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Circle Bar
Circle Bar is a dive bar on Lee Circle in New Orleans’ Warehouse District, offering cheap drinks and great local music with little or no cover charge.
Portofino
In the hands of Executive Chef Michael LaPlaca, Portofino - found in The Mirage on the Las Vegas Strip - produces some stellar modern Italian cuisine.
DB Brasserie
Found at The Venetian on the Las Vegas Strip, DB Brasserie is part of Daniel Boulud’s stable of restaurants, serving fine French-American cuisine.
Basileus Hotel
The Basileus Hotel is a charming hotel within walking distance of some of Istanbul’s best sights, including the Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace.
La Carbonara dal 1906
A Roman trattoria with more than a hundred years under its belt, La Carbonara dal 1906 is an authentic spot to try traditional Roman cuisine in Monti.
Le Jardin
A peaceful, secluded courtyard restaurant within the bustle of the Medina, Le Jardin serves fresh juices and delicious international and Moroccan cuisine.
Original Joe’s
An old soul of a restaurant, Original Joe’s has been serving its delicious Italian-American fare to San Franciscans since the 1930s.
Shaya
A modern Israeli restaurant from chefs Alon Shaya and John Best, Shaya is one of New Orleans’ leading culinary spots and the best new restaurant in America.
La Grande Epicerie de Paris
La Grande Epicerie de Paris is not just a food hall, it’s a luxurious temple devoted to food found on the ground floor of Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche.
Gambino’s Bakery
A NOLA institution, Gambino’s Bakery is known and loved for its delicious King Cakes, Doberge Cakes and a whole host of other sweet treats.
Pêche Seafood Grill
A seafood restaurant from acclaimed chef Donald Link, Pêche Seafood Grill serves up wood-fired dishes from its rustic space in the Warehouse District.
République
Restaurateur Bill Chait and husband-and-wife team Walter and Margarita Manzke are responsible for the French-inspired splendour of République in LA.
Snake & Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge
A dive bar and a New Orleans institution, Snake & Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge is the place for cheap beer and good times...
Celso y Manolo
A contemporary tapas joint in Madrid’s Justicia area, Celso y Manolo has a neighbourhood vibe and a prodigious selection of delicious, creative dishes.
Hotel Unico
Set back from Madrid’s “Golden Mile”, the Hotel Unico is a luxurious, serene hotel with its own gardens and a decadent two-Michelin-starred restaurant.
Mas Gourmets
The Madrid outpost of Mas Gourmets can be found in the historic Mercado de San Miguel, offering delicious hams, sausages, and other gourmet treats.
Farinè la Pizza
Farinè la Pizza is a much-loved pizzeria in Rome’s San Lorenzo neighbourhood that serves authentic pizzas to devoted locals and in-the-know visitors.
Pisacco
Pisacco serves simple and sophisticated modern Italian cuisine in its airy, art-filled, two-floored space north of Milan’s Brera district.
Ceresio 7
Ceresio 7 is a glamorous rooftop pool and restaurant complex that attracts visitors in droves for its cocktails, views, and great Italian food.
Mini Bar
One of Chef José Avillez’s stylish culinary offerings, Mini Bar serves up masterful mini dishes in a 30s and 40s-inspired bar within the São Luiz Theatre.
Cantinho do Avillez
Found in Lisbon’s Chiado neighbourhood, Cantinho do Avillez is José Avillez’ unpretentious, elegant dining room dedicated to Portuguese cuisine.
Giada
Found inside the Cromwell Hotel, Giada is the mega-watted Italian restaurant from celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis with an extensive menu.
Edge Steakhouse
The Edge Steakhouse offers guests a taste of unabashed classic Vegas glamour from it chic location within the Westgate Las Vegas Resort.
Marti Istanbul Hotel
The Taksim-located Marti Istanbul Hotel offers guests the chance to experience the best of modern Istanbul, including warm Turkish hospitality.
Adahan Istanbul
Set in a listed apartment building from 1874, Adahan Istanbul is an elegantly restored hotel in the Beyoğlu area with its own rooftop bar and restaurant.
Gezi Hotel Bosphorus
With a relaxing ambience that belies its central location, the Gezi Hotel Bosphorus is a stylish hotel with eco credentials and its own spa.
The Spa at Four Seasons Toronto
Floating nine floors above the busy city streets, The Spa at Four Seasons Toronto offers a relaxing urban retreat replete with treatments for body and mind.
Inn at the Presidio
One for historically-minded travellers, the Inn at the Presidio is 22-room boutique hotel housed in a lovingly-restored Georgian Revival-style building.
El Palacio de los Jugos
El Palacio de los Jugos is a firm family favourite in the Flagami neighbourhood, serving up authentic Cuban food and fresh, natural juices.
Riad Noire d’Ivoire
Found a few minutes’ walk from the Jemaa el Fna, the Riad Noire d’Ivoire is a visually dramatic and romantic boutique hotel with waterfalls and
Hotel Soho Barcelona
Sleek and pared back, Hotel Soho Barcelona is a trendy yet affordable design hotel located on the bustle of Barcelona’s Gran Via.
Bird of Smithfield
Bird of Smithfield is found in a five-storey Georgian townhouse overlooking the historic Smithfield meat market and serving quintessentially British dishes.
City Social
Michelin-starred City Social, found on the 24th floor of Tower 42 in The City, is a sleek restaurant from chef extraordinaire Jason Atherton.
The Colony Grill Room
The Colony Grill Room, from restaurant tycoons Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, offers a classic American grill menu in stylish Art Deco surrounds.
Pollen Street Social
Jason Atherton's debut London restaurant, Pollen Street Social, is a Michelin-starred eatery with a responsible attitude to locally sourced produce.
American Bar
Housed in London’s iconic Savoy hotel, The American Bar is one of the city’s oldest cocktail bars, offering a range of time-honoured and innovative drinks.
South Place Hotel
With rooms designed by Conran + Partners and a Michelin-starred restaurant on the roof, the South Place Hotel is a luxury hotel with serious style.
Duck & Waffle
Found in the Heron Tower, Duck & Waffle is the highest restaurant in the country, serving delicious, playful British dishes 24/7.
Hotel Café Royal
Hotel Café Royal, the 160-room London legend, has hosted the likes of Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill and David Bowie within its impeccably decorated walls.
Chiltern Firehouse
The Chiltern Firehouse, with Michelin-starred chef Nuno Mendes at the helm, serves up seasonal dishes that blend influences from both sides of the Atlantic.
Egg Slut
A gourmet eatery in LA’s Grand Central Market, Egg Slut serves up delicious dishes that feature eggs in the starring role.
The Shrub & Shutter
Found in trendy Brixton, this cocktail bar and restaurant serves bespoke drinks and a menu of modern British cuisine in sleek surrounds.
Restaurante Casa Santa Clara
From its perch on Monserrate, Restaurante Casa Santa Clara has sweeping views out over the verdant mountainside and serves delicious Colombian cuisine.
Scopa Italian Roots
LA's Scopa Italian Roots, with its sleek interiors, expertly-mixed cocktails and delicious Italian fare is a reservations-only kind of place.
T’a Milano Store & Bistro
A high-end chocolate shop and bistro in the centre of Milan, T’a Milano offers mouthwatering confections and fine Italian fare in sleek surrounds.
The Beekman
Housed in a landmark building in Lower Manhattan, The Beekman has been fully restored and is now even more striking than when it was first build in 1881.
40 Maltby Street
An oenophile’s dream emporium, 40 Maltby Street sits rather inconspicuously under a railway arch in Southwark selling and serving top quality wine.
ON Motcomb
ON Motcomb, found on Motcomb Street in Knightsbridge, is a haven for London’s modern day Cinderella in search of her perfect ball gown.
The Book Club
The Book Club in Shoreditch - a cafe, bar, and events space - is the millennial iteration of traditional European café culture - but with ping pong.
Pubbelly
A critically acclaimed gastropub in Miami Beach, the small dishes at Pubbelly have an Asian twist and more than one nod from the James Beard Foundation.
Kiru
Between its elegant dining room, its Nobu-trained chef, and its well-heeled location, Kiru is a sushi restaurant with calibre.
Club Mexicana
Club Mexicana knows a thing or two about turning out exceptional Mexican food — which is even more impressive, given that the whole menu's vegan.
Central Kitchen
A popular restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District, Central Kitchen is another feather in the cap from the minds behind the popular Flour + Water.
Buvette Gastrothèque
The sister sibling of Buvette Gastrothèque, the Paris outpost of the same name offers bistro classics and innovative twists in its trendy So-Pi setting.
Bobby Fitzpatrick
Neon-hued bowls of punch, rum-based drinks that come served aflame, and cocktail stirrers shaped like naked women? At Bobby Fitzpatrick, the '70s are back.
Ristorante Trussardi alla Scala
An elegant restaurant found steps from the Teatro alla Scala in the centre of Milan, the Ristorante Trussardi alla Scala offers creative Italian cuisine.
Curman Lounge
Found within the sumptuous Sturebadet, the spa in the Sturegallerian, the Curman Lounge offers healthy snacks and meals throughout the day.
Tertulia
Seamus Mullen's debut restaurant, Tertulia, was inspired by the sidrerias of Northern Spain, serving plenty of tapas, as well as a Spanish wine list.
Raffles Istanbul
Raffles Istanbul is a luxurious, modern Turkish hotel, found in the downtown area, offering high-end rooms, a spa, and numerous bars and restaurants.
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