Having once stayed in Recoleta, I discovered that Palermo is the only place worth staying in Buenos Aires. Tree-lined low rise buildings in the most fashionable trendy part of the city with all the cutting edge bars, restaurants and hotels.
Salad King out-Wagamamas Wagamama. It's one of Toronto's best Thai restaurants with ultra-quick service and cheek-by-jowl seating. Main courses are only $7.50.
www.saladking.com; one street north of Dundas and Yonge, slightly east on the south side of Gould
Sarphati Park is in de Pijp, a part of Amsterdam happily neglected by tourists. The park is small but joyous and you can enjoy the environs with a stroopwafel, which you can purchase at the Albert Cuyp Markt. There’s plenty of snazzy bars and shops in which you can flaunt the splendid wares acquired at the market. Watch out for the bears though.
South of the Heineken brewery - turn left or right along the Ferdinand Bolstraat
Luden is a great restaurant in Amsterdam. It has a fixed price three-course menu for 26 euros and is excellent value. Unlike other fixed menus, you get a great choice (about 10 choices each for starter, main and dessert). Huge wooden tables and a great atmosphere. Highly recommended.
Spuistraat 304; 622 8979
The best of Melbourne can be eaten and drunk on a quiet block of Kerr Street in Fitzroy, between Brunswick and Smith Streets.
On the corner with Napier Street is Cafe Ici. Always crowded but without the lines-out-the-door like Bubka's on Brunswick Street, Ici's ideal for breakfast, brunch and, in the summer months, evening tapas. They run a special line in hot chocolate too, so be sure to check out the menu.
On the next corner of Kerr Street there's the marvellous Marquis of Lorne pub. Cosy, backstreet and quintessentially Fitzroy, the Marquis has a pool room downstairs, dedicated dining upstairs and a roaring open fire in the middle bar in the winter. All local beers and draught Guinness on tap. Why would you go anywhere else?
Kerr Street, Fitzroy, 3065; Take the 112 tram out of Collins Street. Get off at Johnston Street and walk down.
A great all-rounder to finish off a day at the beach or Luna Park, the 'Espy' is bit of a Melbourne institution with a reputation for giving up and coming bands their chance - AC/DC played here when they first started and just about every other famous Aussie band has followed suit. Sit outside on the terrace overlooking the bay or find one of the many shady corners inside to watch the colour acts on the small stage until the big shows start in the main hall. Like most Aussie bars this one also has a slew of pool tables at the back, and serves top-notch food at in-house restaurant The Espy Kitchen.
Lower Esplanade, St Kilda
Fantastic Samuel Smith’s pub on Fleet Street. Great Sam Smith's ales - Old Brewery Bitter etc - one of the cheapest brews in London, but still great quality. Friendly staff, good food in 'chop room' and from the bar. The building is fantastic – don’t make the mistake of standing in the small bar at the entrance - there's a whole warren of bars and rooms all over the pub - the basement is particularly good.
145 Fleet Street - look for the illuminated cube sign outside then go up the little alley to the door; nearest tube: City Thameslink.
Come here for a really excellent Thai meal for around £6 for a main course. You'll get reliably good food at a bargain price, good beer brought to your table and a pleasant, friendly atmosphere. I've been going here for years and it's never let me down. It's best to phone and book a table.
119 Kensington Church Street, London, W8; tel: 0207 792 1246
The Cobalt is easy to miss – it’s located on the ground floor of a Georgian townhouse on a largely residential street on the northside. Its only identifiable from a dark blue sign on the doorway. However, inside it’s lovely: a simple cafe with basic but tasty sandwiches and snacks in two elegant rooms and an outdoor garden, decorated with art for sale.
The Cobalt is only open for lunch with occasional evening music events. It’s popular, so to get a seat try to be in before 1pm.
It’s probably the most stylish place for a cheap(ish) lunch in Dublin.
16 North Great George's Street (just north of Parnell Street East)
DC institution that may very well serve the best chili dog in the USA. No frills burger place catering to a new wave of residents in area formerly know as "Black Broadway" where Duke Ellington was born and got his start as a musician. Now being crowded out by upscale coffee shops and restaurants.
1213 U Street NW; www.benschilibowl.com/
It's right on the Grand Place and serves up the ultimate beer experience with a three-course menu cooked in three different beers and served with a glass of the same with each dish! It's pretty reasonably priced and has lots of other delicious dishes and is well-positioned to get a great view of any events that are held in the square. I had the pleasure of a son et lumiere show.
Truly delicious. A dollar or so will get you a big bag plus a pomelo (grapefruit-like fruit) for the full experience. Crunchy and tasty, a bit like crispy bacon. Try them, you'll be glad you did.
Street corners near the river, especially around the post office
A great restaurant with a good buzz almost every evening. It's not the most comfortable, but the quality of the food and service more than makes up for it. 101 Talbot is unusual for an Irish restaurant in that the veggie and vegan options are often better than the meat dishes. Probably the best place for your pre-theatre meal if you are going to the Abbey or Gate.
Upstairs of No 101 Talbot Street
Bologna is THE place to spend a weekend eating. It has the most amazing pasta you've ever tasted - apparently it's made from a different sort of flour, but it soaks up the sauce deliciously.
You must visit Tamburini. It’s an amazing deli but also a restaurant/cafe (self service), which has delicious food at lunchtime - packed out when we went, but well worth the queue.
It felt like a Bolognese institution to us.
Via Caprarie, 1 - 40124 Bologna; Tel: +39 (0)51 234726; Fax +39 (0)51 232226; www.tamburini.bo.it/
Built in the Victorian times, it's fairly obvious that the Corn Exchange was the centre of the corn trade in Leeds. Now it is home to lots of small independent shops and shouldn't be missed by any visitors to the city. The beautiful domed roof can be admired from the around the top level of shops or from a cafe table right at the bottom.
Dining in Grossi Florentino's Tuscan mural room shows that special-occasion dining in Melbourne is alive and well. The dining room has high, decorated plaster ceilings, chandeliers, dark wood panelling and the murals. Service is a delight from the black dressed waiters with their long white aprons.
Guy Grossi's menu whatever the season is magnificient... and in our case we walked away with a copy of the book on the restaurant... autographed by Guy Grossi himself.
All in all, a memorable dining experience.
And a final note - all this from an establishment that has been there since the early 1900s, which makes it even more amazing!
Address: 80 Bourke St, City 3000
Phone: 9662 1811
One of Paul Rankin's group of Belfast restaurants, this place had excellent food, really friendly staff and was very reasonably priced. Not much vegetarian food to choose from but a fine choice for carnivores.
Address: 7 Ascot House, Shaftesbury Square, Belfast
Telephone: 028 9033 1532
Great 'gastro-pub' - but not the usual dump done up with church chairs, this place is a preserved gem. The ceilings and details inside are worth the trip alone. Also has good beers, food and the crowd is decent too - the area itself has a few other good pubs/restaurants and a great theatre/cinema across the road, not the Kilburn of years ago!
Kilburn High Road, 5 mins walk right out of Kilburn tube or 2 mins from Brondesbury Silverlink.
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