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Coffee, Food & Drink, London

Herne Hill Sunday Market

When moving into an unfamiliar city, it is nice to see how the old routines are being folded and left to dust in their drawers, and new rituals taking their places. In Dublin, the cosiest rituals included long breakfasts in Brother Hubbard and walking around the sunny city. I haven’t yet managed to find a similar source of Bircher muesli in London, but the coffees, cakes and dumplings from Herne Hill’s Sunday Market make up for this lack just splendidly!

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Coffee, Food & Drink, Ireland

Fallon & Byrne, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2

After returning to Dublin from my native country Finland, I felt a bit homesick: it was so nice and cosy to enjoy the fresh, frisky air outdoors and still stay warm indoors – few of the things I miss living in Dublin are the 3-glazed windows and central heating. After 12 days and over 2000 kilometres of driving, the Finnish holiday culminated in a mini-trip in Helsinki, a city well-known for its art nouveau architecture, wide and clean streets and promptly working public transport.

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Coffee, Food & Drink, Ireland

Terra Madre, 13a Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1

Bachelors Walk is a street running along the river Liffey. Its cityscape is dominated by the delicate Ha’Penny Bridge and a parade of popping umbrellas. But the street with a somewhat romantic name is not, nevertheless, named to celebrate unmarried men, but after “some long dead capitalist named Batchelor.” The street name’s unromantic associations aside, you find one of Dublin’s most romantic basement restaurants here, the Italian Terra Madre.

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