population

2 .7 mil

currency

USD

distance from ORD airport to downtown

27km

average summer temp

77F

ideal travel time

4 days


arlo hotel

Hotel

 

Arlo opened their first location in 2016 and it's no surprise that it won Fodor's 2016 Best New Hotel award. Upon entry, the pleasant yet subtle smell of sandalwood and vetiver welcomes you to the hotel's lobby, which feels just like a trendy living room; immaculate bar, lounge and eating area, and an array of communal gathering spaces. Each micro-guest room is thoughtfully designed to maximize space and storage without compromising views of the city. Your stay here will be enjoyable and relaxing.

Area / Hudson Yards 

Vibe / Trendy lifestyle boutique hotel perfecting New York's hospitality scene.

 

buvette

Cafe

 

Buvette is a very special place in New York where good food and wine is always perfection. This quaint gastrotèque in the heart of the West Village is open every day from 8 in the morning until 2 in the morning, and no matter what time of day, your experience is one to remember. Chef Jody Williams tells a story with her classic European dishes, meticulously curated wine list and cocktail bar speaking volumes to all senses of tradition. Fall in love with all things Buvette.

Area / West Village

Vibe / Vivacious gastrotèque serving exquisite and comforting French classics.

the highline

Public Space

 

An escape from the busy city streets, The High Line is the perfect retreat to gallivant in this delightful plot of public space. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro architects, this innovative public park was intended to revitalize an extensive elevated transit rail line. Promising views of the city, countless art installations and excessive greenery has quickly become a quintessential part of the city's urban landscape where the public can meander in unscripted ways. 

Area / Meat Packing > Hudson Rail Yards

Vibe / Elevated linear park stretched through one of the city's most vibrant neighbourhoods.

lower east side

Neighbourhood

 

New York is a composition of pockets of culture and atmosphere, which is why visiting it is like being able to be in twenty places at once, however the Lower East Side, or LES as it's often referred to, is effortlessly cool. It is easy to spend an entire day here wandering through galleries or museums, stopping into shops and incredible restaurants. For your dose of art and new ideas, visit the New Museum of Contemporary Art followed by a sweet treat at Morgenstern's around the corner.

Area / Lower East Side

Vibe / Trendy yet gritty exuding uncanny charm at the heart of urban cool.

de maria

Restaurant & Cafe

 

This day to night New York establishment in the heart of Nolita has become somewhat of an institution in the city. The sun-drenched space is chic yet minimal and is dishing out new American fare seven days a week. An entirely female-led restaurant with inventive and seasonal dishes are plated and served with precision and grace in pretty pastel coloured ceramics. A meal here will not only leave you feeling satiated but strong and empowered too. Girl power!

Area / Nolita

Vibe / A vibrant female-united cafe run by women, for anyone and everyone.

world trade center hub

Architecture

 

This sublime steel structure, also referred to as the 'Occulus' is the symbol of freedom and prosperity. Designed by Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava, the arched canopies extend outward creating the dramatic and grandiose effect of a widespread wingspan on the exterior. The inside is a shield of safety and is comprised of an underground path hall structure connected by shops and the subway.  

Area / Financial District

Vibe / The centrepiece of a transportation hub terminal linked to the underground PATH system.

whitney museum of american art

Museum

 

This innocuous building is one of New York's newest Renzo Piano designed projects at the centre of the Meat Packing District and the entrance to the High Line. As many of the art museums in the city can become over-saturated with gallery visitors, a part of your day spent at the Whitney is enjoyable and relaxing; allowing you to truly experience the art and architecture alike. Visit the Whitney to see beautiful contemporary art and follow with a stroll along the High Line and into the Chelsea Market for lunch. 

Area / Meat Packing District

Vibe / When the art and architecture coexist to provide for the perfect marriage.

prune

Restaurant

 

As chef and writer, Gabrielle Hamilton, wrote in her memoir Blood Bones and Butter, 'prune' was the nickname her mother gave her as a young girl. Naturally she would go on to name her restaurant of 18 years just that. Prune is ambitious and creative in its delivery of new-American classics. A restaurant essential in the East Village, Hamilton's food is nothing short of comforting and innovative. For a dining experience that is quaint, memorable and impervious to the newest trend, Prune does not disappoint.

Area / East Village

Vibe / Classic and charming unpretentious new American bistro.

mimi

Restaurant

 

One of the most excellent meals is to be had chez Mimi on Sullivan Street in Greenwich Village. It's one thing when the ambiance of a restaurant is utterly exquisite, but the food does not measure up. That could not be further from the truth at Mimi. She has it all - ambiance, sophisticated and exquisite French food, impeccable drinks and service. A standout dish through their always-changing menu is the boudin noir and be sure to finish with the baba au rum. Both two of many things that are unlike anything else.

Area / SoHo

Vibe / Romantic and contemporary bistro that feels unequivocally like Paris in SoHo.

public hotel

One of Manhattan's newest boutique hotels is all the buzz in the Lower East Side. Japanese maples and magnolia trees gracefully reside in the hotel courtyard providing for a serene outdoor experience. The rooms are trendy and minimalistic and the rooftop lounge offers a stunning view of the city. And if this hotel couldn't get any better, their whole mantra is luxury for all, meaning affordable rates all year round.  

Area / Lower East Side

Vibe / Chic and happening design hotel that promotes luxury for all.

 

other recommendations

 

The Nolitan  -  Hotel

Happy Bones  -  Cafe

Nolita  -  Neighbourhood

Four Freedoms ParkArchitecture

Wildair  -  Restaurant

Estela  -  Restaurant

Two Hands  -  Cafe & Restaurant

Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream  -  Ice Creamery

Lincoln Center  -  Public Space & Theatre

West Village  -  Neighbourhood

 


population

1.2 mil

currency

DKK

distance from CPH airport to city centre

9km

average summer temp

63F

ideal travel time

5 days


hotel sp34

Hotel

 

Of the limited selection of boutique hotels found in Copenhagen, one of the standouts without a doubt is SP34. Equipped with 118 minimally-designed rooms, four bars, two bustling restaurants and a rooftop terrace, hanging out on the casual wooden tiers of the hotel lobby can prove to be just as relaxing as hibernating in your room. To expedite you ventures into the city, you can rent bicycles directly from the concierge. Given that exquisite Danish hospitality comes as second nature here, you're sure to be in good hands.

Area / Latin Quarter

Vibe / Cool and contemporary Danish-design to perfect your hygge practice or up your wine game.

 

mirabelle

Cafe & Bakery

 

In recent years, Copenhagen has become infatuated with bread, and this off-the-beaten path institution is clear evidence of that. A seat by the expansive windows that open up to the street, deconstructed Danish breakfast, and a masterfully crafted cappuccino is the move here. You are among friends with the locals who pull up by bicycle and order crusty sourdough loaves directly from the take-out window and insist you break yourself off a piece. Ensure that you do not leave without trying the immaculate almond croissant. Or just return for the equally-satisfying dinner and order pastries for dessert. 

Area / Inner Nørrebro

Vibe / A bright all-day eatery where Italian-inspired baking nestles into Danish hygge.

israels plads / torvehallerne

Public Space / Market

 

If you travel into the city be metro to Norrebro station, this space is sure to be one of the first places you'll stumble upon. Stepping into Torvehallerne is an exercise in self-restraint of your appetite, as the vibrant food market bustling with locals drinking wine and snacking on the sidewalks is immediately inviting. Debating your options can be tough, from the Nordic-inspired tacos at Hija de Sanchez to the Danish porridges at Grød, but once decided head over to Israelsplads across the street to relax, enjoy, and people watch. Every hour the sun is out is precious time to bask in warm temperatures and enjoy the vast public space here and others scattered throughout the city.

Area / Central CPH

Vibe / Minimal public space for kids and adults alike, directly across from the diverse food hall in the heart of the city.

nørrebro

Neighbourhood

 

This vibrant neighbourhood located just north of the centre is where you will find a wide array of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. A neighbourhood equally inviting to stroll and wander aimlessly or to visit for a stellar meal at one of the many excellent restaurants, Nørrebro is reflective of the new direction for Copenhagen culture. The streets of Jægersborggade and Elmegade are two particular favourites, where the colourful and restrained historic architecture cultivates a delightful and lively street life. But to see more, join the locals and hop on a bicycle. You will find that cycling on the devoted and respected bicycle lanes is both incredibly safe and therapeutic.

Area / Nørrebro

Vibe / The up and coming hipster-cool neighbourhood with a strong coffee and restaurant culture.

aamanns deli

Restaurant

 

If you first arrive to a new city hungry and immediately seek out the food, you'll find Copenhagen is encapsulated in a couple bites at Aamanns Deli. Open-face sandwiches on rye known as smorrebrod are incredibly architectural - where every topping and garnish is strategically assembled and ingredients subtly speak to Danish culinary history. If old-school smorrebrod with pickled herring or smoked fish isn't your thing, you needn't worry - the deli also gets creative with new forms of the traditional sandwich that'll have you craving another before your done your first.

Area / Inner Oesterbro

Vibe / Casual Danish bistro in a minimal, no-fuss and intimate space. 

8 house

Architecture

 

Danish-born architect Bjarke Ingels has seen much success with work in Copenhagen and abroad, but his core design principals were all first experimented with here. Rent a bicycle and travel a mere 30min from Copenhagen to a newly developing residential quarter on the horizon of the city. Strategically positioned where rural Denmark meets the urban fabric, the figure eight-shaped complex is designed to offer residential living quarters for people at different stages of life, emphasizing design as a means to coexist. As a city within a building, you'll get lost meandering it's elevated streetscapes and utopian courtyards.   

Area / Ørestad

Vibe / A three-dimensional neighbourhood promoting spontaneous encounters and neighbour interactions.

designmuseum danmark

Museum

 

One can not meander around Copenhagen without noticing the city's shared principal of good design. You'll experience it in the well-curated restaurants and cafes as well as the minimal yet people-oriented architecture and public space, but the highest culmination is profiled at the Designmuseum. One of the most visually satisfying exhibits, "The Danish Chair" showcases the collection of chairs that were critical in shaping Denmark's reputation in furniture design across the world. 110 classic Danish chairs, including iconic pieces by Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen amongst many, provide an all-encompassing experience of Danish furniture emphasizing design as a Danish way of life.

Area / Indre By (Inner City)

Vibe / Respite from the urban streets to celebrate and admire the iconic collections of Danish designers. 

relæ

Restaurant

 

With an array of restaurants spearheading the New Nordic cuisine movement, this place still manages to stand alone as a prolific and unique expression of Danish food. Beginning humbly with the most incredibly elongated loaf of sourdough (baked by the aforementioned sister-establishment Mirabelle) the meal continues to narrate a melodic story of ingredients. The series of courses manage to create a beautiful balance with each other while still retaining a home-cooked quality void of pretentiousness. Just walking down into the cellar-like space will make you feel warm and taken care of, which makes it exactly where you would want to leave your appetite.

Area / Outer Nørrebro

Vibe / Minimal Scandinavian cottage in the city, with elevated yet comforting Nordic cuisine.

admiralgade 26

Restaurant

 

A perfect harmony of Japanese ceramics and culinary inspiration with Danish intimacy and clean design, this laid-back space is perfectly suited for a few glasses of wine as much as it is for a fantastic dinner. Housed within a loft-like space with bright tall windows, a collection of beautiful mis-mashed mid-century modern furniture is paired with an incredible aroma of Japanese-inspired seasonal dishes. Food is understated and compelling while service makes you feel like family. You'll soon find yourself switching up the chairs during dinner because each one looks just as inviting as the next.

Area / Nyhavn

Vibe / Japanese zen with Danish thoughtfulness in Old Town.

nobis hotel

Hotel

The exterior facade of this landmark building, originally erected in 1903 for the Royal Danish Academy of Music, paints a quintessential scene from a Wes Anderson film. Step inside and it is utterly stunning with its vaulted ornamental ceilings combined with clean and minimal Scandinavian designed furniture. This boutique hotel located a block from the beautiful Tivoli Gardens in central Copenhagen is luxurious yet comfortable making the splurge for the stay well worth it.

Area / Inner Vesterbro

Vibe / Danish Neoclassicism meets Swedish sensibility with a comfortable elegance.

 

other recommendations

 

Ibsens Hotel  -  Hotel

Cafe Atelier September  -  Cafe

Kødbyen Meatpacking District Neighbourhood

"Park 'N' Play" Parking Garage -  Architecture

Lidkoeb  -  Restaurant

Møller Kaffe  -  Restaurant

The Coffee Collective  -  Cafe

71 Nyhavn Hotel  -  Hotel

Papirøen  -  Food Market

Vesterbro  -  Neighbourhood

 


population

2.8 mil

currency

CAD

distance from YYZ airport to city centre

25km

average summer temp

70F

ideal travel time

3 days


the broadview hotel

Hotel

 

Making a strong case for Toronto's east end, this hip and charming social gathering spot is housed in a 127-year old building with a storied past. A delicate revitalization saw the stunning corner structure retain its former glory, making its transformation into the city's most lively boutique hotel seamless. Comprised of 58 guestrooms, 3 restaurants and vibrant and buzzy rooftop bar with a beaming view of the Toronto skyline, this home away from home is the perfect place to lounge and relax from the busy centre of the city.  

Area / Riverside

Vibe /  Quirky and elegant boutique hotel popular among locals in the heart of the East End.

 

forno cultura

Cafe & Bakery

 

There are those times when you debate on where to have breakfast or lunch, with the eventual decision to just go where you know it is always excellent. For Toronto, this is just that place. Established by a former architect with a long family history in baking, the lively crowd at breakfast and lunch fills the space to the brim with energy. Whether that be for morning coffee and cornetto, an otherwordly eggplant sandwich made on house-made focaccia for lunch, or just picking up a fresh loaf of crusty sourdough, you'll make a point to come here more than once. Just don't sleep on the selection of illegally soft amaretti cookies. 

Area / Fashion District

Vibe / An authentic Italian bakery space that is unapologetically classic, not trendy.

 Photo: Michael Graydon+Nicole Herriot

Photo: Michael Graydon+Nicole Herriot

waterfront

Public Space / Market

 

Toronto's relationship with neighbouring Lake Ontario has fluctuated, with the waterfront edge being built out and infilled over the course of the city's history. What was previously an underused stretch of arterial road along the lakeside has recently been redesigned to engage the city's accessibility to the lake. With the work of landscape architecture firms West 8 and DTAH, the stretch of Queen's Quay has been thoughtfully revitalized to incorporate bike lanes, sidewalks, street-level transit, and generous public spaces and parkettes. Whether you're grabbing a kayak to sail out from the port, or catching a movie screening on the urban beach across the sugar factory, there are always a plethora of exciting events happening here.

Area / Waterfront

Vibe / Dutch urban cool meets Canadian lakeside.

queen west & ossington

Neighbourhood

 

Named the second hippest neighbourhood in the world by Vogue, Queen West has become a verifiable artery of urban attention where you will find Torontonians strolling, shopping, eating or sipping coffee at one of the many local shops here. The Ossington Strip has similarly become the centre of the city's attention for its buzzy restaurant scene and art culture. At the crux of the two is Trinity Bellwoods, a large swath of lush park space where picnicking with friends has become city tradition. Winding down after touring the shops is best done at Sam James Coffee Bar for a quick caffeine pick-me-up, or at the always popular Bang Bang Ice Cream, where a justifiable long-winding line often stretches around the corner.

Area / Queen West

Vibe / Understated cool on traditional main streets where urban culture is booming.

aloette

Diner & Bar

 

The perfect place in Toronto to relax, unwind and bask in all things French-inspired is at Aloette. The sun-filled bistro space with banquette and bar seating is designed to mimic that of an old train car and the delightful, aromatic dishes coming out of the open kitchen keeps the diner intrigued and wanting more. The sleek and contemporary design allows you to get comfortable and linger into the late afternoon; with an easy dining setting and stellar cocktail program, the atmosphere is fun and casual. A couple standouts are the Aloette burger with fries and the iceberg wedge salad, both mind blowing and delicious.

Area / Parkdale

Vibe /  Paris in Parkdale mastering the art of French baking and pastry. 

toronto-dominion centre

Architecture

 

When Toronto-Dominion Centre opened in 1967, the future of Canadian business was immediately altered. Designed by architectural visionary, Mies van de Rohe, it was the introduction of the modernist workplace to the city's financial hub which quickly cultivated the functionality of the downtown core. While his designs are timeless yet strong and evocative, TD Centre remains one of Canada's most cultural landmarks that plays a key role in ensuring that the entire complex is energy efficient, healthy and a leader in sustainability.  

Area / Financial District

Vibe / The introduction of modernist standards of design in the centre of the financial realm.

art gallery of ontario

Museum

 

Toronto is fortunate to have an extensive permanent collection of art and sculpture at the AGO. The striking building is designed by Frank Gehry and upon entering, you are greeted by a spiral Baroque staircase clad in wood leading up to the top floor of the museum which provides for a picturesque view of the city. Bathed in an abundance of natural light, any which way you turn to start your gallery experience will eventually lead you to Galleria Italia - a long, curved atrium space comprised of wooden beams, vast windows and pocket-cafe perfectly suited for a pause between exhibits. 

Area / Chinatown

Vibe / An architectural landmark bringing people together through art and culture.

grey gardens

Restaurant

 

Kensington Market is notorious for it's incredibly diverse and multicultural food ventures, however a standout is Jen Agg's fourth Toronto establishment, Grey Gardens. It's alluring in it's design and provisions, and allows you to truly create your own experience with each visit. When it comes to the food, there is no better way to describe it other than food that feels very Toronto. The rest is up to you to come and discover for yourself. If we can make one suggestion, if available, request a seat at the chef's counter to be fully immersed in the kitchen. It is undoubtedly the best seat in the house and is guaranteed to instantly heighten your dining experience. 

Area / Kensington Market

Vibe / Dining room meets wine bar bathed in delicate candlelight.

bar raval

Restaurant

 

This Toronto establishment is somewhat of a cult favourite amongst locals. Opened by highly regarded restauranteur Grant van Gameren, Bar Raval has been coined the most beautiful bar in town and the ultimate surprise on the eyes. If you're looking for the perfect place to share some of the most incredibly exquisite pintxos and tapas, accompanied by superb cocktails with your closest friends, look no further. The whole experience is nothing short of a magical undertaking - being encapsulated in the meticulously designed mahogany millwork that is strikingly Gaudi-esque, you'll find yourself ordering plate after plate.  

Area / Palmerston

Vibe / Spanish snack bar buzzing with locals from early morning until late night.

the drake hotel

Hotel

Nestled in the heart of the West side, The Drake Hotel (no affiliation with Drake the rapper) is hip, cool and eclectic in it's design and interiors. Each of the rooms are designed and decorated differently which really gives it a unique and personal experience to every hotel guest. With three restaurants that are sure to please no matter what your craving is, The Drake is unequivocally Toronto and you couldn't visit without at least checking it out for a drink in the Sky Yard. 

Area / West Queen West

Vibe / Hipster epicentre of Toronto cool self-proclaimed as the "hotbed for culture".

 

other recommendations

 

Templar Hotel -  Hotel

NEO Coffee Bar  -  Cafe

Leslieville  -  Neighbourhood

St. Lawrence MarketFood Market

Fat Pasha  -  Restaurant

Atlas  -  Restaurant

Maker Pizza -  Takeout

Bang Bang  -  Ice Creamery

Kensington Market  -  Neighbourhood

Roncesvalles  -  Architecture

 


population

1.3 mil

currency

CZK

distance from PRG airport to city centre

18km

average summer temp

64F

ideal travel time

4 days


boho hotel

Hotel

 

Chic and upscale, it's hard to not stumble into this hotel when wandering through Old Town. The rooms are lavishly decorated with clean-lined pieces but the ground level is the place to hang out and unwind. A private library sitting room equipped with a rolling ladder and fireplace, a beautiful eating area bathed in natural light and an exquisite and relaxing spa. Your stay while in Prague will encapsulate exclusivity at its finest.

Area / Old Town

Vibe / Chic and luxurious hospitality vibes with a killer lobby playlist.

 

eska

Bakery & Restaurant

 

Eska is mesmerizing and acts as theatre for the diner. Nestled in the heart of Karlín, this bright and airy loft space with sizeable windows is a bakery, a restaurant and cafe. Grab a seat at the hightop table and become enthralled by the perfect view with all of the chefs and front of house staff prepping, cooking, and vibing out to great tunes. The coffee is great, service is attentive and everything coming out of that kitchen is made before your eyes. 

Area / Karlín

Vibe / An open-concept kitchen connecting chef to diners operating in perfect harmony.

staroměstské náměstí

Public Space

 

It would be incredibly difficult not to include Old Town Square at the centre of the city's public space.While it is vastly over-saturated with tourists and currency exchanges, it can at first feel chaotic, but once you phase out that noise and truly focus on where you are in the world, you are overcome with emotion and gratitude. Old Town Square is the central hub that connects all the tiny one-off side streets to one another which makes for the perfect opportunity to stumble and get lost. 

Area / Staroměstské Náměstí

Vibe / The true magical heartbeat of Prague.

staré město

Neighbourhood

 

Prague's Old Town is overwhelming in its whimsicality. The first time you wander the streets getting lost in the allure of every building's ornamentation, extravagant architecture, lovely street corners, or quaint side streets, you will immediately fall in love. Seek out David Černý's, "The Hanging Man" amongst many of the art installations displaced in this area, grab a pastry and a coffee and wander aimlesslessly. It is the best way to discover the beauty of Old Town.

Area / Staré Město

Vibe / Cobblestone streets lined with stunning pastel coloured ornamental facades.

kavarna místo

Cafe

 

Attention to detail is not only found in the coffee or the food here, but Místo is incredibly thoughtful in its design and space. The atmosphere is warm with the help of wood cladding and minimal with its simple, linear marble bar. Upon entry, you are welcomed by concrete bleacher-like steps, which is arguably the best seat in the house, and a gorgeous coffee machine accompanied by a top notch pastry case. There is also a full kitchen and eat-in menu if you are feeling something more satiating. Spending time here is a pleasure.

Area / Letna

Vibe / Neighbourhood gem offering stellar coffee, savoury eats and good music. 

pražský hrad

Architecture

 

Having over 700 rooms, Prague Castle is the largest in the Europe and one of the largest castle complexes in the world.  A perfect day in Prague would be to cross the Charles Bridge to walk the grounds of the complex, take a tour, or people watch. Be sure to get there early before the tour groups arrive and experience one of most breathtaking panoramic views of this stunning city.  

Area / Hradčany

Vibe / Castle complex across the river and opposite the city centre enlivened with tourists.

galerie jiří svestka

Art Gallery

 

This private gallery in the heart of the city established in 1995, showcases artwork exclusive to the Czech Republic and Central Europe for a global audience. With a specific focus on contemporary art, the gallery has participated in over 20 international art fairs and has enhanced Czech culture and set a high level for Czech contemporary art and its perception.

Area / Smíchov

Vibe / Local gallery celebrating the art and culture of Prague on an international scale.  

sansho

Restaurant

 

Chef-owner Paul Day's Asian casual fine dining and the city's first ever whole animal restaurant in the heart of Old Town is a must. The menu is designed to be shared family style, so the more guests in your party, the more dishes you can indulge in. The thoughtfulness and freshness of the ingredients, knowledgeable staff and luscious cocktails provide for a unique experience that isn't being replicated elsewhere amidst the city's restaurant scene. Having the opportunity to dine here is a privilege and one to remember.

Area / Nové Město

Vibe / Pleasureable eatery on an inviting street corner combining Czech classics with Asian twists.

field

Restaurant

 

Your dinner selection is crafted by a ten course tasting menu with available wine pairing, transports you to where they find their inspiration - in the field. The servers who sport designer jeans and trendy frames are educated in all aspects assuring your curated dining experience is nothing but enjoyable. The space is comfortable, thoughtfully designed; sleek minimalism with cheeky objects acting as a reminder of where the ingredients are harvested from. Local and seasonal ingredients sometimes take the form of their initial origin, however, the dishes are delectable and complimentary of each course.

Area / Staré Město

Vibe / Casual atmosphere never made a Michelin-star establishment so delightful.

hotel moods

Hotel

 

The contemporary new design of this boutique hotel with subtle retro nuances is the perfect stay no matter what you're in the mood for. With its central location perfectly nestled between Old Town Square and the Karlín district, your stay will be comfortable, inviting and relaxing. Inspirational quotes are painted on the walls of each guest room, and the breakfast is complimentary and plentiful if you're about convenience. You're in good hands here as the staff makes you feel right at home.

Area / City Center

Vibe / Boutique design hotel with incredibly kind staff steps away from Old Town Square.

 

other recommendations

 

The Emblem Hotel  -  Hotel

EMA Espresso Bar  -  Cafe

Letná District  -  Neighbourhood

The Dancing HouseArchitecture

Cafe Savoy  -  Restaurant

Sisters  -  Restaurant

OneSip Coffee  -  Cafe

Creme de la Creme  -  Ice Creamery

Havel Market  -  Food Market

Karlin  -  Neighbourhood

 


population

2 .7 mil

currency

USD

distance from ORD airport to downtown

27km

average summer temp

77F

ideal travel time

4 days


ace hotel

Hotel

 

The always-promising ACE Hotel debuts in the West Loop neighbourhood as a tranquil retreat in an otherwise buzzing area. With an array of different room sizes each housing different artwork by local art students, you will be comfortably situated amongst the central and always riveting restaurant scene, which is sure to not disappoint. Be sure to stay in one morning and enjoy breakfast at City Mouse, helmed by hometown Chicago chefs from Giant reasturant in Logan Square.

Area / West Loop

Vibe / Laid-back minimal cool, but with rough-around-the-edges details and guitars in your room.

 

caffe streets

Cafe

 

This local neighbourhood gem is warm, inviting and serves no frills great coffee and excellent scones. An environment equally suited for a quick catch-up with friends or hanging solo and people-watching out of the expansive windows with a book in hand; the cavernous, intimately designed space and the people behind the bar define Chicago hospitality at its best. 

Area / Wicker Park

Vibe / A warm cavern for respite, with locals making you feel right at home.

riverwalk

Public Space

 

It's not often that you can hang out in a central public space that winds right through the centre of the city. Whether grabbing some lunch and watching the boats drift by along the river, renting a kayak or bicycle to explore the linear urban park, or taking a walk at dusk and admiring the collection of stunning urban Chicago architecture that surrounds it, the Riverwalk summarizes the Chicago urban environment wonderfully, all while profiling the city's magnificent success of being built on water.

Area / Downtown

Vibe / The city's public living room, stretched along an urban river.

fulton market district

Neighbourhood

 

If you have time to wander around this district which once housed much of the wholesale produce distribution and lumber factories in the 19th century, you may notice one thing: there is an aromatic smell of chocolate that lingers in the air. You look around trying to find out the origin of the intoxicating scent, but can't quite find it. Don't be alarmed, the Blommer Chocolate Company is the culprit. Let this chocolate smell be the segway to one of the most dynamic and interesting neighbourhoods to eat in Chicago. Whether it's Monteverde for excellent pastas, or Roister for inventive wood-fired dishes, you've got all choices at your fingertips here.

Area / Fulton Market

Vibe / Warehouse cool with cobblestone streets and a buzzing restaurant scene.

cellar door provisions

Bakery and Cafe

 

On a neighbourhood street corner with a bright and sunny storefront, some of Chicago's best pastries and baked goods are being crafted with the utmost love and care. A strip of brown paper houses the daily handwritten menu, from naturally-fermented sourdough and custardy quiches for breakfast to pillowy ricotta gnudi and turnip hummus with dukkah for lunch. A slow Saturday morning with a flaky croissant and a chat with some friendly neighbourhood locals is a slice of heaven.

Area / Logan Square

Vibe / Scrappy casual yet perfectly tidy, with an open kitchen emitting the most wonderful scents.

robie house

Architecture

 

Part of a collection of houses that Frank Lloyd Wright designed in Chicago, the Robie House defined the New American Prairie Style at its finest. Completed in 1910, the house's horizontal roof lines, deep overhanging eaves, and natural materials encapsulated the context of the American Midwest and began a precedent for residential architecture in Chicago. A trek to the house is worth it to tour the tree-lined neighbourhood, but be sure to make a stop at Plein Air Cafe afterwards.  

Area / Hyde Park

Vibe / Prairie House Americana with exquisite details to admire for hours.

art institute of chicago

Museum

 

If you ever had a fantasy to pull your own Ferris Bueller's day off, this is the exact place to bring that dream to fruition. This museum is a Chicago staple cherished by visitors and locals alike. Linked adjacently by a pedestrian bridge to Millennium Park, which makes for a lovely outdoor space for post-art contemplation, enjoy beautiful artworks from Van Gogh, Monet and Degas to name a few. With an impressively detailed addition designed by architect Renzo Piano, you'll easily get lost in both the art and the architecture. 

Area / Millenium Park

Vibe / A welcome retreat from the city, with contemporary spaces and old courtyards to immerse yourself in.

elske

Restaurant

 

For some of the most exciting New American cooking in Chicago, this minimal restaurant by husband-and-wife team David and Anna Posey fits the bill. Both Chicago alum of some of the finer eating establishments in the city, the two have created a place which feels warm and charming yet incredibly relevant to the city's wide-reaching food culture. A well-priced and highly recommended tasting menu will end with one of Anna's signature desserts which is just as much a treat to look at as it is to eat. 

Area / West Loop

Vibe / Minimal Scandinavian design, with personal charm and a lovely courtyard.

avec

Restaurant

 

Paul Kahan is a name synonymous with excellent cooking in Chicago. One of his most notable spots amidst his restaurant endeavours, Avec revolutionized the eating culture of the city with a family style dining experience focusing on Mediterranean plates that begged to be shared. What was originally conceived as a wine bar has evolved into its rightful place as one of the most coveted restaurants in Chicago, equally as enjoyable for lunch as it is for dinner. Any dish will be a standout and mesmerizing affair, but be sure to kick off your meal with the intensely delicious chorizo-stuffed medjool dates.

Area / Fulton Market

Vibe / Clean and contemporary in a small intimate space, with all the characteristics of your favourite diner.

the robey

Hotel

For a place to rest your head that feels uniquely Chicago while also being a retreat from the centre of the city, the Robey is the hip boutique hotel of the vibrant Wicker Park neighbourhood. Housed in an Art-Deco tower originally built in 1929, the 29-storey building was the first Chicago skyscraper to be built outside of the Loop. Whether you are in town on business, a Chicago native looking for a stay-cation or just looking to grab a coffee at Cafe Robey, this understated and minimal space serves as a perfect retreat. Not to mention the surreal rooftop pool with 180-degree views. 

Area / Wicker Park

Vibe / Danish design cool in a local hood, housed in quintessential Chicago architecture.

 

other recommendations

 

The Freehand  -  Hotel

Sawada Coffee  -  Cafe

Wicker Park  -  Neighbourhood

IIT Campus Architecture

Parachute  -  Restaurant

Lula Cafe  -  Restaurant

Doughnut Vault  -  Doughnut & Coffee Shop

Longman & Eagle  -  Hotel

Millennium Park  -  Public Space

Logan Square  -  Neighbourhood

 


population

2.9 mil

currency

EUR

distance from FCO airport to downtown

31km

average summer temp

78F

ideal travel time

6 days


fifteen keys

Hotel

 

Housed in a renovated townhouse a mere 10-minute walk from the Colosseum, this boutique hotel feels like a private residence all to yourself. Within a quiet, cobble-stoned neighborhood packed with an array of cafes and vintage boutiques, it's name alludes to the 15 individually designed rooms across four floors, all bathed in sunlight and offering views of either the courtyard or the neighboring Roman rooftops. Each understated and comfortably sized room features old exposed stone architecture, walk-in closets, petite balconies for a morning espresso, and padded headboards upholstered in neutral fabrics. Consider it your retreat to unwind in after exploring the sometimes hectic Eternal City, with wines, cocktails, and non-alcoholic drinks available at your disposal.

Area / Monti

Vibe / Intimate rooms where Roman classicism meets clean minimalism.

 

roscioli

Cafe & Salumeria

 

A multifaceted operation in the heart of Rome when it comes to pastries and exquisite Italian delicacies. From a vast array of amaretti cookies to strong Italian espressos, Roscioli is a city staple, a must for anyone looking for that quintessential bakery and cafe space that embellishes quality for their craft. Four generations strong, the two brothers who currently run the show operate with precision which includes the best ingredients, the purest of passion for what they do, carrying forth their traditions and values for generations to come. These quality products are not only artisanal and well-made, but a clear example of what attentiveness to tradition and excellence truly stands for.  

Area / Campo de' Fiori & Via Arenula

Vibe / Authentic antico forno for classic Italian provisions and love for their craft.

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piazza navona

Public Space

 

Stumbling the streets of Rome is unequivocally magical. The narrow cobblestone alleyways that eventually lead you to Piazza Navona make you feel like you found the light at the end of the tunnel - and that light is heaven. Three beautiful Baroque-style fountains enveloped by shops, restaurants and traditional Roman architecture, bustling with tourists and locals alike, is stunning and overwhelming in the most beautiful way. This is the perfect place to people watch, throw coins in the fountains wishing and dreaming of the day you return to Rome.

Area / Centro Storico

Vibe / Hidden square tucked between the narrow Roman streets that is meant to be stumbled upon.

campo de' fiori

Neighbourhood

 

With a name that translates literally to field of flowers, does it not want to make you wander and stumble even more now? What was once a field of fresh flowers, today, the piazza Campo de' Fiori is lively from morning until night with terraces overflowing with people and a fresh fruit and flower market every morning since 1869. This is the perfect neighbourhood to discover if you have a whole day to wander aimlessly; at night the piazza becomes alive with restaurants, wine bars and terraces open well into the early hours.  

Area / Campo de' Fiori

Vibe / For the hopeless romantic and notorious wanderluster looking to be a local.

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Arianna Giuntini

bonci pizzarium

Bakery and Cafe

 

Carb enthusiasts and pizza lovers, unite - Bonci Pizzarium is the hit list for some of the best pizza in the city. Served al taglio or 'by the cut', this is the way the Romans do it and you won't look back. The hole in the wall establishment is frequented by locals and sought out by tourists. When your stomach starts grumbling during your tour of St. Peter's square and the Vatican Museum, a short ten minute walk away will satisfy all of your cravings.

Area / Trionfale District

Vibe / Where Roman pizza dreams are made of.

parco della musica

Architecture

 

Whether you have a passion for music and are seeing a concert here or have a passion for architecture and design, Parco della Musica is the perfect adventure on the slight outskirt of central Rome. Designed by Italian architect, Renzo Piano, the complex was built on the site of the 1960s Olympics in Rome and currently is the centre for many spectacular live music concerts from a variety of different genres. Enjoy the musical arts or seek out this architectural landmark, it is sure to not disappoint. You may even get a private tour by one of their incredible tour guides. 

Area / Quartiere I Flaminio

Vibe / Wonderfully designed indoor and outdoor public music complex just north of Rome.

maxxi museum

Museum

 

This coveted museum located at Rome's first outskirt, not directly a part of the old centre, but still central, is one of the late Zaha Hadid's most prominent designs. Her quintessential design aesthetic creates fluidity and the smooth curved walls house some of the most prevalent contemporary art and architecture pieces that are directly correlated to the Italian context. The Maxxi Museum is devoted to contemporary creativity and if you have an affinity for art and architecture, add this museum to your travel itinerary.

Area / Quartiere I Flaminio

Vibe / Contemporary art pieces showcased in an award-winning architectural project.

da cesare al casaletto

Restaurant

 

Life goal when visiting Rome: eat cacio e pepe. This simple yet complex Roman dish is only a handful of ingredients however, to execute to perfection is a daunting task. Since the 1950s, Da Cesare is a family owned restaurant that is still dishing out the comforting Italian pasta dishes that are just like Nonna used to make. The use of fresh local ingredients of the highest quality, and generous hospitality make you feel like are right at home. You have not tasted pasta until you have had it here in the heart of Rome. 

Area / Quartiere XII Gianicolense

Vibe / Rustic family classics executing charm and tradition in every dish.

marzapane

Restaurant

 

The comfort of Italian food is notorious for being one heavy course after another. Marzapane offers a new and innovative spin on the typical Italian plates with thoughtfully curated tasting menus. While the minimalistic and contemporary composition of the restaurant pays homage to that of conventional Scandinavian design, the food is lightly avant-garde in its approach to traditional Italian cuisine. With an open kitchen laboratory, fully stocked wine cellar and exposed limestone, the upscale dining experience is delightful and delicious and best of all, an affordable dinner splurge while on vacation. You can indulge and enjoy while not worrying about the bill at the end of the meal. 

Area / Quartiere IV Salario

Vibe / A curated narrative of taste and excellence for an over-sensorial take on Italian cuisine.

the corner townhouse

Hotel

 

With its hidden doors and tucked-away terraces, this retreat is an under-the-radar, modest little gem of a hotel. In the relatively undiscovered Aventine neighborhood just a 10-minute stroll from Circus Maximus, it's intimate charm is complemented by a laid-back openness with a glass-walled restaurant that retreats its roof in the warmer months and a street-level bistro as inviting as Nonna's garden. It's unique charm comes in the form of the 11 bedrooms designed by the owner, architect Danilo Magilo, all defined by bold colour schemes, comfortable white wingback chairs, and mirrors that turn into televisions at the touch of a tablet. For all of its untouched nostalgic charm, its understated 21st century updates make for a truly stress-free stay. 

 

Area / Aventine

Vibe / Eclectic and contemporary boutique hotel completely redefining Roman hospitality.

 

other recommendations

 

94 Rooms ~ Scipioni  -  B&B

Pasticceria Andrea de Bellis  -  Cafe

Trastevere  -  Neighbourhood

PantheonArchitecture

Gelateria del Teatro  -  Gelato

Armando al Pantheon Restaurant

Litro -  Winebar

Buonanotte Garibaldi  -  Hotel

Ponte Sant'Angelo  -  Public Space

Piazza di Spagna  -  Neighbourhood