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
- 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
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
- 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.
- 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.
- La Vara – The best tapas I have ever had with the friendlist staff to boot
- Sushi of Gari 46 – The nigiri that made me finally like nigiri
- Red Hook Lobster Pound – New York’s best lobster roll. All you need to know.
- The Union Square Cafe – Perfectly executed classic seasonal American cuisine
- 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.