Collected by John Galante , AFAR Staff
888 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, USA
Just north of Union Square, ABC’s Manhattan flagship spreads across several floors of a warehouse-like corner building. It’s long championed craftsmanship and sustainability, with covetable home goods—vintage textiles, lighting,...
Piazza del Duomo, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is more than a shopping center, it's a place for coffee, drink and dessert. Even more, in the center of the shopping center, there is a mosaic art of bull, which is said that if you spin your heel on the ball three...
75009 Paris, France
Galeries Lafayette Haussmann is worth a visit if only to stand under its magnificent glass dome. The family business has survived as a one-stop-shopping hub for five generations, thanks to steady innovation and an emphasis on high fashion and...
Via Filodrammatici, 2, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Designed by the great neoclassical architect Giuseppe Piermarini, the glorious interior is quite the opposite from its austere exterior. Acoustics are amazing, not only from the exemplary construction of the venue but also thanks to the perfect...
31 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris, France
With the smallest room a sprawling 400 square feet, and suites and public spaces filled with original 18th- and 19th-century art and antiques, the George V, flagship of the Four Seasons chain, lives up to its billing as a palace, an official...
11 W Halkin St, Belgravia, London SW1X 8JL, UK
Women-only members’ clubs are on the rise. Grace Belgravia has seen some mixed publicity: Stabs at the founders for their desire to create an environment free of men are tempered with praise for a focus on nurturing women. Art-lined walls, smooth...
6 E River Bikeway, New York, NY 10004, USA
There’s no way to get a better grasp on a city’s layout than by private helicopter tour. The bird’s-eye view of the Big Apple wings you around the entire island, with an otherwise impossible perspective of the city’s highlights: the Statue of...
35 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021, USA
Located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side Carlyle Hotel, the Art Deco-style Bemelmans Bar is where the upper crust comes to party. Guests are surrounded by murals designed by the bar’s namesake, Ludwig Bemelmans (author of the famous Madeline...
400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB, UK
The strength of the British Pound means that shopping in England can really take a bite out of your wallet. If you're like me and prefer to splurge on food and drink, you may choose to skip out on the shopping of Oxford and Bond streets. But these...
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