To rub shoulders - literally - with Brighton's nocturnal characters, a late-night snack at The Market Diner is a real eye-opener. This listed building stays open till sunrise for a clientele of nighthawks, clubbers and shift-workers. Order the famous 'Gutbuster' and you'll earn extra respect.
19 Circus Street
So Kyoto is all about historical Japan right? Wrong!
Most visitors to Kyoto arrive at the futuristic train station opened in 1997, and it’s virtually a sightseeing stop in its own right. Its myriad of floors contain department stores, food halls, underground shopping, and a great observation deck at the top, perfect for getting the bearings of the city.
Served by all trains of Japan Railways, including shinkansen, Kintetsu Railways and the subway.
If you are in Montpellier for more than a couple of days, you need a cheap, friendly, local restaurant that won’t drain the budget. La Tomate, situated on a tiny picturesque square in the old town, offers a fantastic three-course meal for just €11.
La Tomate, 6, Rue Four des Flammes, 34000 Montpellier;
Tel : 04.67.60.49.38
Leichhardt, despite the German name, is home to a large Italian population, and coffee, pasta and gelato lovers are the ones to benefit! Steer clear of the slightly staid atmosphere around the Forum, and head further away from Parramatta Road, where you’ll stumble upon long-running gems such as Bar Italia. Its convivial Italian atmosphere is unmatched on this side of the world.
Take bus numbers 436 or 440 from the city centre.
(Bar Italia, 169-171 Norton St, Leichhardt, NSW 2040)
Sydney does Japanese food far better than the UK. A fun budget option is Ju-Ju’s in Kings Cross, a typical izakaya, complete with karaoke in the corner. For a special night out Tetsuya’s is undeniably one of the great restaurants of the world, but if you want great food without the name-dropping, Uchi Lounge on Brisbane Street provides impeccable quality for in-the-know locals – there’s a no-booking policy at the weekend so get there early!
(Ju-Ju’s, Bayswater Road, Kings Cross, NSW 2011. (02) 9357 7100)
(Uchi Lounge, 15 Brisbane Street, Darlinghurst. NSW 2010. (02) 92613524)
(Tetsuya’s, 529 Kent Street, CBD NSW 2000. (02) 9267 2900)
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