Jordaan

We’ve explored the Jordaan neighbourhood of Amsterdam on a few different occasions. There we’ve found classic canal views, small crooked buildings, and cozy restaurants and shops.

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Lunch in Overhoeks

Ferry to Buiksloterweg

We took a free ferry from Amsterdam Centraal to the new Overhoeks district on the Noord side. With multiple ferries in constant motion, we didn’t have wait more than 5 minutes to travel in each direction.

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Around Valletta

Valletta from the Sliema ferry

We’re staying in the heart of Valletta and it’s easy to walk to any point in the old city without too much exertion. Valletta holds the distinction of being both the smallest European capital (at 0.8 km2) and the southernmost European capital. The entire city has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980 and historic treasures are crammed together more densely than anywhere we’ve visited.

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Best Russafa Eating & Drinking

When we decided to stay in the Russafa neighbourhood of Valencia, we knew that it was home to many restaurants, cafes, and bars. But we didn’t realize the extent of the choices until we were there. During our three week visit we ate most of our meals in this compact area within walking distance of our apartment, yet we barely scratched the surface of potential places to eat.

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Around Russafa

Unfortunately we’ve both been quite sick since before we arrived in Valencia, and our lingering colds and flus are not letting go easily. That means that during our first week here we’ve been mostly sticking to our local neighborhood for lunches or dinners, and stocking up at the local Consum supermarket to cook at the apartment. Luckily none of this is a hardship as the neighbourhood is filled with nice places to eat, and the produce is great.

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Our Favourite Lisbon Eats

Before our Lisbon memories fade, we wanted to document some of the best restaurants, cafés and bars we visited. Over our three weeks we had great luck finding tasty food, with only one or two of the “meh” experiences that can happen anywhere. In no particular order, these are some places we’d recommend to others.

Pois Food
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The Amazing Store

As we spend our last week in Lisbon, it’s time to close the gaps on a few areas we feel we haven’t adequately explored. One of those is Bairro Alto, so we took a meandering wander from the top of the Acensor da Bica along Rua da Rosa.

Acensor da Bica
Acensor da Bica

The area definitely has character, with lots of little bars and restaurants, but around noon on Easter Sunday there was still a “morning after” vibe going on.

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Príncipe Real

Here are some of the buildings in the more upscale Príncipe Real neighbourhood of Lisbon. It felt a bit like Nolita in NYC with its eclectic mix of interesting shops, bars and restaurants.

Principe Real Buildings
Príncipe Real Buildings

One of the most impressive sights at the Jardim França Borges park in the heart of Principe Real is this giant white Mexican Cypress umbrella. It is over 100 years old.

Umbrella Tree
Umbrella Tree

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Boutique Taberna

Earlier in the week we’d passed by this little bar located on the Escadinhas de São Cristóvão stairs leading down to Baixa. It looked pretty cool, but it was mid-day and nobody was there.

Boutique Taberna
Boutique Taberna

We decided to go back on Friday evening, and although we were still much too early by Lisbon nightlife standards, things were heating up with some live music on the stairs outside.

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Kajitsu

We visited Kajitsu for the second time. It’s a very minimalist and meticulous vegan Japanese restaurant on East 39th near Park Avenue. We sat at the chefs’ counter had the multi-course “Kaze” seasonal menu, made with ingredients that are at their peak in the summer.

Echigo Koshihikari rice beer
Echigo Koshihikari rice beer

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Copper & Oak

On our first night we ducked into Copper & Oak, a tiny nook of a bar on Allen St in the Lower East Side that specializes in brown liquors including whiskys, bourbons, scotches and brandys.

Copper & Oak
Copper & Oak

The staff are very knowledgeable and retrieve bottles from high on the shelves using movable ladders. Here I’m receiving some recommendations.

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