Lark Lane is a road next to Sefton Park in south Liverpool, which is worth a visit for an evening or a summer afternoon. There are lots of independent shops, pubs and bars, and restaurants which serve food from Thailand through to Turkey. Have a picnic in the park, then call into Keiths wine bar for a glass of wine and people watching.
The alleyways of the Santa Cruz district wind between typical Andaluz houses with flowers on the balconies and cafés where flamenco is danced. Try and avoid the tacky tourist shops and restaurants and just wander around this former Jewish district of Seville to discover your own tranquility in the many plazas of this friendly and village-like district.
East of the Cathedral and the Alcazar
For me Seville is a more interesting place than can be realised from the top of the Giralda. Locals who are most likely to talk about this are the 'Camareros' (staff) in the local bars. I found out from one of them that many younger people congregate in a neighbourhood called La Alameda de Hercules. There are numerous eateries and bars there, but leave your valuables behind.
The loveliest - and probably steepest - of Lisbon's funiculars, the Bica hauls itself up and down from the Bairro Alto to the Rua de São Paulo (look out for the arch with the inscription 'Ascensor da Bica'), through a neighbourhood all its own, situated in a steep-sided chasm. At the bottom, the Mercado de Ribeira has a lively fish and flower market in the mornings.
Between Rua do Loreto and Rua de São Paolo;
Beyond Estrela lies the smart, chic and self-contained district of Campo de Ourique: a grid of tree-lined streets with an almost Parisian feel, with plenty of small shops, cafes and a fresh produce market. Off the beaten track, but a pleasant (and mercifully flat) area for a stroll. South-west of here is the huge Prazeres ('Pleasures') cemetery, which has great views across the Ponte 25 de Abril.
At the western end of the 28 tram route: some trams end their journey at Estrela, so make sure the sign on the front of the tram says 'Prazeres'.
Between the Baixa and Castelo is the sloping maze of Mouraria - the Alfama without the tourists and the chi-chi boutiques. Mainly African, it hums with life day and night. Walk up through the narrow streets and wind up in Graca - Lisbon's highest hill - then head for the rooftop bar of the Albergaria Senhora do Monte. It has the finest view over the Castelo and the city.
Metro: Martim Moniz, then head uphill. Albergaria Senhora do Monte is at Calçada do Monte, 39.
Vesterbro is a dynamic, youthful neighbourhood well worth a visit. Istedgade is the main street to wander down. By the central station there are sex shops, tourist hotels and a mini Chinatown, but continue on and soon lively middle-eastern green grocers, trendy boutiques and wonderful cafes appear.
A high concentration of great and varied restaurants, fantastic coffee places and an invaluable insight into the daily life of Copenhageners are to be found in this old working class neighbourhood.
To the left of the Central Station on the map. Walk up Istedgade to Enghave Plads (square). At an amble it'll take a relaxing 30 minutes.
Great oysters and clams, open late and fabulous service - ask for Sam Ehrlich, the manager. If you are going to Brooklyn then it is worth spending a bit of time in Fifth Avenue as it is a great place to just wander along. It has a LOT of good restaurants and cool little shops of all kinds.
The nearest subway station is Union Street, on the R/M line; walk one
block uphill along Union St. to Fifth Avenue, turn right and walk three
and a half blocks along Fifth Avenue. Blue Ribbon is closer to First St.
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