This is a little cafe on the road down to the night market in Krabi. They make the best and most refreshing coconut and pineapple shakes ever, and also do fantastic burgers, biscuits, and other non-thai type food for if you're feeling noodled out. The owners are very friendly and can give great tips about where's good to go in Thailand to get off the tourist trail a bit.
To hell with the detractors who will no doubt bemoan the inevitable gentrification of Broadway Market. I for one, only just happened upon this much-forgotten (but very rapidly being rediscovered by all and sundry it would seem) corner of London, when I moved to Hackney last summer. And thus on the same note, to hell with those who will inevitably proclaim this gem of a pub isn’t as good as it used to be. What a wonderful place! A mighty fine array of Belgian beers are available in this relaxed and very cosy boozer that also has a lovely restaurant next door. Admittedly, I can’t vouch for the Sunday lunches, however having sampled the varied menu on offer during the week I can attest that the dishes are far superior to your usual gastro-pub offerings. The manager gave us a genuine welcome and went out of his way to ensure everything was to our satisfaction – something which is again a breath of fresh air in this city where apathetic service seems to be the norm.
24-28 Broadway Market, Hackney
It is a rather tastefully decorated if a little pricey reataraunt on Caja Tacuba on the tube stop of the same name, here when you eat you will be serenaded by Mariachis. The food is really really good and if like us, you find a table next to a rich and touristy group like maybe a group of Japanese, they will pay all the money and you can just sit back and listen
Caja Tacuba, Alliende Metro station.
An absolute gastronomic highlight in the Hotel Rialto on ul Wilcza. A famous Swiss chef offers delicious Polish cuisine at affordable prices. Perfect food, impeccable service, a treat not to be missed. Wonderful art deco surroundings.
This bohemian neighbourhood restaurant serves up a varied and delicious menu. A wide selection of caipirinhas is also to be sampled ranging from maracuja to strawberry. It's worth dining out here not just for the food, atmosphere and caipirinhas but also for the reason that all the hand crafted decorations hanging from the restaurant's ceilings and walls are for sale.
Rua Joaquim Antunes, 217, Pinheiros, zona oeste;
If you want to eat some of the best tacos in Mexico, and to avoid stomach aches or even infections, this is the place to go.
Be warned, it’s a lot more expensive than the average taco stand, it may be as expensive as a meal in an average restaurant (£5-£8 p/p without drinks); but the quality and service are worth it.
Several locations across the city: Insurgentes Sur, near "El reloj" (Insurgentes Sur) and Lomas are some of the oldest ones
The best restaurant we found on a long weekend in April 2005. Excellent Hungarian fare with attentive and helpful service in a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Better value than the Gundel and far better in all respects than the overrated Bagolyvar Etterem, which are the neighbouring restaurants on the Allatkerti ut.
Behind the Museum of Fine Arts in the Varosliget area
A small older-style hotel with some character, the hotel was rebuilt after it was flattened in the first world war. Its location on the north side of the Ypres town square makes it centrally located for visits to the Cloth Hall or the nightly Menin Gate ceremony.
The food is very good; there is a restaurant and brasserie and they also stock a lot of different Belgian beers which you enjoy in the beer garden out front. A good clean budget style hotel for the stay in Ypres (no car parking though, you park in the street behind).
Hotel Gasthof t’Zweerd
Grote Markt 2
B - 8900, Ieper;
tel: 32 (0)57 200475;
fax; 32 (0)57 217896;
Typical Mexican cuisine in city’s historic centre. Established in the 19th-century. The decor consists mainly of Talavera tiles, covering the colonial-style building. Music plays while you enjoy the dishes: enfrijoladas, tamales, tostadas or freshly baked sweet bread.
Within walking distance you will be able to visit Plaza Tolsá, the National Museum of Art and Palacio de Minería and the post office. It’s definitely worth the visit for the excellent location and food.
Tacuba 28, (Centro Histórico), México Distrito Federal, 6060;
tel: 55 18 49 50;
nearest station: Allende
To me the best restaurant in town, the food is very, very good, Mexican with a European accent, the wine list is varied with good Pomerol and Mexican choices, the martinis are excellent and the service, formal, attentive and detached. I recommend the shrimp and fried persil tacos, the snail soup "al Pernod", the Ortega duckling and the chateaubriand with Irish whiskey.
Alejandro Dumas, Polanco 50 meters from the W Hotel.
It is a lovely restaurant, housed in the old hacienda of Goicochea, former property of the Marquis of Selva Nevada, It has a great patio, they serve the best margaritas in town and the food as a rule is good, service is correct and detached.
Altavista Avenue, San Angel across Diego Rivera Studio
Anything and everything, in jaw droppping volume, themed in whole streets at a time...
having escaped the baby clothes avenue i got stuck in nail varnish boulevard for at least an hour, finally selecting some orange sparkly stuff (which i still have and love!) before exploring further wonders of market land. Also great food stalls, cafes and restaurants along many routes, this is where you will find ordinary people buying their (extra) ordinary stuff!
There are many markets in the city and obviously no contact number, but head to the area around the government buildings and square, and follow the sound in the streets...
If you're at the Sagrada Familia, ignore Starbucks and head here for a great cup of coffee. Fair price, friendly, great food and more importantly, very clean toilets!
On Carrer de Mallorca between the Diagonal and Sagrada Familia; tel: 93 207 60 42
The entrance to and situation of this harbour is all gently picturesque, with some elegant buildings and a hill gently rising to the main part of the city and beyond. There are a number of cafés and restaurants here, varying from cheap and cheerful to just about as exclusive as Sevastopol gets. You can also catch a ferry from here to the northern side of the city.
Alongside the amazing array of food stalls you have a range of restaurants and tapas bar including an excellent sushi bar.
L'illa shopping centre (underneath it), on Diagonal although it's such a long street I can't remember where-head up near the hospital.
There are three, three-star restaurants all within easy reach of Barcelona - El Raco de Can Fabes in Sant Celoni, Sant Pau in San Pol de Mar and El Bulli near Roses. Your chances of getting into El Bulli are slim, but the other two offer some of the best food in Europe.
If your budget can't stretch to three-stars, but you're after some inventive, exciting food, then try the evening menu at OT in Gracia. The eight course tasting menu should only cost you 45 euros and the staff and restaurant itself are charming.
This is a restaurant on the ground floor of a modest hotel. The line forms outside the closed doors and entry begins at 8pm. Shortly after, the place is filled, bustling with animated conversation and reasonably priced gourmet food.
Bannys Oriental Hotel, Argenteria 37; tel: 93 310 5094
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