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
― NEMO Science Center
― Rijksmuseum
― Stedelijk Museum
― Van Gogh 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, España :
― Chic and Basic Ramblas
― Club BLVD
― Cuines Santa Caterina
― Hotel Arts Barcelona & Bites Restaurant
― Mercat de Santa Caterina
― Mercer Hotel
― Sagrada Familia

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© Chic and Basic

Bath, England :
― Bath Abbey
― Parade Gardens
― Roman Baths
― Royal Crescent
― The Stable Pub

© David-Kevin Bryant

Berlin, Germany :
― The Dali Exhibition at Potsdamer Platz
― Grosz Coffeehouse
― Hotel Concorde Berlin
― Hotel Q
― Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art
― The Leonardo Royal Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz
― Leo90
― Min Quang
― Mogg & Melzer Deli
― Neue Nationalgalerie
― Prater Beer Garten
― Vitruv

© 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

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Budapest, Hungary :
― Café Gerbeaud
― Gellért Baths
― Kispiac Bisztro

Cafe Gerbeaud-01
© Café Gerbeaud

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

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Alter Wartesaal Koeln

Copenhagen / København, Denmark :
― Amass Restaurant
― Blue Planet
― Cafe Victor
― Coffee Collective
― Copenhagen Opera House
― Geist
― Hotel Fox
― Illums Bolighus
― Kransekagehus Bakery
― Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
― Mikkeller Brewery
― Noma
― Peter Beier Chokolade
― The Royal Library, aka The Black Diamond
― Salt-Bar Restaurant
― Søren K
― World of Delights

Mikkeller-01
© Mikkeller.dk

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
― The Hugh Lane Gallery
― Irish Museum of Modern Art
― L’Gueuleton
― Jo’Burger Town
― Ma Maison
― The National Gallery of Ireland
― Pizzas n’ Cream
― Simon’s Place Coffee House
― Yamamori Noodles

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

Florence, Italia :
― Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore
― Galleria degli Uffizi
― Galleria dell’Accademia
― Hotel Corona
― Michelangelo’s Statue of David

Hotel Corona-01
© Hotel Corona

Glasgow & Edinburgh, Scotland :
― Angels Share Hotel
― Cafe Andeluz Edinburgh
― Castle Rock
― CitizenM Hotel
― The Doulton Fountain
― Gallery of Modern Art
― Glasgow Cathedral
― Glasgow Green & People’s Palace
― Kelvingrove Art Museum
― Le Monde Hotel
― Nakodar Indian Cuisine
― The People’s Palace
― Riverside Museum
― Stonehaven & Dunnottar Castle
― The Three Judges Pub
― Ubiquitous Chip Restaurant

CitizenM Glasgow’s Cantina.  © David-Kevin Bryant

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada :
― Barrington Steakhouse and Oyster Bar
― Cambridge Suites Hotel
― Five Fisherman Restaurant
― Halifax Distilling Company
― Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
― Maritime Pasty Co. Lobster Rolls
― Museum of Natural History
― Peggy’s Cove

© 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.

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London, England :
― Amba Marble Arch Hotel
― Big Ben
― The British Museum
― Charing Cross
― CitizenM Tower of London Hotel
― Emilia’s Homemade Pasta
― Glen Miller Bar
― Halepi Restaurant & Kebab House
― Kensington Gardens & Palace
― Oblix
― Palace of Westminster
― Pret a Manger
― The Shard  & 62 Buckingham Place
― Sir John Soane Museum
― The Tate
― The Thames and London Bridge
― Thistle Hyde Park
― Thistle Hotel Kensington Garden
― The Tower Bridge
― Treadwell’s Restaurant
― Victoria and Albert Museum
― Ye Grapes
― Zizzi Ristorante

CitizenM Tower of London. © David-Kevin Bryant

Manchester, England :
― Beetham Tower
― Blacksheep Coffee
― Etihad Stadium
― Manchester Art Gallery
― Manchester Cathedral
― Manchester Central Library
― Piccadilly Station

Manchester Central Railway Station.  © David-Kevin Bryant

Montreal, Canada :
― Angela Pizzeria and Restaurant
― À la Folie – Pâtisseries audacieuses
― Boulangerie Première Moisson
― Le Chat Noir
― Le Meridien Versailles
― The Musée des Beaux-Arts Montreal
― Palais des Congrès de Montréal
― Pointe-à-Callière Museum
― Steakhouse
― Vieux-Montréal

© David-Kevin Bryant

New York City, NY :
― Aammans-Copenhagen
― Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park
― The Frick Collection
― The Grand Concourse
― The Guggenheim
― The High Line
― Hotel Americano
― Hudson Yards
― 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
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Oslo, Norway :
― DogA Norwegian Center for Design & Architecture
― Food Story
― Fram Museum
― Frogner Park
― Holmenkollen Ski Jump & Park
― Ibsen Museum
― Kaffistova
― Kon-Tiki Museum
― Munch Museum
― Nobel Peace Center
― Norwegian Maritime Museum
― Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
― Olivia Restaurantsjef
― Operahuset
― Persia Restaurant
― Thon Hotel Bergen Brugge
― Thon Hotel Munch
― Vigelandsparken
― Viking Ship Museum

“She Lies” Sculpture.  © David-Kevin Bryant

Paris, France:
― Causses
― Gagosian Gallery
― 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 :
― a.kitchen & 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 :

― Ásmundur Sveinsson Museum
― Café Mezzo
― City Center Hotel
― Gull Lager
― Hallgrímskirkja Church
― Hamborgarabúllan
― Harpa Concert Hall
― Hlemmur Square
― Hot Dogs
― Hótel Skaftafell
― Kornid Kaffi – Cafe
― Lucky Records
― The Nordic House
― 101 Hotel & Bar
― Spúútnik Vintage
― Tapas Restaurant
― Valdís Ice Cream

“The Sun Voyager.” / Reykjavik, Iceland. © David-Kevin Bryant

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

© 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


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

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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
― CN Tower
― 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
― 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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