I like most people today, love food. I do fall into the stereotype of admiring "hippie-dippie" food since I eat vegan and vegetarian cuisine. As a Clevelander, I know good European food. You can't beat the pirogies from Sacred Heart Ukrainian Church or a bowl a cavatelli from Little Italy. The mid-west and east coast has amazing European food, but the west coast, thanks to it being the prime port of access for Asian immigrants, Seattle hands down has the best Asian food.
Thai food is my favorite Asian cuisine and with each place I visit, I make it a point to try the Pad Thai. Something about the peanuts and broccoli that claims my affections. I gravitate towards the hole-in the wall, pocketbook-friendly Thai places as something about grimy tables tells it all but its authenticity. But no need to fear, there are plenty of modern, chic establishments in town.
Now, there are so many Thai restaurants in Seattle it is impossible, budget-wise, to eat everywhere. But, here are my favorite places in the city and what I think you should order at each place!
Pung Kang Noodle Place - Lower Queen Anne
Once called the Phuket, this hands down is my favorite Thai restaurant in the city. It's delicious. It's afford. And it's close to home. In the back of the restaurant are large traditional tables where you sit on pads, almost similar to what you'd experience in Thailand. You'll find me at the bar stools at least a couple times per month.
What to Eat: Pad Thai, Pad See Ew + Garlic Pepper Broccoli
Racha Noodles - Lower Queen Anne
Racha's noodle dishes are amazing. The meals are more gourmet and has a fancier atmosphere, perfect for a first date! Racha offers a weekday Happy Hour menu so grab those fresh rolls and deep fried tofu and tempura mushrooms for cheap!
What to Eat: Pad Thai - Most Definitely , Any Curry Dish
The Thai Kitchen - Upper Queen Anne
Nestled near the end of downtown Queen Anne, is a gorgeous house turned into a Thai Restaurant. The living room holds space for plenty of tables and during the summer months, guests eat on the patio, surrounded by trees and patio lights. The quaint atmosphere is as peaceful as Buddha himself.
What to Try: Thai Basil Fried Rice, Really anything else!
ZapVerr - Fremont
This modern chic Thai Restaurant serves a more gourmet-style type of cuisine. The ambiance is sleek, enhanced by Buddha Bar playing in the background. I recommend ordering a pot of tea and enjoy whatever your palate craves.
What to Eat: Pad See Ew + Pad Thai
Kwanjai Thai Cuisine - Fremont
This small little house, turned Thai restaurant, is home to one of the best places for Thai food in Seattle. Grandma works hard in the kitchen, making countless fresh rolls while the grandson serves. In the summer, guests eat outside on the tables dotted around the sidewalk enjoying fresh rolls with the most delicious peanut sauce in town.
What to Eat: Everything but Fresh Rolls are the bomb!
Jai Thai - Fremont
âAfter nine years of exploring (the same) Thai cuisine, I finally tried Jai Thai in Fremont. My friend Peter and I sat on top of cushy pillows and enjoyed an array of vegan-friendly cuisine and conversation. Located in the heart of downtown Fremont near the bridge, Jai Thai is affordable and features a homely atmosphere.
What to Eat: Fresh Rolls, Pad See Ew, Pumpkin Curry
Tai 22 - Belltown
Tai 22 is a quaint, modern Thai Restaurant in the heart of Belltown. A small street-side patio welcomes hungry visitors during the summer months to enjoy the fresh Seattle air over a glass of Thai Basil Iced Tea. Hands down - this is the best Pad Thai in town. Go for the house style.
âWhat to Eat - Pad Thai, Pineapple Fried Rice, Thai Basil Iced Tea
Jasmine Thai - Pikes Place Market
Located in Post Alley, inside the Pike's Market is one of my favorite Thai places. Don't let the less than impressive decor hold you back from trying this place. It's affordable and one of the very few places where you can eat a Thai meal for under ten dollars. The owners are very friendly and work hard everyday to bring you a piece of Thai-heaven on your plate.
What to Eat: Yellow Curry w. Tofu, Cashew Tofu w/ Rice
Spice Room - Columbia City
If you're visiting Seattle, Columbia City may not be on your list, but it's a cool South Seattle spot to visit if you live here. Spice Room features modern decor with some tables large enough to welcome 5-6 guests. I ate here once and enjoyed the gourmet style Pad Thai with requests to add Broccoli.
What to Eat: Pad Thai
Ayuthaya - Capitol Hill
This long-standing Cap Hill Thai Restaurants brings back memories. I used to eat here often with my ex and is one of the few "old" businesses left in the neighborhood, thanks to gentrification. Take a window seat and enjoy the spectacle of all the weirdness about Cap Hill walk by day and night. There is no shortage of Thai places in Seattle, but many places are now fancy and stuffy.
What to Eat: Pad Thai, Red Curry
Thai 65 - U District
The U District is a place to enjoy cheap food at college-friendly prices. And Thai 65 fits that budget. The menu is cheap and the best feature is that you can add a side of Pad Thai for a few bucks. So if you're craving rice and noodles, this is the best of both worlds. On top of a large menu, Thai 65 offers a buffet to feed vegheads and meat eaters alike. They offer soup, salads, pad Thai, white + fried rice, two curries and two main dishes all for ten bucks. One dish + curry is veg, the other is meat. It's not the highest quality Thai in terms of gourmet, but hey for ten bucks, variety is the spice of life.
What to Eat: Tofu Delight + Semi-greasy Pad Thai
Araya Thai - U District
Vegans, this place is for you! With several locations around town, I recommend the U District as they offer a lunch buffet, offering the ability to explore various rice, curry and . The quality is "higher" than Thai 65, but don't expect vegan meats, the dishes are either vegetable or tofu base.
What to Try - Everything!
Thai Tom - U District
âThis is one of the most popular places in town. Expect a line out of the door, and expect to get pushed out the door after eating. It's a place to eat quick and move on with your day. Some claim it's the best Thai food in town, where others find no difference but love the hectic atmosphere. The restaurant and the Pad Thai certainly made a name for itself in the U District.
Jai Thai - Capitol Hill
Unrelated to the Fremont location, Jai Thai is a place for good food and some of the best prices in town. It is not my favorite place, but their take out window features unheard of prices like $5.00 to go Pad Thai and Curry dishes. For five dollars in Seattle, I'll eat anything. The other benefit of this feature is that they serve food until 1:00am, which is indicative of the Cap Hill culture.
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Krakow, Poland is a city that bustles with history, culture and soul. Alive from day to night, whether you are looking for the most historic church or the best jazz lounge in town, Krakow features countless cultural opportunities.
These are the best historical spots you cannot miss and is best explored in a two to three day itinerary. Although you may want to see it all, some of the best moments in Krakow are when you lose yourself, wandering down an old alley way, wondering, "What should I do next?"
St. Peter and Paul Church
In Poland, there is no lack of Catholic Churches. Built between 1597-1619, this is the biggest church in Krakow in terms of seating capacity. The Baroque Jesuit church is most known for its facade, containing the 12 apostles. The church was built shortly after the arrival of the Jesuits to defend the Catholic faith after signing the Council of Trident.
Between St. Peter and Paul Church and Market Square, it is common to find elder locals playing musical instruments along Grodzka Street.
Old Town Market Square
This is the area where most people congregate to, and once you lay eyes on the square you’ll know why. The grandiose square contains spirit of the past and the present. Small birds circle the cathedral and horse and carriage loop around the square. It is the largest medieval square in Europe, which dates back to 1257. St Mary’s Basilica is one of the most popular churches in town.
Explore the 10th Century St. Adalbert Church, which is a mix of pre-Roman, Roman, Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture. Explore what is left of Krakow Town Hall with its tower as the rest of the facility was demolished to open up the square. The 13th Century Town Hall Tower stands 70 meters, but leans 55 centimeters as a result of a storm in 1703. Two stone lions guard the tower, which were brought from the Classicist Palace. The tower climb is steep, but worth the view and the experience to understand life in the medieval days.
During the holiday season, enjoy the Christmas Market in Market Square. This is the perfect place to discover affordable Polish cuisine. Be sure to check out Wierzynek, the oldest restaurant in town with roots dating back to 1364.
Market Square also contains the Cloth Hall. The 14th Century Cloth Hall contains countless souvenir stands. Some claim cloth hall is the oldest “shopping mall” and the edifice dates to 1555. It's one of the best spots to purchase a souvenir.
And while on the topic of shopping, be sure to explore the countless shops in town and in the Cloth Hall that contain the popular Polish Pottery. These hand painted pieces of ceramic are a popular Christmas gift and is known for its stylish kitchen tools. Discover everything from spoons to baking dishes to coffee mugs.
One popular shops is Mila Polish Pottery located at: Sławkowska 14, 31-014 Kraków, Poland
Another popular traditional Polish relic are the amber jewelry. The handcrafted jewelry is expensive (according to backpacker standards) but is a notable symbol of Poland.
Krakow is also known for its bustling music scene. The Poles know how to party so there is no lack of techno clubs. But for the finer side of Polish culture, be sure to check out of the many jazz shows in town. You'll discover many jazz clubs in and around Market Square.
The two places I recommend are Harris Piano Jazz Bar and Piwnica Pod Baranami. These two establishments are next to eachother, both located underground with exposed brick walls and quirky, historical art on the walls.
On the corner of Florianska and Pijarska street is an outdoor painter's market called, Galeria obrazów pod Bramą Floriańską. Discover everything from landscapes to nature to dancers. The paintings are perched alongside an old stone wall and features art from over 100 artists. In operation for decades, this is the spot for an affordable canvas painting; however, they own a nearby shop that sells paintings with a frame,
Built between the 13th and 14th Century, Wawel Castle is the most impressive landmark in the city. Fifty thousand years ago, people lived on Wawel Hill during the Paleolithic Age. In the early 16th Century, King Sigismund I the Old brought in some of the best native and foreign artists to create the castle you see today. Permanent exhibitions include the State Rooms, Oriental Art, The Lost Wawel, The Royal Private Apartments and the Crown Treasury and Armory. Don’t be in too much of a rush, and be sure to stop and smell the flowers.
Inside the Wawel Castle is the cathedral where visitors marvel and decadent artistry and architectural wonders of the 18 chapels. Most of the Polish King’s and their family members, along with the nation’s greatest heroes, bishops, two poets and four saints, are buried in the cathedral.
Kazimierz - Jewish Square
Located south of Old Town and between the Wisla River and Ul, the Jewish Quarter is a neighborhood not only for Jewish culture, but for Bohemian artists as well. Near the Jewish Square green space are countless Jewish Restaurants surrounded by five synagogues.
The historical pavilion, Plac Nowy, is a popular antique market that contains a farmers market on the weekend. There are also countless antique shops in this district that are worth exploring.
I recommend visiting the tiny black and white shops, Galeria Lue Lue to discover old black and white images of historic Krakow and Poland.
There are countless opportunities to discover Jewish culture and cuisine around Jewish Square. Admire the historic window fronts, hear live music or simply explore your pallate with Kosher and Traditional Polish Food. I recommend Jewish Restaurant, Arial.
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The once World War II factory is now a historical museum. The factory housed the former Nazi industrialist who saved the lives of his Jewish workforce during the Holocaust. Guests will see Schindler’s desk intact to what it would look like during the war alongside with walls filled with plates, Nazi propaganda and photos of the factory workers.
Nearby is the popular family-owned restaurant, Jadlodajnia Wczoraj i Dzis. Discover more on 7 Authentic Polish Restaurants in Krakow, Poland (for Pierogies & Vegetarians too).
On March 3, 1941, the Nazi occupation created a dwelling place for Krakow Jews. Podgorze is the conception of the Jewish ghetto located on the right side of the Wisla River. The ghetto consisted of 15 streets and some 320 buildings and 3,200 rooms, completely walled off from the rest of the city. The ghetto's western edge, at Limanowskiego Street near Rynek Podgorski square was the main entrance gate to the ghetto along with another gate on Limanowskiego Street, which was solely for the entrance of German military trucks.
Jagiellonian University - Copernicus University and Museum
Take a walk into history at one of the oldest Universities in Europe, and the oldest University building in Poland with roots dating back to 1400. This historic college is the place where Copernicus did his studies and also experienced a downfall during the Nazi occupation of book burning and extermination of the professors. Take a tour inside the museum to discover countless artifacts, paintings and original astrological devices from the Copernicus era.
If you have two to three days in Krakow, you can explore most of these areas, even if you do not enter some of the museums. However, to take your time in each district or museum, it is best to schedule three days. Luckily, Krakow is not that spread out so it is easy to walk from place to place.
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Krakow is one of my favorite European cities. Not only is the culture and architecture one-of-a-kind, but so is the food. My Great Grandfather was from Krakow, married to my Ukrainian Grandmother, so pierogies, borscht and potato pancakes are a past time. Even to this day I can remember my "Baba" pushing through her carpal tunnel and back pain just to satisfy my family's stomach upon every visit.
I have more love for Krakow than just nostalgia, but it is a city of creativity founded by tough people who survived communism, the War and the like. Polish people have not had an easy life, and even today you'll see grandma in the kitchen kneading dough for today's serving of dumplings and goulash.
I do not eat meat, and I find it difficult to be 100% vegan in Poland unless you consume bird food from the supermarket or the salad section at the restaurant. As a two-time visitor to Krakow, these are my favorite places for traditional and authentic Polish food that also features vegetarian options.
Ariel Jewish Restaurant
One of the most unique culinary experiences in Krakow is to explore the Jewish and Kosher culture. Discover countless Jewish restaurants along Szeroka Street.
Located in Jewish Square, Ariel, sits between five synagogues in the heart of Kazimierz. Known for its live music events, Ariel features six indoor dining halls and outdoor seating in the summer. The green room, known as the fireplace room, features an eclectic mix of historic paintings and vintage items to replicate a Jewish tenement house from the 16th Century. In fact, "Arial" originates from the Old Testament and is named after one of the four archangels, "Uriel," known as the "Light of God."
And God bless this delicious food. Borscht, cabbage salads and Russian-style pierogies, you'll notice my trend as the blog post continues. A gift shop is also available. Prices are moderate to pricey. Check the website for the music concert calendar and apartment rentals.
Jadlodajnia Wczoraj i Dzis
If you're looking for Grandma's cooking, be sure to visit this restaurant that has been family owned and operated for over 80 years. The restaurant's roots originated in market square, but now reside nearby the Oskar Schindler factory museum and the Jewish ghetto. This is one of the few family restaurants that survived after World War II, the occupation and communism. The menu features hearty traditional Polish food, and these family recipes that are made fresh every morning.
I am obsessed with Polish carrot salad. It is one of my favorite foods in Poland. Between this and the potato pancakes with applesauce, this is a perfect lunch or dinner spot - one of the best in towns.
When I ate here three times in one trip, I realized this is a sign from God that this is probably one of the most special gems in Krakow. In fact, when a restaurant features a red and white checkered table cloth, it's a sign you've struck gold as the food is as authentic as the peasants who work in the kitchen.
Cheap. Hearty and delicious, Domowa features everything I love about Polish food (suitable for plant-based eaters), pierogies, borscht and salads. As already established, carrot salad is my favorite followed by beet salad. Sadly, sauerkraut comes in third place. Actually, I am not a big fan of sauerkraut but Domowa's - I ate the entire bowl. It's not as pungent but is light and tasty without stinking like kraut juice. The best part is - the affordable price! The soup of the day is 5 zloty, equivalent to 1.25 euro.
Traveler's Tip: Be sure to say no onion as the onion-butter topping contains bits of pork.
Located in the heart of Krakow and in the main square, Wierzynek is the oldest restaurant in the city. With 14th Century origins, travelers from around the world admire the ancient decor or chat over a beer at the street side cafe tables. According to the website, "In 1364, wealthy merchant Mikołaj Wierzynek hosted a splendid feast for the monarchs of Europe on behalf of the Polish King Casimir the Great. Wierzynek undertook the task of hosting the feast with great care and overwhelmed his noble guests with a truly lavish welcome. According to legend the tables were groaning with food and drinks and the guests celebrated for 20 days and nights. Upon departure, the generous merchant presented each guest with a splendid gift – gold and silver tableware."
Today the restaurant follows the slow food notion and features a mix of artisan and delectable cuisines, or in plain English, rare foods served in small portions that are overpriced. It is worth exploring one of the five rooms each one decorated with aristocratic charm.
I am an astrology fanatic. As a cosmonaut at heart, something ancient resides in my bones when gazing at the night sky questioning what life was like during the medieval era. Nearby Wawel Castle, this modest cafe features vegetarian friendly meals such as a Greek salad and pierogies. The Greek Salad is not identical to the one you get in Greece, but Mediterranean veggies are served inside half of a head of Iceberg lettuce, the common peasant raw greenery in Poland, and topped with an Italian-style dressing. After eating countless dumplings, my body craved raw vegetables. Affordable and modest, this Aquarian girl admires this establishment's quirks and menu.
Restauracja Przysmak Staropolski
Located near Wawel Castle is an inexpensive, outdoor cafe and restaurant. This is not exactly fine dining so don't expect the lot, but if looking for a cheap salad and pierogies, this place is a good pit stop despite the constant one-star ratings.
Restauracja Pod Smoczą Jamą
Also located near Wawel Castle, Jama is another modest-dining experience that offers good food at fair prices. A plate of Russian pierogies is 16 zloty, equivalent to four euros. It's another spot to taste test the dumplings to see which ones you enjoy best.
Pro Tip: Globalization is changing the world. When traveling abroad, be sure to check out places online to ensure the establishment is open and operating hours.
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Imagine a world where the sun shines, flower petals flow with the wind and over-ripe oranges fall into your lap. If you can imagine this than you can imagine life in a Seville garden and park. Enchanted with beauty, nothing is more precious than the solo moments of breathing in the vibrant air while discovering exquisite architecture alongside hidden paths.
If you're looking for something natural and free, be sure to visit one of these gardens and parks in Seville.
Parque de Maria Luisa
If you visit only one park in Spain, Maria Luisa Park is it. The vast complexity of the interconnections between nature and architecture is mind-blowing. You'll discover everything from flowered vintage trellises to a patch of fallen oranges basking in the sunlight. The architectural elements from elegant gazebos to the prominent Plaza de España, discover a piece of Seville history. I spent wandered for two hours in the park, and discovered only a piece of the park. If hungry, eat at the adjacent Bar Citroen cafe as depicted in my recent "Favorite Restaurants & Cafes in Seville."
Jardines de Murillo | Jardin de Catalina de Ribera
Between the ancient Alcazar wall and Paseo de Catalina de Ribera, is the Jardines de Murillo. In late May and early June, pink petals gently sway in the wind falling alongside ceramic benches and water fountains. Named after the 17th century Sevillan painter Murillo, discover various monuments, including the notable Christopher Columbus statue.
Park Adjacent to Maria Luisa
Adjacent to Parque de Maria Luisa is another city park, containing tree-lined pathways, wrought-iron benches and manicured lawns. It's the perfect park for a late afternoon sachet in the shade or relax at Epheta for a beer. The Prado de San Sebastian is also located here. Somehow it is impossible to discover the real name of this park, but is located across from Maria Luisa on Av. Portugal.
Jardin de Cristina
Nearby the Cathedral and Alcazar is Jardin de Cristina, a poetically-romantic Spanish garden. Built in 1830 in Puerta Jerez, the park is named after King Ferdinand VII's second wife, Maria Cristina.This small triangle-shaped park is well landscaped and a nice space to relax, though not nearly as impressive as the other major parks in town.
A must in Seville, Real Alacazar is a place not only to discover lush gardens, but to revisit Sevilla's history. This is one of the oldest palaces left in the world, and an authentic representation of the southern Mediterranean battle between the Moors and the Christians. Constructed began in 913 by And Al Ramn III, and throughout it's history, Real Alcazar experienced several architectural face lifts throughout time. While inside you'll discover precious moments of flora and fauna, but highlights include Mudéjar and Patio de las Doncellas.
Beyond tile-lined benches and tree-lined footpaths, experience a variety of artifacts and paintings in the indoor museum. A small cafe with outdoor seating is also available.
Jardines de Buhaira
Located on Avenida de Buhaira, is another Moorish style garden. The park features The Buhaira Palace, an architectural wonder that dates back to the 12th Century. The park is more of a concrete jungle as compared to other parks that contain lush flora and fauna. Although impressive, I recommend the first four parks being on the top of your list.
Jardines de las Delicias
This park is an extension of Parque de Maria Luisa, nearby the river and adjacent to the aquarium. The park's main highlight are the sculptures dotted around the manicured lawn. The park is near the road so expect street traffic noise. I recommend spending ample time in Parque de Maria Luisa and exploring this park only if you have time.
If you have limited time I suggest spending time at Maria Luisa Park, Real Alcazar and Murillo Garden.
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Considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Rome is a place you definitely can’t miss out on visiting at least once in your life, even for just a weekend getaway. With just two days to explore and experience the magic of Rome, you’ll be surprised by how much you can see and do.
When to visit RomeTo avoid drowning in crowds, visit Rome between October and April.
During the winter, it can get as low as 37°F. If you prefer the sun, visit in May or September and you can enjoy a warm Rome with not so many tourists.
Accommodations in Rome When deciding on where to stay, remember: the closer it is to the city center, the heavier it is on the wallet. Luckily, Rome has a great underground system that will get you anywhere in no time. With this said, take your pick of the best accommodations Rome has to offer: You can also choose to couch surf for free. And if you need some more help deciding, here’s a guide to the neighborhoods of Rome.
How to get around If you want discounted entry to several attractions, free rides on public transportation, and the privilege of skipping the line, then the Omnia Rome and Vatican Card is perfect for you. You’ll save plenty of time, energy, and money with this card. Check out this tourist guide for more information on how to get around.
Where to go in Rome
1. Vatican City
Kick off your trip with the iconic Vatican City, the smallest country in the world. As the headquarters of the Catholic Church, you’ll be seeing chapels and churches, such as the Sistine Chapel, in this country. Don’t miss out on the Map Room and the famous double helix staircase.
2. Visit the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum
Pro tip: visit the Sistine Chapel right before they close because around 30 minutes before closing time, they’ll turn off the artificial lighting and let you see the ceiling in all its natural glory.
3. Castel Sant’Angelo
For a spectacular view of the city, make your way to the top early in the day as it often closes by 6pm. This magnificently breathtaking monument has served as a mausoleum, fortress, castle, and finally, a museum.
4. Fountains of Piazza Navona
You can’t leave Rome without stopping by the three famed Fountains of Piazza Navona. Built in the 15th century, the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro, and Fontana del Nettuno are truly all monuments of beauty and grace.
5. Spanish Steps
Walking down the 135 steps—featured in the famous Audrey Hepburn movie Roman Holiday--will feel familiar and enchanting. While you’re in the area, be sure to stroll through the Villa Borghese Gardens and down the Viale della Trinita dei Monti.
6. Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain is the world’s largest Baroque fountain. Legend has it that people who throw a coin into the fountain will get to come back to Rome one day.
7. The Pantheon
Nearly 2,000 years old, the Pantheon exudes a kind of energy and power that captures you and reels you in. Its massive size is captivating and makes it a must-see while in Rome.
8. The Coliseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & the Roseto Comunale
The Coliseum was notorious for hosting public gladiator fights that were gruesome and bloody. This massive monument is a Rome essential and a ticket for it also serves a ticket to the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill next door. The ancient architecture and ruins are beyond beautiful.
Once you reach the foot of the Palatine Hill, you’ll be in Roseto Comunale, one of Rome’s most romantic dinner cafes. Take the time to stop and smell the 1000+ rose species.
9. Cripta dei Cappuccini
Go to the Cripta dei Cappuccini for your once-in-a-lifetime chance to see skeletons up close!
10. Shopping areas
Whether you’re looking for designer dresses or affordable clothes, Rome has everything you need. To learn more about the affordable shopping spots, check here.
Best places to eat
Tips from the locals
1. Dress for the occasion
During the summer months, wear the right clothes if you don’t want to be fainting from the heat. But if you plan on visiting churches, be sure to carry around a scarf to cover up.
For footwear, wear your most comfortable shoes as the cobblestone streets can get brutal.
2. The public water fountains are safe
While going around Rome, carry with you a jug or plastic bottle to fill up at the water fountains. The water is 100% safe and will save you from buying overpriced water.
3. Order house wine
At lunch or dinner, go for the house wine as it’s cheaper and tastes just as good. Simply say “un quarto di rosso della casa” and you’ll get a liter of red wine that comes in a carafe. The waiter will also be quite impressed by your expertise.
4. Carry around cash
Some restaurants and stores don’t always accept credit cards, so have some euros on you just in case.
5. Be on the lookout for pickpockets
Never let your guard down because the moment you do, you’ll end up going home with empty pockets.
6. Gelato 101
Most museums and restaurants are closed on Mondays, so check online before planning your Monday itinerary. Reserve Mondays for relaxing, park hopping, and shopping.
8. Try a night tour
Night tours are great for major spots that often attract large crowds. This way, you’ll beat the crowds and explore Rome at night.
Teeming with art, culture, history, and food to die for, there are more than a million reasons why it’s packed with tourists year after year. The city of Rome is one you can keep coming back to again and again. But when all is said and done, you’ll find that the best part about Rome is how it never quite leaves you, regardless of how long you actually stay. You’ll be surprised to see how compelled you feel to come back one day, if only just to feel the Roman sun and walk the cobbled streets again.
Author Bio: Sam Ross runs the blog The Hammock Hombre - a travel blog focused around the digital nomad lifestyle. Over the past 3 years, he's travelled to every continent, so writes on a broad range of countries, cities and destinations.
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Palma de Mallorca is a place that captures the heart and soul of many travelers. And so does the local cuisine and flavor. Mallorca is an attractive culinary destination as courtyard cafes and terraces bathe in natural light while citrus trees protect the locals from too much sun. Nothing is more romantic than sipping local wine underneath a lemon tree - and trust me, there are no shortages of lemon and orange trees on the island.
Whether you're searching for the best ice cream on the island, or a quiet garden-like cafe, discover the best of Mallorca at these five cafes.
Imagine a traditional Spanish cafe, decorated with precious petals sitting in antique cups and ancient flower pots. If you can envision this romantic fairytale atmosphere,, than you can imagine the energy and peaceful atmosphere of Temple Natura. This urban oasis sits underneath fruit trees, which also contains a bio wellness shop. Serving vegan cuisine, it's the perfect cafe for food or to chill out with a homemade iced tea. Diners discover an array of cafe drinks, beverages and healthy meals served with some of the freshest produce in Spain. The cafe features frequent music and alternative health and healing events.
Carrer Temple, 07011, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, Spain
Cappuccino Grand Cafe - San Miguel
I am normally not a fan of chain cafes; however, the San Miguel Grand Cafe is an exception. Housed in a historic Moorish-style building, the outdoor terrace is symbolic to the charm and aura of Mallorca. Marble tables sit between ancient arched pillars and potted plants, demonstrating the essence of Mallorca's beauty, history and culture. It's the perfect escape for some tapas or a glass of local vino.
Calle San Miguel, 53 Palma de Mallorca, Baleares España
Historic and lively, this cafe/restaurant sits in the heart of Palma in the beloved Placa del Rei Joan Carles I. Operating since 1936, a mix of locals and tourists flock to Bar Bosch to devour some of the best flavors in town. Known for the langostas, these homemade lobster-shaped bread rolls stuffed with some of the best stuff from the land. There are not too many veggie options, but the potato omelet is hearty and filling. The cafe features a mix of indoor and outdoor seating. I recommend sitting outdoors to enjoy the weather and to people watch.
Plaza Rei Joan Carles I, 6 Bajos
07012 Palma de Mallorca
Can Joan de S'aigo
If you're looking for an opportunity where food, culture and history unite, look no further than Can Joan de S'aigo, the oldest cafe in Palma de Mallorca. Specializing in ice cream, locals flock here year round to enjoy this frozen dessert. Almond ice cream originated here, and in fact, the first 20th Century almond mill / ice cream vat remains onsite. With 300 years of history, Can Joan de s’Aigo became one of the oldest, if not the first, ‘chocolatiers’ in Europe. To say the least, this is the place to indulge in sweet and sinful behavior. Today, holiday traditions flourish with eating chocolate and ensaïmadas after Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and ice cream after Corpus Christi Mass.
Calle Can Sanç, 10
07001 Palma, Islas Baleares
Horno Santo Cristo
This local chain of Palma bakeries have made and served ensaïmadas since 1910. If you wonder what those big, flat boxes are that you see in the airports or around town, it's likely its a St. Cristo ensaïmada. According to a local baker, the salty sea air is what makes ensaïmadas fluffy and soft since the dough rises differently due to the salt in the air. Explore various flavors such as chocolate, creme, fruit and marzipan. I recommend eating the regular, traditional ensaïmadas and then venture to a specialty flavor like the creme.
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Seville is one of the most magical cities in Spain. And Spain is one of the top foodie countries in Europe. The slow-paced atmosphere, vibrant culture and fresh produce transports your palate to another planet. Whether it's the scent of the cucumber or the "bite" from the oranges, foodies flock to Southern Spain to enjoy some of the best eats in Europe.
Seville restaurants, like most of Spain, is meat and seafood heavy. However, there are plenty of vegetarian options (not so much vegan unless its a specific vegan establishment, but there are not too many of those in Seville so good luck) with gazpacho, grilled vegetables and croquettes being my favorite...and the fresh squeezed orange juice too.
Celebrate the best of Seville's sweet and savory lifestyle at my favorite cafes and restaurants.
Universal People Bar
This modest bar is my favorite in Seville. Not only does it have exquisite food for cheap prices, but the small outdoor seating area overlooks the Seville cathedral. I ordered the potato omelet, a must try in Spain, and the waiter looked at me because I ordered the plate. I "assumed" the tapas portion would be too small. Since it was over 100 degrees, I didn't eat all day so by the time 8pm rolled around, and the temperatures cooled, I was starved. The waiter handed me three slices of omelet smothered in gazpacho and sweet balsamic. We both laughed as I said, "Oh mi dios, eso es grande."
Hands down this was the best omelet I ate in Spain. The buttery potatoes mixed with the coolness of gazpacho fused with a tint of sweetness united a complex but stimulating palate. I was as stuffed as a Thanksgiving meal. I ate the entire plate, and then ordered it twice more the next few days.
Bar Citroen sits adjacent to the most famous park in Spain, Parque de Maria Luisa. After hours of wandering and photographing the park and the fallen oranges, I needed a place to cool off. Cheap and convenient, Bar Citroen exceeded my expectations with their grilled vegetables and gazpacho. There is something so light and fresh about their olive oil. The vegetables, grilled to perfection, were marinated in oil and topped with a bit of salt - a simple Spanish pleasure that I recommend. Hands down the best gazpacho I tried in Seville.
I arrived at my hotel at 9:30pm, soaked in sweat, and had no idea where to go or what to eat.The staff recommended a plaza down the road that contained several restaurants. I gave Alcaiza a chance and tried their patatas bravas, zucchini lasagna with a side of grains. This place is nothing fancy, but it is cheap and a place where the locals go due to the inexpensive prices.
Art, Coffee & Tapas Shop at Calle Pimienta 5
This "secret" local art store and cafe is the perfect stop to cool down, or perk up on coffee, in the popular courtyard. Tapas and a full-menu is available in the evening hours after siesta. Cute, quaint and tucked away down a quiet, ancient street, there is no better place to experience authentic Seville artistry and culture than here.
Salt and Sugar Bakery
This European cafe features the best of Spanish, French and some German baked goods as well as a variety of Coffees and cool drinks like smoothies. Part modern, part historical, this place is a bit pricier for Seville standards and is nearby the Cathedral. The barista serves every coffee drink in a vintage-looking mug. The bakery looks small, but no need to worry, they own the adjacent courtyard so additional seating is available.
Naranjas de Seville
This tiny cafe and gift shop is most notable for its fresh squeezed orange juice and orange products like marmalade. The seating is limited but a perfect place to share a table and chat with fellow travelers. Iced coffee is available (coffee and milk blended with ice) and so is a daily specialty cake.
This nothing-special restaurant is another affordable stop to sip iced gazpacho from a glass (or a straw) and to try their zucchini croquettes. You need to specify NO MEAT as many locals get confused as they consider seafood non-meat.
Corral del Agua
Nearby Calle Pimienta 5, is Corral del Agua. This restaurant features one of the most magical and fairy tale-like atmospheres in Seville. What makes this place so special is that the building dates back to the late 17th Century and once homed cattle (look for rings on the walls), and later homed Bohemians and artists in the 20th Century. Today, hundreds of visitors sit underneath a trellis of green grapes and enjoy a quiet and romantic meal for two. There are not many vegetarian options so it's the perfect place for a coffee, tea and/or dessert.
There are hundreds of cafes and eateries to explore in Seville. Wherever you go, you won't be disappointed. Another popular establishment is Bar Estrella and known for its white walls decorated with blue potted plants. Anywhere and everywhere is magical in Seville. Enjoy and "buen apetito."
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The west coast has no shortage of vegan restaurants. Most west coast establishments today offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options, and though SFO and PDX may very well be the Mecca of vegan food, Seattle has no shortage of amazing dairy-free cafes and restaurants. With so many choices, it's hard to choose where to go and what to eat while visiting Seattle. The hardest decision will be whether or not to devour pizza , an avocado smoothie or sweet and sour "chicken."
If looking to explore a slice, or a plateful of veganism, here are my favorite vegan restaurants in the city.
Bamboo Garden - Lower Queen Anne
This is my favorite veg restaurant in Seattle. Bamboo Garden feature traditional Chinese plates served with mock meats. The corn chowder with faux chicken is the best and so is the chicken and broccoli and sweet and sour chicken. Order by the plate or a combo meal as pictured above. Prices are moderate and parking is available. Some faux meats are vegetarian so check with the waitstaff for the vegan menu.
Loving Hut - International District
The Loving Hut is a global chain that features local specialties as well traditional Asian plates. One of the most surprising menu options is the avocado smoothie. It's amazing and back in 2011 when I first tried it (as avocados were not popular back then like today), it ignited an entirely new outlook on vegan cooking.
Araya's Place - U-District
Araya's Place is a meat-free Thai restaurant, so no need to worry about fish sauce and shrimp paste sneaking onto your plate. There are several locations across the Seattle and Bellevue area, but I recommend the U-District location for the lunch buffet. They do not have mock meats, but serve traditional Thai plates with tofu or vegetables only. The Pad Thai of course is worth it!
Pizza Pi - U-District
Located near Araya's Place is a dairy-free pizza joint. Look for the small blue house with a pizza graffiti and you know you've found the right place. Besides pizza, discover the most beloved pizza-joint foods like salads, breadsticks, subs and calzones. All the salad dressings are made in house and are gluten free.
Chaco's Canyon - Greenwood | West Seattle
If you want to get your granola-munching vibes on, visit Chaco's Canyon. This was one of the first places I ate at in Seattle in the U-District - ahh the memories. That location is long gone, but not the cafe. Grain bowls, coconut lattes, kombucha on tap - this place is everything you've ever imagined about healthy dairy-free and gluten-free food. I'm a big fan of the chocolate-maca smoothie and Hippie bowl.
Wayward Cafe - U-District
Serving for more than 30 years, Wayward is a community diner that is the perfect hangover or breakfast pitstop. Breakfast is served all day and the tater tot hash is worth a try! I'm also a fan of the biscuits and gravy and the Biscuit Mountain.
Veggie Grill - Downtown, SLU
The Veggie is a west coast chain that serves vegan fast food. It's the perfect pitstop for something healthy or something greasy. I love the Sante Fe Chicken Burger served with coleslaw and the Harvest Bowl. Veggie Grill has a regular menu that also features seasonal favorites.
Highline Bar - Capitol Hill
A punk-inspired bar located on the second level of an old retail building, Highline is another notable bar food establishment in the vegan community. Live music and comedy shows occur often so check if there is a cover charge before entering. Don't waste your time on the nachos, go directly for the Pig Destroyer, a Caroline sweet bbq pulled "pork" sandwich. Holy sh*t - it is messy but finger-licking good.
Plum Bistro - Capitol Hill
Plum Bistro is probably Seattle's most popular vegan restaurant, and for good reason. It's chic and expensive but well worth the experience. The Mac-'N'-yease is my favorite starter and if you love buffalo sauce, try the Buffalo Portabello sandwich. For something extra-hearty, go for the Fresh Herb Rubbed Seitan.
Plum Sugar - Capitol Hill
The Plum chain features various establishments throughout town. For the sweeter side of life, visit Plum Sugar, a vegan dessert cafe. From ice cream sandwiches to raw bars to milkshakes, nothing is more sweet than this tiny establishment. The avocado orange blossom ice cream is worth a taste for the healthier side of sweets.
Silence-Heart-Nest Vegetarian & Vegan Cafe - Fremont
One of my favorite places in Seattle, this Hard Krishna establishment features both vegan and veg-friendly food. The only thing I've ordered here is the Western Round Up, a dish served with two sweet potato biscuits and soy sausage links topped with cashew gravy, with potatoes. This is one of my favorite meals in Seattle. Open for breakfast and lunch.
Jodee's Desserts - Location Pending
Jodees Desserts was once located in Greenlake and is now in transition to either opening a new store front or selling in stores. Jodees is a vegan, gluten-free dessert shop that sells all sorts of tasty cakes and cheesecakes. Stay posted to their website for relocation details.
What's your favorite place in Seattle? There are so many amazing vegan places in Seattle that these are our classic favorites, but stay posted as we'll post more once we discover these other places.
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Palma is the cultural, economic and historical hub of the island of Mallorca (Majorca). Once ruled by the Moors, Palma fuses Moorish and Christian landmarks, sites and architectural wonders. A historical yet cultural city, there is so much to do and see it is impossible to discover the city in just one day. But if you only have 24 hours, here are some of the most precious jewels to admire in the city.
La Seu - Mallorca Cathedral
A Levantine Gothic jewel that overlooks the sea, this magnificent structure’s construction began in 1230, replacing a mosque. The interior is as splendid and spectacular as the exterior. Inside, explore a variety of historic paintings, each with a story of its own. Enjoy the sunlight that moves through the stained-glass windows, which was once a method used of telling time. In 1904, Gaudi refurbished the chapel, to what I consider to look like creepy, demonic artwork, but hey it’s different. Inside guests also discover the tombs of Mallorca’s past Kings, James II and James III. Entry fee: 4 euros
If you have time, explore the nearby Parc de la Mar.
Jardí del Bisbe
This peaceful garden rests behind a wrought iron fence and contains some of the most precious Mediterranean flora and fauna. From lemon and orange trees to artichokes and water lilies, it's a splendid spot to enjoy a moment of solitude and contemplation.
Banys Arabs (Arabic Baths)
This is one of the most magical places to explore in Palma. Cute, quiet and serene, discover a lush garden of lemon trees and Balearic flowers planted amidst the four walls of this ancient bathhouse. Located in the medieval quarter of the city, Banys Arabs is the only remaining Moorish building in the Palma. Built in the 10th Century, all that survives are two underground chambers, one of which contains capitals recycled from demolished Roman buildings.
Eat an Ensaimada
A Majorcan favorite, an ensaimada is a yeast-based cake shaped like a snail’s shell. Ideal for breakfast, ensaimadas also make for a delicious afternoon snack coupled with a café latte. There are plenty of bakeries around town, many which sell boxed ensaimadas to take back to your home country.
Legend has it that it’s impossible to make ensaimadas (like they do in Mallorca) at home. Why? Apparently the salty sea air is what makes the dough rise differently than other places.
Museo de Mallorca
Discover the historical and ancient roots of this island nation at the Mallorca Museum. Located in a 16th-century mansion popularly known as "Casa de la Gran Cristiana,” explore a variety of Gothic panels, Moorish ceramics, weapons, paintings and furniture.
Visit an Ancient Olive Tree in Placa de Cort
Located in Old Town, nearby Town Hall, is an attractive square that features an extremely large and oversized olive tree. The trunk wraps in various directions, similar to a labyrinth. Some sources claim the tree is 600 years old, where others state 800 – either way the tree is a finca, Pedruixella Petit, from the Pollensa area of the Sierra Tramuntana. It lived there for five or six hundred years before transplanted to Mallorca.
The English Book Store
While in Spain, it’s ideal to try your hand at attempting to speak Spanish. But, if you’re a lover of old books and all things vintage, explore the English Book Shop for some of the finest antique treasures on the island. Between the shelves and nooks and crannies, discover some of the most ancient tales ever written.
Can Joan de S'Aigo Cafe
Dating back to the 18th Century, this 200 year old café is the oldest ice cream parlour Palma. If ice cream is not your thing, be sure to taste test an ensaimada or for the savory at heart, try a Mallorcan flatbread known as Coca de trampó.
While exploring these wonderful sites and landmarks, be sure to enjoy the moment and go with the flow. Along the way there are many amazing neighborhood churches, lookout points and shops tucked away on old historic streets. Enjoy your day and don't forget to stop and smell the plenty of Spanish flowers.
How would you spend your day in Palma de Mallorca?
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Soller is a beautiful, ancient town set between the mountains and the shoreline in Western Mallorca. Situated amidst orange and lemon groves, Soller is a popular day trip destination from Palma de Mallorca.
Walking through the ancient cobblestone streets, history comes alive, with its first inhabitants migrating in 5200 BC the Talayotic Times. Since its origins, Soller suffered many attacks from Algerian Moorish Pirates, resulting in countless battles between the Moors and the Christians. In the 1800’s, Soller became one of the leading exporters in olives and citrus fruit.
The main town is separated from the Port of Soller, but connected via tram. Note that siesta occurs in the afternoon, so it best to visit in the morning to beat the heat and experience the best of what Soller has to offer.
How to Get Here from Palma – El Tren de Soller
In 1912, the rail link from Palma to Soller was built, and in 1914 tram lines linked Soller with the Port of Soller to aide in the export of oranges. Travelers can rent a car, but I recommend taking the historic train from Palma to Soller.
Tickets are not as cheap as they used to be (approx. $35 USD), and the train ride is loud, but worth the journey from cosmopolitan Palma to quaint and quiet Soller. Sit in plush, leather vintage seats, and discover the sites of Mallorca’s back country and Tramuntana mountains packed with olive and citrus trees.
What To Do
Upon exiting the train, head to the main square, Placa Constitucio. This is the perfect place to sip on a refreshing, freshly squeeze orange juice. The many street side cafes overlook the Sant Bartomeu cathedral. Walkers be aware of oncoming traffic from the trams! Vegetarians should try the orange juice, sauteed mushrooms and tomato toast. While at the plaza, discover an architectural wonder at the Banco de Soller.
If this plaza doesn't appease your appetite. Walk down Carrer de sa Lluna where you'll find countless cafes, bakeries, grocery, art and souvenir shops.
This 13-Century Baroque church turned “modern” in 1904 thanks to the artwork of Joan Rubid, an ex pupil of Gaudi. It’s not the most impressive church in Mallorca, but it has its charm.
Wander Old Town
Beyond the main plaza and shopping area, discover the ancient streets and neighborhoods of Soller to admire the traditional homes, decorated with potted flowers. One of my favorite neighborhoods in Pueblo de Fornaluxt. On some residential streets, the only thing you’ll see is the cat down the road. Notable streets include Calle Isabel II, Cristofol Colom and Gran Via avenue to discover some of the best “orange money” homes in town.
If you have time, I recommend selecting from at least one the following options:
Soller Botanical Gardens
Meander through various pathways lined with lush flora and fauna from the Balearic and Canary Islands as well as Sicily, Malta, Crete, Corsica and Sardinia. Also onsite is an ecological farm and orchard aimed for studying and preserving traditional vegetable and fruit trees. The gardens also preserve frozen seeds for endangered plants.
This citrus grove farm is one of the most precious places in Soller. It's what Soller is about - lemon and orange trees. Whether you want to sit underneath a lemon tree, or photograph the oranges, this is the place to discover the heart and soul of Soller.A reservation is required to visit the farm, but enjoy a self-guided tour and end your journey with a freshly squeeze orange juice and tapa snack. Don't go empty handed, be sure to take home a lemon or orange, jam, tea or herbal kit, made directly from Ecovinyassa's bio (organic) oranges and lemons.
Tram to Harbor
At the same arrival point, take a local tram to the Port and Soller's waterfront. The tram is approximately seven euros and takes 20 minutes each way. Here, sachet through the sandy beach or admire the harbor. The choice is yours and there is no lack of sun worshiping.
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