Top Table

  • Interior shot of Bagutta restaurant, Milan showing crisp white linen laid over wooden tables, set against a backdrop of the restaurant's red walls (hung with a dozen framed paintings)
    It’s good to know that, wherever you are on the globe, there will always be a restaurant to rely on

    Bagutta / Milan / Italy
    Photography Piotr Niepsuj
    bagutta.it

    Established in 1924 by Alberto Pepori, Bagutta is a popular meeting place for writers, painters and journalists. The first Italian literary award was also founded here.

  • Lebensmittel in Mitte / Berlin / Germany
    Photography Kai von Rabenau
    lebensmittel-in-mitte.de

    A gourmet deli that sells artisanal products at the front and a casual restaurant serving Bavarian specialties from the south of Germany at the back.

    Interior of the front half of Lebensmittel in Berlin

  • Interior of Le Grand Vefour, Paris – a chandelier hangs from an orate ceiling down onto a room filled with white linen laid tables.
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    Le Grand Véfour / Paris / France
    Photography Alexandre Guirkinger
    grand-vefour.com

    This first grand restaurant in Paris was opened in the arcades of the Palais-Royal in 1784 by Antoine Aubertot. During its time, it has seen many famous diners, including Simone de Beauvoir, Napoleon, Jean-Paul Sartre and Victor Hugo.


  • Tarihi Eminönü Balıkçısı fishing boat, Istanbul that sells delicious fish sandwiches.

    Tarihi Eminönü Balıkçısı / Istanbul / Turkey
    Photography Carol Sachs
    A charming fishing boat that only sells fish sandwiches, Tarihi is located at the last stop of one of the Bosphorus tour boats that departs from Eminönü (a former district of Istanbul) in the old town. Along the shore, there are small tables and chairs for people to eat on.

  • The 'pub' interior of Clerkenwell's Eagle "gastropub"

    The Eagle / London / UK
    Photography Maria Spann
    The term “gastropub” was coined in 1991 when David Eyre and Mike Belben took over The Eagle pub in Clerkenwell, London. It has retained much of the traditional pub feeling – scruffed cream walls, bare wood, orders at the bar and menus on blackboards.

  • Luk Yu / Hong Kong Island / Hong Kong
    Photography Kai von Rabenau
    This historic tea house and dim sum restaurant is a long time favourite among famous writers and locals. Established in 1933, Luk Yu is famed for its colonial style, tradition and loyal long-time customers, for whom the entire first floor is unofficially reserved. It has frequently appeared as the backdrop in many Hong King feature films.

    Luk Yu restaurant interior, Hong Kong

  • Four Seasons / New York / USA
    Photography Adrian Gaut
    fourseasons.com/newyork/dining
    At this two-starred Michelin restaurant run by Joël Robuchon, chefs work in an open kitchen, with 20 seats at the pear wood counter. Pierre-Yves Rochon, who designed both L’Atelier in Paris and the interiors of the Essex House in New York, created this space in collaboration with renowned architect IM Pei.

    The Grand Hotel's dining room in New York

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    Noma / Copenhagen / Denmark
    Photography Kim Høltermand
    noma.dk
    This two-starred Michelin restaurant specialising in new Nordic cuisine is run by Danish chef René Redzepi, and was ranked Best Restaurant in the World from 2010 to 2012. It is located in an old warehouse on the waterfront in the Christianshavn neighbourhood of central Copenhagen.

  • El Obrero / Buenos Aires / Argentina
    Photography Cristobal Palma
    bodegonelobrero.com.ar
    Two brothers from Barcelona, Marcelino and Francisco Castro, opened this restaurant in La Boca in 1954. Famed for its expansive collection of sports memorabilia hanging on the walls, El Obrero has since been taken over by Marcelino’s children, Juan Carlos, Pablo and Silvia, and remains one of La Boca’s must-visit eateries.


    El Obrero, with its famous sports memorabilia filled walls.

    Words Kat Phan and Emma Spedding
    This feature appears in Port Issue 6: The Food Issue