Kandy and Tea Country

Santani: Located high up in totally remote mountains around Werapitiya, Santani is around an hour’s drive from Kandy and so a good base for seeing this beautiful city and its impressive Temple of Tooth.  The windey drive up to Sanatani is totally worth it and you won’t regret the detour. Occupying 48 acres of tea … Continue reading Kandy and Tea Country

Galle

Why House: Located outside of Galle Fort and a short tuk-tuk ride away from Wijaya Beach, Why House feels very bijou chic.  Minutes away from the Sri Lankan town of Unawatuna, you’re immediately transported as soon as the gates open into a world of colonial elegance, set in three-acre tropical gardens.  Welcomed with a glass … Continue reading Galle

kin + deum

London Bridge seems to be a hidden corner of Thailand.  One of its most well-known Thai haunts is Suchard on Tooley Street, founded by Suchard Inngern.  He arrived in London in 1975 with £20 in his pocket.  Having grown up in an orphanage in Bangkok, he enrolled in a restaurant kitchen, before opening his popular … Continue reading kin + deum

Wild by Tart

From the fantastic duo behind the beautiful Tart column in the Evening Standard comes Wild by Tart, a restaurant set in the attractive Eccleston Yard.  Jemima Jones and Lucy Carr-Ellison’s recipes are always seasonal, produce-led and full of wonderful spices – an eclectic interplay of Middle Eastern, South American and European flavours – and now … Continue reading Wild by Tart

Kolamba

Finally, London seems to have clocked on to the joys of Sri Lankan cooking. Though rustled up in restaurants across Tooting, Wembley and Ealing for decades, “trendy” spots have now sprung up across the capital: Weligama supper clubs @ Italo, Paradise on Rupert Street, Hoppers (of course) and Kolamba on Kingly Street.  Named after the … Continue reading Kolamba

To eat: Glyfada

Yi: Vegan eateries are springing up in Athens, in particular along the road towards beachside Vougliameni where you’ll find vegan and raw-food mecca Yi.  Greek for ‘Earth’, Yi is a plant-and-light-filled raw food café in Glyfada.  At brunch, come for chia bowls, Greek salad served with cashew "feta", or an almond mylk latte with a … Continue reading To eat: Glyfada

To eat: Marousi

Nargile Express: Conveniently located near to offices if you’re working here, this Lebanese mecca has one of the best DIY mezze salad bars I’ve ever tried.  With a daily-changing line-up of dishes, highlights include a vibrantly green, lemony tabbouleh, an incredibly creamy hummus, a pomegranate-studded babaghanoush, freshly made falafel, Greek salad (of course) and tahini-marinated … Continue reading To eat: Marousi

To eat: Kifissia

Artisanal Lounge & Gardens: Set in beautiful gardens, this tastefully decorated bar/restaurant has a sophisticated French vibe that makes it a perfect hangout for a long, relaxed evening.  Their seasonal menu is influenced by the South of France and features a vegan celeriac ravioli with a truffle caviar, as well as a very popular Greek … Continue reading To eat: Kifissia

To eat: Psirri

To Lokali: A neo-retro bar-restaurant, this spot is hidden in a plant-filled, softly lit backyard in Psirri.  To Lokali is an all-day hangout. Its founders explain that the concept was to create a “local” home away from home.  The place comes alive in the evening, though, when Athenians kick back with G&Ts in the lush … Continue reading To eat: Psirri

To eat: Metaxourgio

Beauty Killed The Beast: Head here for excellent cocktails, design inspiration, good music and a popular brunch.  With friendly service and a laid-back atmosphere, it feels more relaxed than some of the bars downtown in central Athens and very hip.  Though becoming more known, this spot feels like a hidden gem reserved for those “in-the-know’! … Continue reading To eat: Metaxourgio