Paris France Best for Traditionalists What to eat

first_imgParis, FranceBest for TraditionalistsWhat to eat The classic steak frites, smelly cheese, new-wave patisserie and some of the best brunches on the continent. Where to eat You’ll want to do at least one meal in a traditional Parisian brasserie, with their Art Nouveau/Deco interiors, waiters in long aprons and black waistcoats, and classic French fare. The touristy – but fun and cheap – choice is Chartier, where a steak frites in an enormous old-school dining room is a mere £10 If you fancy a pique-nique, swing by funky boulangerie (bakery) Pain Pain to pick up pain au chocolates, lemon tarts and caramel eclairs (from £1) and the Fromagerie Sanders cheese counter in the Marche St Germain for small-batch cheeses you can’t find in the UK. Need a weekday brunch? The hottest ticket in town is Mokonuts (from £6; closed weekends) for a changing menu – expect the likes of chickpea salad, smoked pork loin or langoustines in orange sauce. Where to stay Hip hotel Snob is walking distance to the Louvre and Pompidou Centre and has rooms from £86 a night Flights to Paris from £54 New York, USABest for Big appetitesWhat to eat Thin, crispy New York pizzas, mustard-topped hot dogs, and thick, juicy steaks. Where to eat With its mixed cultural heritage and obsession with doing everything bigger and better than elsewhere, New York City has long been a top foodie destination. But you must start with a classic New York pizza at justifiably famous Joe’s, which you can find in Greenwich Village, on East 14th Street and on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. A large take-away slice costs £2. Prefer to sit down for your pizza? Try John’s of Bleeker Street in Soho, where a cheese pie (margarita to you and me) costs from £13. One of the city’s best steakhouses is Peter Luger in Brooklyn (mains around £27), and for the proper hot dog experience, take the subway to Coney Island and grab a spot at the original Nathan’s. And if you want to go posh the city is home to the current World’s Best Restaurant – Eleven Madison Park, where a five-course bar menu will set you back £130.Where to stay Yotel Times Square is a funky microtel, right in the centre of Manhattan, with rooms from £65 per night Flights to New York from £199Published March 2018. Prices correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change and/or availability.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map San Sebastian, SpainBest for All-day grazersWhat to eat Spanish tapas, from classic to innovative. Where to eat A huge arc of city-centre beaches overlooked by an old town rammed with bars selling tapas, Spanish ‘gin-tonics’ and fresh seafood, this city on Spain’s northern coast makes for the perfect foodie break. You’ll need to fly to Biarritz or Bilbao, then take a bus to reach it, but this small transfer is worth it. San Sebastian has three restaurants with three Michelin stars, but also pintxos (Basque tapas) to knock your socks off. The tasting menu at Arzak, which has three Michelin stars and is rated number 30 in the world, costs £180. But the quintessential San Sebastian experience is far more affordable. You simply move from tapas bar to tapas bar all day and night, nibbling on whatever the speciality it as at each one. Rarely will you find a dud (just avoid the handful clearly aimed at tourists). For real authenticity, try the rustic Bar Txepetxa, where each pinxto is just £1-2. And if you want to stay for your whole meal at just one place, hit up rock-and-roll tapas joint A Fuego Negro for new-wave pinxtos, with combinations such as sardine mustard and pineapple (tasting menu £35). Where to stay Cinema-themed Hotel Astoria7 is about 15 minutes from the heart of the action, has smart rooms, and costs from £68 per night.Flights to Biarritz from £27 Copenhagen, DenmarkBest for Experimental eatersWhat to eat Seafood you’ve never heard of, delicate foraged plants, and the best sourdough of your life.Where to eat Birthplace of Noma – one of the most famous restaurants in the world, which kickstarted the foraged-food revolution – the Danish capital has led the charge of new Nordic cuisine and is still the best place to try it. Led by Rene Redzepi, Noma closed a couple of years ago at the height of its popularity to recreate a different style of restaurant, whose non-optional menu changes with the season (vegetables in summer and autumn, meat and game in winter, seafood in spring). The new Noma has just reopened, but it’s almost impossible to get a table and you’ll need a second mortgage to pay for a meal (menus from £265). Instead try glazed pork belly or lumpfish in garlic sauce at Restaurant 108, the only other place in town other that Redzepi is officially involved with (mains from £17). And they serve excellent traditional open sandwiches, such as apple herring with egg yolk, capers and onion, at Almanak, right on the water (mains from £9). Want something cheaper? From May, the Paper Factory across the water from Nyhavn has fantastic street food. And don’t miss out on the sourdough bread at Mirabelle Bakery.Where to stay Ibsens Hotel is cosy and in a great location between the Nyhavn and Norrebro neighbourhoods with rooms from £129 per night Flights to Copehagen from £23center_img Hong Kong, ChinaBest for Foodies on a budgetWhat to eat Steamed and fried dumplings, curry fish balls, neon yellow egg tarts, and roast goose on rice with perfect crispy skin.Where to eat Michelin-starred dim sum, roasted meats and steaming noodles – the best food in Hong Kong isn’t just delicious – it’s also cheap as chips. The tiny shop Tim Ho Wan has a Michelin star – the dumplings are that good. This is the place for a cracking dim sum feast including barbecue pork buns, steamed prawn dumplings and fried turnip cake – and costs from £2 for a serving. Another tiny joint with a Michelin star is Yat Lok on Stanley street (mains from £5) where you go for the crispy roast goose. 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