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Recommended experiences from AFAR Magazine

Vue de monde

Melbourne
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Vue de Monde: Sky-Scraping Fine Australian Dining
Chef Shannon Bennett now presides over a small constellation of Australian restaurant, including a cafe in Melbourne International, but his flagship Vue de Monde in its new spot in the Rialto Tower remains one of Melbourne's finest. Go for French-accented Australian dishes paired with stellar views of the Australia's vibrant second city.
Vue de Monde: Sky-Scraping Fine Australian Dining
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Sunrise Kempinski Hotel

Beijing
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Spend a Night in Beijing's Most Pastoral Hotel
The new Sunrise Kempinski Hotel is an hour’s drive north of Beijing, where skyscrapers give way to the farmland surrounding Yanqi Lake. Despite the space-egg look, the hotel manages to feel both traditional and bucolic, with a ceremonial teahouse, Chinese massages, and views of the Yan Mountains from many rooms in the 21-story orb. Play the day away by hiking the nearby Mutianyu section of the Great Wall or paddling on the lake, then return for a night stroll to see the hotel’s 10,000 exterior glass panels glow, lit by hydroelectric power. And, yes, this crazy design has a story. From the side, it’s a scallop (a symbol for fortune); from the front, a sun (emblematic of China’s growth). From $320 This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Spend a Night in Beijing's Most Pastoral Hotel
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Hotel Stary

Kraków
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Start your Night at Hotel Stary's Sky Bar
Kraków’s medieval skyline is best viewed from the top—at the roof-level Sky Bar of Hotel Stary, which also happens to be a solid choice for accommodations. For your first beer of the night, order any type of Zywiec, Poland’s national brew, made just outside the city. Don’t be surprised when it’s served with a straw. From $240 This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Start your Night at Hotel Stary's Sky Bar
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bar mleczny

Kraków
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Hearty Brunch at Bar Mleczny in Old Town
You can translate bar mleczny as “milk bar,” but the name is misleading. These Communist-era canteens (we recommend the aptly named Bar Mleczny in Old Town) recall Poland’s shortage economy in the 1950s, when the government subsidized meals for workers. Much of the menu back then was dairy based, hence the name, but locals these days sober up at them with everything from goulash to borscht. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Hearty Brunch at Bar Mleczny in Old Town
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Dawno temu na Kazimierzu

Kraków
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Cocktail Hour at Dawno Temu Na Kazimierzu
The walls of Dawno Temu Na Kazimierzu are lined with accordions, mannequins, and miscellany in a nod to Kazimierz, the historic Jewish quarter where it stands. Absolutely everyone, the elderly women included, will be taking shots of Zubrówka, a dry vodka that gets its herbaceous flavor from bison grass. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Cocktail Hour at Dawno Temu Na Kazimierzu
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Kogel Mogel - Polska Restauracja w Krakowie

Kraków
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Traditional Polish Cuisine at Kogel Mogel
A five-minute walk from the main market square and you’re at Kogel Mogel, a cozy, velvet-curtained spot for traditional Polish cuisine. On the cheeky menu, printed to look like a Communist newspaper, watch out for the pierogies and the house specialty: goose marinated in red wine and served with plums. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Traditional Polish Cuisine at Kogel Mogel
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Stara Zajezdnia Kraków by DeSilva

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Stara Zajezdnia: A Good Brewery with Good Dancing
Night owls convene at Stara Zajezdnia, a former tram terminus, to dance to sets from live DJs. A good word to know here: piwo. It means “beer,” and this spot brews its own. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Stara Zajezdnia: A Good Brewery with Good Dancing
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Alchemia od Kuchni

Kraków
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Live Jazz and Folk Music at Alchemia
Kraków loves its music. Shows at Alchemia are generally more mellow—jazz and folk are staples—but you are in Europe; check the lineup if you’re allergic to techno. The bar doesn’t close until 4 a.m., so feel free to linger after the encore. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Live Jazz and Folk Music at Alchemia
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Le Gabriel

Bordeaux
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Where French History Meets Molecular Gastronomy in Bordeaux
Given its UNESCO world heritage status, there's no mistaking the grandeur of this 18th-century property. But the food at Le Gabriel is as modern as the walls are ancient: expect chef-selected meals with foams, gelées, and plenty of style. Looking for an even more casual dinner out? Try Le Bistrot Gourmand, which serves elegant terrines, caesar salads, and rustic tarts in a casual, slightly crowded space.
Where French History Meets Molecular Gastronomy in Bordeaux
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Relais & Châteaux Cordeillan-Bages

Pauillac
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Two Michelin Star Dining in a 17th-Century French Château
Tucked away in the pastoral Médoc region, this elegant château houses one of the biggest stars in the French culinary galaxy: chef Jean-Luc Rocha. The celebrated chef was named a Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 2007—the honor is only bestowed every four years—and his on-site restaurant has maintained two Michelin stars for the several years. It's absolutely worth the short drive north of Bordeaux to sample blue lobster with coral cappuccino and foie gras with green apple sorbet, all accented with wines from the château's famed cellar.
Two Michelin Star Dining in a 17th-Century French Château
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Dram & Grain

Washington
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Dram & Grain: D.C.'s Coolest Speakeasy
Our favorite D.C. cocktail is the rye-based Maiden Voyage at the new Dram & Grain. At first, it drinks like a Sazerac. As the ice melts, the bitters emerge and it’s like a whole new drink. —SARAH BAIRD This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Dram & Grain: D.C.'s Coolest Speakeasy
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City Center

Washington
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Where to Find a Momofuku Milk Bar in D.C.
The new City Center DC boasts Kate Spade and Burberry shops. Look out this year for David Yurman and Louis Vuitton locations (plus a Momofuku MilkBar!). This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Where to Find a Momofuku Milk Bar in D.C.
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City Center

Washington
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Where to Find a Momofuku Milk Bar in D.C.
The new City Center DC boasts Kate Spade and Burberry shops. Look out this year for David Yurman and Louis Vuitton locations (plus a Momofuku MilkBar!). This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Where to Find a Momofuku Milk Bar in D.C.
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Mockingbird Hill

Washington
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Try a Coffee Cocktail at D.C.'s Mockingbird Hill
By night, the staff makes sherry cocktails. By day, it makes coffee ones. Try the Kenya Cola, a curious mix of joe, three bitters, and soda water that tastes like Coke for grown-ups. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Try a Coffee Cocktail at D.C.'s Mockingbird Hill
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Red Hen

Washington
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Red Hen: D.C.'s Best Comfort Food
“It’s one of D.C.’s hippest spots right now. Look for rustic, comforting dishes; the wood-grilled chicken is spot-on. Don’t miss the funky orange wines the bar serves by the glass, either.” —Local food blogger Zach Patton of The Bitten Word on his essential eats in the District. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Red Hen: D.C.'s Best Comfort Food
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The Jefferson, Washington, DC

Washington
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Jefferson Hotel: Bed Down at White House North
The Beaux-Arts-style Jefferson Hotel is such a magnet for political VIPs it’s been called White House North. (The Obamas live a few blocks away.) From $300 This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Jefferson Hotel: Bed Down at White House North
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The Wydown Coffee Bar

Washington
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Washington D.C.'s Finest Pour-Over Coffee
If you’re hooked on rich, bright coffee made pour-over style, the Wydown is your day’s first stop. Grab a lavender scone, too. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Washington D.C.'s Finest Pour-Over Coffee
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La Colombe

Washington
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The Coffee Shop Where D.C. Baristas Drink
La Colombe—which sits on Blagdon Alley, a row of 19th-century buildings—is the sort of place that baristas go to caffeinate. Try a single-origin option: La Colombe’s buyers source beans from farmers they know by first name. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
The Coffee Shop Where D.C. Baristas Drink
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President Lincoln Cottage

Washington
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Trade the Lincoln Memorial for Lincoln's Cottage
For a historical experience beyond the usual suspects, drive out to the city limits and tour President Lincoln’s Cottage. Opened to the public a few years back, it was Abe’s retreat. In fact, he drafted the Emancipation Proclamation within these walls. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Trade the Lincoln Memorial for Lincoln's Cottage
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Union Market

Washington
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Eat Your Way Through Washington D.C.'s Biggest Food Hall
At the booths of Union Market, a massive shopping hall, vendors sell made-from-scratch biscuits, Chesapeake Bay oysters, and reclaimed-wood furniture like that of your favorite boutique hotel. Save time for a rare art film at the new Angelika Theater on the top level, too. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Eat Your Way Through Washington D.C.'s Biggest Food Hall
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Beau Thai - Shaw

Washington
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The Most Authentic Thai in Washington D.C.
“The Thai chef, Aschara Vigsittaboot, makes classic dishes with extra-authentic ingredients. Where else can you find duck curries? No other place in town.” —Local food blogger Zach Patton of The Bitten Word on his essential eats in the District. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
The Most Authentic Thai in Washington D.C.
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Le Diplomate

Washington
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Le Diplomate: Washington D.C.'s Best Power Breakfast
“This French bistro has the most beautiful tiled atrium and is popular among Capitol Hill’s elite (including Michelle Obama). Go for breakfast when they serve steel-cut oatmeal with pistachio cream.” —Local food blogger Zach Patton of The Bitten Word on his essential eats in the District. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Le Diplomate: Washington D.C.'s Best Power Breakfast
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Rose's Luxury

Washington
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Rose's Luxury: Washington D.C.'s Most Out-There Pasta
“It’s walk-in only, and the wait can be two hours long. Out-there dishes, such as the lychee salad with corn nuts and the strawberry pasta, are well worth the wait, though.” —Local food blogger Zach Patton of The Bitten Word on his essential eats in the District. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Rose's Luxury: Washington D.C.'s Most Out-There Pasta
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La Casita Pupuseria & Market

Silver Spring
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Secret Salvadoran Eats in Washington D.C.
The D.C. metro area is home to one of the strongest Salvadoran communities in the nation, so also home to top-notch pupuserías. In the northern reaches of the city, in Silver Spring, you’ll find La Casita, which is cultish among locals. Try the deeply comforting sopa de mariscos and the loroco-blossom pupusas, which are aromatic and addictive. By Sarah Baird. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Secret Salvadoran Eats in Washington D.C.
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Pacific Surf School

Tofino
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Surf Rentals and Lessons at Pacific Surf School
Founded in 1998, Pacific Surf School, also a rental shop and guide service, gives thorough, safety-conscious lessons to novice and experienced surfers alike. From $67. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Surf Rentals and Lessons at Pacific Surf School
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Tofino Surf School

Tofino
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Surfing for the Whole Family
The family-friendly Tofino Surf School offers group and individual lessons with an experienced staff. From $59. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Surfing for the Whole Family
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Surf Sister Surf School

Tofino
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Surf School & Camp
The Surf Sister shop, school, and camp are run by women but friendly to dudes as well. Just know they might make you wear a hot pink rash guard. From $67. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Surf School & Camp
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Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Alberni-Clayoquot C
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Stay in Luxury Tents at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
The luxury tents at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort are perfect for a romantic retreat or a family getaway. Open May through September, the all-inclusive resort is accessible only by plane or boat. From $4,034 for three nights. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Stay in Luxury Tents at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
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