29 December 2012 23:45 | By Jeremy Lim, xinmsn Travel
Historic Dining Places

More than just a good meal, these venerable locales are a window into the past



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Food and drink are not the stars of the show at these historic dining places, although some of them do serve up a bloody good steak or a sizzling wood oven pizza to match their reputation. Savour the aura of times gone by and speculate about the famous personalities who could have occupied the spot where you are sitting.

History buffs will love to learn about the extraordinary events that these cafes and restaurants have witnessed, but if you’re not a big fan of old stories, you can still admire the architecture and soak in the atmosphere at these charismatic venues.

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