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Analog Coffee

Seattle
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Handcrafted Coffee at Analog, Seattle
Once a pop-up, Analog opened a full-blown café three years ago with an eye toward minimalism. Rather than use an automated espresso machine, baristas pull shots using a manual Synesso machine in a big, bright shop that nods rather vigorously to Seattle’s Scando-coastal roots (white-washed walls, reclaimed woods, muted greens and blues). Another devotee of Herkimer Coffee, this Capitol Hill spot also pays homage to local dairy—perfect for that locally made Tall Grass granola—and our pre-digital life, with a trove of relics to browse like newspapers (the paper kind!), records, tapes, and comic books. Try it there: The cold-brew on tap. Analog was the first Seattle coffee shop to install a tap system. Bring it home: A bottle Herkimer cold-brew to compare to those Stumptown bottles. Or, bring your own growler to fill up on the draft stuff.
Handcrafted Coffee at Analog, Seattle
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Porchlight Coffee

Seattle
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Spin Vinyl and Sip Coffee at Seattle's Porchlight
With its stone floor, spare walls, and blond wood furniture, Porchlight feels a bit like a Scandinavian student’s studio apartment—albeit one equipped with phenomenal coffee, super friendly baristas, and a solid selection of vinyl. It’s small enough that, if it’s a quiet morning, your barista will chat you up while making your double-shot cappuccino. The shop is Seattle through-and-through: Beans are from Greenwood-based Herkimer, the espresso machine was built in Seattle by Synesso, and the Porchlight brand includes its own record label (featuring locals artists like Grand Hallway and Pretty Old). Try it there: A vegan Mighty-O donut. Bring it home: Keaten Henson’s “Metaphors” on vinyl.
Spin Vinyl and Sip Coffee at Seattle's Porchlight
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Stumptown

Seattle
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Read and Sip at Stumptown
Want proof of Stumptown’s bean-geekiness? Founder Duane Sorenson—who earned his roasting chops at Seattle’s Lighthouse Coffee—opened the Seattle branch(es) of Stumptown because he refused to ship beans farther than 45 minutes from the Portland-based roastery. Finicky? Yes. But what a treat for Seattleites, especially those who live within walking distance of this pinnacle of northwest coffee cool. With straight-backed benches and tiny tables, the 12th Ave café is geared more toward the read-and-sippers than to the study crowd. Which means that there’s somehow always a spot to sit, even on busy weekends when Capitol Hill locals lounge with pour-overs and the New York Times. Want to tease out the nuances between the Guatemalan Finca El Injerto and the Ethiopian Durmonia? Stumptown does a cupping every day at 3 p.m. Clear the palate with one of the impeccable pastries. Try it there: Cold-brew coffee on tap and, if they have it, the matcha green tea pound cake from Fresh Flours. Bring it home: Cold-brew coffee in a bottle
Read and Sip at Stumptown
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Bauhaus Books and Coffee

Seattle
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Quintessential Seattle Coffee at Bauhaus
Bauhaus is the quintessential Seattle study/coffee lounge. Locals have carted textbooks to the original Capitol Hill location for espresso-fueled study sessions for more than 20 years. Bauhaus is now three cafes deep—Ballard, Green Lake, and Capitol Hill—each with book-lined walls and an arsenal of beer and wine, ding dongs, and Mighty-O vegan donuts to keep things from getting too heady. After two years of renovations, watch for the Capitol Hill café’s return to its iconic Melrose and Pine corner spot (expected in early 2015). Try it there: A straight-up latte—Bauhaus is known for its super-strong dark roast, so go easy if you’re used to lighter brews. Bring it home: A ding dong. Just because you can.
Quintessential Seattle Coffee at Bauhaus
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Anchored Ship Coffee Bar

Seattle
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Anchored Ship: A Ballard Treasure in Seattle
No Ballard wander is complete without a stop by Anchored Ship, a teensy coffee shop with wonderfully creaky floors, Little Free Library, and a surprisingly cool sewing/fabric shop hidden in the back. Unlike most local cafés, Anchored Ship is polyamorous in its coffee love, with beans from everyone from L.A.-based Damn Handsome to local roaster, Herkimer. Thanks to the Ballard farmer’s market, Sundays are busy-busy but swing a bar stool near the window and you can watch the parade of Ballard stroller-pushing moms, bearded chefs, and polished urbanites shop for root veggies and wild salmon. Come evenings, you might find a pop-up bar from manager Jon French—last spring he introduced his vermouth cocktails mixed with single origin coffees. Try it there: The fragrant lavender chai Bring it home: Diner-style coffee mug with Anchored Ship’s anchor symbol
Anchored Ship: A Ballard Treasure in Seattle
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The Elliott Bay Book Company

Seattle
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Books and Lattes at Elliott Bay Book Company in Capitol Hill
The Elliott Bay Book Company is THE Seattle bookstore and, thankfully, survived its move from Pioneer Square to Capitol Hill five years ago with soul and towering cedar bookcases intact. Elliott Bay lost a significant chunk of square footage during the move but gained a home right in the heart of Capitol Hill. Which makes it even easier to execute the ideal lazy Sunday afternoon combo: New novel + Fonte latte and one of the book-size housemade muffins from the on-site cafe (if it’s sunny, make a beeline for the grassy Cal Anderson park, just across the street). The food is northwest downhome—unpretentious salads with local greens, wholesome soups—but the abundant outlets and cozy café vibe make up for any food misses. Try it there: The lemon crepe Bring it home: Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice and tickets to a Neptune Theater reading.
Books and Lattes at Elliott Bay Book Company in Capitol Hill
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Pettah World Market

Colombo
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Textile Heaven at Colombo’s Pettah Market
Your goal at this Sri Lankan flea market should be focused: Skip the poorly constructed clothing and head straight to the fabrics. You’ll find acres and acres of bright, bold, hand-loomed textiles to bring home, where you can have your tailor transform them into one-of-a-kind curtains and clothes. —Cynthia Rosenfeld
Textile Heaven at Colombo’s Pettah Market
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Grand Bazaar

İstanbul
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Finding Gems at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar
Your exploration isn’t over till you take in the dazzling eye candy of the gem merchants near the Nuruosmaniye Gate. Prices on real-deal jewelry aren’t as flexible as on typical tourist targets (throws, ceramics), but you should be able to knock 70 to 80 percent off the first price offered. —Cynthia Rosenfeld
Finding Gems at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar
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Medina

Marrakesh
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Shopping Marrakech’s Medina
Thread your way through the carpet-buying scrum to Boutique Bel Hadj in Place Bab Fteuh, lined with antique necklaces made of African amber, coral, and turquoise beads. Also worth a look: the Tuareg and Fulani silver rings at Galery Marjana in the Quartier Mouassine. —Cynthia Rosenfeld
Shopping Marrakech’s Medina
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Johri Bazar

Jaipur
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Authentic Shopping: Jaipur’s Johri Bazaar
Johri is Hindi for jeweler, and you’ll find plenty of examples at this Indian bazaar. Rajasthani brides visit before their big day for the Crayola spectrum of saris. Pick up impossibly soft pashminas and silver-threaded sandals, too. No wedding engagement required. —Cynthia Rosenfeld
Authentic Shopping: Jaipur’s Johri Bazaar
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Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles At Beverly Hills

Los Angeles
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Recharge at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills
For luxury accommodations near some of the buzziest parts of L.A., book a room at the chic Four Seasons Beverly Hills (ask for one with an eastern view so you can see the gorgeous skyline at sunset). Schedule a wellness treatment at the spa, which offers spot-on massages and, for the hippy-inclined, reiki sessions. And don’t miss Sunday’s brunch, a smorgasbord of options ranging from fine cheeses, made-to-order omelets, and vegan chocolate chip cookies that could pass a blind taste test.
Recharge at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills
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The Springs

Los Angeles
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The Springs: The Most L.A. Place in L.A.
On your next trip to Los Angeles, resist the call for brunch and spend the morning at the Springs in the Arts District instead. Grab a juice (the lemongrass-spiked carrot-coconut Rucksack is a standout) before a Vinyasa class from one of the exceptional instructors, then keep unwinding in the spa’s infrared sauna. Once you’ve emptied your mind, feed your stomach. Chef Michael Falso (formerly of New York’s celebrated Pure Food & Wine) prepares green tea leaf salads and unfried falafel that bring a bright punch of flavor despite being made without meat—or even ovens. Best of all? The Springs is friendly to nonbelievers. Waiters will not bless your food with affirmations, nor will your aura be cleansed (unless you book a Reiki session). It’s a spot you and your vegan friends can finally agree on.
The Springs: The Most L.A. Place in L.A.
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Berghain

Berlin
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Where to Dance All Night in Berlin: Berghain Nightclub
This club, housed in an old industrial warehouse, does not look unlike a mental ward and, inside, has as many fascinating levels as an Escher drawing. To dance with a sea of the coolest kids in Berlin (and Europe for that matter—it’s a landmark destination for partiers across Europe), stay on the ground floor. For a smaller scene, head to the top floor, which gradually attracts a more queer crowd as the weekend goes on. That’s the other thing: it’s only open from Friday until Monday morning. Wear plain clothes and no smile to get past the doorman. If at first you don’t succeed, come back on Sunday nights when the line is shorter and the bouncers are known to be less prickly.
Where to Dance All Night in Berlin: Berghain Nightclub
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Weather Up

Austin
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Homey Craft Cocktails at Weather Up
You could wait for your friend with the cute little house to invite you over for a cocktail party—or go to East Austin’s Weather Up, a craft cocktail bar that is in an actual house (complete with a homey porch). While it feels small town, the drinks are anything but humble. It’s a sister establishment to Weather Up NYC, one of the finest cocktail joints in New York.
Homey Craft Cocktails at Weather Up
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qui

Austin
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East Austin's Best Adventurous Dining at Qui
For a more fancy dinner that is less than a minute’s walk from some of the best nightlife in Austin, book a table at chef Paul Qui’s namesake Qui. Bring an adventurous and full appetite for the Asian-influenced menu. The James Beard winner uses rich and offbeat ingredients like pig blood, uni, and cheddar cheese—frozen cheddar cheese, in ice cream. Photo by Enoch Lai/Flickr
East Austin's Best Adventurous Dining at Qui
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The White Horse

Austin
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Two-Steppin' at the White Horse Tavern
A honky-tonk with a city crowd, the White Horse is the only place we know where Texans do-si-do in cowboy boots, skinny jeans, and Obama tees to old Conway Twitty and Johnny Cash songs. On Saturdays, instructors give classes on how to do the two-step, and most nights, you can catch three acts back to back. Every night, though, you’ll find the doors open. It’s seven rounds a week of honest-to-god great country performers playing their hearts out.
Two-Steppin' at the White Horse Tavern
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The Liberty

Austin
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Austin's East Side King: High-Minded Comfort Food at the Liberty
Paul Qui is unofficial Austin culinary royalty, and his aptly named food truck, East Side King, is parked in the Liberty Bar’s backyard. Qui’s signature is high-minded comfort food—beef tongue buns and beet fries—that goes perfectly with a canned beer from the bar’s extensive list of international brews. Photo by Adam Norwood/Flickr
Austin's East Side King: High-Minded Comfort Food at the Liberty
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Saint-Sulpice Church

Paris
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Wander Saint Sulipice at Dawn
The experience of wandering Saint Sulpice at dawn embodies some of what we love most about this history-clad city. The more baroque yin to the 6th arrondissement’s Saint Germain yang, this wedge of Paris is home to the Saint Sulpice church—pushed into contemporary culture via the Da Vinci Code—and the four-star Le Relais hotel. Time your stroll down the Rue Saint Sulpice for 6 a.m., when the streets are colored with that ineffable Parisian light but the shops aren’t yet open. Stroll past pharmacies and milliners toward the Saint Sulpice looming in the distance, then wander its sweeping, stone-lined plaza until the church opens at 8 a.m. Tour the church’s elaborate murals and enormous standing organ (on Sunday, you might catch a performance), then clear away any church-induced gloom with petit dejeuner at the nearby Café de la Marie. Photo by Cezary Piwowarski
Wander Saint Sulipice at Dawn
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Galleria D'Arte Aria Art Gallery

Firenze
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Contemporary Art in Florence: Aria Art Gallery
Alternating shows by artists emerging and established, this seven-year-old contemporary art space represents a roster of talents both Italian and international. It hosts frequent performances, openings and events in its verdant courtyard so check the calendar on their site when planning a visit.
Contemporary Art in Florence: Aria Art Gallery
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Rivalta Cafe

Firenze
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Florence's Rivalta Café: Best Aperitivo Spot
Not far from Florence’s Ferragamo and Gucci headquarters, this new indoor-outdoor bar and restaurant along the Arno has become a go-to spot for the city’s most fashionable, especially during aperitivo—the Italian post-work happy hour.
Florence's Rivalta Café: Best Aperitivo Spot
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Continentale

Firenze
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La Terrazza at the Continentale
This sky-high rooftop bar (a rarety around the area) can be found at the Lungarno’s Hotel Continentale. It received a redo in 2013, preserving its classic cocktails and views of the Arno River, church domes and steeples, and adding new custom-designed contemporary furniture and accessories—plus a photo-op-ready iPad in the elevator.
La Terrazza at the Continentale
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Amblé | Fresh food and old furniture

Firenze
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Amblé: Fresh food and Old Furniture
Next door to the fantastic women’s boutique Marie Antoinette, this bright and welcoming spot is a mixed-use space for fresh juices, teas, made-to-order locavore tramezzini (crust-less, three-layer sandwiches), and cocktails. Enjoy all of the mix-and-match mid-century seating, dishware and often-playful accessories available for purchase.
Amblé: Fresh food and Old Furniture
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Marie Antoinette Firenze

Firenze
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Florence Fashion: Marie Antoinette
This women's fashion shop, tucked away on a quiet street just behind Portrait Firenze, is where contemporary finds by smaller local designers sit beside vintage clothing and accessories by the big-branded likes of Prada, Gucci and Marni.
Florence Fashion: Marie Antoinette
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Portrait Firenze

Firenze
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Portrait Firenze: Boutique Hotel in Florence
This boutique stay from the Ferragamo family-owned Lungarno Collection of hotels and charter yachts opened in May 2014. It brings highly personalized service and 34 pied-a-terre-like suites designed in glam 1950s style to the north end of Ponte Vecchio. From $650.
Portrait Firenze: Boutique Hotel in Florence
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Daniela's Cooking School

Roma
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Learn to Cook Like a Roman
Chef Daniela del Balzo takes students along on a typical Roman day: shopping at Testaccio market, cooking in her elegant home on the Aventine hill, and sitting down to a family-style lunch, the dishes paired with local wines. Reserve in advance. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Learn to Cook Like a Roman
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Ristorante la Torricella

Roma
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Ristorante la Torricella: Simple, Affordable Roman Food
A beloved institution of the Testaccio neighborhood, La Torricella serves Roman classics, including carciofi alla Giudia, carciofi alla Romana, and pasta cacio e pepe, at moderate prices in a simple dining room. Via Evangelista Torricelli 2/12, 39/06-57-46-311,
Ristorante la Torricella: Simple, Affordable Roman Food
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Giggetto

Roma
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Hostaria Da Giggetto: Rome's Classic Fried Artichoke Experience
The location—smack up against the ruins of the Portico d’Ottavia, crumbling columns that framed a temple complex built by Emperor Augustus in the first century B.C.—is an inspiring setting for indulging in carciofi as well as familiar Roman pastas and entrees. Call ahead to reserve an outside table. Via del Portico d’Ottavia 21/A-22, 39/06-68-61-105 This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Hostaria Da Giggetto: Rome's Classic Fried Artichoke Experience
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Ba 'Ghetto

Roma
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Ba Ghetto: Roman Specialities With a Kosher Twist
The best new restaurant in the Jewish ghetto is run by brothers Amit and Ilan Dabush, from Israel. Their kosher kitchen follows Roman tradition with its preparation of carciofi alla Giudia and also serves Middle Eastern specialties such as couscous, falafel, and baba ghanoush. Via del Portico d’Ottavia 57, 39/06-68-89-28-68 This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
Ba Ghetto: Roman Specialities With a Kosher Twist
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