Collected by Gillian Longworth McGuire, AFAR Local Expert
Gillian McGuire′s Wishlist
Via di Capo le Case, 6, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Old-fashioned stores, like this one that makes and sells hand-embroidered children’s clothes, are in danger of dying out. I keep the tradition going and buy baby gifts for my girlfriends. 39/06-679-2992. By Pepi Marchetti Franchi, as told to...
Viale del Monte Oppio, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Atmeydanı Cd. No:7, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
My first salep was in an ice cream restaurant—I know, in winter, right? But we were early to the circus, and tried to entertain the kids with a special treat in an ice cream store. The clerk must have seen the dazed, indecisive, and new-in-town...
108 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
The Africa Cafe is a great little spot in the central business district in Cape Town. It's an opportunity to sample many different African dishes in a lively environment, complete with drumming and singing. It's a little bit touristy and pricey...
Main Rd, Cape Town, South Africa
Just south of Cape Town along the Cape Peninsula, Kalk Bay is a picturesque fishing village and offers visitors several antique shops to browse along the main road. You never know what treasures you'll find. Quagga feels like stepping into the...
32 Camps Bay Dr, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
If Gatsby was South African, I'm certain his summer home would have been located in the Cape Town neighborhood of Camps Bay. This small, affluent suburb is just a short distance from the city center and can easily be explored in half a day. Table...
Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town, Cape Town, 7995, South Africa
Boulder Beach in Cape Town South Africa has many little hidden treasures for which you can find. From tiny on the water restaurants to sweet kitschy craft shops. The best find with out a doubt is a secret protected breeding grounds for these...
Darling, 7345, South Africa
This wind farm is found just outside of a little town in the Western Cape called Darling. The windmills lined up the way they are, remind me of airplanes queued up on a runway waiting to take-off. A little closer to the main part of town, you're...
Boschendal Estate Pniel Road Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek, 7680, South Africa
All too often we find ourselves rushing through lunch or eating at our desks at work. There is something to be said about dedicating an afternoon to enjoy a multi-course meal outdoors. At Boschendal, you can take your time and savor their "Le...
IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT Amsterdam, Netherlands
Step inside the Eye Film Institute to discover an homage to international cinema replete with interactive displays and perched like an ivory spaceship ready for launch on the northern bank of the IJ River. The striking facility, accessible via a...
Prinsengracht 587, 1016 HT Amsterdam, Netherlands
Once Amsterdam’s main public library, the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht looks like a 1970s block on the outside. But inside, renowned Dutch designer Marcel Wanders has transformed the space into a whimsical and grown-up homage to Alice in...
Via Guido Reni, 4/a, 00196 Roma RM, Italy
Maxxi, Rome’s first major contemporary art museum, cost 150 million and took renowned architect Zaha Hadid 10 years to complete. The result—a vast, bold space with exhibits on architecture and art—proves that modern Rome can produce masterpieces,...
Piazza della Rotonda, 73, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
There are a lot of good hotels in Rome. And there are a lot of bad ones. So finding the right one is a treasure. This one is. Albergo del Senato. Right smack dab in front of the Pantheon and the perfect Piazza della Rotonda. Hard to find a better...
Piazza di S. Maria Maggiore, 42, 00100 Roma RM, Italy
The largest church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, St. Mary Major contains almost a millennia's worth of Italian architecture, from an 18th-century baroque exterior to the 5th-century mosaics lining its interior arch. Though the church is...
1 Rue Jules Vallès, 75011 Paris, France
World famous French chef Alain Ducasse, who has been honored with many Michelin stars for his restaurants around the globe, has just opened the first bean to bar chocolate shop in Paris. Nestled in a courtyard in the Bastille area, the former...
Via Giovanni Antonelli, 30, 00197 Roma RM, Italy
Metamorfosi is the best of Rome's fine dining options at the moment, blending outstanding ingredients from Italy and abroad with the culinary creativity of Columbian-born chef Roy Caceres and Swedish sous chef John Regefalk.
Piazza degli Zingari, 4, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
A 10-minute walk from the Forum, Gelateria Fatamorgana sells Maria Spagnuolo’s edible works of art. Each flavor is made from all natural ingredients, without chemical additives or artificial flavors, and many are lactose free. Spagnuolo’s...
Via Roma, 1r, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Piazza della Repubblica in central Florence has three of the city's most historic cafes. Gilli is one of them, and when you walk in, you feel like you are entering a piece of the city's history. The cafe was founded in 1733 but moved to its...