Travel Tips By Some Avid Travellers

La Cuisine restaurant, in the old town of Villefranche in the south of France is a very unassuming little restaurant that we stumbled upon for lunch. Best melon and serrano ham salad ever! Went back four times during our week there, something we have never done. Service was really good and we were treated every time to an aperitif. The food was the best we have had… hope it is still there whenever we are lucky enough to go back.

When in NYC skip Manhattan’s overpriced and overrated Little Italy. Take a trip to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx for a real taste of Italian life. Great restaurants, food stores, craft beer and watch the hand rolling of cigars. Worth a trip and so easy to tie in with a trip to New York Botanical Gardens. Michael Richardson

The best foodie place I have been to is Il Capo market in Palermo. There are wonderful displays of local produce: buckets of shellfish along side incredibly long beans and sweet mini pears. The perfect snack as you wander the market after a few glasses of “vino locale” the night before is a panino with croquette and panella. It’s usually served with a pink sauce and a squeeze of lemon juice. It may not be high-end dining, but it can certainly be appreciated by all food lovers. Emma Weir

I highly recommend the Chillax Cafe in Quarteira, Algarve in Portugal. It’s on the promenade in front of the beach and is one of the few places where you can get light bites and healthy food. They do a selection of creative salads, sandwiches, juices, cocktails with or without the alcohol and excellent Columbian coffee. Natasha Alekseeva

Tapas and a beer at Bar Santurce are great way to start off a walking tour of old Madrid. Place is bustling with local customers
I stopped in Bar Santurce (on the advice of some Spanish friends) in the El Rastro area of Madrid for some excellent grilled fresh sardines and grilled green peppers washed down with some beer. A great way to start off a walking tour of old Madrid! Place is bustling with local customers. Plaza del Gral. Vara de Rey, 14, 28005 Madrid, Aodhan Fitzgerald

If you are a fan of Indian food and are wondering where to eat in London then try dinner in Chutney Mary. The food is innovative and faultless, and the service is charmingly friendly while efficient. The experience feels very special. If you also happen to be a fan of chicken wings then you are in for a particular treat. Doon Fergusson-Howlett

I’d recommend Cha Com Agua Salgada, in Manta Rota, Portugal. Four-star food and service, gorgeous location overlooking the boardwalk and beach, full view of sunset and unbelievably priced in comparison to Dublin. (Myself and partner had starters, two mains, dessert and bottle of wine for €57.) Catherine Casey

Ko Pha Ngan food market in Thong Sala is a must. The best noodle soup I ever had from the soup stall – it’s easy to miss, as it’s in the back of the market in the alley. Bowls of soup for around for 60 baht which is €1.50. Ido Arbeit
My best foodie find to date is a local fish restaurant called Chamico’s just outside of Tulum, Mexico. It’s located at the end of a small beach called Soliman’s bay. You really have to have a car to get to it but worth the trek! Basically just some plastic tables and chairs on the beach but all fresh fish and very good cocktails. Perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon. Ciara Cleary

I have two favourites from my travels: Zeller Bistro Budapest, an unassuming family run bistro serving a fresh take on Hungarian classics. They source most produce from their family farm in the Lake District and bottle their own beers to team with dishes. Il Porticciolo Manorola, Cinque Terre, Italy is a small trattoria near the central street. Serving fresh fish caught daily and high quality homemade pasta. Well presented and the best pesto I’ve ever eaten. Ilporticciolo5terre. com Niamh Creed

Off the beaten track, Bodega in Puerto del Carmen in Lanzarote was a great find. In a town full of cheap eats and pictures on menus this was an exquisite restaurant, with steak and fresh fish to die for. Located in the old town the food, service and wine were all first class. But the tapas menu, which only comes in Spanish, is an authentic experience in a resort overrun by restaurants aimed at tourists. La Cascada Puerto Restaurante Bodega Calle Roque Nublo, 5, 35510 Puerto del Carmen, Las Palmas, Spain. Keith Brennan

To get ourselves in the Christmas mood last year my husband, who was in remission from cancer treatment, booked us a weekend in Rudesheim , Germany. We went to visit the Christmas markets. After a few hours of shopping we had a slice of delicious freshly made German gingerbread and a warming coffee at a Christmas stall (which had a reviving shot of locally distilled Asbach brandy and a large dollop of whipped cream). We had dinner at our hotel, Brewers Rudesheimer Schloss, where the building is part of a Unesco World Heritage site. We had crispy guinea fowl and their famous schnitzel with cream and mushroom sauce and apple strudel. We tasted some of the best Grand Cru Rieslings from their own winery with our meal. Berni Flood