I'm always a little surprised by the number of requests I receive for recommendations and at length have decided to share something of my 'virtual moleskine' here. I'd like to think of this brief list of some of my favourite places as highly curated rather than being a comprehensive 'guide'. These are places I have not only enjoyed, but would visit and in many cases have visited, again and again.

Italy

 Da Enzo, Trastevere, Rome

Da Enzo, Trastevere, Rome

Rome

EAT
Da Enzo
Ristorante Piperno
Armando al Pantheon
Roscioli
Piatto Romano
Pasticceria Regoli
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SHOP
Mercati - Piazza San Cosimato, Campo de' Fiori, Circo Massimo and Testaccio
Funari (via dei Pastini, 121, Pantheon)
Society Limonata

LEARN latteria studio

STAY 'Il Sole a Trastevere' (contact: ilsoleatrastevere@gmail.com)

 

 Antica Osteria del Mirasole, San Giovanni in Persiceto (left); 'Il Quadrilatero' (right)

Antica Osteria del Mirasole, San Giovanni in Persiceto (left); 'Il Quadrilatero' (right)

BOLOGNA (& Beyond)

EAT
All'Osteria Bottega (via S. Caterina, 51, Bologna)
Il Gelatauro
Antica Osteria del Mirasole (S. Giovanni in Persiceto)
Grassilli Ristorante (via dal Luzzo, 3, Bologna)

COFFEE Caffe Terzi

VISIT
Chiesa Santo Maria della Vita
Piazza del Nettuno
Palazzo Re Enzo
Archiginnasio

WALK around 'Il Quadrilatero' neighbourhood

SHOP
La Salumeria da Bruno e Franco
Antica Aguzzeria del Cavallo (via Drapperie, 12/b, Bologna)
Drogheria Gilberto
 

 Monterosso al Mare

Monterosso al Mare

'Odds & Ends' (from around Liguria, Umbria and Lazio)

Cinque Terre (Liguria)

EAT Il Bocconcino (Monterosso al Mare) 

Orvieto (Umbria) 

EAT Trattoria la Palomba (16 Via Cipriano Menente, Orvieto)
VISIT Catthedrale di S. Maria Assunta
SHOP
Michelangeli (via Gualverio Michaelangeli, 3B, Orvieto) 
L'Orvietan

LUBRIANO (LAZIO) 

STAY in a 3 bedroom old stone house overlooking Civita di Bagnoregio (contact: alicekiandra.adams@gmail.com)
EAT Il Vecchio Mulino (Via G. Marconi, 25, Lubriano)

 

 The Breakfast Table, Masseria Potenti, Mandura, Puglia

The Breakfast Table, Masseria Potenti, Mandura, Puglia

PUGLIA (Taranto and BARI)

Manduria

STAY / EAT Masseria Potenti

GRottaglie

SHOP
Ceramiche Nicola Fasano (via F. Crispi, 6, Grottaglie)
Bottega Vestita (via S. Sofia, 23, Grottaglie)

BARI

VISIT Bari Vecchia (for the ladies making orecchiette in the street)
EAT
PerBacco (via Abbrescia, 99, Bari)
Panificio Fiore (Strada Palazzo di Citta', 38, Bari)
Panificio el Focacciaro (via Cognetti, 43, Bari)

 

 

 Cattedrale di Otranto (left); "Trattoria Le Zie", Lecce (right)

Cattedrale di Otranto (left); "Trattoria Le Zie", Lecce (right)

PUGLIA (SALENTO and Valle D'ITRIA)

Lecce

EAT Trattoria Le Zie (Via Colonnello Archimede Costadura, 19)
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 'Walking Tour of Lecce' http://www.infolecce.it/

OTRANTO

EAT Laltro Baffo
VISIT Cattedrale di Otranto

OSTUNI

EAT Osteria Piazzetta Cattedrale

ALBEROBELLO

SEE i trulli

Amalfi

EAT La Caravella

NAPLES

EAT Gino Sorbillo

 Quattro Canti, Palermo, Sicily

Quattro Canti, Palermo, Sicily

Sicily (east / Central) 

PALERMO

STAY BB22 Palace
EAT Osteria Mercede

SHOP
Mercati di Ballaro and del Capo
Marchese Roberto

LEARN Palermo Street Food
SEE Quattro Canti and Teatro Massimo

TRAPANI / ERICE

EAT
Al Solito Posto
Maria Grammatico (pasticceria)

VALLELUNGA PRATAMENO

LEARN Anna Tasca Lanza

 Antico Mercato di Ortigia, Siracusa, Sicily

Antico Mercato di Ortigia, Siracusa, Sicily

Sicily (West)

TAORMINA

STAY Villa Carlotta
EAT Roberto Il Mago dei Cannoli

ORTIGIA (SIRACUSA) 

EAT
Don Camillo
Taberna Sveva
SHOP Antico Mercato

NOTO / RAGUSA

STAY Notia Rooms

EAT
Café Sicilia
Ristorante Crocifisso
La Rusticana

FRANCE

 Racines, Passage de Panoramas, 2E, Paris

Racines, Passage de Panoramas, 2E, Paris

Paris

STAY Hotel Grand Amour www.hotelamourparis.fr/en/

EAT
Racines
Clown Bar
Le Servan
Le Comptoir de la Gastronomie
Du Pain e des Idees
10 Belles Bread
Pierre Herme
L'As du Fallafel (32-34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris)

SHOP
Maison de Vacances
Astier de Villatte
Roses Costes
Marche Raspail (biologique - les dimanches)
 

Greece

 Diporto, (Psyrri), Athens

Diporto, (Psyrri), Athens

Athens

STAY Coco-Mat Hotel Athens (Kolonaki)  www.cocomatathens.com/

EAT
Diporto (cnr Sokratos and Theatrou, Athens)
Cafe Avissinia (Monastiraki) 
Mavro Provato (Pangrati) 

SHOP
Varvakios Agora (Athens Central Market) Athinas (Psyrri)
Monastiraki Flea Market

 

 Emporio, Santorini

Emporio, Santorini

PAROS & ANtiparos (CYCLADES)

EAT
Kafeneio - Palia Agora, (Naoussa, Paros)
Levantis (Parikia, Paros)
The Beach House (Apantima, Antiparos) 
DRINK Sommaripa Consolato (bar) (Naoussa, Paros)
VISIT Agia Irini (beach) (Paros) / Soros (beach) (Antiparos)
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED guided walks / trekking tours www.paroshikes.com
SHOP The Antique Store (Naoussa, Paros)

SANTORINI (CYCLADES)

EAT
Taverna Roza (Vourvoulos)
to Psaraki (Vlychada)
DRINK Gaia Wines
SHOP Atlantis Books
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Caldera sailing tours (Barbarossa Sailing)
LEARN Tomato Industrial Museum

Australia

 Milk and Honey, Mullumbimby, New South Wales

Milk and Honey, Mullumbimby, New South Wales

GREATER New South Wales

BYRON BAY AND BEYOND

EAT
Fleet
Milk and Honey
Woods

SHOP Mullumumbimby Market

Music: "Rainy Sun", The Owl (freemusicarchive.org) CC BY-NC-ND

 Creative Sun room no. 121, Hotel Hotel, New Acton

Creative Sun room no. 121, Hotel Hotel, New Acton

Canberra, ACT

STAY Hotel Hotel
* Note: As of 1 March 2018 Hotel Hotel has been sold to Ovolvo Group

EAT
Monster Kitchen and Bar
Mocan and Green Grout

LEARN National Gallery of Australia

 ‘Capelli d’angelo with calamari, garlic + wild fennel’, The Agrarian Eatery, New Norfolk

‘Capelli d’angelo with calamari, garlic + wild fennel’, The Agrarian Eatery, New Norfolk

Tasmania (Hobart and Beyond)

STAY
Ridgeline
MACq 01 Hotel
The Bae
EAT
Templo
Pigeon Whole Bakers
Ti ama
Small Fry
EAT / LEARN The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery / School  www.theagrariankitchen.com/
SHOP
The Drill Hall (antiques) 
Farm Gate Market
Bruny Island Cheese Co. 

SE ASIA

 Central Market, Hoi An, Vietnam

Central Market, Hoi An, Vietnam