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The Grinder Cafe

Kensington Gardens, North Laines (01273 684426)

Lovely balcony bar above a clothes shop in this humming lane full of cute shops. Baguettes pounds 3-pounds 4, fry-ups and student clientele.

Surfer's Paradise

18a Bond Street (01273 684184)

Hi-tech white-and-chrome cafe. Cocktails and the chance to surf the Internet. Pacific-Rim menu includes seafood salad with salmon, king prawns and coconut salsa at pounds 8.95.

Pump House

45 Market Street, the Lanes (01273 827421)

Regarded as one of the best pubs in the centre of town: relaxed establish- ment with a wine list and good mix of clientele.

Sapporo Tepanyaki

38-40 Preston St (01273 777880)

Stylish, with a great reputation and chefs who slice things in front of you: sushi, tempura and sashimi pounds 2.80-pounds 16; set meals pounds 15-pounds 40 a head.

The Sanctuary

East Brunswick Street (01273 770002)

Popular arty hangout on two floors of an old house; a licensed cafe with a good line in cakes.