Dear Need To Know Members,
Last month, several themes kept popping up. It's no surprise that our writers like books, but they also seem to be having a love affair with bakeries (it's the cold weather) and cocktails (same excuse, except there's always a good excuse for a cocktail).
All things literary
New book shops are lovely, smelling of fresh print, paper and hope, but our writers also like digging around in second-hand bookshops for bargains. Jan Fuscoe loves Barter Books in Northumberland and Rosamund Sales can while a whole day away in Bookbarn International in Somerset. There's more to books than buying though, and Caroline Bishop recommends a visit to the Bodmer Foundation in Geneva, hosting thousands of year's worth of original texts from all over the world.
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Bread, cakes, biscuits and more
For the best sourdough in East Sussex, head to Flint Owl Bakery says Bella Todd. If it's Provençal speciality bread you want, Uzés in France is the place to go says Gary Hills, where La Fougasse serves up the flaky pastry classics stuffed with anything from olives to anchovies. For exquisite French patisserie in London, you can't do much better than Comptoir Gourmand in Bermondsey, says Sarah Guy.
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Cocktails all over the world
For a huge selection of cocktails in an Art Deco setting, Claire Doble loves Old Crow in Zürich. For drinks looking over the Thames, head to Jason Atherton's City Social, says Simon Coppock. And when in Havana, try any of the rum cocktails at El Dandy, recommends Dave Cook.
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