Celso y Manolo: Spanish Bar Food Gets a Makeover

This little “neo-tavern”, located in the heart of Madrid, has done an exceptional job of honoring its heritage, and in more than one way. With their modern interpretation of traditional Spanish food and the love that goes into their cooking, Celso y Manolo draws in diners from all over the city.

Mama Campo: Restaurant, Cantina, Organic Market & More

The aim at Mama Campo is simple, to raise awareness about what, exactly, it is that you are eating and to give you the option to buy organic food that isn’t prohibitively expensive. Their restaurant is a shining example of what you can do with simple, seasonal ingredients, and what real food should taste like.

Chi Chi at the Avalon: A Hidden Foodie-Haven in Palm Springs

Chi Chi, an intimate poolside restaurant at the Avalon hotel, serves up the best of what California has to offer: fresh, health-conscious food made with local, seasonal ingredients and Latin-inspired flavors and spice. Exotic ingredient combinations and zesty flavors characterize both the food and the cocktails, making Chi Chi not only a great place to eat, but also to sip on an evening drink in a magical candlelit setting.

Vinoteca Moratín: A Market-Fresh Neighborhood Bistrot & Wine Bar

It’s no secret that owner and chef Marcos Gil has a passion for wine, cheese, hospitality and dining. He and his dedicated team serve up a modern interpretation of homemade family recipes. With delicious food, amazing wines and service that’s always warm and welcoming, it’d be foolish not to visit Vinoteca Moratin.

Elsa y Fred: Creative Cooking with a Side of Charm

Elsa y Fred is quirky in an enchanting sort of way, much like the neighborhood that surrounds it. With food that falls under the “gastrotapas” category, prepare yourself for a menu full of tapas and traditional dishes with a modern, international twist.

Mercado de la Reina: Serving the Classics, Reinvented

Divided into several distinct areas, this 3-in-1 establishment boasts a pinchos bar, restaurant and gin bar. Mercado de la Reina serves up a thoughtful list of traditional Spanish dishes, reinterpreted with a lighter hand but retaining all of the flavor of the recipes that inspired them.

Cafe Krone: Fresh Food & Flame Cake

With an internationally influenced menu, homemade food with an emphasis on quality ingredients, vegetarian and vegan friendly options, a quaint terrace, loads of local character and outstanding service, you would be crazy not to fall in love with Cafe KRONE.

La Pulpería: Spanish Comfort Food in Seville

In a city that has no shortage of restaurants serving delicious tapas at unbelievably low prices, La Pulpería has something that most gastrobars in Sevilla lack, charm. The interior is quirky and warm with an eclectic mix of furniture and decor, but not in the cliche way that seems to have become a trend in many Spanish restaurants.

Septime: Affordable Haute Cuisine

When you first set eyes on Chef Bertrand Grébaut’s Septime, it might fail to make much of an impression. One look at the food and you’ll find the minimal atmosphere in the restaurant fitting as it allows Septime’s culinary prowess to take center stage.

Al Fassia: Tradition Meets Opulence in Marrakech

A cultural awakening for your taste buds, the menu items at Al Fassia are sure to takes you on a voyage through history. Although it can be difficult to find authentic food in Marrakech, a meal at Al Fassia promises to satisfy the edible portion of a traveller’s curiosities.

Schwarzwaldstuben: Berlin’s Black Forest Lounge

Schwarzwaldstuben is Berlin’s very own oasis for all things Schwäbische, from the food to the kitsch-meets-cool Black Forest themed decor. A popular restaurant among both locals and in-the-know travelers looking for an authentic taste of Germany.

La Azotea: Tapas with a Modern Twist

A meal at La Azotea is not your typical Spanish dining experience, but in all of the right ways. The food is bold, modern, inventive, and served with finesse, while maintaining a recognizable loyalty to the pillars of Spanish cuisine.

Laurent Dubois: Gourmet Heaven by the King of Cheese

One of the many wonderful things about visiting Meilleur Ouvrier Laurent Dubois’ namesake shop is that you can admire and taste his “œuvres d’art” as the in-house cheese connaisseurs share their knowledge and recommendations for perfect cheese pairings, be it with a special wine or food for a casual gathering.

Das Lokal: Modern German Gastronomy

With a name like Das Lokal, it should come as no surprise that this restaurant is a Locavore’s dream. Serving contemporary German cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and sustainability, Das Lokal is a great place for guilt-free indulging.

W-Der Imbiss: Pizza Naan & Beyond

Berlin is well known for its eclectic restaurant scene and few places embody the melting-pot-nature of the city’s gastronomy like W-Der Imbiss. A self proclaimed “Indo-mexi-cal-ital” restaurant, the food at W-Der Imbiss effortlessly combines a mixture of influences from India, Mexico, California and Italy with more success than you could imagine.

Deli-rant: A Place to Play with Your Food

Deli-rant is an enigma in the best possible way. Part beer shop, part art gallery, part library and a plaza-front terrace to boot, without knowing better you might think that Deli-rant is all style and no substance, but that is where you’d be wrong.

El Tap i Altres Terres: Top-notch Food and Well-chosen Wines

In central Valencia, a stone’s throw from the Torres de Serrano, El Tap i Altres Terres stands out among a sea of restaurants. Their decor is plain and simple, there is no one out front urging you to come eat, but if you catch a whiff of the food they are serving, the smell will stop you dead in your tracks.

Alla Vecchia Bettola: Florentine Steak Done Right

Trattoria Alla Vecchia Bettola may not be well known by travelers, but its existence is no secret among locals, nor is its reputation for excellent Tuscan cuisine. Located on the south side of the Arno river, away from central Florence, this restaurant has loads of neighborhood appeal.

Taberna Coloniales: A Local Go-to Spot for Cheap Eats

Taberna Coloniales is the kind of place you would live at if you were going to college in Sevilla, although the crowd certainly isn’t limited to university students. While the food isn’t refined and doesn’t compare to some of the other places in the area, it is representative of the local cuisine, the servings are huge, and the prices are low.

Bar La Eslava: A Unique Take on Andalusian Cuisine

The prize-winning La Eslava might not be located in Sevilla’s historic center, but it’s certainly at the center of the local food scene. The seasonal kitchen and informal vibe are magnetic, drawing everyone from groups of elderly men to modernillos (Spanish hipsters).

Casa Moreno: Seville’s Best Kept Local Secret

Casa Moreno, the oldest existing ultramarino, or grocery store, in Sevilla is still serving it’s original purpose, and then some. Apart from stocking a bounty of quality canned and bulk foods, cheeses and charcuterie, Casa Moreno contains a hidden bar that most tourist never come across.

El Cine: Delicious Local Seafood for Next to Nothing

Situated in Los Cristianos, possibly one of Spain’s least Spanish cities, El Cine stands proud, tucked into a corner amidst a sea of tourist-packed places. This is a restaurant for both locals and tourists as is evident by the line that forms up a nearby alleyway.

El Rincón de Juan Carlos: Going Gourmet in Tenerife

If you are looking for expertly crafted cuisine, look no further than El Rincón de Juan Carlos. Surprisingly not found in one of the many 5 star resorts on Tenerife, this unassuming restaurant is tucked around a corner just off of the main plaza in Los Gigantes.

Gululu: St. Julians Gets a Dose of Authentic Maltese Cuisine

Gululu is the place to go for homemade Maltese specialties. Our favorite restaurant on the island, there wasn’t a thing this place was missing. Choose to dine on the seaside patio along St. Julian’s bay or inside where it’s warm and inviting, your meal will be served by a staff that’s well versed in hospitality and the food is sure to be outstanding.

Fontanella: Food with a View in Mdina

Situated in the picturesque city of Mdina, Fontanella not only boasts a comprehensive dessert menu, but some of the best panoramic views in all of Malta. On a clear day, you can see all the way across the country to the coastal capital of Valetta and beyond.

Bonjardim: Lisbon’s “King of Chickens”

Tucked along a small side street, Bonjardim makes its home in an unassuming building in an unassuming corner of a city full of restaurants with staff begging you to come eat with them. No one will chase you down the street with fliers trying to bring you to Bonjardim, but then again, why should they, the smell of the food takes care of that for them.