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All posts by Bela Molnar

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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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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Robot Restaurant, Tokyo

The Place Where do I start with this place? There is no experience in my life I can compare to Robot Restaurant Tokyo. It’s a kind of colourful, high-octane, robot/human cabaret and one the trippiest 90 minutes I’ve ever had. In a nutshell, there are five-tiered rows of seating around a central stage. There’s food […]

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Posada Margherita, Tulum

The Place Posada Margherita is run by an Italian family. So you can expect authentic Italian flavours at this beautiful, laid back restaurant on the beach. A simple menu of classics hasn’t changed in the decade I’ve been going back there. But why fix something that isn’t broken? The food here never disappoints and I’d […]

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The Spice Shop, London

The Place The Spice Shop is one of a kind. I’ve been buying spices here for the best part of 25 years. In fact, I was shopping here just yesterday. Once upon a time, Birgit, the owner of The Spice Shop, had a spice stall on Portobello Road Market. It was so popular that she […]

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Lisboa Patisserie, London

The Place It might not look much from the outside, but this unassuming café is home to some of the best pastéis de nata custard tarts in London. Lisboa Patisserie has been around forever. In fact, I used to live right above it 30 years ago. One of the ladies in there still claims to […]

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Pizza East Portobello, London

The Place Pizza East Portobello is my favourite pizza restaurant. This trendy eatery sits in a converted pub (one that I used to frequent 30 odd years ago as it happens). If you know London, the resto name might seem like a bit of a contradiction. Portobello is actually located in West London. But that’s […]

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HOTEL REVIEW: PALIHOUSE, SANTA MONICA

Palihouse Santa Monica is one of my favourite hotels in California and I’ve stayed there a couple of times. What it lacks in the swimming pool/gym/spa stakes, it makes up for with buckets of character and charm. This is a unique residence, not a shiny chain hotel. (Although, saying that, this place has proven so […]

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