Welcome to the first of a weekly series where we share inspirational travel photos from select destinations around the globe. The first post falls to Amsterdam, cited in the top 25 most liveable city by Monocle magazine. Forget everything you thought you knew (or you’ve heard) about this city. It’s incredible. Enjoy the photos and have a great weekend.
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In the first of her posts for Trip+ Abi Marvel shares 3 of her favourite London restaurants for London Fashion Week which kicks off on Friday 14th September. Here we travel to the exclusive setting of Mayfair and to the almost as exclusive DABBOUS restaurant. Let’s tuck in.
It’s not always obvious where you should eat out whilst in London. You have the well-known locations like Claridges or The Wolseley, but if you want to experience something slightly different, I suggest you head on over to Dabbous. My goodness, what a spectacular experience you are in for!
Everything from the life changing mashed potato starter, to one of the most intriguing pieces of pork I’ve ever tasted, it’s quite simply one of a kind!
What to order?
- Mashed potato, roasting juices and black truffle
- Barbecued ibérico pork, savoury acorn praline, turnip tops, homemade apple vinegar
- Grilled scallop, virgin rapeseed oil mayonnaise, Jerusalem artichoke
- Barley flour sponge soaked in red tea, Tahitian vanilla cream
- Chocolate and virgin hazelnut oil ganache, basil moss, sheeps’ milk ice cream
Dabbous opened at the beginning of the year and with all the meal prices ranging from £4 to £14 let’s just say they are generally pretty popular. It’s a London hotpot that many people may not know about but those that do, go regularly which is obvious what with it’s current 2/3 month waiting list!
They’re opened Tuesday to Saturday, from noon until 11.30pm; it’s a great place to check out for any meal of the day however, on your first visit, I suggest you make it a lunch time as they have an incredible set lunch menu that you should try
Set Lunch Menu
- Salad of fennel, lemon balm and pickled rose petals
- Celeriac with Muscat grapes, lovage and hazelnuts
- Confit Glenarm salmon with warm buttermilk and ‘hispi’ cabbage
- Grilled monkfish cheeks, virgin rapeseed oil mayonnaise, Jerusalem artichoke
- Duck leg confit, sweet clover kuzu, quince poached in wine and honey
- Barbecued pork belly, savoury acorn praline, turnip tops, homemade apple vinegar
- Fig leaf ice cream
- British cheese with baked apple and toasted sourdough (supplement £4)
3 courses £21 / 4 courses £24
To reserve a table use OpenTable or their details below.
39 Whitfield St
Telephone: 0207 323 1544
Next up on the ‘Places you genuinely have to try’ list is Novikov. Situated a stones throw from The Ritz, on Berkeley Street (Mayfair), this restaurant definitely is far from embodying a classic English vibe, but it is interesting.
With two contradictory parts, Novikov is definitely somewhere to try – what do I mean exactly? Well on my visit, I dined in the “Asian Room”, but if you take a slight right when you enter instead of left, you’ll find yourself in the Italian quarter, which is just as impressive.
As you are about to order the waiter will usher you towards the ‘Market’ area in the off chance that you didn’t deem anything on the menu as interesting enough or if you just wanted something completely personal.
Novikov do seafood in such a cool way, that those who wouldn’t usually order seafood find themselves devouring some interesting and seafood filled dishes!
When it was time for the main food, I wasn’t going to get a starter, but the waiter insisted that we try the Black cod rolls with mango sauce, so I thought why not, I’ve already had a load of seafood tonight, why stop now?
These were pretty special, I mean they had a crispy almost noodle like outer layer, but then as you ate them, it turned soft as you reached the cod, the textures literally blew me away, Novikov definitely changed my view on Seafood and on that note, I must insist that you order it on your visit too.
As for the rest of the food, they brought out Roast Duck and Scottish diver scallops with yuzu mayonnaise & crispy lemon grass. Finally for dessert, I discovered a new dish, Pineapple Ravioli! A delicate and unique approach to serving the fruit.
Novikov is honestly an experience. I mean the range of emotions I went through whilst dining here was slightly humorous; I’ll be back to try the Italian but in the mean time, book a reservation now in the Asian cuisine, so that you can experience it all for yourself!
50a Berkeley Street
T: +44 (0) 207 399 4330
For me Sketch is pretty much my second home, I’m there all the time, the staff know me, I know the menu like the back of my hand – we have this mutual love for each other and it will forever continue.
However what with their recent renovation and general upgrading of certain parts of the venue, my thoughts became mixed, as the ‘old sketch’ was just so classic. Saying that one of the new additions has fully restored my faith in Sketch’s coolness, The Glade. It is such a surreal room. With it’s forest like wonder, breezy filled atmosphere and natural furniture, I thought I’d share some pictures from my last visit with you to see what you thought about it..
Currently on the menu they have a selection of sorbets, including green apple and strawberry as well as Macaroons in Earl Grey and flavours!
9 Conduit Street
London, W1S 2XG
020 7659 4500
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When in Rome you must over indulge in the history, Roman ruins and at least ten beautiful old churches? Not quite. Rome is both an old and young city, which you can find out by finding and enjoying the best modern, fun and vibrant bars, shops and restaurants in Italy’s capital.
Far be it from anyone to deter you from taking in all the traditional sights in Rome, but it is possible to mix old and new. Underground in Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, is a multimedia museum, which uses modern media technology like 3D projection to show what ancient Rome originally looked like.
Other museums like the National Museum of Rome on Palazzo Massimo and the Museum of Imperial Forums contain Roman artefacts and urban excavations often overlooked by tourists heading straight to the Colosseum. And for a few hours of complete escapism from Roman ruins, head to MAXXI, which celebrates modern art of the 21st century.
When it comes to refreshment and enjoying an aperitivo young Rome doesn’t disappoint. In the heart of Trastevere is Freni e Frizioni a contemporary bar filled with vintage furniture. Don’t be confused by their website that it’s actually a mechanic’s workshop, this is one of the coolest places in Rome to enjoy a cocktail and their buffet which is laid out in the evening. A cosier atmosphere is on offer in Casa Clementina in the Monti district of Rome. Enjoy appetisers in the kitchen, a DJ in the bedroom and a sit down on a leather lazyboy in the lounge, this is a bar that takes “homely” to a new level by showcasing furniture that you can buy while also enjoying a drink.
In the summer time seek out Salotto 42 Book Bar on Piazza di Pietra, the creative brainchild of a Swedish-Italian couple who combine both their cultures in making the perfect place to relax and peruse an impressive collection of coffee table books, before sitting outside with a glass or two of prosecco.
For food with all the traditional Italian taste but a modern touch there is Caffe Propaganda. Though stepping inside this bistro on Via Claudia feels a little like stepping back in time with its tiled walls and retro typography its modern interpretation and presentation of Italian cuisine is complimented by a fine collection of organic wines. The tourist and locals favourite Maccheroni is a fun place to try regional Roman cuisine and L’Asino D’oro, which literally means The Golden Donkey, has an affordable menu of “new old” dishes in a minimalist designed restaurant.
Shopping in Rome is also a mix of old and young. Avoid the flashy Italian fashion houses taunting tourists with their out of reach price tags on Via del Condotti and take a turn off Piazza Navona to find Via del Governo, which features a number of modern boutiques like local up and coming designers Delfina Deletrez and Josephine Huertas.
For flea market fun featuring young local creatives selling hand made arts and crafts head back to Trastevere to find Porta Portese or cross the Tiber to find the antique collectors favourite Mercatino dei Partigiani which pops up on the first Sunday morning of every month. And to enjoy the Italian fashion institution, which is a beautifully designed pair of shoes find Smalto, on Monti’s Via Urbana, which dangerously has an in-shop bar! As they say… When in Rome!
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Madrid is Spain’s central hub for business, history and culture. With that also comes fantastic shopping for all budgets. While most shopping guides will be subtly (or not so subtly) written just for women, this guide knows that men have Euros to burn too and there aren’t many cities better than Madrid, which boasts some of the best dressed men and women in Europe.
Girls & Guys
In the last few years Spanish fashion brands have crept onto the High Streets of other European nations. The growing success of Pull & Bear, Desigual, Mango and Zara has defied the recession by offering both men and women colourful, interesting and different affordable fashion. These and more Spanish and international brands can be found on Madrid’s main drag Gran Via.
If you are seeking designer and luxury brands and don’t mind their heart rate-increasing price tags head out to the picturesque area of Salamanca where in addition to all the usual French and Italian suspects of haute couture, you’ll also find flagship stores for Spain’s home grown talent like Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Loewe and Victorio y Lucchino. This area is transformed during September’s Madrid Fashion Week, which is already nipping at the high heels of Milan, Paris and London as the fashion event to be seen at.
Madrid is also dotted with a number of the Spanish retail royalty Corte Inglès department stores and for a one stop shop that only stocks Spanish brands find the not-very-Spanish sounding Deli Room on Santa Barbera, which stays true to its name by displaying men’s and women’s clothes in cake fridges.
For the Ladies…
For the best ladies’ budget fashion, find the Spanish brands Blanco or Lefties, which will do their best to dress you from head to toe for well under 100 Euros. Should you consider this still be too pricey and not nearly as much fun as rummaging for pre-loved vintage treasures, don’t miss out on El Rastro’s Sunday morning flea market where at the right stalls you can pick up clothes from the 80s, 70s and beyond for under 10 Euros. Another popular spot for vintage shopping is Retro City in the trendy Malasaña area.
And finally don’t overlook the shops you’re used to back at home. It’s well known that Swedish brand H&M has worked with high profile designers like Karl Lagerfeld to create limited edition lines in UK, well a collaboration with Belgian designer, Maison Martin Margiela, was recently released exclusively in all Spanish H&M stores. Furthermore Mango and Zara are considerably cheaper in their home country and will likely be selling different clothes to the ones stocked in other countries.
For the Gents…
Despite soaring heat in the summer, Madrid men will still pull off a suit in style and catering to this are a number of great shops. Back in the upmarket Salamanca you can have a shirt made to measure at Yusty and the beautifully designed interior of Gallery sets the standard for its collection of clothes by the best men’s designers.
If you walk away with a purchase from Man 1924 on Claudio Colle you will automatically be walking away with a bag of cool as this shop keeps Madrid’s most stylish in threads. If it’s good enough to be featured in chief street style photography blog Sartorialist then it must be worth a look.
As often happens, men’s vintage shopping is a little overlooked in Madrid, but is certainly not a lost cause with bargains to be found at Humana, a charity shop selling a fine collection of men’s pre-loved clothing and accessories at very reasonable prices. This is a secret the girls will want to know about…
Tips for all…
Madrid is a great city to wonder and shop around, however it sadly has a mixed reputation in regard to pick pocketing so keep your belongings and shopping money safe.
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We’ve all seen them in the movies and TV sitcoms; the impeccably turned out woman laden with shiny shopping bags tottering down 5th Avenue in heels. We assume it’s not how real New Yorkers shop and the assumption is mostly accurate, though there is nothing stopping you from trying to emanate that woman – aside from bunions and an unpredictable downpour of rain. Instead follow our tips for the best off the beaten track shopping in New York.
The island of Manhattan has all the international chains, American brands and independent boutiques you can think of so you’d struggle to not be soothed by retail therapy while there. However, Manhattan also has some worthy flea markets and public street markets offering tourists in New York a different shopping experience. Seek out Upper Manhattan’s Greenflea Sunday Markets on Columbus Avenue for vintage clothes and jewellery, antique furniture and household items, and even some stalls offering made to measure tailoring.
A special market experience can be found at The Market NYC at 159 Bleeker Street. Promising “Shopping, Music & Fun” here is where New York’s up and coming designers showcase their craft on Saturdays and Sundays. And finally for the ultimate NYC flea market experience, find the trio of flea markets held in Hells Kitchen. Open all weekend this is the only place to find vintage furniture and antiques that you will then struggle to transport home.
No longer the poor man’s Manhattan, Brooklyn has seen a growing number of boutiques and independent stores pop up to keep the young professionals who are flocking to the area happy.
It is questionable which came first Urban Outfitters or FredFlare on Meserle Avenue as this independent store sells super cool stuff for your apartment, retro looking shades in every possible colour and an impressive selection of vintage inspired threads.
Don’t expect to leave empty handed. Once upon a time the words “Brooklyn boutique” was an unheard of phrase but now it applies to shops like Dear Fieldbinder and Dalaga NYC who showcase beautiful collections of ladies’ clothes.
SoundFix, an independent record store based on Berry Street, Williamsburg is proving that vinyl is still in demand and find the similarly named but actually unrelated DigitalFix on Bedford Avenue for the most impressive collection of audio electronics and design that side of the East River.
Further north in Long Island’s Queens district, Astoria is where you’ll find a hub of great shopping choices. The beautifully named Loveday 31 on 31st Avenue is a treasure trove of vintage treats and to complete your throwback outfit find Vardiman Eyewear on Broadway, which is apparently a Manhattan shopper’s best kept secret for sourcing vintage and designer sunglasses. Queens is New York’s most multi-cultural borough and you can find a book in nearly every language at Seaburn, which specialises in foreign and second hand books at bargain prices.
To keep little and big kids happy whilst walking in Forest Hills find Krause’s Candy Kitchen for something to boost your energy as you stumble home with an impressive collection of shopping bags, almost like that girl in the movies…
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