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posted on: Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Time for their due: London's e5 bakehouse boys

Bread from the e5 bakehouse 

The best Bun Cha stall in Hanoi

The donkeys at Frank's Cottage in Ireland

The unbeatable Bonanza Coffee Roasters in Berlin

Writing genius in The Little Prince

There are some things that are excellent, that I didn't write about on my travels, simply due to lack of time. And looking back, I feel I must name check these gems so that if you find yourself in London, Hanoi, Berlin or County Mayo, you can make a beeline for these places too.

The e5 bakehouse in London is outstanding. Just about every cafe and restaurant worth their salt sources their sourdough from e5. They also have their own great cafe in one of the old arches under the London Fields overground train station serving their locally milled breads with creamy butter, every type of homemade jam you could think of and exceptional coffee. If that's not enough, their staff are super friendly.

I spoke about my love of Bun Cha in Hidden Hanoi and although I can now make it myself, while in the 'Nam why not go straight to the best version on Phung Hung Street at the top of the Old Quarter. Throw in some crispy nem (spring rolls) into the mix and it will set you back a total of 40,000 VND or $2.

As an Australian spoiled with great coffee all around, I found myself a little disconcerted by the style of coffee served in Berlin. Thankfully, Bonanza Coffee Roasters in the Mitte district know what they are doing. The space is so cool too with industrial fittings, big glass windows and all the cool kids hanging out there.

I like animals as much as the next person, but I was surprised by just how much the adorable resident donkeys at Frank's Cottage in County Mayo add to the experience. Frank's is owned by Seamus and Judy who welcome you with Irish charm and fresh scones. It's off the beaten track for sure, but the historic Irish cottage is so worth the visit.

Finally, to reading. I was walking along the street in Berlin past a bookshop when I literally felt the need to turn back and walk into the store. There I found The Little Prince (in English!) a book I'd been wanting to read for ages. First published in 1943, the 80 pages are profound, poignant and timeless. It's a classic for a reason.

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