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  1. The PuLi

    Hotel in Shanghai, China

    Laurent says

    “Very intelligent floor plan for the rooms and elegant combination of materials.”

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  2. Su Gologone

    Hotel in Oliena, Sardinia, Italy

    Laurent says

    “Fantastic food. Great local wines. Inspired, quirky and soulful design. Great location with wonderful treks in the adjacent mountains. A special place”

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  3. Pierre Hermé - Macarons & Chocolats

    Shopping: Patisserie: Chocolatier in Paris, France

    Laurent says

    “Simply put: Pierre Hermé makes the best Macarons in Paris. Ladurée has fallen victim of the hype and commercial success.”

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  4. Caraiva Village

    Must Do: Neighborhood Stroll: Beach in caraiva, Bahia, Brazil

    Laurent says

    “The quintessential Bahianese fishing village. Trancoso is very commercial by comparison. A couple of hours on a dirt road to get there. Friendly welcoming … ” more

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  5. Praia do Espelho

    Must Do: park: Beach: nature in Trancoso, Bahia, Brazil

    Laurent says

    “This is a picture perfect tropical ocean beach. It helps that it can only be reached by a dirt road about 45 mins from Trancoso. There are a few pousadas … ” more

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  6. Pok Pok Restaurant

    Restaurants: Thai in Portland, Oregon, USA

    Laurent says

    “Simply put ... the best Thai meal I have had outside of Thailand and one of the best meals I have had this year. A bit of background: I used to go to Thailand … ” more

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  7. Caseificio Coop. Campo Imperatore

    Must Do: park: nature in Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Abruzzo, Italy

    Laurent says

    “This is the highest plateau in Europe, reminiscent of the Altiplano in the Andes only much smaller - but well worth a ride or a drive. Desolate and rugged … ” more

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  8. Le Baratin

    Nightlife: wine bar: champagne in Paris, France

    Laurent says

    “For first timers, Paris is a gigantic tourist trap. Because I came from there (nearly 20 years ago!), I am always excited to be able to report on places like … ” more

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  9. Caffè Sant'Eustachio

    Restaurants: bakeries: café in Rome, Italy

    Laurent says

    “Possibly the best coffee in Rome ... or Italy - according to a Milanese friend of mine. Try "il Gran Caffe". My personal favorite is the "moretto" … ” more

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  10. Almondine

    Restaurants: bakeries: café in New York City, New York, USA

    Laurent says

    “The Best Baguette in NYC ... and the best Eclair au Chocolat. Every weekend, I take my kids on a pilgrimage to connect with their French heritage - nothing … ” more

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  11. The Modern

    Restaurants: American in New York City, New York, USA

    Laurent says

    “The Modern is within the MoMA complex, but is a creation of Danny Meyer, the restaurant entrepreneur who has a near perfect track record with other places … ” more

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  12. Saul Restaurant

    Restaurants: American in New York City, New York, USA

    Laurent says

    “One of the best values in NYC. Inspired food - which got it a Michelin Star - in an elegant yet understated setting, with a friendly Brooklyn attitude. The … ” more

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  13. A La Ville de Rodez

    Shopping: gourmet food: market in Paris, France

    Laurent says

    “My roots are in Rouergue. For those who do not have an obsession with Charcuterie, this is the gorgeous but forgotten part of France where the best charcuterie … ” more

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  14. Restaurant La Viuda

    Restaurants: Mexican in Costalegre / Pacific Coast, Mexico

    Laurent says

    “A family retaurant vibe. A favorite with the locals. Just plain good food - simple and spotless. Even the people who run the luxury hotels on that coast … ” more

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  15. L'Astrance

    Restaurants: French in Paris, France

    Laurent says

    “Very small and creative. Make sure you go for the wine pairing. When a restaurant is that good, a meal is a journey. It's that good to me.”

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  16. Gelateria della Palma

    Restaurants: bakeries: café: gelato in Rome, Italy

    Laurent says

    “This is my favorite gelato store in Rome. It is not fancy. I of course welcome other suggestions for top spot, because I am basically addicted to ice creams. … ” more

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  17. Casa Aurelio, Lorenzo Aurelio

    Restaurants: Spanish in Zurich, Switzerland

    Laurent says

    “I know that Spanish cuisine has come a long way - beyond Paella and Tapas. I cannot say that I am an avid amateur of the rocket science that has triggered … ” more

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  18. Nepenthe

    Restaurants: American in Big Sur, California, USA

    Laurent says

    “Perfect views of one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, and a warm elegant atmosphere. The food is good too - not just the drinks.”

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  19. Esalen

    Must Do: wellness: beauty in Big Sur, California, USA

    Laurent says

    “Esalen dates back from the 60's -which means they were pioneers when western mentalities "awakened" to eastern spirituality and traditions. Many … ” more

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  20. Architectural Books-William Stout

    Shopping: books: music: movies in San Francisco, California, USA

    Laurent says

    “Two floors bursting with over 200,000 books on architecture assembled by a true collector - shelves up to the ceiling on every wall, high piles, prepare for … ” more

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  21. La Viruta

    Nightlife: club: disco: dancing: tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Laurent says

    “A good way to get going with an ample supply of potential dancing partners to follow the class.”

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  22. Casa Camper Berlin

    Hotel in Berlin, Germany

    Laurent says

    “No non-sense and practical rooms. Location is very good. The top floor breakfast/club room is appealing and well stocked.”

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  23. Allen's Boots

    Shopping: Clothing - Unisex: Shoes in Austin, Texas, USA

    Laurent says

    “OK, there are more impressive cowboy boot emporiums in Texas. But if you are traveling to Austin, it may mean that you are not going for the full Texas experience. … ” more

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  24. Café Pushkin

    Restaurants: Russian in Moscow, Russia

    Laurent says

    “The name rings of tourist trap ... the fancy classic looking "hotel particulier" on one of Moscow Boulevards is actually new ... so why recommend … ” more

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  25. Diner

    Restaurants: American in New York City, New York, USA

    Laurent says

    “Cool places also have their classics. In Williamsburg hipster world, Diner has become an anchor. It is located one block away from the Williamsburg Bridge, … ” more

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  26. One Girl Cookies

    Restaurants: bakeries: café in New York City, New York, USA

    Laurent says

    “This is the place if you like your cookies to look like handmade miniature art. No crumbling piles of dough there. The also have ice-cream from il laboratorio … ” more

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  27. Fjaderholmarnas Krog

    Restaurants: Swedish in Stockholm, Sweden

    Laurent says

    “If you are in Stockholm on a sunny day and you have abit of time, take a ferry all the way to Fjaderholmarnas Island from the main ferry spot (just ask your … ” more

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  28. Casa La Anselma

    Nightlife: Live Music in Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain

    Laurent says

    “Yes, when in Sevilla, you can and you should attend a Flamenco show. But then, if you cannot get a ticket to that hot show of the moment, or don't want to … ” more

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  29. Zeughauskeller, Tony Hammer

    Restaurants: Swiss in Zurich, Switzerland

    Laurent says

    “A classic Beer Hall kind of place with communal tables. Very convivial, packed with tourists and locals. Every type of Swiss sausage ever created. A happy … ” more

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  30. Globus

    Restaurants: Fusion in Zurich, Switzerland

    Laurent says

    “A great place to nimble on various types of food - rather than commit to a restaurant. The setting is on the ground floor of a cool department store. Each … ” more

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  31. Experimental Cocktail Club

    Nightlife: bar: pub: lounge: games in Paris, France

    Laurent says

    “This place has inspired serious loyalty. Quite a performance for a place where cocktails are not the drink of choice. Lots of regulars there. Old-fashioned … ” more

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  32. Gonpachi (Multiple Locations)

    Restaurants: Japanese in Tokyo, Japan

    Laurent says

    “When you step in there, you'll see many non-Japanese faces, and you may feel like you are being trapped. This is surely not a "best kept secret" … ” more

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  33. Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant

    Restaurants: American: Pizza in Big Sur, California, USA

    Laurent says

    “... and it's good. Even the chocolate croissants!”

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  34. Restaurante Olivier

    Restaurants: Portuguese in Lisbon, Portugal

    Laurent says

    “Intimate setting and very attentive service in a restaurant that makes you feel special. Very good food which is sometimes a challenge in Portugal. I would … ” more

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  35. Casa Cruz

    Nightlife: bar: pub: lounge: games in Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Laurent says

    “Whether you want to eat (late) or sip a cocktail, this has been the fashionable establishment of reference in Palermo for the past 3 years. The huge polished-brass … ” more

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  36. L'Affable

    Restaurants: French in Cannes, French Riviera, France

    Laurent says

    “Elegant and reasonably priced food in a contemporary setting. A welcome escape from the myriads of opportunistic restaurants in this convention town”

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  37. Cabaña Las Lilas

    Restaurants: Argentinean in Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Laurent says

    “This has become a bit of an institution in the ever growing and posher modern version of Puerto Madero. Wide variety of meats and Argentinean wines. Reliable … ” more

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  38. Spot

    Nightlife: bar: pub: lounge: games in Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Laurent says

    “Great Cachaca in a sophisticated spot - one of the best locations and views on the strip.”

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  39. The Gallery Cafe

    Restaurants: Sri LanKan in Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Laurent says

    “This used to be the office of Geoffrey Bawa ... wonderful indoor/outdoor space. Sri Lankan food available.”

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  40. L'ami Jean

    Restaurants: French in Paris, France

    Laurent says

    “The first time I went to L'Ami Jean, my plane had been cancelled and I had just checked back into a hotel a few blocks away that evening. I did not bother … ” more

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  41. Odin

    Shopping: Men's Clothing in New York City, New York, USA

    Laurent says

    “I buy clothes once a year at most and I guess it must be the average frequency for males. So perhaps it should not be surprising that there are only a few … ” more

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  42. Castelo de S. Jorge

    Must Do in Lisbon, Portugal

    Laurent says

    “Great walk to get there from the center. Wonderful views on Lisbon from the very pleasant gardens. The castle itself is a fine open air construction with … ” more

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  43. Royal Alcazar

    Must Do: must go in Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain

    Laurent says

    “I agree with the other reviewer. The Cathedral - with its size - looks like the highlight before you start exploring, but the Alcazar is the true jewel.”

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  44. Aqui Há Peixe

    Restaurants in Lisbon, Portugal

    Laurent says

    “Very good place for grilled seafood/fish. Fresh ingredients and good selection of inexpensive wines. A couple of streets away from the more touristic Bairro … ” more

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  45. Don Juan de Alemanes

    Restaurants in Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain

    Laurent says

    “This looks like a trap for foreigners right next to the cathedral, but it turn out to be a great place with very solid food and wines - actually lots of locals … ” more

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  46. Al Sur de Granada

    Restaurants in Granada, Andalucia, Spain

    Laurent says

    “A local natural gourmet store where you can also taste - by the class - a selection of very good 'natural wines' from Andalusia. In particular, try the wines … ” more

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  47. Alhambra

    Must Do: Architecture in Granada, Andalusia, Spain

    Laurent says

    “This is one of the Muslim architectural wonders of the world - incredible heights of grace and refinement. The eponymous Christian King who built the Charles … ” more

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  48. Palais de Tokyo

    Arts in Paris, France

    Laurent says

    “Groundbreaking in many ways and truly contemporary. Opened until midnight with a cool terrace bar/restaurant complete with DJs in the summer.”

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  49. Pierre Hermé

    Restaurants: bakeries: café: Patisserie: Chocolatier in Paris, France

    Laurent says

    “Softer, more delicate, layered and flavorful than Laduree ... by 10 miles.”

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  50. Le Chateaubriand

    Restaurants: French: vins naturels in Paris, France

    Laurent says

    “Excellent. The tapas bar next door is from the same owner/chef. Useful tip since it is very difficult to get a reservation: they take walk-ins from 21:30 … ” more

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