Places I Love

A work in progress, my favourite bars and restaurants from my travels over the past few years.




  • You can find my farewell guide to Aarhus here.
  • Byens Burger – Nothing fancy, just a really good burger place
  • Restaurant Et – All the French classics expertly done
  • Restaurant Frederikshøj– If you win the lotto or want to splash out, this is the place to go.
  • Haute Friture – Gourmet Chorizo hotdogs, rotisserie chicken and amazing chips all for extremely reasonable prices
  • Memphis Roadhouse – Great US style BBQ food

Feb 2013 013_phixr


  • Check out my Amsterdam guide here.
  • Balthazar’s Keuken – Great value three course set menu of classic European food in a beautifully designed space in the Jordaan.
  • Foodhallen – A fantastic new indoor food hall filled with everything you would want to eat.
  • Worst Wijn Cafe – A cosy neighbourhood wine bar serving meat dominated small plates.


  • Deane’s Seafood Bar – Reasonably priced seafood from Belfast legend Michael Deane in a lovely space.


  • DØP – Delicious organic hotdogs available beside the Rundtarn in the city centre.
  • You can see my Copenhagen restaurant recommendations here

Dublin Sept 022_phixr


You can find all my Dublin recommendations, foodie and otherwise on Spotted by Locals.

Dublin – Food

  • Etto – Innovative and well priced small plates at my new Dublin favourite.
  • L Mulligan Grocer  – Dublin’s best gastropub with a wonderful selection of craft beers.
  • Las Tapas De Lola – A lively and good value restaurant serving a variety of traditional Spanish tapas.
  • Oxmantown – Great value gourmet sandwiches and coffee
  • The Greenhouse –Dublin’s most innovative fine dining option.
  • The Fumbally – Beautiful food in an eclectic industrial space.
  • The Green Bench Cafe – Amazing sandwiches, takeaway only.
  • Fallon and Byrne –Gourmet food hall, wine bar and restaurant all under one roof.
  • Dunne & Crescenzi –Lovely little Italian enoteca and grocery.
  • Bunsen Burger –The best burger in Dublin.
  • Brother Hubbard – Cosy cafe selling wonderful breakfast and lunch treats.
  • Fish Shop – The best fish and chips in Dublin.

Dublin Pubs and Bars

  • The Long Hall – An ornate traditional Victorian pub selling traditional and craft beers.
  • Toners – Self proclaimed home of the best pint of Guinness and possessed of one of Dublin’s best snugs.
  • Against the Grain – Every craft beer and cider you could ever want
  • Frank Ryan’s – A quirky spot near Smithfield (ignore the smell, you get used to it)
  • The Hacienda – Check if the yellow door is open, ring the ‘bar’ doorbell, and ask politely to enter a Spanish themed world of 80s music and pool.
  • John Kavanagh’s (The Gravediggers) – Great traditional pub serving the best Guinness, right beside Glasnevin Cemetary

The Rest of Ireland

  • The Cliff House Hotel (Co Waterford) – Michelin starred food with incredible views
  • The Island Cottage (Co.Cork) – A unique meal cooked in a small cottage on an island off West Cork


croatia 051_phixr


  • Kamenice: Cheap and cheerful seafood served under the stars in a beautiful square.
  • Buza: Dubrovnik’s worst kept secret, a budget-friendly bar set out on the rocks behind the town wall
  • D’Vino Wine Bar: Down a quiet side street, this cosy bar specialises in local wine and cheese.


  • The Gardener’s Cottage – Gorgeous set menu restaurant in a Victorian cottage in the heart of the city.
  • The Dogs – Good value food in a lovely Georgian space.
  • The Sheep Heid Inn  – A pub so old, Mary Queen of Scots visited, in the beautiful village of Duddingston. The perfect end to a walk over Arthur’s Seat.
  • Woodland Creatures – A great little design bar serving craft beers and reasonably priced food.


  • You can find my Galicia guides here and here.



  • Broadway Market – My favourite London market, great for picking up lunch and a cider to enjoy by the canal.
  • Morito: Wonderful and original tapas bar in Clerkenwell.
  • Moro: Morito’s big brother, serving exquisite Middle Eastern and North African food.
  • Polpo: Venetian(ish) cantinas serving Italian inspired small plates in several locations.
  • Burger and Lobster: £20 lobster. Enough said.
  • L’Entrepôt: French wine bar and shop serving classic terroir cuisine.
  • Brasserie Zedel: The most authentic Parisian style brasserie London has to offer in the heart of the West End.
  • Pitt Cue Co – Fantastic barbecue from Michelin trained chefs.

Brooklyn 2 016_phixr

New York

Paris Arcade



  • Au Passage  – Inventive small plates in a scruffy hipster bar
  • Bistrot Paul Bert – Lovely, classic bistrot
  • Clown Bar  – Natural wines, lovely staff, belle epoque decor and banging tunes
  • Chartier – Classic French cooking for very good budget prices in an amazing Fin de Siecle dining room.
  • Ma Bourgogne  – Traditional Burgundian cooking on the Place Des Vosges.



  • You can find my Venetian ciccheti guide here.
  • Alla Madonna– The perfect traditional Venetian restaurant.
  • Osteria La Zucca – When you want a break from fish and pasta, a gem serving innovative vegetarian and meat dishes.

5 thoughts on “Places I Love

    • Hope you like them! Let me know how you get on. If you’re there in sunny weather, grabbing some bread, cheese and wine and sitting by the Seine is also a great option, everyone does it

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s