prague guide.

COFFEE.

Karvarna Misto Cafe

Place, Bubenečská 12

9am-10pm Monday-Saturday & 10am-6pm Sunday

A great option for coffee and a decent brunch style menu as well. 

 Image: http://www.mistoprovas.cz/en/?setLg=en

Image: http://www.mistoprovas.cz/en/?setLg=en

Ema Expresso Bar

Na Florenci 1420/3, 110 00 Nové Město

8am-8pm Monday-Friday & 10am-6pm Saturday-Sunday

Espresso bar with delicious baked goods.

 Image: http://www.emaespressobar.cz/en

Image: http://www.emaespressobar.cz/en

Supertramp Cafe

Opatovicka 160/18, 110 00 Nove mesto

Monday-Friday 8am-8pm & Sunday 10am-5pm

EATS.

Sisters

Diophantus 727/39, 110 00 Stare Mesto

8am-7pm Monday-Friday & 9am-6pm Saturday

A little eatery specialising entirely in chlebicek (a classic Czech open-faced sandwich).  Absolutely delicious. We went there for breakfast almost everyday.

 Image: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BistroSisters/photos/?ref=page_internal

Image: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BistroSisters/photos/?ref=page_internal

Kolkorva Olympia

Vítězná 619/7, Malá Strana, 150 00 Praha 5-Smíchov

11am-12am Daily

A very popular restaurant serving good local food (and very large portions).

Cafe Savoy   

Vítězná 124/5, Malá Strana, 150 00 Praha-Smíchov

8am-10.30pm Monday-Friday

Very touristy but a bit of an institution in Prague and worth a visit.  Delicious for breakfast - Would definitely recommend to book. 

Kantyna Restaurant

Politických vězňů 1511/5, 110 00 Nové Město

10am-11pm Monday-Friday & 11.30am-11pm Saturday-Sunday

Quite a casual restaurant in a really modern space.  If you're a fan of meat (particularly red meat) you will love this place - I would highly recommend the beef carpaccio (the best I've ever had and great value).

 Image: @restaurace_kantyna - Just FYI this is NOT the carpaccio mentioned above but it gives you an idea of the other types of dishes on the menu.

Image: @restaurace_kantyna - Just FYI this is NOT the carpaccio mentioned above but it gives you an idea of the other types of dishes on the menu.

Restaurace Mincovna

Staroměstské nám. 1/7, 110 00 Staré Město

11am-12am Daily

This was recommended to me by a very close friend and it did not disappoint. Great food, wine and ambience.  Would suggest making a booking as it seemed to be really popular. 

Dish Fine Burger Bistro

Římská 1196/29, 120 00 Praha 2

11am-10pm Monday-Saturday & 12pm-10pm Sunday

My partner and I are a huge fan of a good burger and Prague is a great place for this. Dish is essentially just your classic burger bar done well - nothing fancy but quite a cool/casual restaurant and great food. 

Another place that was recommended to us for a great burger (that we didn't manage to try as the line was always crazy) is Nase Maso. It's opposite Sisters (above) and is literally just a butcher shop (so little to no seating) but judging by the crowds and the look of the burgers we were sad not to try it.

DRINK.

Hemingway Bar

Karoliny Svetle 279/26, 110 00 Praha Stare Mesto

5pm-1am Monday-Thursday, 5pm-2am Friday, 7pm-2am Saturday & 7pm-1am Sunday

Hemingway Bar Website

A very funky cocktail bar and extremely popular so make sure that you get there early. 

Cash Only Bar

Liliová 218/3, 110 00 Staré Město

Monday & Wednesday-Saturday 6pm-2am Tuesday & Sunday 6pm-1am

Describe by Taste of Prague as the more casual little sister of Hemingway Bar with (in our opinion) an equally good cocktail menu.  A very good option if you can't get in to Hemingway Bar. Fantastic bartenders and (random but notable) popcorn on tap. 

 Image: https://www.cashonlybar.cz/bar-prague/#gallery

Image: https://www.cashonlybar.cz/bar-prague/#gallery

STAY.

We stayed in an AirBnB about 5minutes away from Wenceslas Square and it was a great location - very close to everything.  Mum and Dad stayed in an AirBnB on the other side of the river (very close to Charles Bridge) and they would also recommend that area. There seem to be great food options everywhere and Prague is very walkable so location wise it seems hard to go wrong. 

DO.

Naplavka Farmers Market

By the river underneath the Vysehrad fortress

8am-2pm Saturday Only

While markets can always be dependant on season and weather, we went on a fine, cold day in April and this market was hugely busy (both with stalls and customers).  A great way to spend a Saturday morning with lots of local produce and meal options.  Also right by the river so a nice location to walk. 

Prague Castle

119 08 Prague 1, Czechia

Lennon Wall

Velkopřevorské náměstí, 100 00 Praha 1

a couple of notes:

  • If you are a sweet tooth Trdelník (rolled dough, wrapped around a stick and then coated in sugar) filled with ice-cream are a must - You can find them everywhere too so it's not a hard one to try. I was obsessed.

  • I didn't realise before I went but Prague is filled with amazing restaurants and eateries - The above are the ones we tried and enjoyed but there are so many others. The website Taste of Prague has a huge amount of recommendations for anything and everything (and we utilised this site our whole trip). They also offer food tours - we didn't do one as we were too late to book but if you're into your food they look great.

  • Try and get to the outer city suburbs - they are not difficult to walk to (Prague itself is a very walkable city) and are great to have a wander around.

  • Probably not necessary to mention but beer is SO CHEAP in Prague so make the most of it.

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barcelona guide.

COFFEE.

Satan’s Coffee Corner

Carrer de l'Arc de Sant Ramon del Call, 11, 08002

8am-6pm Monday-Saturday & 10am-6pm Sunday

Known for its great coffee but also has a very interesting Japanese inspired breakfast menu.

 Image by https://theportmanteaupress.com/casa-bonay/

Image by https://theportmanteaupress.com/casa-bonay/

EAT.

Gudad Condal Restaurant

Ramble de Catalunya 18

8am-1.30am Monday-Friday, 9am-1.30am Saturday-Sunday

Great for snacks, particularly pedron peppers.

Bar de Pla

Carrer de Montcada, 2, El Born, 08003

12pm-Late Monday to Saturday

An incredible tapas bar that in all honestly we didn't actually manage to try out - It was recommended to us by a friend and we tried and failed to go there a couple of times but it was always so busy that we couldn't get in.  Also recently named in Conde Naste Traveller's 16 Best Tapas Bars in Barcelona so we thought it was still worth a mention. 

 Image by Conde Nast Traveler

Image by Conde Nast Traveler

Euskal Etxea Tabernacle

Placenta de Montcada 1, Gothic Quarter

10am-12am Daily

Very tasty pintxos.

Cerveceria Catalana

Career de Mallorca 236, 08008

8am-1.30am Monday to Friday, 9am-1.30am Saturday-Sunday

This restaurant is a lot of fun and has great atmosphere. Best to go early as it seemed to be an extremely popular spot. 

Arume Restaurant

Carrer d'En Botella, 11-13, 08001

7pm-11.30pm Daily & 1pm-3.30pm Friday-Sunday

 Image by https://www.arumerestaurant.com/en/

Image by https://www.arumerestaurant.com/en/

Petite Pau

22, Carrer de l'Espanya Industrial, 08014

8pm-11.30pm Tuesday-Saturday

Small restaurant with a few tables (seats 16 people). Not fancy but a very intimate atmosphere and personal service. Owned by two brothers who are really into their food.

STAY.

We stayed in an area called Drenta de l'Eixample which is essentially the city centre.  You can get some great Airbnbs that are walking distance to La Rambla and other great shopping areas and restaurants, yet still really quiet in the evenings.

 Image by http://www.rosesandrolltops.co.uk/2017/10/travel-barcelona-soho-house.html of Soho House Barcelona (which is not where we stayed but certainly where we would like to). 

Image by http://www.rosesandrolltops.co.uk/2017/10/travel-barcelona-soho-house.html of Soho House Barcelona (which is not where we stayed but certainly where we would like to). 

DO.

Market Boqueria

La Rambla, 91, 08001

A huge colourful food market right on one of the most central Barcelona streets - La Rambla. 

Fat Bike Tour - Barcelona City Bike Tour

https://www.fattiretours.com/barcelona/tours/barcelona-city-bike-tour

A fantastic way to get the overall layout of the city.  The tour takes in some key sights including La Sagrada Familia and Parc de la Ciutadella

La Sagrada Familia

Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013

http://www.sagradafamilia.org/en/

La Sagrada Familia is an unfinished Roman Catholic church designed by Gaudi (construction has been in progress for over 135 years and it's still years away from completion).  La Sagrada Familia  is an absolute must see. Definitely buy tickets online before you go.  We went late afternoon and it wasn't too busy. 

Font màgica de Montjuïc

Very touristy but I loved it - The "Magic Fountain" is a free water, lights, music display that is on after dark throughout the year in the Plaça d'Espanya (see here for the timetable which changes depending on the time of year you visit). Aside from the magic fountain, Plaça d'Espanya is home to a number of other attractions including the German Pavillion, MNAC and Arenas de Barcelona which is an old bullring that has been turned into a shopping centre. 

a couple of notes:

  • Barcelona is an easy city to navigate on foot but if you do need to get somewhere a little further away the metro is a great option.
  • For some more recommendations check out We The People's Barcelona Guide.

taormina guide.

EAT.

Bam Bar

Via Giovanni di Giovanni, 45, 98039

 7am-11pm Daily

While in Taormina, we discovered that granita is a very typical Sicilian breakfast (served with brioche) and the best granita (possibly in the world) can be found at Bam Bar (we tried chocolate and peach).  There is usually a bit of a wait for tables (especially if you want to sit outside) but they have quite an efficient waitlist system and the tables seem to turn over pretty quick.  Just ask one of the waiters to put your name on the list as soon as you get there and wait – It’s worth it!

 Granita at Bam Bar

Granita at Bam Bar

Da Christina

Via Strabone, 2, 98039

10am-11pm Daily

Da Christina is one of my food highlights of any trip ever.  A cheap and cheerful little place with the most ridiculously delicious arancini you will ever eat. We always got take-away (about twice a day the entire time we were there) but there are also a couple of tables if you want to eat in.

 Da Christina arancini deliciousness

Da Christina arancini deliciousness

Al Saraceno

Via Madonna della Rocca, 16/18, 98039

 12-2.30pm and 7-11.30pm Daily

This restaurant is situated at the top of a hill with spectacular views of Taormina.  I would recommend booking to secure a table directly overlooking the view (the restaurant is configured so that most tables will have a good view but we booked early and we were right at the front).  The downside of the view is that if you want to walk (which we naively did) it is up literally hundreds of steps – Alternatively I think a taxi would cost about 15€. White linen service and delicious food for pretty reasonable prices.

DRINK.

Arco Rosso

7, Via Naumachia, 7

Amazing bruschetta and a cute little place to sit and watch the world go by.

Daiquiri

Corso Umberto, 235, 98039

Try and get a seat on the steps (we arrived at 5ish and had our pick but it did fill up soon after).  A little more pricey for a drink but a fantastic aperitivo – You literally get an entire plate of food for every drink purchased to the point that you may not need dinner (and if you do, arancini from Da Christina - which is very close by - would probably be enough).

STAY.

Taormina is really hilly so if possible I would recommend to stay in the centre as opposed to on the beach.  We stayed on this street and it was in such a good area (although a bit of a trek down to the beach).  If your budget is completely unlimited then Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo looks like a dream - It also has a shuttle down it its own private beach (so you don't have to worry about the trek).  If you have a car there are a couple of car parking buildings reasonably close to the centre that you can use if your accomodation doesn't have parking. 

 Zash Country Boutique Hotel - Just outside of Taormina.

Zash Country Boutique Hotel - Just outside of Taormina.

DO.

The Public Gardens (Garden of Villa Comunale)

Via Bagnoli Croce, 98039

The same views as from the Greek Theatre but free and also very pretty to wander around. 

Beach

The beaches in Taormina are mostly private (20€ a day for a sunbed/umbrella/towel) but there are some nice little public spots if you don’t want to pay.  We set up for the afternoon in the area below and it was perfect.

 Our public beach spot

Our public beach spot

Walk

Another place where the best thing you can do is just explore/wander the streets.

a couple of notes:

  • We spent 2 days and 2 nights in Taormina and it was enough for us to see a lot of it.  If you wanted to explore more of the surrounding area or spend more days at the beach then I would recommend that you stay for longer.
  • If you want to see more of Sicily generally, I would highly recommend hiring a car. 

lisbon guide.

EAT.

Pasteis de Belem

Rua de Belém 84-92, 1300-085

8am-11pm Daily

Probably my #1 Lisbon food tip is to eat as many natas (Portugese tarts) as you possibly can.  You'll find these EVERYWHERE but the best ones that we had were from Pasteis de Belem.

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La Boulangerie

Rua do Olival, 42 (Santos)

8am-8pm Daily

A delicious french bakery serving all kinds of filled croissants as well other brunch staples like scrambled eggs. 

Palacio Chiado

http://palaciochiado.pt/en/

Rua do Alecrim 70, 1200-018

12pm-Late Daily

This is a must-go! Palacio Chiado is an eating destination made up of five different restaurants (and bars) under the one roof (basically meat, salad, local cuisine and dessert) – The beauty of it is that everyone at the table can opt to eat from any one of the restaurants. I’ll let the photo’s speak for themselves in terms of décor – Absolutely incredible. It looks very high end but price wise it's very reasonable. 

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 Image by Palacio Chiado - http://palaciochiado.pt/en/

Image by Palacio Chiado - http://palaciochiado.pt/en/

Cervejaria

Avenue Almirante Reis nº1 - H, 1150-007

12-Late Tuesday to Sunday

A large (three story), informal seafood restaurant that seems to be a Lisbon institution. Expect a long wait with a huge crowd of others (you have to stay on site while you wait too) but it was worth it for us.  After stuffing your face with seafood, order a steak sandwich at the end – Sounds bizarre but we were advised that it is somewhat of a tradition in Portugal and it really made the night.

Mini Bar (or any restaurant by Jose Alvares)

https://www.joseavillez.pt/en/mini-bar

Rua Antonio Maria Cardoso 58, 1200-026

7pm-Late Daily 

Timeout Market

https://www.timeoutmarket.com/lisboa/en/concept/

Av. 24 de Julho 49, 1200-479  

10am-Late Daily

Peixola

R. do Alecrim 35, 1200-014

6pm-Late Daily

There are no tables at this seafood restaurant and you all sit around a very cool bar (would not recommend it for big groups).  Delicious meal and just down from Palacio Chiado if you're after a pre or post drink. 

 Image by @peixola_restaurante

Image by @peixola_restaurante

DRINK.

Park Bar

Calcada do Combro 58 1200-109

1pm-Late Monday to Saturday

This gem is hidden at the top of a literal carpark.  Stunning views and a very cool space. 

 Image by https://portugalconfidential.com/park-restaurant-bar-lisboa-elevated-suspenso-garden-terrace-lisbon/

Image by https://portugalconfidential.com/park-restaurant-bar-lisboa-elevated-suspenso-garden-terrace-lisbon/

STAY.

I don't know enough to recommend specific areas to stay but we stayed here and it was a very easy walk into the centre (although up a steep hill on the way back) and a cheap/easy uber everywhere else (see uber recommendation below).  It was also slightly quieter than being directly in town with great views off all the balconies (lounge and both bedrooms have balcony access).

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DO.

LX Factory

Rua Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300 - 501

An uber driver told us about this area while we were there and it is worth a visit.  What was an old industrial complex is now home to heaps of cool boutiques, restaurants and another great rooftop bar. 

Culinary Backstreets Essentials Tour

https://culinarybackstreets.com/culinary-walks/lisbon/

This tour was recommended to us by my most foodie friend and we have since passed on the recommendation to anyone that asks.  This tour involves 4 hours of trying and seeing very local Lisbon delicacies from shops and restaurants that you are unlikely to stumble upon on your own.

Shopping on Rua Dom Pedro V

Start at Sao Pedro de Alcantara (a park with an incredible view overlooking the city) and then walk/shop up Rua Dom Pedro V (a  beautiful little street with some really cool boutiques/cafes) - We walked right up until we reached Embaixada (Praça do Príncipe Real, 26).  Embaixada is a very trendy concept store situated in an old converted building dating back to the 1800s. 

a couple of notes:

  • The wine from the supermarket is so cheap and pretty damn good so make the most of it.  You are seriously splashing out if you spend 4€ or more on a bottle.
  • If you want some more recommendations on different areas to stay/see/do and eat I would highly recommend that you check out Lisbon Lux.
  • Ubers are ridiculously cheap in Lisbon so when we weren't walking we ended up catching them EVERYWHERE.  The service was always great - The drivers all seemed to be very conscious of ensuring that they received a good rating. 

paris guide.

EAT.

Hollybelly

https://holybellycafe.com/

19 Rue Lucien Sampaix, Paris 10 or 5 Rue Lucien Sampaix, Paris 10

9am-5pm Daily

A great option if you are after a proper brunch.

La Droguerie

56 Rue des Rosiers, 75004

12-11pm Daily

Arguably the best crepes in Paris and in the best location, in the centre of Le Marais.

 Image by Margaret Zhang (@margaret_zhang)

Image by Margaret Zhang (@margaret_zhang)

Miznon

22 Rue des Ecouffes, 75004

12-11.30pm Daily (closes at 4pm on Friday)

Stuffed Israeli Pita deliciousness at very very reasonable prices.  A quick and easy dining option for lunch or dinner.

Le Timbre

3 Rue Sainte-Beuve, 75006

+33 1 45 49 10 40

Tuesday - Saturday 12-2pm & 7.30pm-Late

This small restaurant is situated very close to le Jardin du Luxembourg in St Germain and if I could only recommend one restaurant in Paris it would be this.  Booking is essential as the restaurant itself only sits approx 15 people.  The menu is small, seasonal and absolutely divine. 

Restaurant Georges

https://restaurantgeorgesparis.com/en/

Centre Georges Pompidou, 43 rue Saint-Merri, 75004

12-Late Daily

Book Online

The main reason that I have put this restaurant on this list is for the decor and the view - The most spectacular view of Paris that you could ever imagine.  The food is good (not amazing for the price but definitely very good) but if you feel like splashing out the view makes it all completely worthwhile.

 Image by Restaurant Georges Paris

Image by Restaurant Georges Paris

a couple of notes:

  • Breakfast wise, there is also nothing better than ordering a croissant, fresh orange and coffee from any cafe on almost every street corner of Paris.  
  • You can get such great cheese, meats and bread from every local supermarket in Paris and there are so many beautiful spaces to sit and eat so this is always a good, cheap option.

STAY.

I would highly recommend staying in either Les Marais or St Germain - Both areas have a boutique, slightly less touristy feel and are an easy walk/metro to all of the main Paris attractions.  A number of the Eats recommended above can also be found in these areas.  A good friend of mine consistently stays at Hotel Jeanne d'Arc le Marais and highly recommends (I have stayed there twice and would also recommend).  Airbnb is also a great option for these areas.

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DO.

Just walk

In my opinion, wandering the streets is the best thing you can do in Paris (I realise this sounds very cliche).  If you do need a specific destination/route (and have never been to Paris before) then I would recommend trying to take in these sites/areas: Jardin du Luxembourg (St Germain), Jardin du Tuileries (you can take in a lot of the touristy sights by walking pretty much in a straight line from the Louvre Pyramid through the Jardin du Tuileries and down the Champs-Élysées until you reach the Arc de Triomphe), Pont Alexadre III (one of many beautiful bridges).

Sacre Coeur

You have to walk up a ton of steps but some of the best views of Paris can be seen from where the Sacre Coeur sits.  At the top, the Sacre Coeur is surrounded by a market of artists selling paintings and prints and a couple of creperies and restaurants.  The Hardware Société Paris is also nearby (at the bottom) and while I haven't actually been, it has been highly recommended to me for breakfast/brunch. 

 Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur

Les Puces (The Fleas)

The largest Antiques market in the world - Think beautiful vintage furniture, crystal and vintage designer goods in immaculate condition. Even if you're not in the market for anything it is incredible to look.  I have heard of people booking shipping containers to get all of their purchases back home.  If you feel like stopping for brunch/lunch while you're there - Ma Cocotte was highly recommended to us (although on the day we went to Les Puces we didn't manage to try it out). 

Saturday 9-6pm, Sunday 10-6pm, Monday 11-5pm - Aim to go in the morning.

Getting there: Rue des Rosiers, Porte de Clignancourt - Take Line 4 on the Metro and when you come up head towards the large concrete overpass.  There's a large market of junk on the way but eventually you'll get to where the Antiques begin - If you don't manage to just stumble into it Rue des Rosiers is the main street that the Antique stalls come off.

Shopping in Le Marais

Le Marais has an amazing array of boutiques and vintage stores and is a beautiful place to just generally wander.  One must-go store is the Sandro Outlet - My mum picked up a leather jacket from there for €120 just to give you an idea of the prices.

Sandro Outlet, 26 Rue de Sévigné, 75004
Mon-Sat 10.30am-7.30pm & Sunday 11m-7pm