Of all the famous European cities, Madrid is one of the most accessible. It has top-tier cultural attractions, great shopping, excellent food and a vibrant nightlife, but it never feels prohibitively expensive or out of reach like it might in Paris or London. As an example, I was able to book a massage at The Lab Room, which is an upscale spa that Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop recommended, and the service was a reasonable 65 euros. Had it been New York, it definitely would have cost me twice as much. Barcelona might be more renowned for its restaurants, but Madrid has plenty of options that won’t leave your palate disappointed. Here is a list of some cafes, bars and restaurants that should be on your radar when visiting this capital.
Thinking about planning a getaway to Switzerland? If you are, get ready for lots of scenic train rides of picturesque mountain villages and lovely cows. Switzerland really does live up to its image of quaint country living that you might recall seeing in Ricola ads or old Heidi picturebooks. But you can only handle bucolic beauty for so long, what if you want more of an urban scene? You might’ve heard that the big Swiss cities are boring and mainly for banking, but that’s not true. Zurich in particular is highly underrated and has the artisanal food shops, clothing boutiques and farm-to-table restaurants that are necessary for any top-tier city.Read More
This London weekend itinerary is good for those who’ve been to the city before and want to explore it at a more leisurely pace that involves a mix of culture and good, casual restaurants. Picturesque neighborhood Marylebone will be your home base, and you’ll venture into Soho, Fitzrovia, City of London and South London. There’s no rushing from back-to-back appointments to make it to a show or see something before closing time. Stroll about, walk into some interesting boutiques that catch your eye, see an exhibit if you have time and, if not, don’t sweat it, and leave plenty of time to eat the best food.
You can find a piece of Brooklyn anywhere in the world. Even in London, the city we typically associate with Harrod’s and high tea. You have to go a little east, of course, to find it, in the area known as Shoreditch. Like Bushwick and the LES, it’s in a grittier part of the city, as the graffiti art might indicate, two transfers away from the main tourist hubs, but fully equipped with its own artisanal coffee shops and cute boutiques. You can very well spend a weekend here without ever having to venture out west, as we nearly did during a recent getaway.Read More