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Here's a consolidation of the best of my Europe trips. :) Hopefully it'll help in eating your way through the cities.

2010: Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris
2013: Rome, Florence, Milan, Venice, Zurich
2014: Athens, Santorini, Istanbul

Istanbul - Cappadocia - Kusadasi

Fast food is the way to go!

Shake Shack - The best burgers eaten alive.

Avoid like plague, please

Nameless Shop - A tourist trap in Sultanamet
Mikla - Just for the view not the food.

Don't leave Turkey without eating these!

Mado Cafe - The best turkish icecream

Fly, fly, fly!

Aegean Airlines - Impressive service and food onboard!
Emirates Airlines - Duped into an affordable flight with a hidden stopover.
Turkish Airlines - Great service and food on their short hauls.

Where to stay

Konah Dedeli - Cave hotel in Urgup
Serene Hotel - Budget hotel right smack in the middle of Taksim, be prepared to lose sleep over the noise from the streets.
Buyuk Keban Hotel - Near the Grand Bazaar and a comfortable stay.
Seraglio Hotel - Our favouritest in the whole trip.
iLayda Hotel - With a view to die for but noise levels to kill another for too.

Eat local, or go home

Balik Pisirici - Turkish delicacies in Kusadasi
Cappadocia Restaurant - The meal I developed a love for cheese cigars
Bizim Ev Restaurant - I wish I had some control over where to eat on a conducted tour!
Hatay Sofrasi - Best Turkish food on the trip!
Ancik Restaurant - Loaded with tourists of different tours.
Borek Center - Because I did not have guts for street food.
Edebiyat Kiraathanasi - All for the chicken breast pudding and their version of TWG.
Karadeniz Restaurant - Where locals lurk and plates pile over the sink.
Kardesler Restaurant - Truly nothing to eat in Cappadocia and everyone who wrote a positive comment was possibly lying.
Cenya Restaurant - 20TL for a buffet breakfast.
Lokanta Maya - Hearty modern Turkish food, the guidebooks did not lie once again!

Athens Lotus Hotel

Funky Gourmet - One memorable michelin starred meal.

Meliartos - A cafe along their shopping streets of Monstraiki.

Melilotos -Homegrown with food from the heart.

Froyo - Frozen yogurt in winter is a complete brainfreeze.

Ariston Bakery - Since 1910, enough said.

Cannot get enough of their street food!

Oxupos Mou Xupeu

Drink, like a local

Low Profile Bar - Largest whiskey bar in Athens.
Nixon Bar - Worth a tipple.

Olympic Air - Many ways to reach Santorini, and by air only Olympic Air or Aegean Airlines.

Rocabella Suites and Spa - They do not call this a honeymooner's paradise for nothing.

Domaine Sigalas Winery - Greek wines, oh so yummy!

The best places to dine and view a sunset
My 3 places for the best view
Dimitri's Tavern - A dream come through - I want to retire with such a view!


Captain John - A gem on Thirassia Island

Avoid like plague

Ristorante Del Giglio - Like I always say, Tripadvisor ratings are a joke.
Tavola Calda - Near the Vatican City lies another of those tourist traps. 

Five stars for comfort

Hotel Dharma- Our comfortable stay made possible with Hotel Dharma, and it proved to be the best accomodation in our entire trip in Italy. So close to the metro too!

Pasta is a national dish and so is pizza

Locanda Barberini- We were recommended this place by our hotel, always trust the locals!
Armando Al Pantheon -Every Roman citizen would have eaten this once in their lives, eat to find out!
Della Palma - Gelato near the Pantheon!
Brandi's - Naples' BEST pizza. 

If you have just one afternoon to spare and a universe of an appetite

Rome Food Tour -, my first food tour and I LOVED it!

Retail therapy is a serious business in Florence

SPACE Warehouse - Prada and Miumiu addicts need apply.

Pasta, pasta and more pasta!

Le Fonticine
Za-Za Trattoria

Steak is a must in Florence

Sostanza Trattoria - Never leave Florence without trying their steaks. We found the best in a hole in wall shop!

Gelataria della Passera - Never enough of gelato in Italy

Hotel Rapallo - Accomodation not so near the train station but away from the buzz

Christmas Market

Al Pont De Ferr - Michelin 2 stars

Guilio Osteria - Huge portions.

Cum Quibos - That day trip to San Gimignano that unravelled the best pasta eaten alive. And yes for once, I concur with Tripadvisor.

Cafe Nannini - A must visit in Sienna!

Grom - Legendary gelato.


Sora Al Ponte

Brek Bar Ristorante - One of the many cafes in Venice.

Hotel Marta - Budget accomodation in the world's most expensive city.

Christmas Markets - A consolidation of the markets that we trooped to - who doesn't love a christmas market? Mulled wine is always finest in their markets.

Jungfraujoch Trip - No trip to Zurich is ever complete without a trip up this mountain - so manifique, we were literally blown away.

Cheese Fondue Tram - Only available during winter, hop on one for a all you can eat experience!

Be a tourist and lug home these!

Dandoy Biscuiterie - Handmade, traditional...a taste of luxury!

Chocolate dreams are made of these..
Corne Toison D'Or
La Belgique Gourmande
Belgian Chocolate
Pierre Marcolini

Fast food to the rescue when time is essence

Quality Burger - As ubiquitous as Mcdonalds
Panos - Belgium's equivalent of Pauls.
Doner Company - Middle Eastern food...everywhere!

Seafood, so good

Chez Leons - A belgian favourite...mussels!
Mer Du Nord - Seafood never tasted better, seriously.

Another belgian favourite...!

Elisabeth Waffles
The Waffle Story
Funambule Waffles
Waffles near Mannekin Pis
Gaufres Chaudes Waffle Van
Gelateria Italiana Pascalino Van near Louise Station

Heineken Experience - I mega love their brilliant ads!

Delta Terras - Touristy dutchfare.

Febo - Instant food never tasted better.

Pancake Corner - A dutch favourite...I should have paid homage to Pancake Bakery instead!

Simon Meijssen - To die for ham and cheese!

Frankfurt, Romantic Towns (Wurzburg, Rothenburg), Germany

Adolf Wagner - Awesome German fare!

Hollhorst Konditerei - Quaint little cafe!

Ebbelweiss Express - Childhood dreams become alive! Caravan hop on hop off with snacks.

Food around Hauptbanof Main Train Station!
Der Backer Eifler Le Cafe
Asia Snack
Asia Gourmet

Bagel Brothers - Bagels in frankfurt!

Romer Bembel - White asparagus~

Beok and Zeit - Rothenburg, best cheesecake alive.

Viktoria Konditore - Victoria cake in Wurzburg

Romantic treasures called schneeballs in Rothenburg!
Backerei Striffler

Cafe Hof - White asparagus in Rothenburg

Smart Shop Weber - Cheapest food around!

Stella Maris - Michelin 1-star

Moulin Rouge - A touristy must do

M for Macarons!
Pierre Herme (Nothing would ever come near)
Paul Hevin

Libre Service - Cheap Parisan Food~

Jean Pierre Cohier Patisserie - 2006 Winner of Best Baguette

Paul - The simplest staples