Cheeky’s quirky comfort food boldly combines fresh, local products in made-from-scratch dishes that locals and visitors alike are happy to line up for. The fun and casual atmosphere combined with outstanding food and service makes Cheeky’s one of the most popular restaurants in all of Palm Springs.
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.
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.
Pauly Saal delights the taste buds of travelers and locals alike with inventive, modern takes on the staples of traditional German cuisine. Plus, the reasonable pricing makes it a great opportunity to try a Michelin-starred restaurant without blowing your vacation budget.
El Imparcial, the brainchild of five young Spaniards, embraces a growing local trend of dining and drinking establishments with a strong sense of visual branding that have added a quirky something extra.
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.
A self-proclaimed, “house of coffees and espressos,” Toma Café single-handedly launched Madrid’s craft coffee craze and forever changed the standards of what qualifies as a proper café con leche.
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.
Eating at Bocadillo de Jamón y Champán, whether it be for a quick snack or a full meal, manages to feel casual and glamorous simultaneously. Their quirky combo of jamón sandwiches and sparkling wine is definitely something we can get behind!
Celler Casa Mariol brings age old traditions to the urban environment. They believe that wines should always be enjoyed in good company and their Barcelona bodega serves that purpose and then some.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With flashy decor, fantastic interpretations of traditional tapas, a cocktail bar and, depending on the hour, live music and Djs, Lolita Tapería embodies Spain’s convivial and vibrant spirt.
If you are someone who loves baked goods, particularly bread, Zeit für Brot, or Time for Bread, should be an obligatory stop in Berlin. Germans are obsessed with good bread, and that fact becomes abundantly obvious when you visit Zeit für Brot.
Buried deep in the backstreets of the Marrakech medina, finding Le Tobsil requires a bit of a trek, but it’s worth the effort. An evening at Le Tobsil sets the scene for a Moroccan dinner reminiscent of Arabian nights.
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 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.
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.
If you want a break from bœuf bourguignon and other typical French specialties, we don’t blame you. Step in Chez Hanna, your one-stop option for an alternative to traditional French dining.
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.
Although we had very little time at Keyser Soze, we saw enough to know that next time we’re in Berlin, we’ll be back. While Keyser Soze offers a lot more than breakfast, breakfast is definitely a main feature, served until 6:00pm with an ample variety of dishes to choose from.
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.
We’re still not sure what impressed us most: Häppies’ founder Uli Marschner’s joyful spirit, the food itself or the fact that Häppies was financed with over €10,000 raised through crowdfunding.
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 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.
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.
With an ultra-central location in Valencia, a trendy interior, a quiet back terrace and live entertainment including Flamenco, it’s no surprise that Món gets a good share of visitors’ business.
Located within Valencia’s Central Market, Valenciano chef Ricard Camarena’s Central Bar delivers classic Spanish dishes infused with complex flavors, and of course, everything is market-fresh.
If we could only have one meal in Florence, Trattoria Mario is where we would have it. A typical lunch at Trattoria Mario is lively, even chaotic, but everyone seems to be having a good time.
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.
Vivanda “Gastronomia” is an enoteca and casual restaurant with a classy vibe. There is a huge variety of organic wines sold by the bottle, but those served by the glass are Vivanda’s own label, produced in accordance with biodynamic standards.
Located in the fourteenth-century Palazzo Salviati, the first thing you notice about Osteria del Caffé Italiano is the ambiance. The food is traditional but refined and priced accordingly.
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.
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, 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.
Although it’s location is across the river, away from the center of Sevilla, DeÓ has some of the most coveted tables in town. Eating here requires a reservation and you better plan in advance because they tend to fill up.
El Rinconcillo has been around since 1670, and it shows, in a good way. Making part of it’s home in a former general store, the charming architecture of this historic locality contains a lively bar scene.
La Concepción is an eclectic and charming little spot with a kitchen that turns out a surprising variety of things to eat. The quirky touches in the decor help make it a fun and friendly place to be.
One of the few restaurants in the southern beach towns of Tenerife serving traditional Canarian cuisine, diners at Folelé are introduced to local ingredients in a way that’s not intimidating.
When you walk into La Hierbita, you’d be right to feel like you’ve stepped into someone’s home. Welcoming and warm, this restaurant lives in a 19th century Canarian house in the middle of Santa Cruz, Tenerife’s capital city.
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.
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.
Casa Pache looks more like someone’s home than a place to sit down and order off of a menu. This place is quirky, to say the least, but the service is friendly and the food comforting, classic and Canarian.
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.
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.
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.
Barão de Fladgate may not have Michelin stars or be the trendiest dining option in Porto, but it’s an experience you absolutely should not miss. Located at Taylor’s Port Lodges, your visit to Taylor’s and Barão de Fladgate will be full of charm and history.
A lot has changed since 1700, but Can Joan de S’Aigo in Palma de Mallorca seems to have snuck by unaffected by time. Step off the street and back into a different century to taste some of the best pastries Mallorca has to offer, and if it’s a warm out, try the almond ice cream, made in-house with almond milk rather than dairy.