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Cafes and Pubs in Dublin

Cafés and pubs are a lot more than a roadside experience now. Cafés are ideal spots for meetings, intellectual debates and gossip. These are the representatives of the modern urban culture. The idea of cafes and pubs emerged from the concept of American coffee houses and English tea rooms. Dublin is a new changed world. Now you can experience old fashioned coffee in new electrifying atmosphere and some contemporary food in century old traditional bars.

Dublin is the hub of eating out spots. You’ll discover that cafés, coffee shops and tea stalls come in a very close second while wandering around the city. There are numerous cafés established in Dublin offering premium coffee and excellent teas from all over the globe. From cool stylish bars to the traditional old pubs with stone walls, gas lights, thick wooden furniture and open turf fires, from a little hushed smoky bar to a sophisticated trendy pub, you’ll experience the diversity in ambience and variety in taste. The tempting fragrance of freshly brewed hot coffee mingled with the delicious aroma of freshly baked cakes and biscuits will drive you crazy.

Pubs and cafés are a place beloved to the heart of every Dubliner. They play a major role in the literary, cultural and social life of Dublin. Dubliners have a tradition “pub-crawl”. This is when you visit one pub to the next. It’s for the people who are young at hearts and energetic enough to explore things.

The scene is always different at the clubs in day and night times. If you want a romantic evening in the classical manner with some conventional Irish food, smooth live music, Irish dancing and shadows in candle light flickering and flirting on the walls, you have a long list of choice. If you are a disco, salsa, jazz or pop lover then what about a huge luxuriant late night bar with cocktails, imported beer, funky lights and some great music!

Melbourne Restaurants

No matter what you’re looking for, from elegant and sophisticated five-star restaurants to modern cafes and trattorias or hip bars, the city of Melbourne, jewel of Australia’s south, has it.

Here are some of the best:

For an unforgettable fine dining experience, don’t miss Three, Two, One in the dolce vita neighbourhood of Carlton. Chef and owner Andrew McConnell has gathered a devoted following thanks to the quality of his ingredients and the magic he works on the plate. It’s indulgent, intimate and unmissable.

For a great night out with friends, in-the-know revellers meet at what is usually called “the architects’ bar” (Meyers Place Bar is the formal name) in the city. There’s nothing flashy about it, but there doesn’t need to be when the cool inside-outside design and the interesting crowd create such a buzz.

For a restaurant find to wow your friends hunt out Yu-u in Flinders Street. This is a hidden treasure: there’s no signage, hardly any English spoken and no choice of dishes, just a Japanese set menu. Sounds unappealing? But then you taste the food. Ah, that’s why it’s consistently booked out.

Melbourne is famous for its stylish café culture and nowhere does it better than the Rathdowne Street Food Store, where Ricky Holt makes food for every hour from breakfast to supper and every mood from tryst to we-have-to-talk.

If you’re in need of a little offbeat hedonism, Madame Brussels in the city centre is just the place, delivering adult whimsy with just the mildest undercurrent of deviance. NeoNeighbourhood Chief Experience Officer Verity Byth says the sweetly kitsch décor “creates a pleasantly surreal ‘Alice in Wonderland meets your Gran’s bowls club’ feel” that suits the martinis and cupcakes menu.

Gluten Free Cafe Review Brisbane

I heard about Kashmir Cafe and Gift Galleria from a few people at the Gluten Free Food Show in Brisbane, their comments were so positive I decided I could not miss checking out this cafe. Kashmir Cafe and Gift Galleria is located at 59 Redcliffe Parade over looking the sea on Redcliffe beach.

Kashmir looks more like a home-ware shop from the front, and owner Patricia mentioned the food was originally the second purpose for the store. However it turns out that Patricia, who has been a Coeliac for 30 years has created some a wonderful, fully gluten free menu, which has become very popular with Coeliac and non-Coeliacs alike!

I checked out Kashmir on a sunny Saturday afternoon and was treated to a wonderful chicken breast pakora’s with a beautiful salad. The flavor of the Kashmir menu is cafe style Indian, Thai and Mediterranean food styles. Indian dishes, such as Chicken and Onion Pakoras, Thai dishes, such as chicken satay and fish cakes and Mediterranean dishes such as Chickpea and Zucchini patties, mean that everyone will find something they like.

On the sweeter side I had a lovely real apple Turkish tea and then to investigate the cakes! There are so many to choose from I did not know what to do! All the cakes are baked on site, and therefore are different from your standard range. I have managed eventually to decide on a cranberry cake. It was light, fluffy and fruity.

The home-wares, jewelery and accessories are also fantastic and worth a browse while your food is prepared. Kashmir certainly worth a trip to Redcliffe! Check the details out on our site.

Top Child Friendly Cafes and Amp

It can be difficult to find cafes & restaurants, where you can enjoy a nice brunch or lunch, while the children are entertained. The following spots have been chosen as they offer not only great food, but plenty of space for kids to play.

Newport Arms
2 Kalinya Street, Newport

A very spacious cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining. Plenty of grassy areas as well as a playground for young kids. The perfect place for Sunday brunch or lunch as it offers incredible water views and great food selections.

Carss Park Cafe & Grill
Carwar Avenue, Blakehurst

Located in the middle of Carss Bush Park, this cafe offers delicious food for adults and kids. Great playgrounds and lots of green open spaces. There is also a small beach, where children can play. Interestingly, the top layer of the sand is yellow, but if you dig deeper, the sand is dark grey, which is awesome for sandcastle building.

The Deck
1064 Pittwater Road, Collaroy

This great cafe is located right on Collaroy Beach. Enjoy a quiet coffee or lunch, while the kids build sandcastles or kick the ball on the sand. During summer, take a dip on this gorgeous patrolled beach.

The Sandbar Cafe
Shelly Beach, Manly

The Sandbar Cafe is a great family spot for families as it offers casual dining at a stunning location. Children can collect shells – and there are plenty to be found, ride their scooters or fly a kite, while you sit back and relax.

Flying Fox
2 Mona Street, Mona Vale

Located right next to an enclosed playground, this is a favourite amongst parents. Great breakfast and lunch menu for adults as well as kids and also pet friendly. Children can play at the playground or ride their bikes/skateboards/scooters around or kick the ball at the great open spaces. Suitable for kids of all ages.

Little Manly Beach Kiosk
Stuart Street, Manly

Manly’s hidden treasure that only the locals know about. Located on little Manly beach, this little cafe offers a stunning setting right next to the beach. There are some swings and grassy areas for kids to play on or play in the sand. This beach is protected, so there are no waves, making it ideal for young children to swim in summer.

Centennial Parklands Dining
Grand Drive, Centennial Park

The perfect place for a catch up with family and friends, this magnificent space offers great food and wine and plenty of space for children to play. Bring a ball, a frisbee or a kite and the children will be entertained for hours. After lunch, take a walk through the stunning park, while kids ride their scooters or bikes.

Lilies on the Park
Australia Avenue, Homebush

Overlooking Bicentennial Park and Lake Belvedere, this cafe has everything one needs for a great family lunch. Plenty of open spaces around as well as a bike/scooter track and a big playground for toddlers as well as older kids. If your kids don’t have bikes, you can hire them from the bike hire shop next door.

Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe
1-25 Harbour Street, Darling Harbour

This is heaven on Earth … combine delicious chocolate with great coffee and relax while your children play in one of Sydney’s best free playgrounds. Bring a towel and change of clothes for the kids, as there are plenty of water games at the playground.

Nielsen Park Cafe & Restaurant
Greycliff Avenue, Vaucluse

Watch your children play in the park or on Shark’s beach while you enjoy a nice brunch or lunch. The beach has no waves, so is great for even young kids to play on. The park has large trees which provide plenty of shade during hot summer months.