Hackney Wick, a post-industrial area by London’s Olympic Stadium, has become a lively destination for eating, drinking, making art and … mooring houseboats.
The Piedmont region of Italy is home to one of the world's most beautiful red wines—along with hilltop castles, extraordinary restaurants and valleys full of vines. Time to drink it all in.
My first trip to Paris was brief—just 48 hours. But with a base of operations in the second arrondissement just north of the Seine I got out on foot and on bike—the bike share system in Paris is as good as any I’ve used—and made the most of it. It is, of course, impossible to truly eat and drink in the city in just two days, but I gave it a game effort. Here were some of the highlights, both (very) old and new. —Noah Kaufman
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How to spend a boozy, delicious 24 hours in Spain's busiest city.
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Ralph Lauren's Guide to London
“I’ve always loved the English—not only their style, but their way of living,” says Ralph Lauren. The legendary designer, who just opened an outpost of Ralph’s Coffee & Bar in Mayfair, shares his go-to haunts.
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Airlines are offering super-cheap airfare with Easter flash sales.
Napolitano pies—huge, soupy and piled with bufala—are usually the first stop for any traveler to Southern Italy. But the cuisine in and around Naples goes deeper than pizza. Campania is a fertile agricultural region, providing produce—like its famous zucchini, tomatoes and citrus—to the rest of Italy. The Tyrrhenian sea to the west teems with octopus, anchovies and mussels, and windswept hills are studded with vineyards and olive orchards. Generations of farmers have maintained indigenous livestock breeds, providing meat and dairy products like the region’s beloved cheeses.What’s the best way to sample this region’s rich history and cuisine? In a perfect world, we’d all be able to take a road trip down the Italian coast—red convertible, wind in our hair, Sofia Loren-style. If this isn’t in the cards, fear not: You can still cook your way around Campania with Naples and the Amalfi Coast (April 2017), the latest in Phaidon’s Silver Spoon series on Italian cooking. The book, available now for pre-order, offers a culinary tour with recipes from each of Campania’s five provinces—check out a sneak peek below. —Hannah Walhout
South of London, cutting-edge vintners are making sparkling wine that rivals those from the great houses of France. Follow Ray Isle on a quest through England's new wine country.
Where to eat and drink in Santorini, Milos and Athens.
A guide to city’s proper drinking spots.
In Ivrea, townspeople in medieval attire are pelting each other with 30 tons of oranges.
Has the world ever seen something so Instagrammable?
Even at the height of Spain’s avant-garde cooking boom, Madrid wasn’t at the cutting edge. While innovation happened in Catalonia and the Basque region, madrileños relished their old-school tapas bars, tabernas and tascas, where floors were scattered with napkins and toothpicks, bullfights blared on the TV, and waiters shouted orders for croquetas and callos (tripe stew). Paradoxically, the recession gripping Spain since 2008 has helped turn Madrid into one of Europe’s most exciting restaurant cities. A new generation of tapas bar has arrived: cool, casual spots that stay true to tradition while also breaking the rules. On a recent visit, I was floored by how maverick chefs are embracing the city’s international flavors and employing unexpected techniques. Nowadays, tapas might be cross-pollinated with dim sum, and an emulsion of Caribbean mojo may sauce classic meatballs. Recession be damned—these cooks are having the time of their lives. “Spherification? Liquid-nitrogenation? Who even remembers these things?” Raúl Prior, the force behind the always packed Álbora, asked me. “Right now we want food that’s simply enjoyable.” Read on for some essential (and, yes, cutting-edge) stops on your next Madrid eating tour.
Alain Ducasse's Guide to Monaco
To celebrate the recent reopening of Alain Ducasse’s Le Louis XV at the stunning Hôtel de Paris, where he earned his very first Michelin stars in 1990, the chef takes us on a tour of the posh principality that’s near and dear to his heart. Busy as he is with his upcoming restaurant, Ore, in Versailles, he found time to share his perfect day in and around the city-state he calls home.