The best-preserved walled city in Britain makes a splendid gateway to north Wales and is famous for its black-and-white architecture and unique medieval Rows - a series of continuous half-timbered galleries at street and first-floor level. Chester attracts day trippers and shoppers who crowd the narrow streets of the small, historic centre. Indeed, the first-time visitor could be forgiven for thinking that places to eat are limited to big chain outfits, but there are some very good restaurants in Chester indeed. Old Cheshire money heads for the Michelin-starred Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor for creative fine dining, with Michael Caines at Abode a rather more informal smart option, but the city also deals in robust, casual eateries like the hugely popular French bistro, Chez Jules. More recent additions to the Chester restaurant scene include Joseph Benjamin, a first-class deli restaurant, and Sticky Walnut, a modern bistro.