Culture | Food | Habitat

Culture | Food | Habitat provides a summary of recommended museums, places to stay and restaurants appearing in detail on other pages devoted to individual destinations.

© The Frick Collection
© The Frick Collection

Amsterdam & Rotterdam, Netherlands :
― Envy Restaurant
― Gewoon Eten En Meer Market
― Hotel JL No. 76
― Mercure Hotel
― Rijksmuseum
― Stedelijk Museum
― World of Delights

“Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom.  And in freedom, most people find sin.” ― John Green

© Mercure Hotel Amsterdam
© Mercure Hotel Amsterdam

Bangkok, Thailand :
― The Banyan Tree Hotel on South Sathon Road
― Chesa Restaurant Sukhimvit Soi 20
― Provence Cafe
― Vertigo Bar

© The Banyon Tree Hotel
© The Banyon Tree Hotel

Barcelona, Espana :
― Chic and Basic Ramblas
― Club BLVD
― Cuines Santa Caterina
― Hotel Arts Barcelona & Bites Restaurant
― Mercer Hotel

Chic and Basic-02
© Chic and Basic

Berlin, Germany :
― Grosz Coffeehouse
― Hotel Concorde Berlin
― Hotel Q
― The Leonardo Royal Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz
― Leo90
― Min Quang
― Mogg & Melzer Deli
― Prater Beer Garten
― Vitruv

Hotel Leonardo-01
© Leonardo Hotel

Bordeaux & Brest :
― Bordeaux Walking Tours
― Mademoiselle de Margaux l’Inspiration Chocolat

© Bordeaux Walking Tours

Brussels & Antwerp, Belgium :
― Bronze Bar
― Café d’Anvers
― Hangar 41
― L’Archiduc Bar
― Restaurant ‘t Kelderket Kelderke

The Gold Bar-01

Budapest, Hungary :
― Café Gerbeaud
― Kispiac Bisztro

Cafe Gerbeaud-01
© Café Gerbeaud

Cologne / Köln, Germany :
― Alter Wartesaal
― Das klein Steakhaus

Alter Wartesaal Koeln

Copenhagen / København, Denmark :
― Amass Restaurant
― Cafe Victor
― Coffee Collective
― Geist
― Hotel Fox
― Kransekagehus Bakery
― Mikkeller Brewery
― Noma
― Peter Beier Chokolade
― Salt-Bar Restaurant
― Søren K
― World of Delights


Dublin, Ireland :
― Brasserie Sixty6
― Canal Bank Cafe
― Carluccio’s Caffe Dawson Street
― The Cedar Tree Lebanese Restaurant
― Fade Street Social
― The Grafton Guest House
― Havana Tapas Bar
― L’Gueuleton
― Jo’Burger Town
― Ma Maison
― Pizzas n’ Cream
― Simon’s Place Coffee House
― Yamamori Noodles

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Sitting outside Pizzas n’ Cream.  © David-Kevin Bryant

Florence, Italia :  Hotel Corona

Hotel Corona-01
© Hotel Corona

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada :
― Barrington Steakhouse and Oyster Bar
― Cambridge Suites Hotel
― Five Fisherman Restaurant
― Halifax Distilling Company
― Maritime Pasty Co. Lobster Rolls

© David-Kevin Bryant

Helsinki, Finland.  The Guggenheim was propelled in the stratosphere with the opening of its Frank Gehry-designed Bilbao outpost.  Imagine the skipped heartbeats that took place when the famed museum launched a search for someone to design its latest location―in Helsinki.  Kudos belong to the winner, Moreau Kusonoki Architects.  Taking local materials and the Scandinavian art of simple, minimalist lines, Kusonoki’s winning design, that of understated elegance, becomes part of the Finnish landscape, blending harmoniously in her surroundings.


London, United Kingdom :
― The British Museum
― Citizen M Hotel
― Glen Miller Bar
― Halepi Restaurant & Kebab House
― Oblix | Pret a Manger
― Thistle Hyde Park
― Thistle Hotel Kensington Garden
― Thistle Hotel Marble Arch
― Ye Grapes
― Zizzi Ristorante

© 2015 Citizen M
© CitizenM London

The dramatic laticed-ceiling of the British Museum's entrance. © David-Kevin Bryant
The laticed-ceiling of the entrance.  © David-Kevin Bryant

Montreal, Canada :
― Angela Pizzeria and Restaurant
― À la Folie – Pâtisseries audacieuses
― Boulangerie Première Moisson
― Le Chat Noir
― Le Meridien Versailles
― Steakhouse

© David-Kevin Bryant

New York City, NY :
― Aammans-Copenhagen
― The Frick Collection
― The Guggenheim
― Hotel Americano
― Maison Premier
― The Metropolitan Museum of Art
― The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
― The NoMad Hotel
― Passage de la Fleur
― The Standard Hotel
― The Whitney

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Oslo, Norway :
― Food Story
― Fram Museum
― Frogner Park
― Ibsen Museum
― Kaffistova
― Kon-Tiki Museum
― Munch Museum
― Norwegian Maritime Museum
― Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
― Olivia Restaurantsjef
― Persia Restaurant
― Thon Hotel Bergen Brugge
― Thon Hotel Munch
― Vigelandsparken
― Viking Ship Museum

“She Lies” Sculpture. © David-Kevin Bryant

© David-Kevin Bryant

Paris, France:
― Causses
― Hôtel des Batignolles
― Le Mary Celeste, La Cave à Bulles, La Fine Mousse
― Le Sargent Recruteur
― Louvre
― Nordik Market

If there is a city singularly defined by its cultural institutions, it is the City of Light.  The institution, of course, is The Louvre, or Musée du Louvre, a museum of such magnificence that is not uncommon for one’s breath to be taken away…before you even walk in.  Formerly a palace, the museum can boast the single greatest painting in human history, da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.  But it also has so much more.  One could spend weeks in the various galleries and still only scratch the surface.

Philadelphia, PA :
― & bar
― Alfa American Tavern
― Bar Bombón
― Cook
― The Dandelion
― Di Bruno Brothers
― Franklin Mortgage Investment Co. Bar
― Gran Caffe L’Aquila
― Melt Kraft
― The Museum of Art
― Pietro’s Coal Oven Pizza
― The Rodin Museum
― Spread Bagelry
― Square1682
― Tria Cafe
― The Westin Hotel

Diana the Huntress. © David-Kevin Bryant

Reykjavik, Iceland :
― Café Mezzo
― City Center Hotel
― Gull Lager
― Hamborgarabúllan
― Hlemmur Square
― Hot Dogs
― Hótel Skaftafell
― Kornid Kaffi – Cafe
― 101 Hotel & Bar
― Tapas Restaurant
― Valdís Ice Cream

Hlemmur Square’s Bar.  © David-Kevin Bryant

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada :
― Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
― Hotches Chocolat Chaud & Cafe
― Hotel du Parlement

En route to Quebec City. © David-Kevin Bryant

San Francisco, CA:
― B. Patisserie
― Caffe Delle Stella
― Gary Danko
― Kitchen Story
― Mission Cheese
― Museum of Modern Art
― Saison SF
― Wise Sons Deli

The largest museum in the western half of the United State devoted exclusively to the modern movement, the Museum of Modern Art experienced unbelievable growth and success when it opened its instantly recognizable building a few years ago, so much so, it closed to expand.  Luckily, it re-opended in 2017.

“San Francisco has only one drawback.  ‘Tis hard to leave.” – Rudyard Kipling

Sydney, Australia.  We have not forgotten about our friends in the southern hemisphere, a region we hope to visit in the near future. The Australia Museum will be at the top of our list.

© Australia Museum

Toronto, Canada :
― Art Gallery of Ontario
― Blue Banana
― Cafe Crepe
― Orange Alert
― Rick’s Cafe
― Royal Ontario Museum
― Westin Harbour Castle

Vienna, Austria.  Any visit to the Austrian capital must include time set aside for the Naturhistorisches Museum, or Museum of Natural History, one of the world’s greatest cultural institutions, housing over 30 million objects.  Located in a former palace, the museum is huge and consists of close to 40 exhibit halls.

Washington, DC :
― Amorini Panini
― Crepe Amour
― Curbside Cupcakes
― Eno Wine Room
― Kushi Moto Truck
― Lavagna
― Le Chat Noir
― Lupo Verde
― National Gallery of Art
― The Phillips Collection
― Range
― Scion Dupont
― Sette Osteria Restaurant
― Slate Wine Bar
― Soho Tea and Coffee
― Surfside
― Zengo

“Luncheon of the Boating Party, ” (1880–1881) / Pierre-Auguste Renoir


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