“The Best Coffee in Paris”

“The Best Coffee in Paris”

So there you go. If perceived wisdom is to be believed Coutume is the place to go for your coffee in France’s capitol. We can stop searching now. Among friends and family I am infamous for my love of, and quest for, the best coffees. So, it comes to no surprise, that a girl, also in my class…

La Bourse et la Vie

La Bourse et la Vie

La Bourse et La Vie may not be one of the most well known restaurants in Paris, at least as far as tourists from London are concerned, but it is one with pedigree. After ten years of running Spring (sadly just closed – it was superb) American chef Daniel Rose has opened up La Bourse…

La Scala

La Scala

As you’d except from the home of opera, Italy is full of famous, and some even great opera houses – but none surpasses the Teatro alla Scala. Built in 1776-78 with the approval of the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, the stage at La Scala has played host to many of the preeminent names in…

Cicchetti in Venice

Cicchetti in Venice

A great way to eat, drink and explore Venice and it’s quieter less touristy parts, is to pick some cicchetti bars to go between. It’s a cost effective way to see the city and take part in something that’s still part of the daily life of the locals but most tourists ignore or know nothing…

Two Days in Milan

Two Days in Milan

The powerhouse of the Italian economy, Milan, like the Milanese themselves, is different to the rest of Italy, the people are just as friendly but more fashion conscious, hardy a surprise, and the city more utilitarian, with the exception of the historic centre. It may not have the same quality of artwork as Florence or…