You must try the athmospheric and much loved La Banasterie Guesthouse.
It is located slap bang in the centre of the maze like citadel, but on a quiet side street and with excellent restaurants within a one-minute walk.
Jean-Michel and Francoise make the ancient house terribly atmospheric with fairy lights and by lighting the stairs and halls by candlelight at night.
If you would like a home from home, with an authentic french atmosphere, I couldn’t recommend this place more highly!
The small town of Plataria is an excellent place to stop overnight if you are making your way by boat down from Corfu to the other islands in the Ionian sea.
Budos restaurant is one of the best fish restaurants I have ever been to - ask for a selection of everything they have. The covered veranda at the front has a great view over the bay.
Plataria is on mainland Greece, just south east of Corfu Town. Budos restaurant is located right at the entrance to the little marina.
The harbourside in St Martin is crammed full of restaurants, but this was the best we found by a long chalk. It catches the evening sun longer than many others too!
Inventive food impeccably cooked, decent wine list with many charentais wines chosen. It's generally more considered and less frenetic than some of the other more classic tourist-traps on the waterfront.
15 quai Clémenceau
Friendly restaurant near the old port with imaginative cooking. Three-course menu (27 euros in the evening) offers excellent value for money.
We like La Virgule so much we went there twice on a recent weekend break. Although located one street back from the waterfront it has a large outdoor seating area on a pedestrianised street with good views to Notre Dame de la Garde. Seems popular with locals. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner.
20, rue de la Loge, 2e arrondissement (Le Panier). Tel: +33 (0) 4 91 90 91 11
After visiting the Palais des Papes and various other architectural and natural delights, where better to dine than in a restaurant that is truly fit for a Pope at 'Christian Etienne'. It's perfect intimate environment with extravagant decor will provide a truly unforgettable night to remember, but it's raison d'être is to be the very finest eating experience that every connoisseur should sample on at least one (although preferably more) occasion during his or her life, something it does with consummate ease.
10 rue de Mons
The restaurant Compagnie des Comptoirs is located in a beautiful, calm 14th century cloister on Rue J Vernet. The cooking, by the Michelin starred Pourcel brothers reflects the real southern French style "les sauveurs de Sud" full of flavour and local ingredients, influenced by North Africa. Tables are placed in the palm fringed courtyard, or you can eat in the cool of the stone dining room. The cocktail bar stays open late (for France), with white leather and glass, and is full of the young, beautiful and well-heeled of Avignon.
rue Joseph Vernet
When visiting Avignon be sure to hire a car and explore the Vacluse, the excellent markets of L'isle sur La sorgue, and the pretty village of Bonnieux. The place to eat for a wonderful meal, in a building having that special ambiance you only find in small french restaurans is the Restaurant De La Gare Bonnieux, just off the RN 100.
It is in the Cardinalice Room adorned by a Brussels tapestry and under Renaissance ceiling that you will experience culinary art. The food is absolutely amazing. Chocolate mousse and teas are complimentary. Menus from €35.
4 place de la Mirande
A must for every visitor is the Palais des Papes - truly spectacular. But also check out the great restaurants and wine bars in the square, the quality is generally very high - a cheap favourite is La Grande Brasserie.
Travel to Avignon from Paris by TGV at super, quiet speeds and watch the beautiful French countryside dramatically pass by your window from the upper tier of the train. Avignon station is clean, modern and user friendly and only a short hop from the centre of the fascinating, walled city of Avignon itself. Go when the festival is in full swing. It's like Edinburgh, but younger, livlier and warmer. Eat at the Christian Etienne and enjoy the adventure of eating a 10 course meal with each course having tomato as the theme. Even the ice cream!
Rue de Mons 84000
After visiting the Palais des Papes and various other architectural and natural delights, where better than to dine in a restaurant that is truly fit for a pope - Christian Etienne.
The perfect, intimate environment, complete with extravagant decor, will provide a night to remember. But the restaurant's raison d'être is to provide a fine eating experience that any connoisseur worth his salt should sample at least once - although preferably more often. This it does with consummate ease.
The restaurant Compagnie des Comptoirs is located in a beautiful, calm 14th-century cloister on Rue Joseph Vernet. The cooking, by the Michelin-starred Pourcel brothers, reflects the real southern-French style, 'les sauveurs de Sud'.
The food is full of flavour and local ingredients and is influenced by North Africa. Tables are placed in the palm-fringed courtyard, or you can eat in the cool of the stone dining room. The cocktail bar, with its white leather and glass, stays open late (for France) and is full of the young, beautiful and well-heeled of Avignon.
In Amsterdam, the former city glasshouse has been restored and turned into the light-filled, airy De Kas restaurant, with smaller glasshouses around the main room used to grow herbs and vegetables. Book for dinner in high summer and start with a glass of champagne flavoured with a basil leaf, followed by delicious, seasonal food like confit duck, grilled fish, fresh salads and tiny jellies made from fresh berries. They serve one daily, five course menu so all you need to do is book a table, turn up and relax - neatly avoiding both menu dilemmas and dinner envy.
Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3
At the La Mirande hotel, in the Cardinalice room adorned by a Brussels tapestry, you will experience culinary art beneath a Renaissance ceiling. The food is absolutely amazing. Chocolate mousse and teas are complimentary. Menus from €35.
Academie OT301, the former Netherlands Film Academie, is a legalized squat featuring two large performance/rehearsal spaces, a cinema, cafe and gallery space with cultural activities and events. Check it out for the mega-cheap organic vegan restaurant. A meal costs €5 but must be reserved from 4pm on the day; dinner is served at 7pm.
Club 11 is great. It's on the top floor of an otherwise deserted warehouse, the walls are covered in graffiti and you use what looks like a service elevator to go up. When you get there, it's a huge open space with great views of the city. Tasty food, too.
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