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Bäckerei Gottschalk

If you see a bakery with a queue out of the door - morning and afternoon - you know it's going to be good. Gottschalk's Bakery is recommended for the baked goods and the coffee and also for the bustle of a busy shop, untainted by musical wallpaper when we were there last summer. There's a small indoor cafe beyond the bakery counter, with more tables outside. Graal-Müritz is a seaside resort with a sandy beach on the fringes of the North Sea port of Rostock.

Location

Zur Seebrücke 2 Ostseeheilbad
D-18181 Graal-Müritz
GB
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Foyle's Bookshop

What is still probably 'Europe’s largest bookshop' stocks more than 200,000 titles plus cards, stationery, printed music, classical music CDs and Classic and World DVDs. It also hosts Ray’s Jazz Music and Books, the Café and a Gallery and an events space. Totally refurbished in 2004, it has shed its old Soviet-style approach to customers and now has 80 helpful, informed and informative staff who really know their stuff. (It has moved a little down the road fairly recently.)
Open 9.30 am to 9pm six days a week and 11.30am to 6pm Sunday.

Location

107 Charing Cross Road
WC2H 0EB London
GB
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Glass and Thompson, Edinburgh

Elegant coffee shop and deli with wonderful cakes and pastries.
Some pricey lunchtime dishes but good soup.
Although musac-free it's not always quiet as the coffee grinder is appallingly loud.

Location

2 Dundas Street
EH3 6SU Edinburgh
GB
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Peter's Yard, Edinburgh

In the new development of Edinburgh's old Royal Infirmary.
Artisan bread and Swedish pastries, soup and snacks at lunchtime.
High quality and highly priced but a pleasant atmosphere.
Outside tables in most weathers.

Location

Middle Meadow Walk
EH3 9GG Edinburgh
GB
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London Review Bookshop

Just down a street opposite the British Museum, the London Review Bookshop is a gem. Well stocked, particularly considering its apparently small size, and with a knowledgeable and friendly staff. Associated with the London Review of Books, the shop specializes in literature, the arts, politics, history etc. It has a particularly wide range of evening and weekend events such as readings by authors, as well as discount evenings and customer socials. All the details are on their site at www.lrbshop.co.uk.

Location

14 Bury Place
WC1A 2JL London
GB
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Hatchards, London's oldest bookshop

Established in 1797 and still in its same elegant (if much expanded) premises, and still muzac-free despite being owned by Waterstone's.

A general bookshop on five floors with a good range of books - including decent art and philosophy sections - and friendly, informative staff

Location

187 Piccadilly
W1J 9LE London
GB
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