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Top tips for picking a restaurant on holiday

Our research has revealed the cheapest places in Europe to eat brunch, with Budapest in Hungary coming out on top, but how do you go about choosing the right restaurant?

We’ve compiled a list of top tips that will ensure you enjoy a brilliant brunch and help you stay well clear of any dining disasters:

1 Look online

Websites like TripAdvisor are a great way of finding out the best restaurants closest to you, with other users rating the food and often providing their opinion and images of the experience. If it’s a popular city you might also find some helpful reviews from food or travel bloggers that could help you narrow down your search. By swatting up on potential eateries before you venture out for the night, you won’t be wandering around aimlessly looking for a restaurant serving the perfect pizza.

2 Local people

If you manage to stumble across an amazing bar or restaurant, it may well be worth asking the person serving you for other recommendations. If they work in a good venue it’s likely they’ll know other similarly nice places, so it makes sense to take advantage of their local expertise. Cab drivers and hotel staff can also be good sources of local knowledge.

3 Avoid busy tourist locations

Restaurants aimed at tourists don’t often provide the best food, so it makes sense to steer clear of eateries close to famous landmarks. By staying off the beaten track, you’re more likely to find higher quality restaurants that don’t just cater to Western food tastes. Although often a very pleasant location for breakfast or lunch, eating at a restaurant in a main square can also be a pricey affair. By heading back a couple of streets, you will often find just as good quality outlets (if not better) for a fraction of the price.

4 Search out local cuisine

Whether it’s tapas in Spain, pasta in Italy or German sausage, local cuisine can often be the best food you eat on holiday and, more often not, the cheapest. Make sure you read up on any dishes that your holiday destination is famous for and always keep an eye out for these when you’re examining a menu. Most guide books will list specific restaurants that are famous for a particular regional dish.

5 Brush up your language skills

Not only does it make asking for a table easier, but by learning a few key food words in the language of your destination, it will help to give you a much better idea of what dishes they are serving. Believe it or not, not every food outlet has an English menu, particularly the more authentic restaurants and cafes.

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