With Northern Hemisphere’s Fashion Weeks still in full-swing, we’ve got incurable wanderlust and a desire to quit our jobs and book a one-way ticket outta here! For those with travel plans to our fave fashion capitals on the horizon, we’ve curated a list of the best hotspots and things to do on your trip!
If you’re a first timer in New York, you’ve gotta try the food made famous by the big screen. Yep, we’re talking ’bout hot dogs, doughnuts, New York style cheesecake and bagels! We’re so excited we don’t even mind the carb and sugar overload! Head to Absolute Bagels (2788 Broadway, NY 10025) for delish cinnamon raisin or garlic and poppy seed bagels. For NY’s best hotdog, take a stroll on over to Crif Dogs (113 Saint Marks Place, NY 10009). If you’re a fan of hot and spicy flavours, try the Spicy Red Neck – a bacon wrapped dog with chilli, coleslaw and jalapeños!
A visit to a rooftop pool shouldn’t go amiss on your trip! Bars such as Mr Purple or Jimmy At The James are perfect for NY Summertime (Fourth of July anyone?!) Grab your girls, your togs, an inflatable and make a splash with their feel-good tunes, cold beers and fruity cocktails as well as skyline views to write home about!
London loves a good market! From Borough food markets, to Brick Lane, and then all the way to Portobello – there’s something for everyone! Indulge in some of England’s multicultural delicacies or pick up a vintage trinket to treasure forever. Either way, you’re sure to pick up something interesting here!
With too many bars to choose from in London, it’s safe to say anywhere you walk, you’ll find somewhere great! Head to Dirty Martini in Covent Garden for an underground non-stop party with classic RnB tunes. Or perhaps a good ol’ London pub is more your thing? Punch & Judy is just a stone’s throw away from Dirty Martini, and has a balcony to be merry on! Or if you’re up for a night you don’t wanna forget, head to hotspot Chelsea or Soho for all-night-long parties with some rather eccentric characters!
See & Do
With so much to do and sometimes so little time to see it all in, you’ve gotta live like the local, jump on the underground and ride around town with an Oyster. Navigate your way up to St. John’s Wood Station for that famous Abbey Road crossing pic, jump off at Waterloo, walk down to see the London Eye along the Thames, and set foot across Westminster Bridge for those enviable Houses of Parliament views. For those in seek of off-the-grid hotspots, keep an eye out for Banksy at the graffiti tunnel underneath Waterloo station, drink with the locals in Amy Winehouse’s fave pub: Camden’s Hawley Arms, or brunch with the cool kids on Shoreditch high street.
London’s shopping districts are off the chart – especially come Christmastime. Oxford, Carnaby and Bond Street are bustling with festive cheer. Take a gander into Harrods if you’re in Knightsbridge and play with the giant cuddly bears and railway tracks in the enormous toy room. Indulge in a new designer handbag in Victoria Beckham’s favourite department store, Selfridges or hit the three-storey Topshop in Oxford Street’s main centre. With so much to buy, you’re going to need that extra suitcase…
A trip to Italy’s capital wouldn’t be complete without a stop off at Spontini’s Pizzeria. Globally renowned for it’s ultra-cheesy deep pan pizzas – this is one for the bucket list. With only two pizzas to choose from on the menu – the selection is easy! Be quick to arrive early – there are almost always queues out the door!
Being so close to Milano, it only seems right you take a day trip North-East to Verona, passing by Lake Garda for it’s picturesque sea-scape. In Verona, you’ll come face to face with mass amounts of gelato in every flavour imaginable (Ferrero Rocher is a must!) See amphitheatres, retro Vespas and Juliet’s balcony from Shakespeare’s tale of two star-cross’d lovers: Romeo & Juliet. The historical site is always very popular, so make sure you head there during off-peak times. A visit to one of the most romantic places in history wouldn’t be complete without writing your own love letter and sticking it to the wall, amongst thousands of others declaring their undying love. Awww!
Via Montenapoleone is an essential destination for luxury shopping in Milan. Home to big designer brands such as Gucci, Prada, Valentino and Fendi, this shopping street is the quintessential fashion-lover’s destination. Invest in some genuine Italian leather goods, or shop up a storm in high-street stores more in our price range (our bank accounts say thank you!)
Paris is known as the City of Love for a reason! The city comes alive at dusk, and you’ll find swarms of Parisian students and lovers lining the Seine riverbank watching the sunset. Grab a bottle of red wine, a wheel of soft camembert and a fresh baguette – finished off with a box of macarons from Laduree for the ultimate French feast! Just a tip – bring your corkscrew or you’ll be wandering the river until you find someone with one!
If you happen to be visiting Paris on the first Sunday of each month, then you’re in luck! All the best-loved national museums and galleries are free to patrons looking for a little culture. Our top picks are of course the Louvre, Musée Rodin, Musée Picasso and Musée d’Orsay to name but a few. If you’re looking for something extra spectacular, take a glimpse inside the Sainte Chappelle within the medieval Palais de la Cité, for breathtaking views of the 15 stained glass windows dominating the interior.
Travellers tend to stay central when it comes to big cities – and who can blame them; everything is within walking distance. But sometimes the outer suburbs can be the most magical. Find an Air Bnb in the artsy arrondisement of Montmartre – the area famously known for Amelie’s cafe ‘Le Cafe des 2 Moulins’ (The Two Windmills), The Sacre Coeur and Van Gogh’s studio. The narrow, cobbled streets are quaint and picturesque – exactly how you imagine Paris. There are weekend markets with caricature artists, corner cafes with old friends watching the world go by, and street performers playing accordions. As Montmartre is perched high on one of Paris’ hills, you get spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower at dusk from the impressive Sacre Coeur.
Our European escape wouldn’t be complete without a spot of shopping. Head to Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen for the finest fur coats, furniture, maps, coins and jewellery. Or if you’re keen to hit up some of Europe’s finest boutiques, head to luxurious department store Galeries Lafayette and Colette, or walk the entire length of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées for H&M, Zara and Abercrombie & Fitch to name but a few. Ooh la la.
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