For a great treat meal in the capital of Northern Ireland, check out these fine-dining establishments.
Top of the list should be Deanes EIPIC, a Michelin-star restaurant that uses local ingredients to spectacular effect. It’s modern dining at its best, and you’re guaranteed an amazing meal.
For something more laid-back, try AMPM. This bohemian joint serves French and Irish dishes in a beautiful restaurant replete with candles.
A more affordable fine-dining alternative is Ivory, which boasts two outdoor, balcony dining areas that look down over the city. And it’s not just the views that will stay long in the memory; the award-winning chefs cook up a storm, too.
Head to the Cathedral Quarter to try the simple and elegant dishes of the Muddlers Club, a hip restaurant right in the middle of town. Down on the River Lagan you will find OX, an award-winning restaurant known for using seasonal ingredients in creative combinations.
Take a walk up Lisburn Road to SHU, a Belfast institution that won multiple awards for its food. There is also a basement cocktail bar where you can sample a few of the barman’s finest creations before, and after, you eat.
South Philadelphia is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods — with attitude to boot. The foodie, Italian neighborhood continues to rise through the ranks as one of the city’s longest-lasting, cuisine-centric locales, but with a lot of new blood moving in.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
While it’s unlikely you’d go all the way to Lisbon, Portugal, for just one dish, there’s certainly one bite you must have while you’re there: the egg tart. Pastel de nata (cream pastry) is a national obsession that has become a bucket-list bite for nearly every traveler to the country’s seaside capital. Fortunately for tourists, the city’s most iconic landmark, Belém Tower, is located just across the street and down the shoreline from the city’s undisputed powerhouse of pastel, Pastéis de Bélem. Unfortunately for visitors, the line leading to Pastéis de Bélem’s bakery counter may be the longest line found anywhere in the city, as salivating hordes wait their turn to taste the original, secret recipe invented by the monks of the nearby Jerónimos Monastery in Santa Maria de Bélem, itself an architecture masterpiece that places it at the top of any Lisbon must-list.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
According to a recent study from financial services company Allianz Global Assistance, more than a third of Americans haven’t taken a vacation in two years. For this study, a vacation is considered a leisure trip of at least a week to a destination more than 100 miles away.