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Beer bikes and fish soups: lunch like a local

Thursday, September 2, 2010
Here's a Getaway experience with a difference. Our presenters visited 22 wonderful locations in 17 countries on five continents to bring you 24 Hours Around the World.


After the sunrise and busy morning activities, it's time to see how people enjoy their midday break.

United States

Dermott Brereton was in San Francisco and ready for lunch. He found Fisherman's Wharf hard to beat. It's at the end of a cable car run, and while locals scoff that it's too touristy, out-of-towners love the city's most popular attraction.

If you've been wandering along the waterfront, looking across at Alcatraz and maybe feeling some of the city's famous fog chilling your bones, a big bowl of clam chowder will warm you up in no time. There are plenty of places filling bowls of steaming chowder, as well as servings of shrimp, crab, calamari, corn dogs and lots of chips. A good idea to help you decide which stalls to buy from is to eavesdrop on the comments of people who've already bought and tasted something.

A huge drawcard is Boudin Bakery. They use a sourdough recipe they've nurtured since 1849. They still have the mother yeast and the head baker says their recipe cannot be replicated. It goes perfectly with a bowl of chowder! Even locals who are a little cynical about Fisherman's Wharf go there for their bread.

There's Bistro Boudin, Bistro Bar and the casual Bakery & Café in Baker's Hall. They even have a museum. If it's a warm day, you can enjoy your chowder and sourdough outdoors.


Natalie Gruzlewski's lunch story comes from Paris — and being the capital of France, the country that may have invented fine cuisine, choosing a venue can be difficult.

Café Signes opened in 2003 and is run jointly by deaf and hearing people. It attracts an equal mix of hearing and hearing-impaired diners, looked after by waiters who are deaf.

There's much gesticulating going on, and menus have symbols, which makes ordering a lot easier. For those not hearing impaired, Café Signes gives an understanding of what it might be like to be deaf.


After a helicopter flight over Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano, Ben Dark was ready to tuck in. He visited Blue Lagoon Geothermal pools, half an hour from Reykjavik, Iceland's capital. Before eating, 400,000 people a year go there for well-being.

They smear themselves in mineral paste and then dunk themselves in 6 million litres of geothermal water. Scientific studies show the silica and algae in the waters revitalise your skin and make you feel just fabulous.


What has four wheels, 12 seats and a keg of beer? Well, as Jules Lund discovered, if you're in the German city of Berlin, it's a Bier Bike.

There's no doubt Berliners love their beer, and with no law against drinking it in public, you can drink anywhere at any time.

Most Berliners — particularly the drivers — would prefer to see the beer bikes out of their city, but tourists love the novel way of seeing the city, even through the frothy top of a cold beer.

The city is flat — the beer isn't, and for a couple of hours you can pedal around town wearing special goggles and check out the city's sights. Beer is around $6 a litre and a keg is placed on the front of the bike, the music is turned up and away you go. Eleven peddlers sit on barstools moving their feet in unison to propel the bike. The company's sober driver steers and make sure it stays on course.

Related: Berlin


Lunch in San Francisco, Paris, Iceland and Berlin.


Berlin Beer Bike two-hour tours cost around $140.

Emirates has some fantastic fares to 25 European destinations from:

  • Perth $1710
  • Melbourne and Adelaide $1713
  • Sydney $1733
  • Brisbane $1735

These fares are available only online and for a limited time to the first 100 people to book. Log on to Sales and validity dates and conditions apply.

Prices correct at September 2, 2010.

For further information

Ph: 1300 303 777

Boudin Bakery
399 10th Avenue
San Francisco CA 94118-2214
United States
Ph: +1 415 221 1210

Café Signes
Place Page
33 Avenue Jean Moulin
75014 Paris
Ph: +33 1 4539 3740

Blue Lagoon
240 Grindavik
Ph: +354 420 8800

Berlin Beer Bike
Room Strasse 97
William Street
Berlin 12163
Ph: +49 30 3435 2934

United States

Visas: Most Australians do not need a visa, providing they have a machine-readable passport with at least six months' validity after the departure day, have a round-trip non-refundable ticket and do not intend to stay longer than 90 days. Australians need to complete a pre-travel authorisation at
Electricity: 110V to 115V at 60Hz. Outlets take two parallel, flat prongs. Australian visitors will need a US adapter and converter.
Time zone: San Francisco is GMT -8.
Currency: The American dollar.
International dialling code: +1.


Visas: No visas are required for stays up to three months.
Electricity: 220V at 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are standard.
Time zone: GMT +2.
Currency: The euro.
International dialling code: +33.


Visas: Visas are not required by Australian passport holder for stays of up to three months.
Electricity: 220V at 50Hz using two-pin plugs with round prongs.
Time zone: GMT.
Currency: Icelandic kroner.
International dialling code: +354.


Visas: Australians require valid passports to enter Germany, but return tickets and visas are not required.
Electricity: 230V at 50hz with two round pins.
Time zone: GMT +1.
Currency: The euro.
International dialling code: +49.

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