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Top Choice Bar in Corniglia

La Scuna

Vinyl, beer and a panoramic terrace? This bastion of hipsterdom comes as a surprise in this most traditional of regions but Andrea's welcome is warm and the beers on tap are both cold and a cut way above bottled Per…
Wine Bar in Vernazza

Burgus Bar

A charming little hole in the wall, with only a couple of ringside benches looking over the piazza to the little beach, this neighbourhood bar serves up glasses of the Cinque Terre DOC, a fragrant, ethereal mix of l…
Seafood in Manarola

Da Aristide

Up the hill, not far from the train station, Aristide has tables in an old village house and in a bright, modern marque terrace on the square. Order a few of the heaped plates of stuffed anchovies or lemon-doused gr…
Nature Reserve in Riomaggiore

Torre Guardiola

Birdlife and local flora can be seen from a nature observation and bird-watching centre on a promontory of land just east of Riomaggiore. The building was a former naval installation in WWII, known as La Batteria Ra…
Seafood in Monterosso

Miky

If you're looking for something a little more elegant than a seafront fry-up, Miky does a seasonal fish menu in a moody, modern dining room. Booking ahead is advised. If you miss out on a table, casual beach-side ta…
Seafood in Riomaggiore

Dau Cila

Perched within pebble-lobbing distance of Riomaggiore's wee harbour, Dau Cila is a smart, kitsch-free zone, and specialises in classic seafood and hyper-local wines. Pair the best Cinque Terre whites with cold plate…
Ligurian in Monterosso

Trattoria da Oscar

Behind Piazza Matteoti, in the heart of the old town, this vaulted dining room is run by a young, friendly team. The town's famed anchovies dominate the menu; whether you go for the standard fried-with-lemon, with a…
Fast Food in Vernazza

Batti Batti

Batti Batti knocks out the best foccacia slices in the village (some would say in the whole Cinque Terre), along with bountifully topped pizza. Their friggitoria, a few shops down, turns out fritto misto (fried seaf…
Castle in Vernazza

Castello Doria

This castle, the oldest surviving fortification in the Cinque Terre, commands superb views. Dating to around 1000, it's now largely a ruin except for the circular tower in the centre of the esplanade. To get there, …
Seafood in Manarola

Il Porticciolo

One of several restaurants lining the main route down to the harbour, this is a popular spot for an alfresco seafood feast. Expect seaside bustle and a fishy menu featuring classic crowd-pleasers such as spaghetti w…