Portobello Garden Arcade | London

The Portobello Garden Arcade
Having a little bit trouble getting out of my hood as you can read.. But the cool thing about London is that there are places coming and (sometimes regretfully) going all the time. So even though you don’t leave your hood doesn’t mean you can’t try new things!! Anyway, discovered this amazing place this month and was blown away by the few things I tried from their menu. The place is owned and run by Italians and you can see, feel, smell and taste this without trouble. “Bongiorno! Hav’e a’e seat’e”  is how I was welcomed. Tucked away behind an arcade on the busy Portobello Road this is the perfect stop to make to refuel and regain your strength! You can have a full Italian lunch, breakfast or dinner, or just have a coffee, a glass of wine or a cookie. I adored the Parmigiana di Melanzane and the cookies they gave me for free when I asked for the bill.
Great place! 269 Portobello Road, London | Tube: Ladbroke Grove | +4475 3453 2039 | ££ |  No website

Talkhouse Coffee | London | NOW CLOSED DOWN :-(

Talkhouse Coffee
This place is located on Portobello Road and perfect for tea and coffee lovers! It is incredibly minimalistic. Scandinavian minimalistic. You would almost think they are not done decorating the place. I want to mention Talkhouse Coffee because I know how nice it is to find a place where you can quietly enjoy a book or do some work when you don’t have any friends to join you (me and my about to pop pregnancy belly have an occasional alone lunch or coffee when I am bored to bits) You are offered tap water without asking and my tea was prepared with love; I got my own little teapot with extra hot water in a thermos flask to top up the water. Anyway, I also noticed other ‘on their own people’ eating some really good looking salads and there are some delicious pastries / cakes etc on display to tempt any sugar addict like me so perfect for lunch, breakfast or over indulgence sugar cravings too! I will be back this week for a little caffeine (and sugar!) and report back! 275 Portobello Rd, London | +4420 7221 8992 | Tube: Ladbroke Grove | ££ | Website

Brody House Hotel – Budapest

Without a doubt my new favourite hotel. It’s situated in an old impressive building in the centre of Budapest on a quiet street and next to a lovely little Italian coffee place. The hotel has 8 unique and individually decorated rooms. The style is quirky and inspiring with (mostly contemporary) art on every wall. Also the communal space is amazing with cool furniture and again lots of fun art. We were told that a special curator selects the always changing art collection from both local and international artists. The best thing is that all art is shopable too. Breakfast is delicious and there is an ‘honest’ bar where you can get some snacks and drinks if you want to. The perfect place where art, design, music, food and a good night sleep come together. PS Budapest is beautiful! Brody Sandor utca 10, Budapest, Hungary | +36 1266 1211 | ££ | Website