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All posts by Bela Molnar

Goodies, Amsterdam

The Place Goodies Amsterdam is one of my old favourites. I’ve been going back for years and I’d never pass up an opportunity to pay my respects at this little café restaurant. Whether I’m running in to grab a coffee and go, or I fancy a sit down lunch, this chilled out place in one […]

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HOTEL REVIEW: CONSERVATORIUM HOTEL, AMSTERDAM

The Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam is based in the city’s old music conservatoire. In 2008, the music school shipped out to a big, shiny new building and a hotel (after a few renovations) moved in. I stayed at the Conservatorium Hotel on a recent trip to Amsterdam. Here’s why the music students’ loss is most certainly […]

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Where in the World? 7 Cities to Visit in 2020

It’s that time of year again. Time to sit down with my 2020 travel calendar and get planning a few adventures. As you’ll see, there are some exciting cities making their way onto the list, covering at least a couple of continents.   Here are my seven cities to visit in 2020. And a few […]

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Ósinn restaurant, Höfn-Iceland

The Place Ósinn restaurant is part of the Höfn Hotel in – you guessed it – the Icelandic town of Höfn. The restaurant is open to guests and rocker-uppers alike and serves amazing food from 5pm to 10pm. The Neighbourhood Höfn is a small town on the south eastern tip of Iceland, about six hours […]

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HOTEL REVIEW: HOTEL HÖFN, HÖFN – ICELAND

Staying at Hotel Höfn put a smile on my face. Even writing a review of Hotel Höfn put a smile on a face. This sweet hotel was totally charming. It was the fourth stop on my anti-clockwise tour of Iceland and one that will stick in my memory. Here’s why… Location Höfn is a small […]

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HOTEL REVIEW: HOTEL KRIA, VIK – ICELAND

Heading out of Reykjavik I was prepared for hotels and restaurants to veer country bumpkin. In the Icelandic capital, I’d stayed at the amazing 101 Hotel. I’d eaten at great restaurants like Kröst and Út í Bláinn. Out of the big city, where there’s a lot less competition, surely standards wouldn’t be quite as stellar, […]

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Electric Cinema Portobello, London

The Place Electric Cinema Portobello is one of London’s oldest purpose-built cinemas. It’s been lovingly and trendily updated for the 21st century. And whether you’re a London local or a visitor, you should visit this place at least once. Just beware! Once you’ve had the Electric Cinema experience, no other cinema will ever cut the […]

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Röst Coffee House, Reykjavik

The Place Röst Coffee House, Reykjavik is a cosy little café on the old harbour. Delicious coffee. Super friendly staff. And a view of the sea from a warm and comfortable corner. Pure hygge. The Neighbourhood Röst Coffee House, Reykjavik can be found in the same complex as the Seabaron restaurant – an area of […]

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Kröst, Reykjavik

The Place Kröst, Reykjavik is one of ten food outlets based in the relatively new Hlemmur Food Hall. Making excellent use of an old Reykjavik bus station, this cool little market features cuisines from around the world.   Calling itself a grill and wine bar, Kröst, Reykjavik serves up some seriously exciting scran. Make your […]

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Driving in Iceland? 7 Things you Need to Know

Driving around Iceland I saw some of the most incredible scenery of my life. I visited beautiful little towns like Vik and Höfn. And picked up a little Icelandic driving know-how to boot. If you’re embarking on a road trip, here are 7 things you need to know about driving in Iceland. 1. Inexperienced Drivers […]

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Drangar, Vik – Iceland

The Place Drangar is part of Hótel Kría in Vik, which was my first stop out of Reykjavik. And it was, no doubt, my favourite dining experience in Iceland and made it onto my “best restaurants in Iceland” list. This isn’t your everyday countryside restaurant. The kind of place that only gets custom because there’s […]

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ROK, Reykjavik

The Place ROK is a cool and cosy restaurant right by the famous Hallgrimskirkja church. This trendy little place serves up the likes of cured reindeer, Icelandic mussels and plokkfiskur (a traditional Icelandic fish pie). It’s the perfect place to sample contemporary Icelandic cuisine. The Neighbourhood ROK sits right at the end of one of […]

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Arancina, London

The Place Arancina – named after those totally moreish little deep-fried, risotto rice balls – is a quick and easy Sicilian pizza joint in Notting Hill.   It’s small, with just a few shelves-turned-tables downstairs and a tiny seating area upstairs. I usually get a slice to go. Or use Deliveroo to order in at […]

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Seabaron, Reykjavik

The Place Seabaron (or Saegreifinn) is as basic as it comes. This quirky little Reykjavik restaurant is housed in an old fisherman’s hut. From the outside, it looks like the most uninviting place you’ve ever seen. And inside, you feel like you’re sat in a shipping container. Fine dining it ain’t. But there’s more to […]

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Sushi Social, Reykjavik

The Place Like Seabaron, Sushi Social is another Reykjavik restaurant that doesn’t look all-that-and-a-bag-of-chips from the outside. I don’t think I’d have ventured in unless it had come recommended.   As you can see from the pic, the signage screams cheap and cheerful. But once you’re inside, you realise that this place is far from […]

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Kaffitár, Reykjavik

The Place My knowledge of the Icelandic language might be basic. But even I guessed that this joint had something to do with coffee. Kaffitár is a small coffee shop chain with its own roastery. As such it’s pretty much the place to go for an amazing cup of joe in Reykjavik. None of that […]

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Braud & Co, Reykjavik

The Place Brauð & Co. is an amazing, amazing Reykjavik bakery. They have a couple of locations across the city. All with beautiful, minimal Scandi interior design. And shelves stacked full with fresh bread and other baked goodies, including traditional Icelandic cinnamon buns. The Neighbourhood I visited two Brauð & Co. locations during my stay […]

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Út Í Blánn/Perlan Bistro & Cafe, Reykjavik

The Place Where do I start with this place? Út í Bláinn Bistro & Café is part of Perlan, an iconic Reykjavik museum. Perlan is a great place to learn about Iceland’s geology and wildlife and generally have your mind blown by the country’s natural wonders. There’s a real life ice cave. And a planetarium […]

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HOTEL REVIEW: 101 HOTEL, REYKJAVIK

On my recent trip to Iceland, I spent a couple of nights at the 101 Hotel, a design hotel in Reykjavik. 101 Hotel is a member of the Design Hotels™ scheme – a Mr and Mrs Smith style curation of small, luxury hotels. And 101 certainly brings a bit of style swag to the table. […]

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Snoopy Museum, Tokyo

The Place As you’ve probably guessed, Snoopy Museum Tokyo concerns itself with the life and times of a certain beagle. It’s a great place to visit if Snoopy and co. have any place at all in your heart. I saw the Snoopy exhibition at Somerset House in London last year. And the Tokyo version blows […]

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