A WEEKEND IN LONDON

I samarbeid med Visit Britain / In collaboration with Visit Britain

Hvis jeg skal være ærlig så har jeg egentlig aldri hatt følelser for London, jeg tenker som så at enten så er man en Londoner eller en New Yorker og jeg har vel mildt sagt kvalifisert meg til den sistenevnte. Men i det siste har jeg virkelig fått øynene opp for denne byen! Før føltes London stort og upersonlig, mens nå ser jeg sjarmen i hver krik og krok. Jeg er langt i fra en ekspert på denne byen, men vil uansett dele tipsene jeg har på lager, som flere av dere mest sannsynlig kommer til å få bruk for. 

To be honest, Ive never really been a London lover, I somehow think its like "you are either a Londoner or a New Yorker", and I guess Im a little over qualified for the last one. But, when thats said London has grown on me the last couple of years. I have really started liking this city, I used to think it was big and impersonal, but now Im falling in love with every corner, and will most likely be back soon. Im not an London expert, but I thought I would share some of my favourite things anyway! 


What to do?


Afternoon tea at Sketch is a must for everyone who has seen the "pink room" on Instagram! A tip here is to not have the afternoon tea in the pink room (72 GBP each), but in their pavilion (13 GBP each). Much cheaper and you will be able to take a look (and a photo) on your way to the bathroom. (Which btw is pretty different from any other bathroom you have been to before!

Have a drink at The Ned because this hotel is beautiful and has a very chic and 1920´s vibe to it! The Ned has 8 restaurants, so you will most likely find something you like. If your not in it to eat, stop by for a drink in the Millies Lounge. Read more about the hotel here

Tate Modern is the place to go for art lovers, the entrance is free unless you are there for a specific exhibition! Check out their website here before you go! 

Nothing Hill: Go for a stroll through Notting Hill for retro, vintage stores, coffee shops and antique flea markets. 


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Where to eat?


So finding a place to eat in London is obviously not the problem, rather choosing the perfect spot if your just in town for a day or two. I always browse through Instagram to look for new hip places to dine. A tip is to search for the area under «places» and then scroll your way down and see if you spot any cool flat lay photos from cafes or local people who know where to eat.


Grind: A cool place to stop by for a coffee, laid back and chill. A place you would bring your computer and order an ice coffee or stop by for breakfast. On the menu you can find anything from gluten free porridge and acai bowls to french banana toast, freshly pressed green juice and almond croissants. 

Attendant: Healthy lunch spot in Shoreditch, their avocado toast and sweet potato mash is amazing! If you are dining with a friend, order one of each and split so you can taste both! 

Deliciously Ellas Deli: Definetely one of my favourite places to eat in London, Ella knows how to please a plant based and gluten free foodie! I absolutely love the banana bread, with coconut yoghurt and fruit compote. And I also heard that they now have kombucha on tap! I will be right back! Ps, they also have various locations! 
 

Farm Girl Cafe: This cafe is located in a cute little Instagram friendly back yard. On their menu you can find anything from avocado toasts and apple pancakes to matcha lattes and acai bowls! I have to recommend the butterfly latte! A purple coffee made with spirulina! So different, but yet so good! 

Granger & Co: A stylish and tasty restaurant with a few locations around town. I can recommend their poke bowl and their yellow curry, as well as their homemade passionfruit lemonade! Perfect spot for a late lunch or dinner.  
 

Wahaca: We randomly stopped by this place in Shoreditch for tacos! And Im very happy we did, because it might be up there by the best Mexican meals Ive ever had! They made everything vegan and gluten free so we had nachos, tacos and tostadas! Definitely worth a visit if you are a guac lover like myself! 


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Where to stay?


The Hoxton Shoreditch

81 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HU, England.

Im always in search of the coolest places to stay and wouldn't mind staying at The Ned, but my wallet would. If you are looking for a hip, social and cool hotel The Hoxton in Shoreditch is your call. By social I mean that people hang around in the reception area even though the dont stay there, because of the restaurant, the fireplace, the cute coffee shop with delicious banana bread and the bar. In other words its pretty busy and crowded, but in a good way! They also have comfy beds, good wifi, a Photo Booth and light breakfast placed in a cute bag on your door in the morning. 

 

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Tips from locals and friends

Local tips are the best, right? Therefore I asked three of my friends who live/have spent a lot of time in London! 


Frida @fridaohansen

Drunken Monkey has happy hour on drinks and dumplings from 5-9pm. Rough Trade is a cool record store with an ever cooler Photo Booth. Bun House in Soho is the place to go for buns and Chinese food. XU and Bao are restaurants for those who like taiwanese and japanese. Store Street Espresso has the best coffee, the best avocado toast, the best matcha latte and the best cookies! 

 

Mimmi @meandmimmi

I love Granger & Co, the perfect spot for lunch, try their hotcakes! If you want to go to the movie theatre check out Electric Cinema, and Bao for dinner. Stop by Sketch for a drink and Lemonia if you feel like having greek food! Hoi Polloi is another favorite of mine for a late lunch or early dinner, their graphic design is cool as well as their photo booth in the reception of the hotel. If you have time you should also check out the botanical garden Kew Gardens

 

Hannah @honeyohansen

Check out Wardor if you are a magazine lover like myself, and Unit if you want to stop by a tiny, but cool gallery! Tap Coffee is the place for a coffee and Ahipoke if you want takeaway poke bowl. Alex Eagle Studio is another favorite of mine, a super cool boutique filled with art, clothes and interior. I also love The Conran Shop in Marylebone, they have a cute coffee shop inside the store as well. And last but not leats, Barts for some very different but cool drinks. 


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A TRIP TO BRIGHTON

Ok, hør her. Jeg har så lenge jeg kan huske hatt lyst til å besøke den engelske kysten, kanskje ikke midt på vinteren. Men visst tar man muligheten når man får den. I samarbeid med Visit Britain har jeg utforsket Brightons kriker og kroker og blitt småforelsket i nok en by. Hvis du tar toget ut til dette sjarmtrollet av en havneby når temperaturen er høyere og solen sterkere så er jeg sikker på at du får deg en sommerflørt. Sånn på ordentlig. Brighton minner meg om en rar blanding av en Nicholas Sparks film og Lilleputthammer, med pastellfarger, vintage butikker, brosteinslagte gater, bakerier, street art, brune pubber, klipper og sandstrender. 

Ok listen, Ive been longing to visit the coast of England since what feels like forever. Maybe not during winter, but how can I say no when I get the opportunity? In collaboration with Visit Britain Ive been exploring the charming city of Brighton and of course I fell in love with just another city. If you jump on the train to this pearl by the coast when the sun is shining you will most likely have a summer fling with Brighton too. Brighton reminds me of a city from a Nicholas Sparks movie with pastel coloured houses, vintage shops, narrow cobblestone streets, bakeries, pubs, street art, cliffs and sandy beaches. 

 
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Where to stay in Brighton?


The Artist Residence 

33 Regency Square, Brighton BN1 2GG, Storbritannia

Having only been to Brighton once and stayed at one hotel Im pretty sure Im biased, but Im also pretty sure you would be too if you had a sleepover at the wonderful Artist Residence. This boutique hotel is the perfect escape whilst in Brighton. With big wooden furnitures, old fashion bath tubs and sea view, this hotel is an experience itself. Ive been longing to stay here and when I found out I was going to Brighton I immediately checked their website and was beyond happy when I saw they had a discount on their winter retreat which includes better room for a better price, cocktails and breakfast at their lovely cafe! I also have to add that they are super flexible when it comes to alternative food, such as gluten free and vegan! Check out the Artist Residence in Brighton here


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How to get to Brighton?

So Brighton is actually as close and easy to get to as London especially if your flying into Gatwick Airport. Coming from Norway you can get really cheap tickets with Norwegian, I got a round trip for 500 NOK which is probably the best deal you can get, unless you fly with Ryanair. All you need to do when you arrive is to collect your luggage and jump on the first train to Brighton! The ticket is about 13 GBP and you will be there in 30 minutes! When you get off the train you will be right in the center of the city, which makes it super easy to walk or take an Uber/Taxi to the place you are staying at. What I loved the most about Brighton is that you can literally walk everywhere, which makes the experience both practical, sporty and easy! 


"I absolutely loved Brighton, even though the weather was really bad! I definitely want to come back during summertime! If you are planning a trip London anytime soon, you should definitely take a day trip to Brighton! Only one our from London by train!" 



Things to do in Brighton


Vine Street Vintage: A cute little furniture vintage store on Vine street with unique furnitures from all over the world. The perfect spot to stop by if you are looking for a one-of-a-kind piece for your home or just some interior inspo!  

Wolf & Vintage: A vintage store in one of the busy narrow streets of Brighton. A selection of unique and beautiful vintages pieces! Loved their earring collection! 

Brightons Big Screen: During summer Brighton has an outdoor beachfront movie theatre where they show classic films and new releases! Definitely a must visit if your in Brighton during summertime! 

Bike rental: Exploring Brighton by bike is definitely the perfect alternative if the weather is on your side! There are plenty of places to rent bikes around town and its such a cool and local way to discover everything Brighton has to offer. A tip is to bike along the beach front and stop by the famous pier for an ice cream! 

Magazine Brighton: I absolutely adored this cute little magazine shop! Im a sucker for unique books and magazines and this store has it all! 

North Laine: So the North Laine is the bohemian and artistic shopping area of Brighton. If you like vintage shops, street art, cool cafes and the retro flea market vibes, this is your spot! 

Seven Sisters Country Park: So if you have googled Brighton you have probably seen some photos of this already! Unfortunately the weather was really bad when we were there, but if you are lucky with the weather you should jump on a bus and visit this park, more information about it here


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Where to eat?


The Flour Pot Bakery: A bakery with plenty of delicious and freshly made pastries even vegan croissants, daily soup, bread, sandwiches and coffee! 

Wi Kika Moo Kau: This place isnt fancy, but rather cosy and tasty! I had a gluten free and vegan wrap with falafel and hummus! Absolutely delicious, and not pricy at all! They also have soups, cakes, salads, veggie burgers, coffee and smoothies etc!  

The Set: This restaurant is located at The Artist Residence. They have unique and delicious tasting menus, where all the food looks like art! Check out the restaurant and their menu here

Bills: So I havent been here myself, but I have read about Bills a few places online and I understand that this is definitely the place to stop for burger and fries after strolling around town, have breakfast if you are hungover or pancakes if you are craving something sweet! And they have plenty of gluten free and vegan options as well! Check out their menus here

Pelicano: This place has delicious coffee and pastries, if you are gluten free and vegan you have to try their flap jack bar. Perfect spot to fuel if you are out shopping! 


For more inspiration and tips on where to eat in Brighton, check out this Instagram account: @brighton 

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ENGØ GÅRD

Sponset opphold/ Sponsored stay

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Vi ankom Engø og rakk såvidt å sette en fot innenfor døren vi ble invitert til Afternoon Tea i en varm peisstue som var pyntet til jul. De tok mer enn nok hensyn til allergiene mine og fylte et tre etasjes kakefat med deilige småkaker, blåbær scones og sandwicher. Da pressekannekaffen var tømt og magene var fulle, ruslet vi ut på tunet og videre bort til badehuset i skumringen. 

We arrived at Engø right in time for Afternoon Tea by the fireplace in their lovely christmassy living room. They definitely surprised me by making an alternative afternoon tea tray for me with everything suitable for my diet. What a dream! When the coffee pot was empty and our tummies full we walked out in the snow and headed towards the swimming pool. 

Jeg har lenge hatt lyst til å besøke Engø og det å bli invitert ned hit nå i desember hvor alt var koselig og julete var som en liten drøm. Skuldrene og pulsen senkes automatisk når man kommer hit, dette er uten tvil det perfekte stedet å ta turen for en natt eller to med en du er glad i midt på sommeren eller nå før jul for en ekstra dose julestemning. 

I have been dreaming about visiting Engø for a while now and being invited to stay here a night this December was definitely a little dream come true. As soon as you enter the idyllic property you feel zen from top to toe. This is the perfect place to visit if you want to spend a night with someone you love, either your sister, mom, friend or boyfriend. Its perfect during summer since its right by the sea, but if you ask me it was just as perfect for a Christmassy getaway. 

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Engø gård ligger på Tjøme, litt over en time å kjøre fra Oslo. Idyllisk landlig og i vannkanten ligger dette lille hotellet. Om sommeren kan du rusle ned til vannet å ta morgenbad, spille tennis og låne sykler for å utforske øya. Mens om vinteren kan du tilbringe dagen i boblebadet i badehuset og foran peisen med te og kaker. Vi hadde et Engø Døgn, som består av Afternoon Tea, en 5 retters middag som var helt utenomjordisk god, overnatting og deilig hjemmelaget frokost. En perfekt "mini ferie" for alle som trenger å ta et skritt tilbake og bare være i et døgn. 

Engø gård is about a little over an hour drive from Oslo. Its set on the countryside on an island where summer is meant to be spent. During summer you can swim in the sea, play tennis and borrow their bicycles and go explore the island. And during winter time you would want to spend time in their "bath house" in their sauna or bubble bath followed by a cup of tea in front of their fire place. We did the "Engø Døgn" which included afternoon tea, 5 course dinner which btw was out of this world, accommodation for one night and homemade Norwegian breakfast. A perfect "mini vacay" for those who need to take a step back and just be. 

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Rommene på Engø er hjemmekoselige med gammeldags interiør, man føler rett og slett at man er på besøk hos en rik familie på landet. Personalet er sosiale, herlige og imøtekommende, de sørger for at du føler deg hjemme og velkommen og sitter på en haug med kunnskap om mat og historie. Frokosten er hjemmelaget og består av alt fra glutenfrie knekkebrød til veganske smoothies, hjemmebakt brød, økologisk eplejuice og egg og frukt i alle former og fasonger. Vil du vite mer om hotellet så kan du ta en titt på hjemmesiden deres her

The rooms at Engø have a homey vibe with old fashioned interior it kinda feels like you are visiting an upper class family on the countryside. The staff of the hotel are social and welcoming and they will do everything to make you feel comfortable and at home. They also know a lot about food and the history, feel free to chat with them! The breakfast is the best, home made bread, gluten free options, croissants, vegan smoothies, organic apple juice and fruit and eggs how you like it. If you want to read more about the hotel, feel free to check out their website here

Thank you for having us Engø! We will be back for sure!

48 HOURS IN LIVERPOOL: MY BEST TIPS

Sponset tur / sponsored trip

Hvis du er som meg å tenker at Liverpool er for dem som drikker fatøl og ser på fotball så tar du skrekkelig feil. Denne byen har jo så mye mer å by på enn en overdreven aksent, grått vær og tung historie. Det som var deilig med denne turen var at jeg slapp research og planlegging, men at jeg likevel fikk oppleve kule steder som jeg selv ville dratt til på egenhånd, tusen takk til Visit Britain og Visit Liverpool. Vi hadde to dager i Liverpool, to innholdsrike, morsomme og spennende dager. Vi hadde mye opplegg, en god blanding av turist ting og lokale perler. Og nå skal jeg dele favorittene mine med dere:

If you are like me and think Liverpool is for those who drink pitchers of beer and watch football you are wrong. This city has so much more to offer for the everyday kind of traveler. What I loved about this trip was that I didn't have to plan anything, thank you Visit Britain and Visit Liverpool for showing us around to all these cool places, both touristy and local. We had two full days of exploring and I will share my favourite things with you now:

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10 things to do in Liverpool

1. Afternoon tea at "Oh me oh my"

Im more of a coffee person, but after a few days in England Im slightly thinking about converting to tea. (Who am I kidding?) Especially after visiting "Oh me oh my" a secret little tea house in Liverpool, where you can choose from plenty of different tea types of tea, I can recommend the Champagne Cassis it perfectly suits the glass of prosecco that will be on its way as soon as you sit down and order a tower of cakes. This tea house also has a very cute rooftop which you should check out if the weather is on your side. (And they can make you gluten free and vegan cakes!)

2. Ferry across the Mersey

Take the Mersey ferry across the river, if you are into museums this ferry works like a hop-on-hop-off bus so you can visit a couple of museums along the way. If not this ferry ride only takes 50 minutes, so you might as well enjoy the ride and jump of at the pier again.

3. Revolucion de Cuba

Have lunch at «Revolucion de Cuba», a super cool and trendy waterfront rum bar and restaurant with delicious mocktails and a colourful menu! They have plenty of vegan and gluten free options as well, I can recommend the burrito bowl and the passionfruit mocktail!

4. The Titanic Hotel

If you can you should stay at the Titanic Hotel, because it will be a different and cool experience. You might not be the only one staying in your room, dont get me wrong but this hotel got soul and history. Such an exciting way to get to know Liverpool! And not to mention the interior and the staff is beyond this world! (And the rum bar!)

5. British Music Experience

Even though you might not be a museum type of person you will love this if you are interested in music in general, especially since many of the biggest artist in the history are from England. I love interactive museums and at this museum I played piano and drums, watched a concert and learned how to vogue dance. The British museum take you through the history from Beatles and Rolling Stones to Adele and Spice Girls. In other words there is something for everyone.

6. The Baltic Social

Visit the The Baltic Social for a late lunch in their cosy restaurant with a chill and laid back ambience. They have everything from salads, macaroni and cheese, pies, to veggie burgers, fries and coffee with almond milk!

7. Izakaya for dinner

Izakaya is a good spot for sushi and other asian foods, I can recommend the vegan roll, edamame beans, and the dessert with the crispy banana and coconut ice cream. At Izakaya they have both a gluten free and a vegan menu, just let them know! Such a nice dinner experience!

8. Beatles Story Exhibition

In despite of not being a massive Beatles fan I loved visiting the Beatles story museum in Liverpool. It was somehow fascinating to walk through the story of The Beatles and see these unseen portraits, especially of John Lennon. Having "Imagine" playing in the background whilst looking at old photographs was very sentimental and beautiful, I didn't expect it to be so touching and if your not already a Beatles fan you will be when you walk out.

9. The Quarter

Visit this cute bohemian restaurant for dinner, they have plenty of vegan and gluten free options such as pizzas, pasta, salads and cakes. Its an Italian inspired restaurant in the cool boho Georgian Quarter of Liverpool.

10. The Baltic Triangle

Go for a stroll around the creative quarter of Liverpool, right in the center of the city. This area is fast growing and a place for young artists, photographers, designers, entrepreneurs, film-makers and architects among others. This is the area where you will find cool bars, restaurants, street art and night life venues. Such a hip an upcoming hood of Liverpool.

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A MINI GUIDE TO BARCELONA: MY BEST TIPS

Nå føler jeg endelig at jeg har trasket nok rundt i denne byen til å smelle sammen en liten guide til dere! Ettersom broren min har flyttet ned hit blir det flere turer fremover og med det fører det med seg mengder med lokale tips og godbiter. Men jeg vil likevel begynne guiden med de tipsene jeg allerede sitter inne med. Resten av innlegget blir på engelsk, regner med at det går greit for dere! Gi gjerne et lite pip hvis du har noen tips eller steder jeg bør sjekke ut på min neste tur til Barcelona!

I finally feel that I know this city well enough to give you guys some tips and recommendations. As you know by now my brother just moved down here, which gives me plenty of reasons to travel more and therefore discover more goodies to include in this guide. But I feel like starting already with the things I already know! Enjoy! Let me know if you have any tips or recommendations for my next visit to Barcelona.

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WHERE TO EAT IN BARCELONA?

Ciudad Condal

A very popular place for cheap and delicious tapas. Be aware of the line, you will have to wait at least 15-20 minutes to be seated. (Especially if you are more than two people) But no worries, put your name on the list and have a drink in the bar. On the menu you will find the typical tapas food such as jamon serrano, manchego, pimientos padron, patatas bravas etc. If you have special dietary needs, let them know! I had a super delicious dish of grilled veggies in an asian sauce! Yum!

La Bona Sort

A cosy restaurant with wonderful ambience and great food in El Born, my brother recommend this if you like eating mussels and I loved the plate of grilled vegetables.

Loft El Born

Good tapas in the cool and trendy area of El Born. The perfect spot to sit outside and share a pitcher of sangria and a few tapas dishes. Fresh, quality food! I loved the quinoa salad and the patatas bravas at this place.

Teresas Juicery

One of my favourite places to eat in Barcelona, obviously because they have a vegan and gluten free burger to die for and plenty of juices, cakes, acai bowls, salads, chia pudding etc. Perfect place for breakfast and brunch especially if you are vegan and gluten free.

Vegetalia

A vegetarian restaurant in the Gothic area, with a cute outdoor space to enjoy your meal or some people watching. Here they have gluten free lasagna, sweet potatoes with tomato sauce, vegan pizza, quinoa salad, hummus and pita etc. Also delicious coffee with plant based milk.

Piccolo Focone

One of the best gluten free pizzas Ive ever had! You will find this Italian restaurant in Gracia, its not in a very busy street, but the restaurant is still popular especially among locals. Definitely one of my fav meals from my last trip to Barcelona! 

 

Veggie Garden

Right behind La Rambla you will find this 100% vegan restaurant called Veggie Garden. If you like Indian food I can recommend the dish Thali, which consist of papadam, chutney, rice, hummus, different salads and curries. So so delicious and filling! They also have plenty of other things on the menu such as salads and burgers.

Rosa Negra

A super chill and cool Mexican restaurant with delicious 3,90 euro drinks! I can recommend the frozen margarita and the passion fruit margarita! This is the perfect place to start a night out with friends, share a few Mexican plates and tropical drinks before you head out. The veggie tacos are delicious!

Surf house

A laid back and colourful restaurant by the boardwalk next to the beach in Barceloneta. Perfect spot for lunch when you are at the beach or for dinner and drinks with friends. They have acai bowls, tacos, smoothies, avocado toasts, salads, burgers, fries etc. I can recommend the pink lemonade, the lentil salad with mango and the rice paper rolls. Both vegan and gluten free!

Palau

Palau is an ice cream shop in El Born with homemade vegan ice cream. I loved the one made of coconut milk and chia seeds and the dark chocolate one. So delicious, especially together, yum!

Flax & Kale

A trendy and healthy flexitarian restaurant where they have cold-pressed juices, eggs benedict, acai bowls, raw pizzas, avocado toasts, coffee, ice cream etc.

Brunch & Cake

Fancy, healthy, overbooked and colourful are a few words that can be used to describe this Instagram-friendly place called Brunch & Cake. Their dishes are art looking and also very tasty! I can recommend the beetroot latte with coconut milk and the salad full of lentils, sweet potato, brown rice and quinoa. So so good! You can find Brunch & Cake on various locations throughout the city.

Federal Cafe

Federal Cafe in the Gothic area is the perfect spot for a quiet and minimalistic breakfast. They have everything from egg and bacon to croissants, chia pudding, toasts, juice and coffee.

Cervezeria Catalana

I haven't been here but I heard from a taxi driver that this is one of the best local tapas spots in Barcelona and its also the sister restaurant to Ciudad Condal, which sounds promising.

Other things worth checking out:

VV

VV is a very cool vintage shop in a narrow street right next to La Rambla, they have so many cute vintage dresses in every shape and size for only 15 euro. They also have beautiful silk scarfs and vintage 501 shorts!

Flamingo Vintage Kilo

Another cool vintage shop next to VV vintage, where you pay for the weight of what you buy. They have super cool sequin jackets and dresses and Levis pants and shorts. The shorts are cheaper than in the VV store, but you might have to cut them off yourself.

Flax & Kale x H&M

I mentioned this the other day but I have to include it here as well. On the top floor of the Passage Gracia H&M store they have a little Flax & Kale cafe which is the perfect place for a pit stop between your shopping! I can recommend their vegan chocolate cake and the acai bowl with gluten free granola!

Museu d'Història de Catalunya

Visit this museums rooftop for a post dinner drink, you will have the view of the whole marina, boardwalk and Gothic area of Barcelona. If you dont want to stay there you can still walk in and take the elevator up just to get a glimpse of the city views.

Going to the beach?

If you plan on swimming or spending the day at the beach I would recommend you to avoid the beach right outside of Barceloneta and Surf House and move further north for a quiet and less crowded beach.

La Boqueria

Obviously a touristy place, but at the same time a must see! A food market in La Rambla where you can walk around for hours eating your way through the stalls filled with everything from meat, sea food, fruits, nuts, sweets, juices, cheese and other tapas dishes. I love buying a papaya smoothie and a cup of fresh coconut bites here.

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MINI GUIDE TO MILOS

Milos is a place for the adventurous and nature lovers, not for night club goers, those who are after fancy restaurants or people who preferably spends their day at Nikki beach. Its the perfect island for those who are looking for beautiful landscapes, those who want to explore on their own, and those who likes to jump from cliffs and snorkel in turquoise waters. Its also a place you should visit now, before everyone else finds out about this little greek gem.

HOW TO GET TO MILOS?

Milos is a tiny island, a part of the Cyclades just like Ios, Santorini, Naxos and Paros. You can get to Milos in various ways, either flying to Santorini and take the ferry for about two hours, or you can fly to Athens and take a ferry from there as well. The best part about the Greek islands is that you can move around and explore on your own, one day there one day here. There are fast boats such as Sea Jet and slower local ferries like Zante ferries. The local ones are cheaper of course, but keep in mind that they don't run that often and that they might take a few more hours than it should. You can find the ferry routes here!

HOW TO GET AROUND?

You won't be able to drive around the whole island, a part of Milos doesn't have roads and the roads there are, aren't necessarily great. Rent a motorbike or a squad bike for your road trips, pay attention to dirt roads and steep and slippery stones. The roads aren't made for high speed and wearing a helmet is cool!

 

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WHERE TO EAT?

If you are looking for local Greek homemade food and want to go where the Greeks go, then try Flisvos, the restaurant right by the port with blue uncomfortable chairs.

For breakfast we went to the local bakery in the port called Artemis Bakery, this is where you get the best iced frappe in town, and according to Nico the best chocolate croissants he has ever tasted, and trust me he knows what he is talking about. We can also recommend you to try the local cheese pie if you can, its very typical Milos and also very tasty! This bakery is the perfect place to buy whatever lunch you want and bring to the beach.

If you feel like treating yourself with something else than Greek food, check out Aktaion for the best quinoa salad! And their bruschetta looked flawless as well! A little pricey tho, I mean a portion of quinoa shouldn't be 14 euros, but it was good and it was worth it.

Trapatselis is another restaurant with nice sea views, perfect spot for dinner if you are craving Greek seafood, they are also very vegetarian friendly and serve traditional vegetarian food such as stuffed peppers and tomatoes and salads.

Aggeliki is the spot for waffles with Nutella and ice cream! They have vegan chocolate sorbet, so good! Ask for a teaspoon of nuts on top, so delicious!

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WHERE TO STAY?

Milos isn't big and there aren't many towns where you would want to stay. I would suggest either Pollonia or Adamantas, because I guess you prefer having a few restaurants to chose from every night and a supermarket close by. We stayed in Adamantas, its the town by the port where you will arrive with the ferry. Its the biggest one on the island and the one I would suggest you to stay in. Pollonia is about 15 minutes from here, its smaller but it right on the beach and has a few cafes and shops. We stayed at Milos Craft Studios an Airbnb apartment with the greatest hosts ever.

WHEN TO GO?

Most people obviously go between May and September. But the Greeks we got to know said that the best time to visit is actually during Easter. Because there are no tourists, the weather is great and Easter is apparently a big thing in Greece and means a lot to them. We visited in August and that was great, I do have to admit that it was a little too windy tho, so if you visit other months than August you will skip that part.

WHAT TO DO?

In despite of being such a small island, Milos has plenty of things to do and beaches to explore. I believe its 41 beaches which is a crazy amount for that little island. But hey, you might get one all to yourself! I suggest you rent a motorbike by the port. We rented from Smile and they were very helpful and if you rent for three days and more you will get a discount. Which is very nice, since the prices can be high during peak season.

Sarakiniko is the moon landscape you probably have seen on everyone's photos from Milos. Its beyond beautiful and definitely a must see! But I recommend you to go early in the morning. There will be other people there from 8 am already, so if you want to have it all to yourself go at sunrise!

Mandrakia is a tiny fishing village with a few boat houses and their fishing boats. Its iconic for Milos and you have probably seen the colourful doors on a photo or two. (photo underneath) We actually had a little picnic at one of the docks the other day and went swimming as well. The locals go there in the afternoon for night dip, very cosy.

Tsigrado is the beach I talked about where you have to climb down in a crack holding onto a rope. Sounds strange right? And a little bit dangerous? Not really, and its so worth it! You will be welcomed by the most crystal clear blue water, bring your goggles, there will be loads of fishies and cliffs to jump from. The view from the top is so beautiful. Be here early, it gets crowded! And btw this is not for elderly people or small kids. You should be able to climb down yourself, its difficult to help someone either way.

Papafragas is a must see, because its a tiny cave looking beach right by the road, but you wouldn't want to share this beach with other people, its so small.

Provatas is for families I would say, calm water, sandy beach, sun beds and a couple of tavernas. I believe there is a camping site near by as well.

Firiplaka is a long beach right next to Tsigrado, its more family friendly and much bigger and has a tavernas and showers and other facilities. You could do Tsigrado early in the morning and then move on to Firiplaka when Tsigrado gets too crowded.

Kleftiko can only be reach by boat. Caves, cliffs and white washed volcanic landscapes. There are boat trips from the port of Adamantas that will take you around for the day with lunch, snorkeling equipment etc. Milos is known for these cliffs and landscape, apparently its where the pirates used to hide.