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The good old ‘Chippy’, about the most lovable nickname one could ever dream up for a ‘fish and chip shop’ has come to epitomize the true essence of British cuisine for over a century. NO! Not because it’s calorie laden and greasy, no! We mean because it’s such a simple dish of wholesome, comfort food which (when cooked to absolute perfection) can truly feed the soul!

The humble Chippy has a long and illustrious history in London, so much so that most locals feel they are as indicative of the city as their double-decker buses and unique black cabs. A survey done just three years ago revealed that most Londoners believe a plate of fish and chips to be more iconic than either the Queen or the Beatles. Who would argue?

That’s why we believe absolutely no London visit is ever complete without a super delicious feasting from one of the city’s superlative Chippies.

Starting to salivate at the thought of a beer battered fillet of your own? Well here’s our pick of the very best Chippies in London. In making our selection we’ve prioritized freshness (both fish AND chips must be fried on demand), quality of batter (thick but not so thick that it overpowers the taste of the cod or haddock) and lack of excess grease (oily fingertips = good, grease fountain down your chin = bad).

London: our top 3 very fave fish & chips shops

Aug 3rd 2014, 12:09 by Laura Pattara

Oh we know that every city worth its weight in fresh produce is home to a market which is just the bees’ knees. But if that’s really the case, then La Boqueria in Barcelona would have to rate as the most queen bee market of all. This place just makes you swoon and drool at first sight. The smells, colours and at times chaotic crowds beautifully epitomizes all that is so wonderfully Spanish. Loud, proud and utterly delectable.

If you, like us, think that the only real way to get to know a country and its culture is through your stomach, then there’s only one thing to do on your next visit to Barcelona: get up close and personal with La Boqueria Market.

Up close and personal with Barcelona’s La Boqueria Market

Jun 28th 2014, 12:29 by Laura Pattara

In retrospect, it’s fair to say that someone so accident-prone should have never been allowed to dine in the dark. Quite frankly, considering I tend to spill vino on myself and fellow diners when I am allowed to keep all my senses working...what did I think would happen when I dined with my eyes wide shut? Ooohh!! And add an irrational fear of the dark to the equation and you can just imagine the kind of delightful dining experience I had at Dans Le Noir.

What I LOVE, however, is anything remotely experimental, weird and incredibly nonsensical; which is how some people have described this dining experience. Once I read those reviews I just knew I had to try it. My adventurous spirit will override all other senses each and every time!

Dining in the dark..

Mar 4th 2014, 14:00 by Laura Pattara

Auld Reekie, Edina, Embra – call it what you will, Edinburgh has been known by many a moniker over the last few centuries. An established city steeped in history, Scotland’s capital is recognised for its stunning architecture, world famous festivals and hospitable locals. It is a vibrant city with a blend of iconic landmarks, art & culture and lends itself to an exciting weekend away for any visitor.

I don’t need any excuse to sojourn in Scotland. I have visited Edinburgh annually since working there 12 years ago. It’s a city I could never tire of – the sound of the bagpipes still brings a tear to my eye as does the biting wind and a double Hendricks Gin. I love a man in a kilt, ginger hair, tablet, tweed & all things Tunnocks. Now when I visit, I am warmly nestled around the firesides of dear friends so perhaps don’t spend as much time wandering around the Old or the New Town streets as a tourist might. However, this is what I would recommend to the first time visitor.

A weekend away in Edinburgh

Jan 27th 2014, 10:19 by Michelle Reid

Imagine you’ve been struck with hunger pangs in an unfamiliar city, but there’s nary an internet connection or food-loving local in site. What’s a peckish traveller to do? While it’s hard to judge a restaurant by its cover, here’s our eight fail-proof signs we use when deciding whether to give that eetcafe or trattoria a pass:

1. A laminated menu in six different languages

A fisherman who casts the widest net catches the most fish. A restaurant that casts the widest net is just catering to the lowest common denominator for taste – bland food and boring preparations.

Traveling in a New City? Avoid These 8 Signs of a Bad Restaurant

Jan 21st 2014, 09:54 by Allison Guy

Sometimes you need to inject a little bit of spice into your relationships to keep the love burning hot. No, we’re not talking about your significant other, but your hometown. We can all fall into a rut of heading for the same cafes, the same bars, and the same venues. Give our recommendations a try to start seeing your city through a new set of eyes.

1) Stay in a concept hotel Book yourself in a hip hotel in a part of town you’re not familiar with. Plenty of hotels have wacky rooms, fun art, and cool concepts, all of which are normally invisible to locals. For bonus points, don’t tell the concierge where you live… see where their recommendations take you!

Seven Ways to Take a Break in Your Own City

Jan 14th 2014, 20:14 by Allison Guy

Berlin is a city known for giving you a heck of a bang-for-your-buck, and no where is this more true than in the city’s cheap dining scene. The streets abound with German, Middle Eastern and Asian food that’s not just affordable and fast, it’s probably better than most of the sit-down restaurants you’ve got back home. Here, six of our favorite spots to fill our tummies, from the famous to the far-out:

YamYam Across the street from the (deservedly) famous and touristy Monsieur Vuong, YamYam serves some of the tastiest, most authentic Korean food in Berlin. Though it’s now more of a sit-down place, the food is still affordable and fast, drawing a big lunch crowd in search of bimbimbap and the addictive kimchi soup. Alte Schönhauser Straße

Six Picks for Gourmet Fast Food in Berlin

Jan 6th 2014, 10:00 by Allison Guy

‘Free food?’ Queried the lone Antiopodean of no-one in particular, ‘You serious, free food?’ Queuing in my orderly British fashion waiting my turn to take my pick from this bountiful Italian spread, I was more than amused by this travellers exclamations – first time in Italy & obviously on a budget. What a great time of day to arrive in Florence. Ciao aperitivo! With one of the many clocks about to strike 6, it’s the perfect time to stop the sightseeing and head to a bar busily preparing to take tourists & locals alike from late afternoon to early evening. Swop your cappuccino for the fabulously coloured & perfectly refreshing Aperol Spritz, take your seat overlooking the bustling piazza and enjoy the snacks on offer brought for you to enjoy with your drink.

Free food?

Oct 30th 2013, 10:13 by Michelle Reid