This is a funky, decadent Belle Epoque style cocktail bar, that does really lovely snacks (Thai fish cakes, Tandoori chicken, etc) – and the cheese platter, with caramelised figs is just perfect with red wine.
405 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
The News Cafe is one of the most popular cafe-restaurant-bars on South Beach. It's open 24-hours and its all-day (and all-night) breakfast is excellent value.
Lots of people use it as a meeting point before a night on the town.
There's also a shop that sells newspapers from many different countries.
Ocean Drive (on corner of 8th Street)
Only Uruguayans eat more beef per capita than the Argentines so it stands to reason they'd know a thing or two on the subject.
La Celeste, a parilla set in the cobblestone alleys of trendy Palermo Viejo serves an excellent steak dinner with all the fixings, including a decent Malbec for 30 pesos. Plus there is a table soccer game in the outside patio to help you make room for dessert.
This creole/cajun restaurant on the South Side offers a taste of the south right in Chicago. It offers authentic fare such as jambalaya and red beans and rice at very affordable prices. The memorabilia that covers the walls only adds to the authenticity, as will the occasional southern drawl you will hear from your fellow diners.
Set in the Hyde Park neighbourhood, which is home to the gothic campus of the University of Chicago, this eclectic eatery fits into an area that boasts a wide variety of residents. Enjoy an afternoon walking the quads on campus and then mosey along to Dixie Kitchen for fried green tomatoes, gumbo and some delicious peach cobbler, you will be glad you did.
5225 S. Harper; Tel: 773-363-4943; nearest Metra station: 53rd Street
Looking for some cheap clothes, and can't be bothered to haggle in the markets? Or perhaps you need to stock up on toiletries for your trip, or you need baby supplies - for all of these reasons you might want to join the locals and head for the nearest hypermarket. Tesco have a major presence in Bangkok, but for most tourists the best located hypermarket is the Big C store on Ratchadamri Road, right opposite the Central World Plaza mall. As well as the main store, there is an excellent food court and a multiplex cinema in the building. Open 9am until 11pm daily.
Walk up from Chit Lom Skytrain station;
Go to Corte Sconta, the best fish restaurant in Venice. It’s tricky to find, but it's just off the Riva degli Schiavoni before you get to the Arsenale.
Also good is the Madonna restaurant. Order a fritto misto, a bottle of white wine and lap up the waiters, it's a laugh.
Corte Sconta: Castello 3886, Calle del Pestrin;
Madonna restaurant: San Polo 594
A great place to see the cool and relaxed side of the busy city. It’s best at weekends, if you have never seen a mum pushing her child in a buggy while rollerblading, this is the place to go. Street markets and entertainers abound and the whole atmosphere is friendly.
Head north-west up the coast and you can't miss it.
The Ivy Guesthouse is next to the central market and has an excellent restaurant (try the stilton burger) and bar with Angkor beer on tap. The rooms have modern air-conditioning and the ones at the front have a balcony to watch the bustling marketplace in action. Rooms have hot showers ensuite. The best place I have stayed in south-east Asia.
On the south-west corner of the central market place.
Go to this iconic pie stall after a night out, or even before, and have a 'tiger pie' while sitting on a log looking out at the sea - a great Aussie pie experience.
Woolloomooloo; Tel: 61 (0)2 9357 3074; firstname.lastname@example.org
A club and restaurant known to many passing through the Thai capital and which has spawned a number of offspring trying to replicate its style.
Bed offers horizontal dining described by one of its DJs, Heron White, as "Kubrick's Korova Milk Bar meets a triclinium banquet with a sprinkling of Edinburgh Fringe theatre staffed by hostesses from 2001's Space Station V."
What was most significant to me was the detail put into the performance art and video projections, including a reworking of the soundtrack to Henri-Georges Clouzot's film on Picasso. Perfect accompaniment for the palette.
26 Sukhumvit 11 Wattana, Bangkok; www.bedsupperclub.com; Tel: 0066 (0)2 6513537; Nearest Skytrain: Nana station
This wine bar located in a Georgian townhouse serves top class food with an outstanding collection of wine, many of which are served by the glass. The food is modern Irish, the owners sourcing much of the ingredients from their farm in Clare. It's quite simple and un-chefy, but excellent quality. The staff are very knowledgable and helpful with wine, and will often give free samples to help you choose the right one for you. It's always very busy so you need to book ahead. It's also allegedly one of the best singles bars in Dublin!
Ely Street, just off Baggot Street.
One of the very best seafood restaurants in Oslo, Lofoten is a popular choice for couples and businessmen who want to impress clients. The slightly formal atmosphere doesn't detract from the truly delicious food; for me, this is michelin star quality without quite the same level of fuss and expense. It also provides a wonderful view of the harbour.
Find it on the waterfront, at the very end of Aker Brygge.
The owner, Giovanni, is a Roman by birth, but was raised in Canada and speaks perfect English - well American English! He and his girlfriend, Simona, serve locals and tourists every night from 5pm - 2am. Great fun.
Via di Tor Millina, 32;
near Piazza Navona
If you do stay in Quito you must stay in this wonderful hotel. An old hacienda with beautiful individual rooms covered in murals - many have open fires, four-poster beds, Victorian baths, balconies - and delicious food including home-made bread and preserves. Worth staying in Quito just to stay here.
What a gem. Extremely friendly, brilliant food and great value. Need I say any more? Owner and staff spoke English which helped as well. We had wine, starters (the onion soup with goats cheese is well recommended) and two mains (sea breem, lamb on the bone) for €60 and that included service! One of the best places we've been to. Very quiet 7pm - 8pm and fills up after that. Go to Cafe Mabillon before/after for a few drinks as it's only a few mins walk away.
9 rue Gregoire de Tours 75006 ParisTel: 01 43 29 84 05Off Boulevard St Germain parallel to Rue de Seine. Nearest metro is Odeon only a few mins walk.
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