restaurant and brewery called Barfüsser.
Königstrasse & An der Mauthalle (in the old town)
The best shellfish in the city: try the clams in garlic and parsley. In fact, try everything. The waiters are seriously professional, the tiles are seriously garish, the food is seriously good.
Av. Almirante Reis, 1-H;
tel: 21 885 1024;
A fabulous, genuinely Portuguese restaurant serving traditional food which is also extremely trendy, glamorous and VERY gay! Right in the middle of the Bairro Alto next to all the action.
Rua da Atalaia 57, Bairro Alto;
Metro: Baixa Chiado;
tel: 21 346 48 11;
Reserve a table as there are only two timetables allowed, 20.30 or 22.30
No visit to Lisbon can possibly be complete without a trip to the Graça. The Graça has the feel of a small town that is separate from the city. It has lots of cheap restaurants and cafes and two patios that offer spectacular views over Lisbon.
Take the 28 tram from the city centre and travel through the narrow winding streets, past the Cathedral and the magnificent Church of São Vicente de Fora and the steep cobbles Rua Voz do Operário, then get off at the Largo da Graça and make your way to the outdoor cafe on the Miradouro da Graça.
If you're feeling a little more energetic, then take the 10-minute walk up to the Miradoura da Nossa Senhora da Monte - the view is reward in itself. Afterwards, take a leisurely stroll down to one of the many cafes and restaurants for an unbelievably cheap meal.
If you go on a Tuesday or a Saturday, then don't miss the Feira da Ladrã flea market that is held behind the Vicente de Fora church - you can even have a meal at the church's cafe, and eat on the roof with stunning views over the Alfama rooftops and the River Tagus.
A delicatessen and cafe on the harbour. Great place for coffee or lunch, and next door to the ubertrendy Lux nightclub.
Av. Infante D. Henrique Armazém B Loja 8;
tel: 218 862 070
T.: +351 218 862 070
A traditional Alentejan joint in Bairro Alto, where diminutive space is inversionally proportional to the food quality. Forget the mercurial service: the gambas ao alho (garlic sauce shrimps) may be the best you´ll ever taste. Nice value, too.
No sign, but it’s on a corner of Rua do Norte (number 46), low Bairro Alto;
tel: 21 346 4265
Open every day except Monday from 7pm
This tiny village in the outskirts of Cuenca is renowned amongst locals for its food, and caters for all tastes … provided you want meat. It comes in all shapes and sizes, but it’s fresh and there’s plenty of it. Served with local favourites mote (corn kernels) and llapingachos (potato cakes), and washed down with a beer, it’s carnivore heaven. And then of course there’s the guinea pig. Spit-roasted and served whole, you’ll never look at Fluffy the same way again.
There are a number of these restaurants, but El Tequila or El Campo are recommended. To get there take a short taxi-ride, or hop on a No. 19 bus from the centre.
Mexican food, Ecuadorian style. A little pricey and with a slightly eccentric menu, it’s in a superb colonial building and covers all the bases: burritos, margaritas, tacos, tequila, and Mariachis at the weekends. Did I mention they have tequila?
Gran Colombia 10-29 and Padre Aguirre; tel: (593-7) 2823-652
A lively spot, complete with that brand of funky décor that basically involves sticking beer mats, licence plates, and just about anything else that comes to hand onto the walls. It has good burritos and guacamole, its own potent concoction consisting of blue beer, and a nice crowd. But it always seems to close just as those beers are starting to blow the blues away.
Corner of Calle Larga and Luis Cordero.
If you're a fan of the angst-ridden (in the best possible way) Fernando Pessoa, have lunch at the Cafe Martinho da Arcada, one of his favourite haunts. Located on one of the city's grandest squares, Praça do Comércio.
Praça do Comércio 3;
tel: 21 886 6213
A so called Irish Bar - it sells Guinness in cans for twice the price of everthing else - but it has a very popular pub quiz on a Sunday night. The winning team get to choose from keeping the prize money or buying everyone in the quiz a drink.
The coffee and the ambience here are both terrific. There are photographs on the walls of the owner in his younger days in military uniform and, after our third visit in as many days, he began to talk to us. Does great bottled beer in the evening.
Kazimierz, Jozefa 11
The place to go for Japanese food in Amsterdam, this is housed in what looks like an old art shop on the Spui. At first the prices seem a little steep, but you get a lot for your money and on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings it's an all-you-can-eat sushi orgy for 18 Euros.
Spui 15 (corner Voetboogstraat and Spui square, underneath the pre-Raphealite style shop frontage);
Seafood dining with an absolutely unbelievable view across Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay. Upstairs is for fine dining with a better wine list (and a dearer menu) and downstairs (street level) is much more casual...
eat there on those warm summer nights
1 Melrose St Sandringham (cnr with Beach Rd), 100 metres from Sandringham railway station;
tel: 9598 2355;
Two cottages in an exquisite location, built by an amazingly creative craftsman, Clem Frederick, who, with his wife, artist Marie, has created this exquisite little place. Eat delicious creole food cooked on an open fire with banana leaves as plate mats; relax on Clem's chairs made from driftwood in Marie's open-sided art gallery. Every experience is a delight.
You know how women will decide what to eat for their main course based on what desserts are available. That's to make sure that they have the space (& justification) to enjoy dessert.
This place cuts through all of that hassle by only serving dessert. Three lovely courses of it. Small but exquisite platefuls with an unusual and good matched wine (for about $7 extra I think).
I recommend this to everyone I know who is going to New York. It is friendly, you can watch the work going on in the kitchen, and I've not been anywhere else that’s anything like it.
203 East 10th Street (n.b: it's a small place, with a very small entrance;
tel: 212 995 9511;
This cheap and cheerful Pakistani restaurant is probably not worth the tube journey to Upton Park all by itself, but very nearly.
This is an Asian McDonalds practically. Big family groups turn up for Pakistani feasts. Queue up at the counter and order kebabs, curries, dhals and bread to share. It will all be carried across to your table on a groaning tray.
Swig back sugary Rubicon drinks and get them to box up some desserts (I recommend their kheer) to take home – there’s no way you will have space straight after eating your meal.
Wander slowly back towards the tube looking in the windows at all the sari/sweetmeat/jewellery shops.
222-226 Green Street, E7 8LE
Left out of Upton Park tube and keep on walking.... (maybe 10 minutes)
This is my favourite Prenzlauer Berg Café. Sunny, green, ideal for people-watching, and child-friendly, and they sell great homemade Cornish pasties, Italian ice cream, homemade cakes, brownies etc. Plus, the English-speaking owners have a small B&B attached that is central, charming and cheap.
Cafe am Teutoburger Platz (Kunst+Eis), Zionskirchstr.75, Prenzlauer Berg;
tel: 030 44038577 or 0173 610 2523;
U-Bahn: Senefelder Platz, or turn left off Kastanienallee
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