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Aria Hotel Prague
An elegant hotel in the Mala Strana, the Aria Hotel Prague – with its Rooftop Terrace, elegant decor, and fine dining restaurant – hits all the right notes.
Carte Blanche
A trendy, high-brow-low-brow restaurant in Hackney, serving American comfort food classics mixed with fine French flavours.
Your Guide to the London Craft Beer Festival (and Where to Enjoy a Pre-Festival Drink)
Back for its sixth year running, the London Craft Beer Festival has become one of the highlight events for the city's beer enthusiasts. Here's what to look forward to in 2018—and five craft beer bars where you can grab a pre-festival drink to get in the spirit.
Hotel Cosmopolitan
A contemporary boutique hotel in Prague’s Old Town, the Hotel Cosmopolitan offers chic accommodations, a famed restaurant, and plenty of top-shelf amenities.
Four Seasons Prague
A hotel that does the ‘Golden City’ proud, the Four Season Prague offers historical, luxurious accommodations with riverside and city views, as well as a spa and restaurant.
Beso
Beso delivers a creative breed of North African and Mediterranean tapas in the heart of the Seven Dials. Come for the robust wine list, the exquisite sharing plates and the buzzing ambience.
Armaggan Bosporus Suites
Armaggan Bosporus Suites, found on the glittering shores of Istanbul’s waterway, offers guests the chance to stay in a luxurious suite, or waterfront mansion.
Villa Laetitia
An aristocratic private residence on the banks of the Tiber, Villa Laetitia is a fully-restored, utterly-luxurious hotel from the Fendi family.
Armaggan
A high-end store in Nuruosmaniye, Armaggan offers a range of unique pieces, from jewellery to homewares, with an emphasis on local traditions and contemporary designs.
L’Asino d’Oro
Serving Umbrian-inspired cuisine, L’Asino d’Oro stands out for its food in a city already known for its top-notch Italian restaurants.
How to See Tel Aviv Like a Local
Buzzing Tel Aviv is Israel’s arts and entertainment capital. Picture the city as a course-after-course mezze of things to do, see and eat. Here’s how to see Tel Aviv like a local.
Cachi Lokanta Bar
A rooftop bar and restaurant with an open-air terrace, Cachi Lokanta Bar – found at the Adahan Istanbul – serves Turkish and international food and drinks throughout the day.
Iris by Searcys
The interior of Iris by Searcys is appropriately minimalist. A scattering of monochromatic tables, gleaming bar and a DJ throbbing out chic beats on the decks are all in quiet obeisance to the heady surround vistas of London’s skyline.
Sean’s Panaroma
A chic beachside restaurant, Sean’s Panaroma is market-driven, with a seasonal menu and al fresco seating.
Bottles
BOTTLES is a wine bar on the perimeter of Old Spitalfields Market that blends Italian charm with London edge. The drinking den's aim is to introduce wines from independent producers and lesser-known grapes in need of some attention.
Restaurant Hubert
For atmosphere and lashings of French ambience, Restaurant Hubert in Downtown Sydney is the place to go. Bring on the Champagne and escargots
Heavenly Islands That Are Hot All Year Round
From the Indian Ocean’s hottest hot spots to sizzling blobs of beauty in the Bahamas, any time is the right time to visit these heavenly islands which are hot all year round.
Sesoon
An understated, yet almost effortlessly stylish restaurant in the hip neighbourhood of Kalamaja in Tallinn, Sesoon serves gorgeous yet casual seasonal cuisine.
Rucola
A chic restaurant in Tallinn, Rucola is Italian in both substance and soul, serving delicious wood-fired pizzas and homemade gelato.
Castello del Nero: An Arresting Escape in Chianti Country
Smack bang in the heart of Italy’s Chianti region, Castello del Nero is a 12th century bolthole that turbocharges Tuscan tradition with a serious injection of la dolce vita. The sprawling medieval castle, just outside the enclave of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, was once owned by Florentine nobility.
Gale South Beach
A glamorous hotel that makes the most of its Tropical Art Deco style and unobstructed rooftop views of the ocean, the Gale South Beach is a local legend.
5 Reasons to Visit Malta this Year
From its Tarxien temples to the island’s dynamic capital Valletta, named European Capital of Culture for 2018, Malta is a true celebration of antiquity and modernity. Combine its hearty history with fresh Mediterranean fusion food, a dynamic International Arts Festival and you’ve got plenty of reasons to visit Malta this year
Viet Lounge
The pungent smack of fish sauce gives Viet Food its authentic edge, and ascending past the busy bustle of ex-Hakkasan chef Jeff Tan’s narrow two-storey restaurant winks back to any steaming phở joint in Ho Chi Minh City. But we’re here for the illustrious Viet Lounge cocktail bar stacked modestly on the third floor...
The Miami Beach EDITION
A glamourous oceanside hotel with a luxury spa and signature restaurant from Jean-Georges Vongerichten, The Miami Beach EDITION promises guests nothing but sun, fun, and decadently good times.
Oslo
Occupying a disused railway station next to Hackney Central, Oslo is a little slice of Nordic heaven in London’s East End.
Zlý Časy
A popular beer bar in Praha 4, Zlý Časy serves dozens of brews on tap and in bottles alongside a menu of hearty, meaty food.
Tea Mountain
A contemporary, seductively-designed tea shop in Prague’s Karlín district, Tea Mountain serves well-sourced tea in vaulted, sleek surrounds.
Original Coffee
A coffee shop in the Staré Město, Original Coffee is a sleek space to enjoy some expert brews and neighbourhood ambience.
Maso a Kobliha
A staple of Prague’s Nové Město for well-sourced meat, good Czech beer, and superlative doughnuts, Maso a Kobliha is a must-visit bistro-cum-butcher’s shop.
Mandarin Oriental Prague
Occupying an enviable position in Prague’s Malá Strana district, the Mandarin Oriental Prague offers guests luxurious amenities and a stay in one of the city’s historic buildings.
BackYard
A design studio space and shopping showroom, BackYard is a unique place to shop for one-of-a-kind items while you’re in Prague’s Nové Město.
40 Dean Street
A cosy Italian bistro, 40 Dean Street is a Soho stalwart serving traditional, well-executed Italian classics.
Butterscotch
At street level, Butterscotch is yet another of London's sumptuous cake emporiums, joining the likes of Bea's of Bloomsbury (whose founder, Bea Vo, it shares) on a trending tide of Instagrammable sugary decadence. Its window display is certainly easy on the eye, and its afternoon tea isn't too bad either...
Super Tramp Coffee
A coffee shop found inside a courtyard in Prague’s Nové Město, Super Tramp Coffee serves coffee from roasters around Europe, as well as delicious baked goods and savoury treats.
Sisters
Sisters is a light and airy bistro in the Staré Město, serving all manner of delicious chlebíček, the Czech open-faced sandwich.
Saint Peter
Saint Peter in Paddington is a restaurant that specialises in serving the very best Australian fish and seafood, treating it simply, creatively and with respect.
Le Trou au Mur
Opened by the team behind Riad Farnatchi, Le Trou au Mur specialises in authentic Moroccan food and takes its inspiration from traditional home cooking.
EMA Espresso Bar
A popular coffee bar in Prague’s Nové Město, EMA Espresso Bar serves superlative coffee and light bites in its bright and airy, almost gallery-like space.
Von Krahli Aed
A modern Estonian restaurant with chic rustic interiors, Von Krahli Aed serves up playful, authentic dishes with creative flair.
Fred’s
A French-style restaurant headed up by Chez Panisse alum, Chef Danielle Alvarez, Fred’s manages to be both elegant and welcoming at the same time, a place of warmth and sensational seasonal cuisine.
Firedoor
Entirely fueled by fire, Firedoor in Surry Hills offers guests an elegant, richly rewarding dining experience, showcasing local, seasonal Australian ingredients and age-old techniques.
Lokhandwala
The petite Lokhandwala, handily located on Charlotte Street, strikes a likeable balance between the regal and the playful, in both appearance and cuisine.
Momoichi Coffetearia
A Czech coffeehouse with Japanese sensibilities, Momoichi Coffetearia is a unique, utterly compelling cafe in Praha 2, serving delicious dishes, artisanal coffees and rare teas.
Riad Jaaneman
A stylish hotel, Riad Jaaneman offers boutique accommodations and luxe amenities in the heart of the Medina in Marrakech.
Edition Coffee Roasters
A chic cafe in Darlinghurst, Edition Coffee Roasters offers well-sourced and expertly brewed coffee alongside a food menu of Scandinavian-Japanese dishes.
Riad Farnatchi
A super-stylish fusion of modern European and traditional Moroccan design, Riad Farnatchi is exquisitely decorated and has arguably one of the best breakfasts in Marrakech.
Naše Maso
A butcher shop and a restaurant a few nights a week, Naše Maso is your one stop shop for all things meaty in Prague’s Staré Město.
Hotel Dar Rhizlane
Glamorous and exclusive, like much of the surrounding l’Hivernage neighbourhood, Hotel Dar Rhizlane offers a chic place to stay that’s mere minutes from the bustle of Marrakech’s medina by taxi.
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen
London is now on the cusp of an African food revolution—and Zoe's Ghana Kitchen, with its luminous cooking and vivid spices, is a must-stop on any culinary tour.
Aldrovandi Villa Borghese
An elegant hotel in the upscale Pinciano neighbourhood, Aldrovandi Villa Borghese is an oasis in the Eternal City, with a Michelin-starred restaurant and must-visit spa.
Café Jen
A bright and airy cafe in the Vršovice district, Café Jen serves single origin coffees, freshly baked cakes and hearty breakfasts to its devoted customers.
Armando al Pantheon
A Roman restaurant that’s been around since the 60s, Armando al Pantheon knows how to please its diners with classic Roman cuisine and elegant, casual surrounds.
Cihelna Concept Store
Cihelna Concept Store is dedicated to showcasing the best Czech design talent in its exhibition space found with a historic brick building in the Lesser Town.
Sacripante Gallery
Found in Monti, Sacripante Gallery is an eclectic contemporary art space known for its exhibitions, as much as for its speakeasy-style bar and chic historical building.
Pizarro
Pizarro offers one of the most convivial, most charming, most relentlessly enjoyable dining experiences in all of London. Its menu is also an ideal primer on classic Catalonian flavours.
Hammamhane
A hotel made up of studios and suites, Hammamhane is a convenient, stylish place to stay right in the heart of Istanbul’s Beyoğlu neighbourhood.
Palazzo Parigi
A grand hotel in Brera, Palazzo Parigi offers guests an opulent place to stay, with stylish rooms, popular restaurants and an extensive spa.
Restaurant Guy Savoy
Found within Caesars Palace, Restaurant Guy Savoy offers gourmet French cuisine from Michelin-starred, eponymous chef, Guy Savoy.
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Pavè
A bakery, bistro and chic aperitivo spot rolled into one, Pavè in Milan is all things to all diners – with some truly moreish pastries thrown in for good measure.

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