About Christian W
Lives in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Since Nov 2013
35-49 year old male
A travel writer for over a decade, I've worked on projects big and small: from guidebooks through magazine and newspaper articles to apps and website.
Bars & Clubs
This extraordinarily popular cafe has a venerable charm about it that makes it an essential afternoon tea stop for many, despite the slightly eye-watering prices.
If you're a fish and chips lover, your mouth might start watering before you even see Drake's, as the scent of its deep-fried fish wafts a fair distance down the street. Most take their food away and eat on benches hereabouts, but there's an upstairs cafe you can sit in, too.
A modest exterior belies the gourmet delights you'll find within this deli, which is also an ideal place to pick up gifts for foodies. The back-room cafe is great for light meals and cakes, too.
This small, welcoming bistro has an inventive and oft-changing menu based on local ingredients. Modern and upbeat, it's an especially good choice for inexpensive breakfasts, brunches, and lunches, too.
This upmarket bistro specialises in modern takes on classic dishes. A little pricey perhaps, but the fish and steak choices here are reliably excellent.
Barbakan is a small, family-run Polish place with fantastic authentic Eastern European food. The excellent borscht and pierogi are must-trys!
An authentic Sardinian bistro – right down to the Italian TV blaring in the corner – Il Paradiso is certainly not quiet. It's especially good for families with kids, who'll love the perfectly-executed and unpretentious Italian food: pizza, pasta and superb fish and meat specials.
Well worth a visit if you want nut free, gluten free, or vegan dishes, or simply want to be pleasantly surprised by how good such 'free-from' food can be: El Piano is 100% vegan and has a wide range of remarkably good international dishes.
This is a great pub owned by the York Brewery. The Last Drop Inn has a traditional feel and good, simple comfort food – including several local sausage and mash options. The selection of beer is also impressive, and a four-glass taster is offered for those who simply can't decide.
Certainly one of York's top restaurants for modern, creative, and seasonal British food, Melton's thrives despite being a bit of a walk from the centre, and having a rather bland-looking exterior.
This independent cinema and cafe-bar has a riverside terrace and is reliably good for brunches (until 2pm) and light meals. A good place to go just to have a fair trade coffee, too.
If you're on the lookout for local specialities like roast beef and good Yorkshire pudding, you'll find them done well in many of the city centre pubs, particularly on Sundays. The Golden Fleece is my pick of the bunch: The 'roast dinners' are reliably good and well-priced.