Les Vacances: Menorca

Last year for the Summer vacations, 6 of us decided to go to Menorca – so us (Nuno and Tiago), plus 4 close friends. The plan was simple: rent a house, get to know the beaches around the island, have some nice food (tapas, helloooo!), read ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck‘ and have fun. That’s it, not a big plan on what to do or see and it was pretty nice and not easy (coordination wise) to go on holidays with friends. It wasn’t easy to plan as the 6 of us were coming from different places and all had to have our holidays accepted from our crazy bosses. However, in the end it was pretty damn great so we will leave some tips about Les Vacances: Menorca.

The island is not too big, the beaches are to die for, the colours – from the blue of the ocean to the yellow of the houses – are just perfect and the landscape is beautiful. You will need to rent a car to get anywhere as the island is still in a pretty raw/virgin state but that’s what makes it so BEAUTIFUL!!!

Menorca Travel Guide – The Beaches:
Cala Macarella (and Cala Macarelleta)

 

Our favourite beach was Cala Macarella – the landscape of the beach and the blue of the ocean is just perfect. If you don’t wake up before sunrise (literately!) you will not find a parking spot and the best option will be to park at Cala Galdana and then walk for 30 minutes – as you can guess, we did not wake up before sunrise!! Tip: swim between Macarella and Macarella it’s such an amazing experience!

Cala Galdana

 

This one looks just like out of a Hollywood movie from the 50’s – the bay, the surroundings, the boats between the rocks – BEAUTIFUL!! Also, one of the few beaches where you can actually have network signal on your phone (instagram gram gram!!).

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There is a part of this beach which we believe is reserved for naturists – or so it looked liked, as everyone was naked. Obviously, we took the opportunity and nakeeeeed time. There is no better feeling. It’s freedom and you should try it!! (Since we moved to Brighton – a year and a half now, naturist beach is our thing. It’s cool, it’s liberating!!)

Cala en Turqueta

 

Cala n’ Bosch

 

Cala Mitjana

 

Menorca Travel Guide – Eat and Drink:

 

Following the suggestions to avoid all the touristy places (where everything is 3 times more expensive and 5 times less tasty) most of the places we tried out where in Ciutadella (since we did not go to Mahon at all) where there were some really cool places. But there was two conditions. Condition number one was: be able to seat outdoors. Condition number two was: spanish food.

That said, Mostassa, is a pretty nice place to seat outdoors on a busy carrer and have some tapas and burgers and MolĂ­ Des Comte Asador is another cool place where you can have some tapas. Other places that caught our attention but which we didn’t have the opportunity to try were Moriarty (the interior was beauuuutiful) and Cuk Cuk Experience – where you are meant to go with your friends to cook and eat together (sounds something we would be very interested on!).

However our favourite thing to eat is ice cream! So there was a place that caught our eyes immediately – Sottozero. Their slogan is ‘101% Vero Gelato Italiano‘ and we must say it’s damn true. Their hazelnut (always hazelnut, nothing else!) gelato is to die for. Other nice place is SA Gelateria (they have several locations across Ciutadella)

To drink we would just say pick any place. It’s Spain so it does not matter much as long as you sit outside with a caña – at least that would do us. But if you want a suggestion, Es Cau which is on the same street as Mostassa – it’s a pretty chilled place for a cerveza!

Menorca Travel Guide – Must Do:

 

We would say nothing! Eat, sleep, relax it’s a pretty good motto! But, if you wish to do something, we would recommend read a book and swim in the ocean. BUT, if you really WISH to do something then, eat an ensaimada (or a delicious mitja luna) from Pastisseria Moll, swim between cala macarella and cala macarelleta, watch the sunrise and the sunset everyday or even rent a boat to visit some of the famous calas of Menorca!

Menorca is so beautiful and even tho the stupid weather was not always great (it rained in two of the days) it’s a place worth experiencing. The rays of sun, the colours of Ciutadella, the turquoise waters and the friendly people make us (Tiago, more than Nuno) wanna come back soon!

Ps: Nuno came back to Brighton giving way less fucks (read the book, seriously!)

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Exploring Berlin: West Berlin

Hey friends!

Let’s talk about Exploring Berlin: West Berlin! As mentioned on the previous post – Exploring Berlin: East Berlin, we stayed mostly in East Berlin so we don’t have as many places to share about West Berlin.

However, we did stroll around famous Unter der Linden, checked Biniki Berlin and visited the main monuments around Potsdamer Platz.

Places to Eat and Drink Coffee in West Berlin

No news here: since we love coffee we are going to share the places that we like the most – not that many, but they are reeeeeeally nice!

There are 3 places on this list. The first one is Pastel – as the name suggests, you can eat a pastel de nata (portuguese custard tart). The owners are Portuguese and the pasteis de nata are sooooo good <3. The second place is Hallesches Haus, a beautiful cafĂ© and shop and the third one is our favourite – Benedict! Benedict Berlin is a place where you can eat breakfast food for brunch, lunch and dinner. Whenever you want it – 24/7!!!

Pastel
Hallesches Haus
Benedict Berlin

Places to Visit and Things to Do in West Berlin

In central Berlin – which is in fact still part of Mitte you can visit mos of the monuments related with the Second World War and Berlin Wall. Places worth visiting are the super touristic areas of Checkpoint Charlie and Potsdamer Platz but it’s also possible to visit Holocaust Memorial, Hitler’s bunker, Reichstag, Topographie des Terrors.

Even better is to stroll around Tiergarten, check Brandenburg Gate at sunset and end the day at Unter der Linden!

We also visited the cool Bikini Berlin – the building is beautiful, full of nice shops and the view from the terrace of Berlin Zoo is priceless! After that we went to see the exhibition at Bauhaus Archive (before moving to it’s new locations so was free!).

Did we enjoy Berlin: Yeah!! It’s so cool and the 4 days spent there were so nice and relaxed but at the same time is always good to be back in quirky Brighton ❀

Ta-ta!

 

 

 

Exploring Berlin: East Berlin

Hey friends,

Berlin was amazeballs and the four days we spent there were pretty good to explore the city, soak up the culture and enjoy the few days off. In this post Exploring Berlin: East Berlin we will explore Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain and Mitte neighbourhoods and will share some nice places to eat, drink coffee, shop and visit while in Berlin.

 

We stayed mostly in East Berlin during our trip since our hostel was located in the heart of Mitte – Generator Hostel Berlin Mitte. It’s pretty cool, quite big and definitely a central location where everything is just around the corner! The reason why we decided to stay in a hostel? Cause we haven’t stayed in one in ages and this one seemed pretty nice!

 

Coffee Shops in East Berlin

We looooooove coffee (is that even newsworthy?) and love stopping in a nice coffee shop, seat down and enjoy the free WiFi free time so here are some our favourite coffee shops in East Berlin.

The Barn Coffee Roasters

 

RöststÀtte Berlin

 

Father Carpenter Coffee Brewers

 

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Shops and Bookshops in East Berlin

We didn’t spend much time shopping as there are far better things to do when visting a new city however we are suckers for books, magazines, everything stationery and pretty shops that have all of the above (plus coffee). We popped for some coffee at the The Store at Soho House – such a beautiful concept store with pretty decor, awesome-but-can’t-afford nice clothes and plenty of books and magazines.

 

Other nice places where – Soda Books, as the name suggests, to buy books and magazines with a selection to die for and Granit a homestore full of nice things and since we love buying kitchen goods we had to control ourselves (we couldn’t fit all in our luggage even if we wanted!).

Soda Books

 

Granit

 

Places to Eat in East Berlin

We never make big plans about on where to eat since we like to explore a city and discover new places along the way. So, we stumbled across a few nice places that caught our attention. The first one was BĂ€ckerei und Konditorei W Balzer – a pretty and very much like the old Portuguese bakeries so we decided to go and try some one of their baked goods. That ‘palmier’ was pretty delicious (yeah!, we came for more the very next day!).

 

The second time was Bun Bao – a nice Vietnamese restaurant in Prenzlauer Berg where we sat outdoors on a sunny Sunday and had an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G vegetarian bao <3. After that we went all for vegan ice cream at Tribeca Ice Cream and our choice of flavours were hazelnut (always hazelnut, always!) and blue coconut. We don’t even know why it’s called blue coconut but was one of the best ice creams ever.

Bun Bao

 

Tribeca Ice Cream

 

We didn’t go on a night out so can’t talk much about it but we did go for a few drinks twice. The first time to Strandbar – which is by the river with such a beautiful view and the perfect place to end a Sunday. The second time was to a cafĂ©-bar in a corner near where we were staying just because it was open until late – Keyser Soze.

 

Places to Visit and Things to Do in East Berlin

There are millions things we could have done but we combined things we love to do with things to visit such as a Sunday in the park and playing a visit to the most remarkable monuments, otherwise it’s just simply boring.

Things do Do in East Berlin:

Watch the sunset by the river at James-Simon Park (facing Berliner Dom)

Exploring the (Flohmarkt ) Flea Market at Arkonaplatz

Relax in Mauerpark on a Sunday

 

 

Places to Visit in East Berlin:

Berlin Wall at GedenkstÀtte Berliner Mauer (our favourite and less touristy) and East Side Gallery;

Explore Alexanderplatz and Berliner Fernsehturm

Visit the Berliner Dom and Museum Island

 

We hope you are enjoying this Exploring Berlin: East Berlin and next week we will bring you part two – Exploring Berlin: West Berlin. If you want more tips and nice places to check while in Berlin visit We Blog You (only in portuguese, sorry #notsorry :D), Stil in Berlin and Monocle Guides.

See you guys next week,

Ta-ta!

5 Cool Places in Shoreditch

Shoreditch is so cool, trendy and has that artsy vibe that contrasts with the rest of central London but that’s not what we are going to talk about. This time we are here to share 5 cool places in Shoreditch – the ones we always pop-up a visit when in the area. There are plenty more but we will start with these 5!

5 Cool Places in Shoreditch

Ace Hotel

The first one is Ace Hotel – if you know us, you know we looooove coffee (we need it to survive in the mornings) so this came as no surprise. The coffee shop and hotel lobby are so pretty that we just want to stay there all day. Can be hard to find a place to seat but if you do – it’s a must try!

Papersmiths

Do you love magazines, books and all things stationery? Do you also love pink? Then Papersmiths is a cool place to check in Shoreditch. It’s pretty small (like all shops in Box Park) with only a few products in display but since we have a thing for stationery then it will be on our list of 5 cool places in Shoreditch.
Papersmiths - London Shoreditch

Le Labo Fragrances

Le Labo Fragrances is one stop for all things beauty! The reason that we decided to check it out (apart from the fact that one of us – Nuno – doesn’t like to buy things online) was the skincare and men’s grooming sections. We love all things related with skincare so we went in and bought one thing that we had our eyes on.. will share later our thoughts on it 🙂
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Labour and Wait

At Labour and Wait one can find home and cooking related stuff so taking into consideration our love affair with food and after having checked their corner at Dover Street Market was about time to check their store in Shoreditch. We love it and they even sell pasta dentĂ­frica Couto – wish is a staple in a Portuguese home!
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The Ordinary

Last but not least – The Ordinary. This is probably one of our favourite places in the area. Has all the skincare products that we love, at affordable prices (we will be testing them here soon!) and a clean decor. A few units before is the main store that sells all the other brands – THE ABNORMAL BEAUTY COMPANY | DECIEM (we looove the name!).
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We will keep exploring new places – next time Brighton or Berlin and sharing it over here!

Ta-ta!