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Many a superior traveler volition archer you that to revel successful a city’s charms, 1 indispensable give weeks—no, months, if you truly mean it, to immersing yourself afloat successful said city’s culture. Well, we say: situation accepted. There’s a batch you tin larn astir a spot successful a azygous time of doing, eating, seeing, and shopping. Each of these 3 beauteous cities (Paris, Florence, Los Angeles—you whitethorn person heard of them) has its ain unmistakable personality, but each 3 lend themselves peculiarly good to daylong outings.
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Start Here: “Cara” means “friend” successful Irish. Which, aft you walk a nighttime basking successful the lukewarm invited of Cara Hotel, makes sense. Yes, they are exceptionally affable here, but the classical California aesthetic is besides a draw. The Western Avenue determination is an perfect launchpad for kicking disconnected connected the Eastside and winding up west, successful Venice Beach.
Eat: Bite into 1 of Ariel Skye’s crispy-around-the-edges bagels smeared heavy with pick food astatine Courage Bagels connected Virgil. For lunch, descent onto a barstool astatine Found Oyster and ticker the action—oysters shucked and fried, tender lobster folded into rolls, crudo everything. Dinner happens crossed municipality astatine Gjusta, Venice’s ode to California bounty.
Don’t Miss: There’s a batch to emotion astir LA’s boutique country (hello, Mohawk General Store), but to parkland erstwhile and store plentifulness astatine the Grove is excessively tempting to walk up. Plus, the new Coach store couldn’t beryllium prettier (or the caller roomy totes handier). While you’re successful this nook of Mid-City, popular into LACMA’s Resnick Pavilion for Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Yuz Foundation earlier heading to meal successful Venice.
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Start Here: The Place townhouse successful the bosom of Santa Maria Novella (don’t miss the 800-year-old pharmacy just astir the corner) has conscionable undergone a refresh courtesy of Luigi Fragola Architects. The textural interior and intentionally mismatched Richard Ginori tablescapes embody colorful Florentine flair.
Eat: Italians seldom devour meal but fundamentally invented the lazy lunch. Il Santo Bevitore is fancier than astir trattorias successful the city, with an elevated instrumentality connected Tuscan classics (try the whipped baccalà with crispbread) and an outstanding vino database (its vino bar, Santino, is adjacent door). Of this tiny city’s myriad bars, Procacci is conscionable close for aperitivo, nibbling connected a truffle panino, and watching the locals connected their nightly passegiata. Come 9 p.m., it’s clip for 13 Gobbi. Get the location rigatoni—a creamy, cheesy, tomato-swirled pasta served successful a large vessel made for seconds.
Don’t Miss: You could walk an day with the Renaissance masters astatine the Uffizi, oregon you could get nether the hood of the metropolis with a backstage circuit of an eighteenth-century silk factory. Antico Setificio Fiorentino’s tours, led by the superb Briza Datti, are by assignment only. You’ll spot a warping instrumentality built successful 1786, based connected a plan created by da Vinci 2 centuries earlier, and inactive successful use. Afterward, with your appetite for old-world crafts ignited, dip into Laurenzaccio and prime up hand-painted Tuscan ceramics earlier an day pistachio gelato from Sbrino.
Start Here: Even an hr successful Paris feels transcendent, but a afloat time of doing immoderate you privation is the worldly of dreams. Wake up successful the freshly renovated Le Bristol to meal successful bed. A fewer laps successful the 1920s-ocean-liner-esque pool—with the Eiffel Tower successful view—feels due aft a greeting dispersed of outrageously buttery, flaky croissants and creamy café au lait.
Eat: The squad down the city’s astir impossible-to-get-into restaurants, Septime and Clamato, has conscionable opened the patisserie Tapisserie for fresh-baked (the oven docket is posted connected the bakery door) baba au pisco, cassis tarts, and doughy kouign-amann. For lunch, Vivant has 1 of the astir breathtaking menus successful town. Marsan de Hélène Darroze offers an innovative paper and an unstuffy ambiance for a deed of good dining.
Don’t Miss: If you were to skip Le Bon Marché and Merci and constrictive it down to a fewer shops, Maison Labiche and Charvet apical the list. Culturewise, Sebastião Salgado’s breathtaking Amazônia grounds astatine the Philharmonie de Paris is unmissable. Salgado spent 7 years photographing distant tribes and sweeping storms heavy successful the Brazilian Amazon. The unsocial show (many images are suspended from the ceiling) and rousing soundtrack volition enactment with you agelong aft you leave.