Behind The Blue Door

Stylish Weekends | February 16, 2016 |

Brunching in the sun:

winter weekends away in the hottest foodie destinations

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Escape the winter blues with this colourful selection of brunch hotspots – all within four hours of the UK.

Seville, Spain

If you’re looking for a lavish brunch affair, Restaurante San Fernando is the one for you. Situated within the five star Hotel Alfonso XIII, it serves a gastronomic Sunday brunch boasting more than 100 culinary dishes, including crunchy churros and finely-shaved Iberian ham.

Take in the wonder of the Corinthian marble columns and decadent original interior as you feast on traditional Spanish food to the notes of live grand piano.

Available: Sundays – between 1pm and 4pm.

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Lisbon, Portugal

Feel like a spot of evening brunching? Perhaps unsurprisingly for an Austrian café in the heart of the Chiado, Kaffeehaus has no rules. Roll in at any time at the weekend to sample the tempting array of brunch choices: scrambled eggs with truffle oil, grilled bratwurst served with spiced wedges and tarragon mustard, or perhaps the Wiener Brunch (Austrian bread, croissant, mini marble cake, jam, Nutella, honey and butter).

Available: Saturdays between 11am and 11.30pm, Sundays/public holidays between 11am and 7.30pm.

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Image source: Tripadvisor.com, Kaffeehaus Lisbon, Nina_Cartaxo

Milan, Italy

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Image source: Unico Milano

Perched on the 20th floor of the WJC Tower, with sweeping 360 views of Milan, Unico Milano offers a unique brunch experience. Food is prepared by Michelin star chef Felice Lo Basso, who creates his menu around traditional, modern and regional themes.

The eclectic buffet is a smorgasbord of meats, breads, pastries, cheeses, fish and salads – rounded off with typical Italian panache.

Available: Every Sunday between 12.30pm and 3pm

Athens, Greece

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Image source: Mama Roux/Facebook

Had a late night? Well Mama Roux is the right place to recover. On Sundays, the café serves an American-style brunch accompanied by the sound of lazy jazz; relaxed dining at its very best.

This is an authentic US experience in the heart of Athens – owner John Higgins is originally from San Francisco. As a result, the menu is comprehensive: from burgers, eggs (benedict, florentine, scrambled, omelettes) to fluffy pancakes with butter, real maple syrup, jam and praline. Relax in the chilled ambience with a New York bagel slathered in cream cheese and smoked salmon or treat yourself to a croque-monsieur (or madame – however you like it).

Available: Mon-Sat 10am-12.30pm and Sundays between 12.30pm and 6pm.

 

Casablanca, Morocco

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Image source: Instagram.com/kalinakmr

Rick’s Café was made famous by the classic film Casablanca (1942) – but in fact, it didn’t really exist until 2004. US-born Kathy Kriger transformed the celluloid myth into reality within an old courtyard-style mansion built against the walls of the Old Medina of Casablanca.

Rick’s is a unique brunch experience. On the menu? Pretty much everything you can dream up: eggs benedict, ham, cheeses, French toast with maple syrup, strawberry cake, pain au chocolat…

Available: Sundays between 11am and 4pm.

 

 

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