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Foodie on an adventure, first time to Europe!
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Hey All!

I’m going to Europe for just under 4 weeks. The first 11 days I’ll be with a group called Contiki and then on my own for the rest. I’m going the middle of september to the beginning of october 2010.

I’m a foodie on an adventure so if you can recommend some great restaurants or cafes, pubs, bars, etc. (While on a budget please haha!) Also looking for things to do with my spare time and things that everyone should see on their first trip to Europe.

All suggestions welcome!!!

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For your cities, Star of India in London (some time ago, I fear the name may now be a chain restaurant and not as good) and a Chinese restaurant in Dublin are my only great really great food experiences. For overall locales — places where you can just sit down at the nearest place and you’re likely to get great meal at a decent price — Provence and the less glitzy parts of the Riviera, not any of these cities, would be my choice.

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Amsterdam- of course the coffeeshops, I recommend the Bulldog, there are dozens of them. For a good bite to eat with free wi-fi, check out Bagels ‘N’ Beans on Raadhuisstraat Street (off Dam Square, google map it)
Florence Ok so I just got back from living here and my mind is fresh lol. I love florence because its alot of students and classy people. Dont mistake tourists for students, tourists are the people who come and usually leave a few days later, but students live in Florence from 3 months to 4 years.
_Nightlife- _ Every club has “there night” where all the people go, (Google the address’s) SPACE was Saturday night, Sunday night was YAB Cub, Monday night was LA CITE Tuesday was TWICE club, or BE BOP cuz they have the best beatles cover band. Wensday night Was CLUB 21, Thursday night was CAVALLI Club.
Food You MUST go to Ristorante Trattoria Dante on Piazza Nazario Sauro, 12-red. A very famous but expensive restaraunt is Ristorante Il Latini on Via dei Palchetti, 6, its also amazing. For a quick bite, hit up Queen Victoria, right off the Ponte Vecchio on the north side.

Any other questions, let me know!

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Wow! Thank you so much! Such a big help! I’m glad you responded since you were living there. I really appreciate it. I didn’t realize that each night a different club was the place to be, I’m learning so thanks again for that haha! I’m going to continue my research and I will definitely be hitting you up with some questions.

Thanks for your great advice!

Sasha

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Sahsa,
No worries, Florence is probably my favorite city in Europe, there is SO MUCH to do during they day and the nightlife is geared to us young people and there is so much of it!
The clubs are open every night (some are closed on Monday as with most restaurants) but those nights I told you above were the nights that the most people go and the best music, aka “their night” lol, took me alot of trial and error.

ohh I miss the food so much lol, and the coffee is amazing!
Make sure your try the Fiorentina steak, which Florence is most famous for, and drink some Chianti wine, which they are also famous for.

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Cshrem,

I’ve always wanted to go to Florence and you are making Florence sound AMAZING! I will definitely have to check out those clubs (on the right nights haha) and the steak I’m ping to look into. I’ve heard about it before but have never had it. I’ll also have to look into the wine. Thank you again. I’m getting really excited now for this trip.

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Cshrem,

I’ve always wanted to go to Florence and you are making Florence sound AMAZING! I will definitely have to check out those clubs (on the right nights haha) and the steak I’m ping to look into. I’ve heard about it before but have never had it. I’ll also have to look into the wine. Thank you again. I’m getting really excited now for this trip.

Sasha Smile

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Sasha,
No worries, if you have any questions let me know. make sure you stay there the longest!!

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Cshrem,

Thanks. I’m definitely gonna try to stay there at least 4 days. I have to change my schedule on here cuz my plans have changed a bit since I first posted it. I saw your plans, sounds like you’re going to have an awesome time. Wish I could help but since I’ve never been I won’t be much help lol!

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If you get to France, try L’Espiguette in Rouen or Au Rocher du Cancale in Paris.

Our kid (who lives in Paris) and his girlfriend took us to these places last spring.
We loved both places, Cancale was more casual, packed with a young crowd, delicious salads. Food may sometimes be more expensive in Europe, but the value is there: huge fresh salads, limitless cheeses, delicious fresh oysters etc etc. More than once, I just wanted a simple green salad with my meal (I guess I’m half rabbit) and they gave it to me at no charge.

Another place we liked: L’os ou L’arete, a tiny mom and pop grill in Rennes.
Nothing fancy-schmancy, but very, very fresh.

Sometimes the most fun and inexpensive way to eat is to shop at the open markets, or the grocery store.