Toca do Morcego | Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil

Toca do Morcego
Thinking of this place I want to go back to Brazil tomorrow… This open air club and bar on an Island near Salvador is totally paradise! Visualise; lounging on colourful cushions, sipping a caipirinha, watching dolphins jumping in the sea while the sun goes down and perfect party/lounging music in the background…Okay, this may sound a little hippy’esk but this is how I experienced it! Once the sun is down and the moon comes out the party continues and you can chill out on cushions or dance on the sand amongst the trees. Paper bags with candles inside make the place super cozy too. Great place to go with group of friends or like me with your boyfriend / girlfriend / husband / wife. Getting there involves sort of a climb through a forest but what you get is the best view on the island, live music and party…Rua Caminho do Farol Nr 13, Morro de Sao Paulo, Ilha de Tinhare, State of Bahia, Brazil | $$$ | Website

Lisa’s | London

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L-O-V-E Lisa’s in Notting Hill! Guusje and I were invited by Lisa herself to check the place out and I think I can honestly say this is my new favorite spot in NH for lunch.
I love everything about this place. First of all the divine Swedish food; The chef prepared us on amazing 8 course tasting menu and it was all mouthwateringly good. We absolutely adored the Skagenröra (Swedish Seafood Mix on toast) and their meatballs with mashed potato.  Important note; They normally do a simple menu for lunch (choice of 5 dishes) and the extensive delicious menu in the evenings!) Secondly, the location on Portobello Road is great but it is after the Westway so you could miss it if you don’t know about it. There are lovey shops there so you should check that area out anyway! Thirdly,  I loved the interior design; clean, serene, white and wooden simplicity with colorful touches and some contemporary art on the walls that is for sale. They have high tables in the front that are great for sharing with friends and smaller tables in the back that are perfect for a romantic hangout. Last but not least it is a great space to rent when you have a private party.  We stayed here for 3,5 hours on a Sunday afternoon which gives an idea of how much we liked it! 305 Portobello Road, London | Closed on Mondays |Tube: Ladbroke Grove or Westbourne Park |+447445261778 |£££ | Website

Lisa's Portobello

Pret-a-Diner London

I intensely love London every time I make a new discovery like this. They say about this restaurant that it’s no ‘Pop-Up’ but a ‘Dining Experience’, which it truly is.  From 09 May to 30 June 2012, you will be able to join the ‘ITALIANS DO IT BETTER’ dinners. They are organised by Michelin-star chef Giorgio Locatelli who creates the traditional-style Italian menus. Every two weeks another Michelin star chef will join him (Accursio Craparo, Cristian and Manuel Costardi, Norbert Niederkofler and Viviana Varese). The menu consists of a choice between two 3-course menus (Locatelli menu and the guest chef menu).
You will be very warmly welcomed by the incredibly dedicated and funky staff who will tell you enthusiastically about the concept of it all.  The venue on St. James’s street in Mayfair looks absolutely incredible. Just really gorgeously done with swanky contemporary art and photographs on the walls. The venue is really spacious with various   rooms to sit in and an open plan kitchen. This is for now my favourite restaurant in London! Go quick before they are gone!!
Until June 30 2012 in London | Open daily from 7pm |Bar opens at 6pm | Price from £75 per person (doesn’t include drinks) |50 St. James’s Street |Tube; Green Park | ££££ | Website

Mamma Africa – Cape Town

I had an extremely buzzing, fun night out in this absolute gem in Cape Town. The restaurant / bar has a cozy atmosphere with wooden tables and African dressed staff. The restaurant serves sharing dishes that I found really tasty and always adds to the cuddle cuddle mood of the group. It’s just fun to share! It’s probably a restaurant where you want to go to with a group of people (that’s what we did anyway) because it’s quite loud and noisy. They have an African band playing live music on most nights which also adds to the place’s funky atmosphere. Check out their website to get a good impression of the whole ambience….178 Long Street, Cape Town | +27214248634 / +27214261017 | Take a taxi or walk to the city centre | $$ | Website

Sevva Hong Kong

This rooftop bar in Central Hong Kong is absolutely worth a visit. I can only comment on the outside terrace because I didn’t go for dinner here. The terrace has incredible stunning views over the city and harbour. absolutely magnificent! There is live music and comfortable outdoor lounge sets are clustered around the wooden decking area. Prince’s Building, 25th Floor, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong | $$$$ | +8525371388 | Underground/Trains; Central |Website

The Candlelight Club

If you feel like time-travelling, feel like dressing up, feel like jazz music or just feel like doing something totally different book this when you are in London. I went to this Chicago 1920’s candlelight night on a secret location and it was really awesome. Everyone there was actually dressed up properly. It was really like stepping into the 20’s with a live Jazz band and 20’s cocktails. They change the theme of the candlelight club regularly.
On this occasion it was possible to order hotdogs and hamburgers at a counter outside and inside there where tables with white cloths and candles. If you want to make sure you have a table with your friends, you can book one for £65,- which I would recommend. There is no served dinner..It’s JUST the hotdogs. We agreed that this is probably something to do with a party of +4… Awesome though… Location is emailed on the night before… Website – ££

Bunga Bunga

A totally over the top pizzeria by the same owners as 2 of my favourite places in London, Barts bar and club Maggies. It’s named after the notorious Berlusconi parties and meant to be an affordable pizza place with a twist. And it is. With Vespa helmets used as furniture, a bar shaped like a gondola, all night long entertainment and even karaoke opportunities later at night, it’s the perfect place to go with a group of friends. If you do, try the Fiat 500 as a group drink, it looked so cute! Food is affordable but the pizza’s weren’t as good as expected. 37 Battersea Bridge Road | Tube: Sloane Square (take cab from there) | +4420 7095 0360 | ££ | website

The Fat Cat

If you want to do something different before you go out for dinner or just want to have some old fashioned fun, go to this place. They play live music in a very big open space with randomly placed pingpong tables, Pool tables, chessboard tables and shuffleboards.
You order for example a beer and some pingpong balls and for $11 per hour (for a table) you can play as long as you like. Loved it big time!
75 Christopher St (7th Ave), New York, +2126756056; Underground: Christopher – Sheridan S – $$

Ronnie Scott’s

Basically THE place to be for jazz in London. With only top class perfomances, decor with distinctive red lamp shades and black-and-white portraits of the great musicians, the experience is amazing. I really enjoyed the Sunday afternoon Jazz lunch, but evenings should be fun too. Besides the fact that the food wasn’t great (don’t get the Ceasar Salad; it’s tiny and doesn’t taste special at all), the only thing missing is cigar smoke..  47 Frith Street, nearest tube: Tottenham Court Rd – £££ (depending on performance)

The 606 Club

One of the best places in London to enjoy Jazz music. When you arrive at the metal gated doorway of the club you’ll think you’re at the wrong place as it looks abandoned. But after you’ve been granted entry and descend into the basement it’s exactly what you’d expect a proper Jazz club should look like. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, music is super enjoyable (check online to see what’s up) and the food was great too. You should make sure to book a table before you go. 606 Club, 90 Lots Road, Chelsea, 020 7352 5953 – Underground: Imperial Wharf