BUENOS AIRES | WHERE TO STAY

Algodon Mansion
Montevideo 1647
+1 54 11 3530 7777
The Algodon Mansion is a beautifully restored landmark building with 10 spacious suites that include personalized butler service. Located in the elegant residential neighborhood of Recoleta, staying at the Algodan feels more like luxurious apartment living than clinical hotel stay. The friendly staff, clubby wine bar, tiny rooftop pool and complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres in the lobby will have you feeling like you’re staying at a friend’s stunning home.

Alvear Palace
Av. Alvear 1891
+1 54 11 4808 2100
Opened in 1932, this Buenos Aires institution completed a major renovation a few years ago, adding 15 luxurious rooftop suites, an indoor pool, solarium and stunning roof bar to what was already an incredible hotel. Located in stylish Recoleta neighborhood, it’s a traditional, 5-star hotel complete with top-hatted bellman and white-gloved butlers.

Faena Buenos Aires
Martha Salotti 445
+1 54 11 4010 9000
Located in the dockside Puerto Madero neighborhood, this very cool, terrifically dramatic hotel was designed by famed French architect Philippe Starck. With five sophisticated restaurants and bars (including El Cabaret, home to Rojo Tango, Argentina’s premier tango show), a beautiful adults-only vibe outdoor pool and a full-service spa and gym, this is a spot that provides a tranquil if eclectic oasis from the bustle of the city.

Four Seasons Buenos Aires
1086/88 Posada
+1 54 11 4321 1200
It’s a Four Seasons, so you can expect the classic experience including impeccable service, a buzzy bar, an excellent restaurant with a huge breakfast buffet, outdoor pool and luxurious spa and gym. But this one is in an historic Belle Epoque mansion, so you also get a sense of history and elegance.

Home Hotel
Honduras 5860, Palermo Hollywoo
+1 54 11 4779 1006
This is an intimate design hotel with a hip, cool vibe in the trendy Palermo neighborhood. The lovely, walled garden area holds a small outdoor pool, bar and restaurant that’s a tranquil respite from the busy city. There are several room categories to choose from including two loft apartments that are good options for family or friends traveling together, but make your reservation early as this gem is always booked.

Hub Porteno
Calle Rodriguez Pena 1967
+1 54 11 4815 6100
This intimate boutique hotel (just 11 spacious rooms) centrally located in Recoleta prioritizes warm, personalized service to such an extent that they even offer an Experiences concierge to help curate your time in Buenos Aires.

Palacio Duhau (aka The Park Hyatt)
Avenida Alvear 1661
+1 54 11 5171 1234
The Park Hyatt is grand and gorgeous. It’s a restored historical palace complemented by a modern tower addition that boasts some serious views. It has a similar 5-star experience to the Four Seasons except for the lack of an outdoor pool. Instead, the Park Hyatt offers a large indoor pool in their spa and elaborate, beautiful gardens where you can relax, order a drink and hang out. There are also a few restaurants on site, but our fave is Duhau Restaurante & Vinoteca for an afternoon on the terrace.

Hotel Pulitzer Buenos Aires
Maipú 907
+1 54 11 4316 0800
A refreshing break from opulence, The Pulitzer is more nautical than nightlife with fresh blue and white interiors and a rooftop pool. The rooms, designed by Barcelona’s Contemporain Studio, are small but airy.

BUENOS AIRES | WHERE TO EAT

Café Rivas
Estados Unidos 302, San Telmo
+1 54 114 361 5539
Quaint, picture-perfect café/restaurant that serves food and drinks all day. This is the perfect spot to hit for a glass of wine after a day of shopping at the San Telmo market.

Café Tortoni
Avenido de Mayo 825
+1 54 11 4342 4328
Step back in time at one of the oldest and most beautiful cafés in Buenos Aires. Yes, Café Tortoni is touristy and the food is mediocre, but it’s worth a visit for the atmosphere alone. Inspired by turn of the century Parisian coffee houses, there are mahogany tables, stained glass windows, and walls filled with historical memorabilia. Avoid a meal but go for a coffee break and indulge in the fresh churros served by elegant, tuxedoed waiters.

Duhau Restaurante & Vinoteca
A seat on the patio here at lunchtime is nothing short of paradise, so order an Aperol Spritz and take some time to peruse the menu—which will make you very, very happy. I can make it easy for you, though: Just get the Charred Leeks with Black Olive Dust and Egg Soufflé (I promise).

Fervor
Posadas 1519, Recoleta
+1 54 11 4804 4944
This was our favorite steakhouse! It has a buzzy, vibrant ambience, excellent service, and delicious food and wine. The atmosphere is bistro-like with velvet curtains, checkered floors, and leather banquettes. Reservations are a must as this place is popular with tourists and locals alike.

La Cabrera
Cabrera 5099, Palermo
+1 54 114 832 5754
This always packed, classic steakhouse serves enormous portions of beef on wooden boards with a plethora of side dishes. The friendly, old school waiters deliver your steak accompanied by so many sauces, sides, and condiments that you’ll barely be able to fit them on the table. We ate outside on the lovely sidewalk tables, but the inside is equally charming with a cozy, dimly lit atmosphere.

Casa Cavia
Cavia 2985, Palermo
+1 54 114 809 8600

Behind a nondescript door in the tony Palermo Chico section of Buenos Aires lies one of the most gorgeous restaurants you will ever, ever lay your eyes on. No joke. I’m not even sure how to describe it, except to say that your jaw will drop from the sheer, simple beauty of it. Think Elle Décor meets Vogue meets Parisian splendor meets … I don’t even know. Just trust me — it’s good. And the courtyard is a place you’ll enter and never want to leave. Oh, and then there’s the food: Spectacular, varied and not at all obvious. The star here was the Quinoa with Mushrooms, Arugula, and Goat Cheese — much like the kitchen in which it was made, this dish makes simplicity taste indulgent.

Las Pizzaras Bistro
Thames 2296
+54 11 4775-0625

Pizzaras means chalkboards in English, so it’s no surprise that the menu — which changes almost daily — is written on chalkboards that cover the walls of this incredibly simple yet inventive Palermo Soho spot. There are an insane number of veggie dishes to choose from, but our favorite of the night was the Arugula and Radicchio Salad with almonds, pomegranate, and apricots.

Ninina
MALBA, Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Buenos Aires
+54 11 4832-0070
Leave it to Buenos Aires to not only build the coolest-looking modern art museum (that would be the Museo de Arte Latino Americano de Buenos Aires, better known as MALBA), but to also include a café that is much more than your average museum quick-serve spot. In fact, Ninina is a restaurant all on its own; the vibe is laid-back cool, with a side patio that will have you drinking more Aperol at lunch than you may have intended.

Parrilla Don Julio
Guatemala 4691, Palermo Soho
+1 54 11 4832 6058

This traditional, old school Argentine grill has served some of the best beef in Buenos Aires for over 20 years. Complimentary champagne and delicious empanadas make waiting in line for a table festive. Once seated you’ll receive outstanding service and top-notch food from experienced waiters. At the end of the meal you can sign your winebottle to add to their walls of wine bottles finished by happy customers.

Proper
1676 Araoz
+1 54 11 4831 0027
Proper is the new-ish, super hipster, tapas-y spot located in an old mechanic’s garage. No surprise, then, that the service is somewhat Williamsburg-y and with a lineup of ingredients you’d definitely encounter in Brooklyn. There were a handful of standouts here, but for me it was all about the Grilled Corn with cashew cream, watercress and grapes.

Sotto Voce
Libertador 1098
+1 54 11 4807 6691
When you’ve overdone it on the steakhouses, take a break at this delicious Italian spot that was highly recommended by an Argentine friend. The food (we loved the homemade pasta!), service and wine were outstanding and we sat upstairs which made for great people watching over the chic, mainly local, crowd dining below us.

Uco
Hotel Fierro
Soler 5862
+1 54 11 322 0682

Located inside teeny boutique Hotel Fierro in Palermo Soho, Uco is one of the only restaurants in this ‘hood to offer a totally secluded outdoor courtyard — which is perfectly perfect. The food is straightforward and delish, and the Burrata (with roasted eggplant and oven-dried tomatoes) was smoky, creamy, and surprisingly filling.

BUENOS AIRES | WHAT TO DO

Casa Rosada
Plaza de Mayo
+1 54 11 4344 3804

The pink-hued presidential palace houses the Argentine president’s offices, but perhaps is most famous as the site where Evita Peron addressed her crowds of supporters from the balcony. Free guided tours are given on weekends and need to be booked in advance. When you visit Casa Rosada be sure to spend time wandering around the beautiful Plaza de Maya where Argentines gather in protest and celebration.

El Zanjon de Granados
Defensa 755 1065 Ciudad
+1 54 11 4361 3002
These archeological ruins, dating back to the city’s earliest settlements in the 1500’s, were discovered in 1986 under an historical mansion. After a meticulous restoration, El Zanjon opened as a private museum where you can tour the actual network of underground tunnels and see the artifacts found during the restoration.

Estadio Boca Juniors
Brandsen 805
+1 54 11 4309 4700

Portenos are intensely passionate in their love for soccer (futbol) and it’s worth catching a game at Estadio Boca Juniors to experience the intensity of the fans alone. The official season goes from February until November but a summer season takes its place so soccer never really stops in B.A.

Eva Peron Museum
Lafinur 2988
+1 54 11 4807 0306

Housed in a stunning 1923 mansion, the Museo Evita is a tribute to the life of Argentina’s iconic heroine and first lady. Filled with historical photos, videos and memorabilia, as well as a stunning collection of her designer wardrobe including dresses, shoes, handbags and hats. The museum gives perspective charting Evita’s rise to fame from humble beginnings, her championing of rights for women and workers, and the political and social evolution of Argentina during her lifetime.

La Boca and Caminito
Wander around these dockside neighborhoods and colorful streets filled with live musicians, street artists, tango dancers and touristy shops. La Boca is a former slum with colorful tenements and houses painted in vibrant colors. It’s safest and best seen in the daytime.

La Bomba de Tiempo
Ciudad Cultural Konax, 3131 Sarmiento
La Bomba de Tiempo is a truly unique musical performance with improvisational percussion music and dancing. The weekly drum jam is performed on Mondays in a warehouse-like space where you’ll stand – and dance – the entire time. The crowd is a mix of locals and tourists all there for a dance party that can’t be missed! Note: Only 18 and over.

MALBA
Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta
+1 54 115 288 9900
A stunning collection of European and Latin American art from the early 20th century to the present. The beautiful, modern space showcases the works of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and many other Argentinian masters.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta
+1 54 115 288 9900

Aside from the largest collection of 19th and 20th century Argentine art, this important museum also houses a large collection of European masters like Rembrandt, Monet, and Picasso.

Recoleta Cemetary
Junin 1760, Recoleta
+1 54 114 803 1594
The tomb of Eva Peron is located here as well as many other Argentinian past presidents, military heroes and dignitaries. Over 5000 uniquely designed tombs and mausoleums are arranged on little streets like a mini city of the dead. Sounds gruesome, but it’s actually a gorgeous way to spend an afternoon.

Teatro Colon
Pasaje Toscanini 1180
+ 1 54 11 4378 7100
Completed in 1908, the Teatro Colon is one of the world’s most beautiful opera theaters and is an important part of Argentine history. Get tickets to an opera or ballet so you can experience the auditorium’s legendary acoustics and elegant design. But if that’s not an option then take a guided tour to see the majesty of this gorgeous theater.

Tango, obviously

Bar Sur Tango
299 Estados Unidos, San Telmo
+1 54 11 4362 6086

Argentina is known for the tango and offers lots of options to see different styles and interpretations of the sensual dance. Bar Sur Tango offers a casual way to see authentic tango without being at a staged performance. Pay a cover charge and you can have drinks, watch tango and stay as long as you want.

Rojo Tango at the Faena Hotel
445 Martha Salotti, Buenos Aires
+1 54 11 4952 4111
See this swanky, elaborate cabaret show complete with a 10-piece orchestra and professional tango dancers performing nightly at the Faena Hotel. This experience is more like a Broadway show in terms of performance (with delicious food and wine), but is a great way to get the whole history of tango.

BUENOS AIRES | WHAT TO BUY

Calzados Correa
Mario Bravo 750
+1 54 11 4861 7344

This is THE place for quality leather shoes that have been handmade by skilled artisans since 1955. In addition to the made-to-measure shoes, they also have a curated collection of gorgeous, pre-made leather items.

Casa Cavia
Cavia 2985, Palermo Chico
+1 54 11 4801 9693
We’ll insist you have lunch here (see Where to Eat in Buenos Aires), so after you’re done with your perfect meal on the the patio, head inside to one of the coolest concept stores ever. A flower shop, a bookstore, a perfumer and a patisserie all curated by founder Guadalupe Garcia.

Dubie
Républica de la India 3139, Palermo
+ 1 54 11 4807 3890
Agustina Dubié spent some time in London designing for Nicolas Kirkwood and Roksanda before heading home to set up shop in BA. Her styles are definitely more cutting edge than conservative, but everything looks amazing on. Don’t miss her coats and her newly launched selection of shoes as well.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid
Santa Fe 1860, Recoleta
+1 54 11 4813 6052
This stunning theater from 1919 has been transformed into one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Jaw dropping original details like the stage, balcony and ceiling frescoes remain intact, and when you’re done browsing for books you can sip tea on the historic theater stage.

Enseres
El Salvador 5986, Palermo Hollywood
+1 54 11 4776 0409
If you like Pinterest and interiors, then Enseres is your Mecca. Owned by a super chic couple, the housewares all come with a recipe and the space is worth seeing even if you’re not in the market to buy.

Galeria Patio del Liceo
Santa Fe 2729, Barrio NorteCavia 2985, Palermo Chico, Buenos Aires
Telephone: +54 11 4801 9693
Galeria Patio del Liceo is a collection of eclectic, local boutiques and galleries that share space around a courtyard. Many of the spaces function as workshops for the artisans and you can often watch the designers at work.

Palermo Soho 
Head to the super chic neighborhood of Palermo Soho packed with hip boutiques, galleries, cafés and heladerias (ice cream parlors). Buenos Aires’ coolest boutiques are here, from clothing stores to bookstores and home design shops.

San Telmo Flea Market
Calle Defensa, Humberto
+1 54 11 3181 5188
The antique market at San Telmo is held every Sunday in one of the oldest neighborhoods in B.A. Stroll the charming cobblestoned streets lined with antique shops and stalls, listen to live music, and watch tango dancers performing on the streets at this always lively street fair.

AMSTERDAM | WHERE TO STAY

The Canal House 
Keizersgracht 148, Amsterdam
+1 020 622 5182
This cozy 23-room hotel was recommended as a fave by one of our Dutch friends. This is the place to stay if you want an authentic Netherlands vibe as the décor has an old world feel with velvet curtains, hardwood floors, and original 17th century beams. Canal House has a great location in the Jordaan neighborhood – you guessed it - alongside a very pretty canal. 

Conservatorium
Van Baerlestraat 27, Amsterdam 
+1 020 570 0000
A former music conservatory sleekly updated as a luxury hotel with full-service gym, a world-class spa, buzzy bar scene and multiple restaurants. The best museums and high-end stores (Gucci, Prada) are right at your doorstep at this full-service, 5-star hotel.

The Dylan
Keizersgracht 384, Amsterdam
+1 020 530 2010
I walked into The Dylan and fell in love. Made up of three adjoining canal houses, this seriously chic boutique hotel has 40 modern rooms, a beautiful courtyard (where you can enjoy drinks on sunny days) and two fabulous restaurants. There are lots of lovely details like homemade cookies on your bed at night, bikes available for guests and a 19th century boat that can be rented for private canal tours and dinners.

The Hoxton
Herengracht 255, Amsterdam
+1 020 888 5555
This hip, buzzy boutique hotel is made up of five canal houses with 111 rooms located on one of the main inner-ring canals. This trendy spot is always packed with guests and locals hanging out in the communal lobby bar and library mezzanine. The Hoxton offers exceptional value and service without sacrificing style.

The Pulitzer
Prinsengracht 315-331, Amsterdam
+1 020 523 5235
The Pulitzer has the vibe of a smaller hotel with the service and amenities of a larger one. This collection of canal houses, with a great location in the Nine Streets area, is cozy and intimate even though it has a whopping 225 rooms and suites. We loved their stunning Art Deco bar that has the feel of a posh, private club and their outdoor garden with alfresco lounging and dining. Another serious perk is the hotel’s private boat that offers daily canal tours.  

AMSTERDAM | WHERE TO EAT

Amsterdam is the land of cheese, pancakes and freshly cut French fries and you can wander in and out of little café’s serving them all day long. When you’re in the mood for a proper sit-down meal, try one of these favorites:

Blauw
Amstelveenseweg 158-160, Amsterdam
+1 020 675 5000
Indonesian food is popular in the Netherlands and Blauw is one of the best. Try the traditional rijsttafel (rice table), a huge selection of sharable dishes, that is a really fun option for sampling Indonesian cuisine.

De Kas
Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3, Grachtengordel 
+1 020 462 4562
For a unique, very cool experience, dine at De Kas in their chic greenhouse setting. They take farm-to-table to a whole new level by growing their herbs and veggies on site and offering a daily, changing menu. 

Rijks
Rijksmuseum
Museumstraat 
+1 020 674 7555
Adjacent to the Rijksmuseum this lively spot serves seasonal Dutch-influenced cuisine in a beautiful setting. Rijks was awarded a Michelin star in 2016.

Restaurant Visaandescheld
Scheldeplein 4, Amsterdam                            
+1 020 675 1583

This classic restaurant is the place to go for phenomenal seafood, seasonal cuisine, and a stellar wine list.

Ristorante Vasso
Rozenboomsteeg 10, Amsterdam
+1 020 626 0158
Cozy, quaint, authentic Italian (homemade pasta! Italian waiters!) tucked away in a charming alley in the Nine Streets area. 

AMSTERDAM | WHAT TO DO

Anne Frank House 
Westermark 20, Amsterdam
+1 020 556 7105

Tour the actual 17th century canal house where Anne Frank hid from Nazi persecution. This is a truly powerful and moving experience that contextualizes the Holocaust while showing the effects it had on regular people like Anne Frank and her extended family.

Canal Cruise
A must! Floating down Amsterdam’s canals is one of the best ways to see the city. For a simple hour-long cruise walk up to any of the boating companies docked in the city center and hop on. Or ask your hotel to arrange a private tour or candlelit dinner cruise. Take a canal cruise early on in your trip as it is an easy, scenic way to get a handle on the city.

Rijksmuseum  
Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam
+1 020 674 7000
The Netherlands national museum is home to hundreds of Dutch old masters and is a true must-visit. This is where you’ll find Vermeer’s “Milkmaid”, Van Gogh’s “Self-portrait” and Rembrandt’s iconic “Night Watch” amongst 8,000 other Dutch masterpieces.

The Van Gogh Museum
Museumplein 6, Amsterdam
+1 020 570 5200
The Van Gogh Museum houses the largest collection of Van Gogh in the world. Besides the famous paintings of sunflowers and irises you can also see his famous self-portraits, sketches, and personal letters that give an intimate glimpse into his tortured life.

Vondelpark
Walk, bike or picnic in Amsterdam’s largest and most popular park with a playground, beer garden, several restaurants and a rose garden.

AMSTERDAM | WHAT TO BUY

Nine Streets is a must-visit shopping area in the canal district filled with unique boutiques, jewelry stores, vintage shops, charming cafés, and restaurants. This is a perfect area to spend the day shopping, strolling, biking, and eating.

Albert Cuyp Market
Albert Cuypstraat, Amsterdam
The city’s largest outdoor street market is a great place to shop for souvenirs, clothes, and lots of food. Be sure and try Dutch specialty stroopwaffles baked right in front of you.

De Bijenkorf
Dam 1, 1012 JS, Amsterdam
The Netherlands largest, premium department store for over 140 years. You’ll find it all here – designer clothes, cosmetics, shoes, housewares and even chocolates! 

Hutspot 
Van Woustraat 4, Amsterdam
Rozengracht 204, Amsterdam

Started as a pop-up in 2012, this Dutch fashion and design emporium now has two locations stocked with unique clothing, housewares, art, and accessories for men, women and children.

MIAMI | WHAT TO DO

Fairchild Botanical Gardens
10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables
+1 305 667 1651

Well worth the field trip south, the gardens are a true treasure of beautifully maintained flora and fauna that provide a natural playground for all ages. They also curate some great events year-round from night tours to mango festivals.  With 83 acres of awesomeness to explore it’s easy and most certainly a pleasure to get lost in this tropical paradise.

Hoy Como Ayer
2212 SW 8th St, Miami
+1 305 541 2631

People always come to Miami looking for a true authentic experience that finds them drinking rum and dancing salsa like nobody is watching on a sweaty dance floor into the wee hours of the morning.  If this sounds like you, then look no further.  Voted Best Latin club and a cultural institution in Little Havana, you can be sure to find the best local and Cuban acts heating up a usually full house. The place is tiny and gets packed so it’s nice to reserve a table and get there a little early, which in Miami on a weekend means 10 as the bands usually start around 11pm. 

Lincoln Road Antique & Flea Market
800-1120 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting on the right Sunday from October to May, then run don’t walk to this legendary market on Lincoln Road.  Furniture, art, vintage sunglasses, collectibles, and a farmer’s market…they really do have it all.  Located along an outdoor mall that is already packed with restaurants and shops it’s the perfect outing for a Sunday to shop, stroll, and do some of the best people watching in all the land.

PAMM
1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
+1 305 375 3000

In 2013, the Perez Art Museum Miami moved to its new and stunning venue in Downtown Miami.  With its waterfront location, innovative gardens, and fascinating exhibitions it has become a must see for visitors and has truly upped the cultural ante in an already newly flourishing art city.  

The Anderson Bar / Broken Shaker / Lost Boy / Las Rosas
If you’re looking to have a few drinks and see how the locals live, think of checking out some of the cooler watering holes off the beach and around town. The Anderson Bar offers both an indoor bar with raging weekend dance parties sans South Beach lines and a chill outdoor garden complete with reggae tunes and a rum shack. Located in up and coming Allapatta, Las Rosas has a dive bar vibe with great programming that runs the gamut from live Indie acts to special curated DJs and open mics. Recently opened in Downtown Lost Boy is that bar where everybody knows your name and if they don’t they’ll get to know it.  A neighborhood haunt with fun design and a top selection of spirits, it’s the perfect place to kick off or end your night with a friendly bar keep and some great tunes.  

Take to the Bay
The artist Christo once said that Biscayne Bay is Miami’s Central Park and he couldn’t be more on point.   While many flock to our shores for the beaches, the bay provides a wonderful way to see the city from another perspective and get a full appreciation of why so many people choose to live where everyone else vacations.  There are many ways to enjoy the bay from renting a waverunner or paddleboard, to chartering a boat (easier than ever with Boatsetter), or even hopping a water taxi.  Whether you choose to spend a full day out on the water or a just a few hours touring around you will gain a whole new perspective of the city and see it in a truly unique way.

MIAMI | WHAT TO BUY

The Design District
3841 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 
If you’re looking for a one stop shop for every luxury brand imaginable then look no further! Built between three beautiful outdoor plazas you can stroll the likes of Prada, Gucci, Louboutin and more while enjoying gorgeous landscape design that really brings the nature of Florida right to the middle of the city.   

Faena Bazaar
3400 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Recently opened and ever-changing, the Faena attempts to modernize the souk with their latest retail offering. The marketplace will feature rotating pop ups of up-and-coming designers so you never know what you may find but you can guarantee it will always be fabulous! The aesthetic and design are worth the trip alone but odds are you’ll leave with quite a few shopping bags in tow.   

Sweat Records
5505 NE 2nd Ave., Miami
+1 786 693 9309

Located in the colorful and eclectic neighborhood of Little Haiti this music store/coffee spot/event space has been holding down cool thanks to its owner Lolo Reskin for going on 14 years. Offering an incredible collection of artists and a knowledgeable staff to help you navigate the stacks it’s the perfect place to rekindle your love affair with vinyl or find some great additions to add to your collection.  

The Webster
1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 
+1 305 674 7899

The chicest of the chic always flock here when they’re in town. Filled with the best of the best luxury brands and perfectly curated collections, fashion mavens will feel as if they walked into a retail heaven clubhouse. It’s the perfect spot to find that outfit you may not have packed for a day or night out in the Magic City. 

Wynwood 
2722 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 
A trip to Miami wouldn’t be complete without a stroll through the ever-growing, ever cool arts district known as Wynwood. Not too long ago a few stores peppered the somewhat empty albeit colorful streets of a long-forgotten area of warehouses. Oh, what a difference a few years make!  From art galleries, to boutiques, and up and coming national brands, this neighborhood makes for the perfect afternoon of shopping and strolling. If you don’t leave there with a few bags of awesome finds you will most certainly head home with some amazing Instagramble moments thanks to the blocks and blocks of incredible murals by the world’s most famous street artists. 

MIAMI | WHERE TO EAT

27 Restaurant / The Broken Shaker
2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach
+1 786 476 7020

There’s a reason this spot is a favorite of locals and travelers alike.  With its homey, eclectic decor and it’s inventive and delicious dishes, it always delivers the perfect blend of cool and excellence. The focus is on local ingredients and the cocktail menu is not to be missed. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a family dinner of 10, you’ll always have a good time. For pre-or-post game be sure to hang and sip a libation in the courtyard or poolside where chill reggae rhythms and old school hip hop serenade a crowd that is every bit hip Miami and abolishes all the stereotypes of a typical cheesy South Beach Miami scene … in the best way possible. 

Amara
3101 NE 7th Ave., Miami
+1 305 702 5528

This new gem from chef Michael Schwartz offers not only amazing Latin fare but a spectacular waterfront location. Only opened in 2018, this spot has already been awarded Restaurant of the Year by Eater Miami and it’s no surprise why. Every detail from the decor, to the service, to the cocktail program are top notch. Dinner is a happening scene but not in an overwhelming way, while lunch offers a fantastic lighter fare menu and gorgeous daytime views of Biscayne Bay.  

Joe’s Take Away
11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
+1 305 673 0365

While Joe’s is world famous and one of the most timeless eateries in Miami, it’s their laid back take away addition that is a favorite of locals. No lines and a far more casual affair, you can order at the counter and peruse the market-like vibe for drinks and dessert, then take your food to a bevy of self-serve tables both indoor and outdoor or walk to nearby South Pointe park for a picnic. Either way this is the stop to enjoy Joe’s legendary stone crabs, sides, and so much more (i.e. salad bar, soups, sandwiches, and a not to be missed fried chicken!) all day any day during their season from mid-October to mid-May. 

Matador Room
2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
+1 786 257 4600

Chef Jean Georges hits it out of the park at this elegant yet hip eatery that is a love letter to the fare of the Caribbean and Latin America. Taking inspiration from the glamourous by gone era of the 40’s/50’s the dining room itself is a showstopper without being too pretentious and the outdoor patio provides beautiful breezes and ocean views.  Be sure to make some time for a pre-dinner drink at the Matador Bar which provides the perfect intro into a truly exquisite dining experience. 

Michael’s Genuine
130 NE 40th St., Miami
+1 305 573 5550

Located in the booming Design District this local favorite has stood the test of time thanks to its welcoming vibe and fantastic fare. The menu is ever changing with the seasons while maintaining some beyond delectable staples. This is a great place for long and lavish group dinners alfresco or a quick drink and a dozen oysters at the bar. Open all day for lunch and dinner this is a perfect stop for those looking to check out all the Design District has to offer. Oh, and their Sunday brunch is not to be missed! 

MIAMI | WHERE TO STAY

The Miami Beach Edition
2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
+1 786 257 4500

If you want to be in the center of it all but still feel like you’re on vacation then look no further than the Edition Hotel.  The brain child of Ian Schraeger, the hotel is sleek, stylish and at the same time a whole lot of fun.  The rooms are comfortable with all the amenities and the ocean front rooms and pool cabanas provide another level of luxury with their fantastic views and spacious accommodations.  Jean Georges lends his culinary expertise to the multiple in-house restaurants and the cocktail program is second to none when you’re ready to kick back a libation in one of the many perfectly anointed nooks on property. If you’re really feeling like a Miami night out simply follow the stairs to Basement, the on-site entreatment complex, that features a bowling alley, ice skating rink, and world class night club.  You really can have a full Miami Beach experience without even leaving the hotel and honestly you may never want to.  

Soho Beach House
4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
+1 786 507 7900

You don’t have to be a member to book a room at the Miami Soho Beach House which is a blessing for all. The food, service, staff and property make this a favorite of many a traveler.  The rooms all have that Soho-chic feel and the suites offer amazing waterfront views with a big-time wow factor. They do a great job of programming here so chances are you’ll stumble upon a reggae night at the outdoor bar or sunset dance party on the rooftop. This is also a serious local favorite so it’s one of the properties where even if you are a tourist you’ll find yourself mixing it up with fun and fancy free Miamians from brunch till the wee hours of the morning.

The Standard
40 Island Ave., Miami Beach
+1 305 673 1717

This is a Miami Beach classic that really stands the test of time. With a great location right on Biscayne Bay, the hotel has one of the best pools around! The view is amazing and the fare at both the restaurant and pool offer something for everyone from raw vegan options to amazing sliders. The spa here is also one of the main attractions with a co-ed common area that features a hammam, steam room and sauna that friends and couples can experience together before heading off to their treatments. One small note, the property is officially childfree so that may be a blessing or a curse to some. That being said, they welcome your fur babies with open arms so feel free to bring your pet along. Crispy, the in-house concierge, is a legend and honestly does her best to keep her guests happy and make all of their vacation dreams come true. There’s a reason this place keeps visitors coming back year after year. 

The Surf Club at The Four Seasons 
9011 Collins Ave., Surfside
+1 305 407 1415

Only recently opened, this property in Sunny Isles really lets you get away from it all.  A master class in design and elegance from the rooms, to the pool, to the bar you’ll feel like you’re stepping back into the old days of Miami glamour while also experiencing the best of what the modern era has to offer. The hotel is north from all the hustle and bustle of South Beach but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The beaches are less crowded and there’s a great boardwalk for walking, running, or just taking in the sights. The restaurants offer the pinnacle of fine dining with the newly opened The Surf Club by the one and only Thomas Keller. If you’re looking for the best Miami has to offer and a truly luxurious vacation look no further.  

PALM BEACH | THE UPDATE

WHERE TO EAT

Palm Beach Grill
340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach
+1 561 835 1077
Always packed, this buzzy Palm Beach institution has classic American food, attentive service and great people watching. Don’t miss their famous ice cream sundae! If you’re in the mood for a quick burger then head to the little spot they opened right next door called The Honor Bar.

Sant Ambroeus
340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach
+1 561 285 7990
This classic Milanese restaurant offers fine dining in the elegant interior and outdoor patio as well as casual seating at the bar. It’s also great for breakfast and a grab and go coffee. 

Pizza Al Fresco
14 Via Mizner, Palm Beach
+1 561 832 0032 
Lively, fun ambience set in a courtyard with little white lights. Perfect for a casual night indulging in their delicious thin, crispy pizza and yummy salads.

PB Catch
251 Sunrise Ave, Palm Beach
+1 561 655 5558
Beautiful, chic restaurant that serves some of the best seafood in Palm Beach.

Renato’s
87 Via Mizner, Palm Beach
+1 561 655 9752 
Romantic and elegant both inside and out, this classic Palm Beach restaurant serves authentic Italian fare with gracious, old world service. Pretend you’re in Italy and dine al fresco in their beautiful, candlelit garden.

Avocado Grill
125 Datura Street, West Palm Beach
+1 561 623 0822

This fun, relaxed spot is great for large groups and strong margaritas!

WHERE TO GO OUT

Cucina Palm Beach
257 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach
+1 561 855 7799

This Italian bistro turns into a rocking disco around 11 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Great DJ and fun crowd.

Camelot
114 S. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach
+1 561 408 1001
Stylish, trendy cocktail bar and lounge. This is the place to go if you like to stay out till 6 am and pretend you’re at a club in Miami. 

HMF at The Breakers
One South County Road, Palm Beach
+1 877 724 3188  
If you NEVER want to go to a club in Miami then you’ll love the very Palm Beach vibe of this elegant bar at The Breakers. Shockingly, an older crowd hangs here.

WHAT TO DO

Get Outside 
Walk, run or bike along The Lake Trail, a scenic 6-mile trail along the Intracoastal Waterway where you can get a peek into some of Palm Beach’s most beautiful estates. The trail runs from Peruvian Avenue North to North Lake Way.

Flagler Museum
One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach
+1 561 655 2833
This National Historic Landmark is the turn-of-the-century Gilded Age mansion of Standard Oil co-founder Henry Flagler. There are guided and self-guided tours of the stunning home as well as Flagler’s private railcar.

Norton Museum of Art
1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach
+1 561 832 5196
This museum houses an impressive collection of American, European and Chinese masterworks (their collection of Chinese jade and bronze is considered among the best in the world) and Photography. Definitely worth a visit to get your cultural fix!

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
253 Barcelona Road, West Palm Beach
+1 561 832 5328
A hidden gem right down the street from the Norton Museum. You can eat breakfast or lunch in the garden during the season.

GET PAMPERED 
Tammy Fender 
711 North Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach
+1 888 655 9991
Creator of an acclaimed, plant-based skin care line, facialist Tammy Fender offers a holistic approach to skin care at her much-loved spa in West Palm Beach. Besides her legendary facials, the spa also offers a variety of heavenly massages and body treatments.

WHERE TO SHOP 

Royal Ponciana
340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach
It’s all happening at this beautiful shopping plaza with a variety of upscale stores (Hermes, Saint Laurent, Kirba Zabete), fitness centers (Soul Cycle is located here for the season) and high end restaurants. It’s less hectic than shopping on Worth Ave. and a lot easier to park!

Antique Row
South Dixie Highway between Belvedere Road and Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach
There is something for everyone at this art and design district with dozens of well-curated vintage shops, antique and design stores to explore.

STOWE | WHERE TO EAT

Hen of the Wood
92 Stowe Street, Waterbury, VT
+1 802 244 7300
Chef Eric Warnstedt is the genius behind Vermont’s award-winning culinary masterpiece. Seven James Beard nominations, beautiful farm fresh fare, legendary wines and seamless service fill the 40 seats nightly, requiring reservations months in advance to secure a table.

Prohibition Pig
23 S. Main St, Waterbury, VT
+1 802 244 4120
Bacon and hooch are on the menu at this hip, casual-style eatery serving up stellar Southern small plates and BBQ dishes. The 20+ craft beers on tap will hold you over while you navigate the up to an hour wait any given day of the week.

The Bench
492 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT
+1 802 253 5100

Food aficionados will enjoy the Kale Caesar Salad and Moss Glen Pizza that come out of the open kitchen, while those in search of the perfect cocktail should opt for the Perry Merrill named after my favorite trail.

The Plate
91 Main St, Stowe, Vermont
+1 802 253 2691
This chic dinner spot is owned and operated by a Los Angeleno who now resides in Vermont. The Plate’s menu is a marriage between the flair and fire of Vermont flavor with the clean eating principles of California.

The Skinny Pancake
7416 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT
+1 802 760 6501

Bottomless cups of coffee, authentic crepes and abundant salads are sourced from more than 40 vibrant Vermont farms. But even better than the food is the fact that one percent of proceeds go towards not-for profit organizations dedicated to greening our planet.

STOWE | WHERE TO STAY

The Lodge at Spruce Peak

The Lodge at Spruce Peak

The Field Guide

The Field Guide

Spruce Peak
7412 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT
+1 888 478 6938
Centered at the base of Mount Mansfield, Spruce Peak is a premier destination in its own right. This luxury alpine style resort provides unparalleled hospitality and the only ski-in, ski-out lodging in New England, serving as a playground for the discerning traveler. Winter wonder off the 116 trails include ice skating, ice climbing, snowshoeing, and nightly s'mores by the bonfire. Guests can choose from a variety of “off-season” activities such as hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, rafting, fishing and zip-lining.

The Field Guide
433 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT
+1 802 253 8088
Stowe’s latest newcomer is a boutique hotel offering 30 mountain-chic rooms and suites with playful pops of color. While the hotel is a 15 minute ride to the mountain, it is centrally located downtown in the heart of Stowe.

STOWE | WHAT TO DO + WHERE TO SHOP

Dog Sled Rides
849 South Main St, Stowe, VT 05672
+1 802 253 2317
Umiak Outdoor Outfitters offers daytime scenic adventure tours and evening rides.

Snowmobiling Tours
849 Main St, Stowe, VT
+1 802 253 6221
Stowe Snowmobile Tours offers an adventurous 25-mile journey through the Mount Mansfield State Forest for both the beginner and advanced riders.

Stowe Bowl
1613 Mountain Road Stowe, VT
+1 802 253 2494
Bowling for the cool kids. Make lane reservations well in advance as they book quickly during high season.

Laughing Moon Chocolates
78 South Main St, Stowe Village, VT
+1 802 253 9591
In addition to amazing homemade chocolates, they also offer free Chocolate Dipping Demonstrations daily at 2pm, as well as adult and family workshops to create your own chocolates.

Stowe Mercantile
38 Main Street, Stowe, VT
+1 802 253 4554
Housewares, specialty treats, Stowe souvenirs and more all under one roof.

Stowe Public House
109 Main St, Stowe, VT
+1 802 585 5785

Stowe Wine and Cheese
1799 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT
+1 802 253 8606



STOWE | WHERE TO APRÈS

Doc Ponds

Doc Ponds

Idletyme Brewing Company

Idletyme Brewing Company

Doc Ponds
294 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT
+1 802 760 6066
Apres-ski spots are as important as ski conditions and no one takes it more seriously then the guys behind Doc Ponds. (The creative geniuses behind Hen of the Wood) This modern pub serves up farm to table comfort food, rotating craft brews and live music on Sunday evenings. The bayley blue balls and smoked ½ chicken are crowd faves.

Idletyme Brewing Company
1859 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT
+1 802 253 4765
Legendary family friendly pub with a simple and seasonal menu geared for locals and tourists seeking a cool atmosphere and a solid high-fare meal. Brussel sprout salad and grilled salmon balance out the 2am cheese fries and homemade pretzel nuggets.

PARIS | THE UPDATE

WHERE TO SLEEP

Hotel Villa Madame
44, rue Madame 75006
+33 1 45 48 02 81

Rue Madame might be my new favorite street in Paris, and this hotel couldn’t be cuter (or more reasonably priced). The courtyard is super sweet and its location, right next to the Jardins du Luxembourg and Saint Sulpice literally cannot be beat.

Airbnb
Sometimes an Airbnb can be hit or miss, so I wanted to share this one on rue Honoré Chevalier (right next to rue Madame, coincidentally). It’s two-bedroom with a great kitchen, super comfortable living space on a really quiet street. We loved the building and plan to stay here again and again.

Relais Christine
3, rue Christine 75006
+ 33 1 40 51 60 80
Tucked away on rue Christine is this former 13th century monastery is even more charming than it sounds. With a new renovation, a Guerlain spa and one of the best breakfasts in all of Paris, it’s a romantic, discreet hotel that screams rendez-vous.


WHERE TO EAT

Balagan
9, rue d’Alger 75001
+33 1 40 20 72 14

Warning: It is a SCENE. I mean, a serious scene. The music, the super-chic Parisians gathered outside smoking cigarettes (did they not get the memo in France?) and the ambiance all point to ultrahip and frankly, pretty intimidating. But power through because the Israeli cuisine at the end of the rainbow is nothing short of incredible.

Beef Club
58, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau 75001
+33 9 54 37 13 65

Oddly, another spot that’s more scene-y than I would usually recommend, but it’s the idea of a chic Parisian steakhouse that hooked me, and I’m happy to report that it’s worth its weight. A cold martini, a ribeye and an order of potatoes cooked in duck fat are all you need before you head to the lounge downstairs for a true French after party.

Bonhomie
22, rue d’enghien 75010
+33 1 9 83 88 82 51

It’s always fun to find a restaurant in France that isn’t French, and Bonhomie is a fantastic example of what I mean. The Mediterranean menu is small but mighty — you can easily order one of everything — all served by the friendliest staff in all of Paris.

Café de la Mairie
8, Place Saint Sulpice 75006
+33 1 43 26 67 82

This simple bistro on the Place Saint Sulpice is my favorite in all of Paris. A perfect place for a morning coffee and an omelette or a lunch of a croque monsieur served on Paris’ famous Pain Polâine.

Dersou
21, rue Saint Nicolas 75012
+33 9 81 01 12 73

It’s not the incredibly hip ambiance or the amazingly delicious food that you should come here for. In fact it’s the 5, 6 or 7 course tasting menus that are paired with cocktails — not wine — that should have you clicking “reserve” right now. Sounds weird, I know, but it works. I promise. a

Ducasse sur Seine
Port Debilly 75116
+33 1 58 00 22

Leave it superstar chef Alain Ducasse to take one of the cheesiest and most tourist-y things Paris has to offer, the Bateaux Mouches, and turn it into the chicest, most delicious floating restaurant you’ve ever seen. There’s no better way to see Paris then from the Seine, and there’s no better way to do it then from Ducasse’s boat, tricked out like any 5-star spot should be. PS: the butter is not to be missed.

Girafe
1, Place du Trocadero 75016
+33 1 40 62 70 61
Located inside the Palais de Chaillot, Girafe is relatively new and absolutely stunning. If you’re lucky enough to dine in the warmer months, take a seat on the patio and you’ll have a front row view of the Eiffel Tower. The menu, which is seafood heavy, is a welcome departure from heavier French fare, and the room is so well designed you’ll want to stay all day.

Huîterie Regis
3, rue Montfaucon 75006
+33 1 44 41 10 07

The teensiest tiniest oyster bar you ever did see, but, OMG. Pop in for a dozen and a glass of bubbles after an afternoon of shopping.

L’Atlas
11, rue de Buci 75006
+33 1 40 51 26 30

The seafood tower + a bottle of Chablis + sitting outside on the Rue de Buci = perfection.

L’Enfance du Lard
21, rue Guisarde 75006
+33 1 46 33 89 65

I’ve learned that when it comes to bistros, you can land in some subpar places in Paris, which is why this find was such an inspiration. Tucked away by Saint Sulpice, the husband-wife team who run this super cozy spot are welcoming and warm and the menu is a solid as it gets. If they have the fried smelt on the menu (tiny fried white fish) get them, and the frisée aux lardons is thankfully more lardon than frisée.

Le Servan
32, rue Saint Maur 75011
+1 33 01 55 28 51 82

Everything you’ve heard is true. The space, the food, the service — amazing, amazing, amazing. If there are broccoli fritters on the menu, get them, devour them and then get them again. Have lunch and then take a stroll through Père Lachaise, the gorgeous cemetery where such luminaries as Chopin and Jim Morrison are buried.

Monsieur Bleu
20, avenue de New York 75116
+33 1 47 20 90 47

Maybe the most beautiful restaurant I’ve ever eaten in, in one of the most spectacular settings right outside the Palais de Tokyo with views of the Eiffel Tower. And the food. OMG. The pork belly is off the charts and the chicken for two is to die for. Eat here early on your trip so you have time to go back. It’s that good.

Sebillion
20, avenue Charles de Gaulle 92200 Neuilly
+33 1 46 24 71 31
We found this “temple to leg of lamb” (their proclamation, not mine) when we were looking for a lunch spot after visiting the Louis Vuitton Foundation, but honestly, it’s worth a solo excursion. White table cloths, old school waiters and that infamous lamb will make you glad you took the trip.

Severo
8, rue des Plantes 75014
+33 1 45 40 40 91
This old butcher shop might lack ambiance (you could perform surgery in the dining room), but the steak tartare and the côte de bouef more than make up for it in spades. Plus, you’ll be hard pressed ot find another American at any one of the 10 or so tables, which is always a good sign.


WHAT TO DO

Atelier des Lumieres
38 rue Saint Maur 75011
+33 1 80 98 46 00

Trippiest experience ever. The works of Gustav Klimt digitized and projected on the walls, floors and ceilings of this uber-industrial space in the 11th. And BONUS! Le Severo is right across the street, making it the perfect way to send an afternoon. (Note: It looks like the Klimt exhibit will end on January 6, 2019, but the space will remain open showing the work of various artists in the same way.)

Palais de Tokyo
13, avenue de President Wilson 75116
+33 1 81 97 35 88

I will admit that I’ve avoided this museum on every trip to Paris because I’m just not into Asian art. Well, the joke’s on me because while it’s called Palais de Tokyo, it actually has nothing to do with Tokyo. In fact, it’s a super modern, incredibly industrial space that showcases some of the most spectacular work I’ve ever seen. The exhibit when I was there is on until June 1, 2019, called Carte Blanche to Tomás Saraceno, is almost impossible to explain but I’ll try. Think a totally black room filled with glass boxes and inside are cobwebs. Yes. Cobwebs. And spiders. And it’s magnificent. But honestly even if that exhibit is gone when you visit, there is bound to be something just as spectacular to follow.

Paris Walking Tour
93200 St Denis, France
+33 01 48 09 21 40
Walking tours can often be dry, but these are fun, informative and there’s no better way to get your steps in.

TORONTO | WHERE TO STAY

Hotel X

Hotel X

Bisha Hotel

Bisha Hotel

The Drake

The Drake

The St. Regis

The St. Regis

Hotel X
111 Princes' Boulevard
+1 647 943 9300
If you’re the type of traveler who likes to get a sweat session in to keep you energized during your holiday, then Hotel X is the place for you. Why? Because it’s got the largest hotel gym in all of Canada. I mean, seriously what could be more memorable than the chance to get your namaste on at Hotel X’s bikram yoga studio as you stare out to the iconic CN Tower? Inside the property’s 400 rooms expect contemporary interiors lined with vibrant art by landscape photographer Neil Dankoff.

Bisha Hotel & Residence 
80 Blue Jays Way
+1 416 551 2800
The Bisha in two words? Dramatic Decor. Think a lobby that features crushed velvet chairs, black marble walls and moody lighting. Of course, the beautiful people sipping martinis at The Bisha’s Mr. C lobby bar are pretty easy on the eyes as well. And yet, the hotel’s real claim to fame is its 7th floor, which was designed by none other than rockstar and full-time badass Lenny Kravitz. If you’re in town during the summer months, be sure to check out Bisha’s rooftop where light Baja bites are served up at KOST with a side of sensational city views from the hotel’s wraparound sun deck. 

The Drake 
1150 Queen St W
+1 416 531 5042
With zero affiliation to the rapper, the Drake has made a name for itself on its own accord. Since opening in 2004, the boutique property (19 rooms) has become the ultimate hub for creative types looking for a place to rest their heads in Toronto. And bonus: the hotel has a rotating calendar of screenings and concerts to keep culturally curious Canadians as well as out-of-towners satisfied. 

The St. Regis 
325 Bay St
+1 416 306 5800
Big news: The St. Regis is scheduled to open its first property in Canada at the end of November. Oh, and it’s right smack in the center of Canada’s financial capital — one of the most desirable addresses in the city. Translation? A stay here promises *endless* layers of luxury, from butlers and a heated saltwater lap pool to nightly champagne saberings in the hotel’s lobby.

TORONTO | WHERE TO EAT

Saks Food Hall

Saks Food Hall

Don Alfonso 1890

Don Alfonso 1890

La Palma

La Palma

The Drake Commisary

The Drake Commisary

Saks Food Hall by Pusateri's 
176 Yonge S
+1 416 365 3130

Trust us, this isn’t just any food hall. Nope it’s 25,000 square feet of amazing. Filled with aisle after aisle of the world’s most delicious delicacies, it gets extra points for having a champagne bar, as well as the fact that you can fuel up on whatever your heart desires  before heading upstairs to shop.

Don Alfonso 1890
19 Toronto Street 
+1 416 214 5888 

What should you expect from renowned Michelin Star Chefs Alfonso and Ernesto Laccarino? Everything. And you’ll get it! With incredible decor in a setting that can’t be missed (this new restaurant is located inside an historic building featuring soaring ceilings, moldings from the 1850 and artwork by Philippe Pasqua) and two Mediterranean tasting menus that will literally blow you away.

La Palma 
849 Dundas St
+1 416 368 4567
Being the new kid on the block isn’t easy, but La Palma has managed to fit right in. With amazing Northern Italian fare and a gorgeous ambiance, it’s well worth the carbs - we swear. Sweet potato agnolotti and fig pizza with tuscan kale and honey are just a few of the menu items being served inside the pastel-doused dining room. Oh, and the cocktails are just as dreamy with their signature La Palma featuring Montenegro, Aperol, orange, lime, egg whites, fresh mint and housemade bitters. 

The Drake Commissary 
128 Sterling Rd
+1 416 432 2922
Located next to MOCA in Toronto’s otherwise sparse Junction Triangle is the Drake Commissary. This creative culinary hub (in a past life the building was a pickle factory) now functions as a multipurpose space that boasts a restaurant, a bakery, a bar and a general store. Let Chef Jonas Grupiljonas, whose name you might recognize from his brief stint at San Fran’s Tartine Bakery, tempt you with everything from fresh sourdough to house-cured charcuterie and gelato prepared from scratch.