Dec 12, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Fact: Some of these locations are better known as business destinations (hello Moscow, Florence, Brooklyn) while some are more often associated with vacations (hello Palm Springs). However, whether your next trip is business travel or travel for fun, these recommendations are the best new places to see, Instagram, eat at and enjoy.
Read on for the full selection and make sure you bookmark them for your next trip out.
Malaya Trubetskaya ul, 10 / 7 (0)4956977007
MOS brings a touch of Nordic cuisine to the heart of Moscow, following its natural ethos of healthy foods and rustic brand identity. Estonian chef Andrey Korobyak runs the restaurant with Alexandr Zaturinsky, while Ekaterina Waltz of local Russian firm Buroe designed the interior, which features a timber ceiling panel, plush custom-made seating, and solid walnut tables, alongside copper lighting. Meanwhile, the menu features dishes like quail eggs with summer truffle or smoked whitefish caviar.
Via del Campuccio, 53 / 39 (0)550750602
Situated within the Oltrarno district of Florence just over the Ponte Vecchio, this beautiful b&b is spread over 17 acres, housed within an ancestral family mansion. Featuring seven guest rooms in the main building, and a further two in the Torrigiani, at AdAstra, each room has a different look and feel. Expect to enjoy eclectic mid-century design, parquet flooring, roll-top baths and more. While the terrace is perfect in the summer months, or wander through the stunning gardens, in this magical Italian retreat.
Mirage, Palm Springs
1111 W Racquet Club Road / 1 760 297 2230
It almost seems like a banality to have an exhibition titled “Mirage” situated in the middle of the desert, but Doug Aitken’s ranch-style house sculpture is anything but cliché. The surface of the installation is composed entirely of reflective mirrored surfaces and what is most interesting about Mirage is there is no single time to view this work nor is there a fixed perspective or correct interpretation – each individual will have a unique experience with the piece. It’s also interesting to note just how this understated structure functions entirely in response to its surroundings. Aitken and his team took the liberty of removing all doors, windows, and openings to create a fluid relationship with the enclosing environment. Mirage is a part of the Desert X, and though most of the other installations have been closed, Mirage will run through the end of October.
111 North 12th Street / 1 718 307 7100
What has been dubbed the highest rooftop in Williamsburg has now become a dining and drinking favourite in one of the hipper neighbourhoods on the continent. Situated on the 22nd floor of the newly constructed William Vale hotel lives Westlight, an unrivalled rooftop cocktail bar with 360 views out over the east coast of Manhattan, Brooklyn and even Queens! It’s safe to say celebrated chef Andrew Carmellini (of The Dutch, Little Park & more) brought his advanced culinary arts to a new level – pun totally intended. Needless to say, the view is the main attraction, but the ambience inside the bar is not to be minimized with its candlelit tables, floor to ceiling windows all complimented by plush leather yellow couches. There’s no question that this cocktail bar offers some of the best views in the city so it’s best to make a reservation in advance to avoid an extended queue.
Restaurant Bus, Hokkaido
Japan is a country of abundance when it comes to fresh produce and scenic countryside. Instead of self-driving or figuring out public transport, a new option is to head on Restaurant Bus tours where you can enjoy both the regional cuisine and view at the same time. Working with local farmers and chefs, you can enjoy a six-course meal with fresh ingredients like Hokkaido Wagyu beef while cruising in an open air bus for six hours. You can even join the fireworks festival if you coordinate your dates right!
27-29 Nicholson Street VIC 3067 / 61 (0)3 9429 0138
Brand new on the block saying gold is the new black is cafe Au79. This one is made for the Instagram photos with plenty of indoor greenery and pops of pink and gold tones everywhere – somehow the place is warm, welcoming but raw and minimal all at the same time. Not to mention, it serves up some extremely photogenic and creative spins on comfort food like smashed avocado toast and cronuts. At this point, the locally roasted coffee is just the cherry on top.
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