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Really cool coffee shop located in Soho that exudes cool design and an European lifestyle. Apart from the ground floor where you can leisurely sip a coffee or have a snack, head on to the second floor to learn more about its various coffee flavors and taste one or two of its 12 levels of intensity. You can also purchase a Nespresso machine, for the pleasure of waking up to its scent and unparalleled taste each morning. The folks from the upstairs boutique are extremely nice and informative, definitely quite an experience in learning about how to prepare good coffee. Don't forgo the demonstration!
One extra reason to love Williamsburg! Open on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm to midnight, now at its second installment, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar is an indoor market full of vendors selling everything from clothes, jewelry, art to a rich variety of food vendors, as well as drinks to satisfy any avid drinker. Make sure to check the calendar, for there are some awesome bands playing too!
This Cuban eatery in Williamsburg not only has great food, but an awesome atmosphere. Live band almost every night, as well as screenings of old movies. Their cocktails are incredible, I always get the Papa Doble, formerly called the Hemingway Daiquiri. Also, MUST have the Galician Stew. So so good! Fries are good too!
Excellent choice for a hotel located right in the center of Bucharest, on Calea Victoriei, next to the city's main attractions. The hotel was built on the same spot as the former National Theatre, which was bombarded by the German Aviation in 1944. What's most fascinating about this structure is that the facade was designed to match the former landmark that once stood in its place.
The Revolution Square symbolizes the beginning of a democratic Romania, in which in 1989 the brutish dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was overthrown by protesters and countless riots. He was famously last seen as acting ruler before him and his wife fled by helicopter from the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party. The square today hosts a series of museums, art galleries, and government buildings, as well as concerts that take place on notable holidays including for New Year's Eve.
One of the best hotel stays in Bucharest. Centrally located in the heart of Romania's capital, at the corner of Calea Victoriei, the Athénée Palace historic luxury hotel dates back from 1912 when it was first designed by French architect Theophile Bradeau. It was arguably known during the World War II as Europe's most notorious den of spies. In 1948, the hotel was nationalized by the new Communist government, who famously bugged every room, tapped every phone, and staffed the entire hotel with informers. The government-run Athénée Palace closed in 1994 and was bought at auction by Hilton International, who proceeded to do a $42 million renovation and expansion, reopening the hotel as the Athénée Palace Hilton Bucharest in 1997. Hilton expanded the hotel to nearly twice its former size, transforming it into the splendid hotel that it is today.
Formerly called the Samuel J. Tilden House, the members-only National Arts Club in Gramercy Park is a spectacular gilded age mansion which not only acts as a gathering place for artists of all genres as well as art lovers and patrons, but also holds exclusive events honoring exemplary leaders in their chosen fields of art. Both a city and federal landmark, it is not surprising it was used as a film location for Boardwalk Empire. Tonight, the Club hosted a stellar presentation of Ambassador Dr Palitha Kohona, on the UNESCO listed Cultural Triangle in Sri Lanka in honor of the International Archaeology Day.
What a spectacular interactive show! Truly an explosion of all movement and sences, composed of a series of scenes meant to stimulate the mind through sound, visuals, movement and water. An unique show to see for the less inhibited crowd. Stay closer to the DJ if you don't want to get wet. Show closes this January so hurry up in seeing it. Save 50% on tickets by checking on Forsquare at time of purchase at the venue. Doesn't apply on previously purchased tickets.
Spacious, beautifully decorated West Village restaurant that has not only exquisite dishes but great prices given its exclusive location. MUST have the linguini pasta, looks and sounds so simple but it will explode in your mouth: lemony, a little spicy and slightly buttery. The brussel sprouts are also amazing, as is the caprese focaccia appetizer. I would go again in a heartbeat!
I wasn't sure why it smelled like chocolate while waiting in line for the restroom at the Radegast Hall & Biergarten, but once I realized the Brooklyn based chocolatier was right next to it, it made perfect sence. Great selection of chocolates (tons of free samples) in a beautifully decorated showroom.
Consider yourself lucky if you find an empty table on a Tuesday afternoon. This place is so popular, it is packed at all times. Initially, I thought it's because of the trendy crowd, the privileged hipsters if you may, but no, the food is actually incredible. Try the Moroccan scramble for brunch, it's unbelievably good! Great place to sit outside if it's sunny out.
This newly opened lounge in Williamsburg is part hunting lodge, part pizza and empanadas wonderland, in what makes for a spacious spot to hang out with a group of friends, admire the moose horns and the stuffed goat in a beautifully decorated establishment. Pizza is delish, and the atmosphere rocks. Can't think of a better place to warm up during the cold winter.
Best dinner option in Woodstock. Had the best chicken vegetable matzo ball soup outside my mother's kitchen. Lovely, cosy decor, perfect spot for couples, families or larger group of friends to hang out.
Woodstock, NY would have been the last place I thought I would find a Buddhist monastery perched high up a mountain, but come to think of it, in this town where spirituality and meditation abound, it's the perfect spot for it. Check the hours of visiting the shrine before you go. It's open from 2 to 6pm during the week, free of charge. Careful with the rules too: shoes outside and maintain quiet if people are meditating inside. All in all, an incredible center of peace with beautiful, bright colored decor. Would definitely come again. Just getting to it can be a bit of a pain, driving up Overlook Mountain.
Home to the legendary Woodstock Festival, Woodstock is a haven of arts, music and spirituality for the artistic types. Come here to immerse yourself in nature, to be free and bohemian. Not a lot to do off season here, but it's certainly a pleasant town to visit.