Travel means experiencing the world withnew eyes, whether exploring a newneighbourhood in your own city, or theother side of the planet.
Travel means experiencing theworld with new eyes, whetherexploring a new neighbourhood in your own city, or the other side ofthe planet.
Boasting an extensive collection of high quality liquor and spirits, J. Boroski’s cocktails are crafted based on your preferences; hence the bar’s lack of a menu. Just let them know you’re favorite liquor and your preferred ingredients, and they’ll gladly whip something up just for you. Access to the bar is strictly by invitation only, to cater a more intimate and curated crowd.
You've heard it before: power down your gadgets, reading before bed promotes good sleep. How about napping in between chapters? All is possible in this co-working space, which comes equipped with napping corners (pillows provided), showers, fitness centre and of course a café for all your nibbling and coffee needs.
The Florence National Central Library holds a copy of the revolutionary book Liber Abaci, in which Italian mathematician Fibonacci in 1202 introduced the Western world into the Indian-Arabic numeral system. In a later chapter, he also shows what we now now as the Fibonacci sequence via a story about breeding rabbits.
The Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany is the most popular castle in all of Europe. It inspired the creation of the Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty castles, as well as Hyrule Castle from The Legend of Zelda series. The beautiful castle plus the ostentatious view makes it one of the most photographed sites in all of Germany!
Which state was the first KFC located? Kentucky, right? Wrong! While Colonel Sanders started selling his chicken in Corbin, Kentucky (where you will find the Harland Sanders Café and Museum), the first franchise of KFC opened in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1952. You'll find a life-size bronze Colonel statue with Pete Harman, the first franchisee.
The company's founder, Satoshi Sakurada opened the first MOS burger in 1972 in Narimasu, Tokyo. Although the chain's most famous creation, the rice burger where rice patties replace the burger bun, did not debut until 1987. You can still visit the original Narimasu location, or any of the 1800 other locations across Japan and elsewhere in Asia.
Canada's favorite coffee chain opened in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario, the brainchild of Tim Horton who played in the NHL from 1949 until he died in a car crash in 1974. Today, there's a small museum upstairs from the original location and a regular Tim Horton's downstairs. The 2014 merger with Burger King was something of a national scandal in Canada.
It may look like your regular food stall, but don’t sleep on Keung Kee just yet! A must-visit when in Wan Chai, it has lovingly captured the attention of the Michelin Guide inspectors with their sticky glutinous rice topped with Chinese sausages. For something a little lighter, their rice rolls and sweet soups are must-tries.
Tucked away in a back alley of Central, join activists, journalists, and artists in a round of Tsingtao beer at Club 71. The bar was built on the back of protest and politics, but it has remained a safe haven for happy times. It's a charming little spot I like best for its good beer and interesting conversations.
Hear the tantalizing crunch of pork as you gorge on Aysee’s traditional Sizzling Pork Sisig. The joint deep-fries their meat twice to reach crackling perfection; but remember to have your sisig topped with egg for a balance of texture. We’re positive you’ll join Aysee’s cult following as soon as you take that last bite!
Still waiting for your Hogwarts acceptance letter? Jump the gun and go there yourself via The John Ryland Library. Maintained and part of the University of Manchester, the tourists can easily feel like they stepped into the magical world created by JK Rowling, sans the second floor that's a working research library.
“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” features one of the most memorable scenes in the entire film series. In the movie, Harry rides The Knight Bus en route to the Leaky Cauldron. It dashes through London’s busy streets, then proceeds to squeeze itself between two regular double-decker buses on Lambeth Bridge.
For an upscale seafood dining experience, book a table at Ostra in downtown Boston. The sophisticated joint serves Mediterranean cuisine-inspired dishes that aim to highlight the distinct flavors of their pristine medley of fresh aquatic fare. Delight in Ostra’s stand-outs, such as Paella “Valenciana Style,” Broiled Maine Lobster, and Grilled Sea Bream in Trevisano Leaf, as you are serenaded by a piano player tickling the ivories. Spend the big bucks and indulge in Ostra’s Osetra (Spanish for “oyster”) Caviar Selection, particularly the nutty and creamy Israeli roe.
The elegant halls of Parker’s Restaurant tell tales of the literary masters’ Saturday Club, John F. Kennedy’s proposal to Jackie, the beginnings of Chef Anézin (the first French chef in the US), and the work shifts of renowned human rights activist Malcolm X and revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh who served as a busboy and baker, respectively. Bask in the nostalgic charm carried by intricate hand-carved woodwork and glamorous Waterford crystal chandeliers as you indulge on Parker House rolls, followed by a plate of Boston Scrod, and finished with a delightful slice of Boston Cream Pie—delicacies that all originated in the Omni Parker House joint.
Since opening in 1978, L’Espalier has stayed true to its fine dining roots, dishing out its well-loved French dishes made with New England ingredients. The original haute cuisine joint in Boston, the Back Bay icon features top-dollar tasting menus—particularly the Chef’s Tasting Menu—that are out of this world, seamlessly uniting flavorful food with an excellent dining experience. For a lighter culinary journey, head to the Salon for one of New England’s best cheese and wine programs. On the weekends, take a seat at the romantic restaurant for a pleasant selection of sandwiches and pastries, accompanied by a pot of L’Espalier’s signature brews during Afternoon Tea.
Perched up on Beacon Hill, across the street from the Boston Common, the Massachusetts State House has been the seat of government to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1798. Ascend the stairs, follow the red brick trail, and a pillared building topped by a golden dome rises to greet you. Continue inside, to where the Office of the Governor and the General Court (comprised of the Senate and House of Representatives) have been running the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for centuries. Important statues, historic frescoes, and stained glass fill the marbled halls—every detail tells the city’s story. To this day, the Office of the Governor, the Massachusetts Senate, and House of Representatives still hold office in the State House. Call ahead to reserve a tour (free of charge) as they welcome tourists on weekdays, any time between 10:00AM and 3:30PM.
With the Revolutionary War underway, Boston saw its first battle. The Battle of Bunker Hill was one that set the tone for the entire war. The patriots were severely out of an advantage, running out of ammo, but still put up a worthy fight against the British troops. Far less Americans died that day, but their valiant service is still immortalized in a piercing granite monument. The Bunker Hill Monument lies in the middle of a lush, green park. For a little more realism, head to the Bunker Hill Museum right across the street to see artifacts from the war up close. Then, take your time here and contemplate that fateful day.
Coming up after the Old South Meeting House, the original State House parks stubbornly in the midst of towering office buildings. At over 300 years of age, the Old State House was the original venue for the Massachusetts General Court before they moved to the Massachusetts State House in 1798. An independent spirit sparked here when local lawyer, James Otis, campaigned against British policies. He is famously quoted for the words, “Taxation without representation is tyranny.” It is only fitting that the Declaration of Independence was first read to the people of Boston here on July 18, 1776, as it signalled a new era for the emerging nation. Browse through a miscellany of items that have survived through the tides of time: arms from the Battle of Lexington and Bunker Hill, the suit of the first governor of Massachusetts, and tea saved from the Boston Tea Party’s lost crates. Just outside, a cobblestone ring remembers the civilian casualties of the Boston Massacre.
Emack and Bolio's Ice Cream was founded in 1975 and from here on out, the ice cream chain became a favorite delight of many Americans and other ice cream lovers across the globe. The Boston-based ice cream giant is notable for its wide variety of ice cream zest like the vegan Chocolate Pudding, Beantown Buz and Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Yogurt. Needless to say, Emack and Bolio's Ice Cream has all the flavors that cater to one's taste.
Book and Bed named itself a “bookshelf accommodation” where the main attraction is their massive collection of books—the sleeping pods are just a bonus! Expect small spaces and barely-there beds here, but you’ll have no trouble sleeping once your eyes start to get droopy from saying “just one last chapter” countless times!
BEST.CHUTORO. Honestly, when I suggested this Morimoto restaurant to my siblings who study in NYC, I did get a few eyebrow raises because of their scepticism on if it was actually good or just for the hype 🤷🏻♀️ BUT our experience in Tokyo was well beyond our expectations. I’d suggest ordering the a la carte menu because you can order more fun special dishes (such as the fresh vegetables and umami-filled bagna cauda dip) and your preferred nigiris!
According to the well-decorated gourmand, you have yet to try real sushi until you dine at three Michelin-starred Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo. Chef Jiro Ono, who is famous as the subject of the 2011 documentary film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” helms the ten-seater joint. The venerated sushi master expertly crafts rice and raw fish creations at an impressive rate. Here, chef Robuchon developed a great respect for the Japanese culinary tradition. He also learned the significance of freshness, temperature, and precise slicing to guarantee high-quality sushi, applying these techniques at his own restaurants. Booking is extremely difficult. You’ll have to liaise your reservation through your hotel concierge; and even then, they might have to ask you for a local contact to up your chances for a seat. It’s all worth it though; do it for chef Robuchon!
The Tokyo Cruise is a great mode of transportation to get to Odaiba. It traverses Sumida River, giving you a different perspective of Tokyo. The boat itself is pretty comfy, with different indoor and outdoor areas to settle in. Travel time is about an hour; and you'll get off right at Odaiba Seaside Park! ⛴
Soak up Japanese history and tradition in Ueno, the cultural capital of Tokyo! Start at Ueno Park, a sprawling green space believed to possess spiritual powers as it stands on former temple grounds. Take trips to religious institutions such as the Kaneiji Temple and Tonogu Shrine, as well as multiple museums like the Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, and the National Science Museum. Make sure to drop by Ueno Zoo, Japan’s oldest enclosed habitat, to see over 3,000 animals and some rare species! Before leaving Ueno, score a few bargains at Ameyoko—one of the cheapest shopping destinations in Tokyo! There are more than 500 stores lining the streets, selling everything from everyday living items to one-of-a-kind knick knacks at super-low prices.
We’ve all wanted to drive our own Mario Kart. Luckily, MariCAR Akihabara #1 is here to make our dreams come true! Gather your friends to course through the streets of Tokyo while driving custom-made go-karts—that’s right, you’ll be on the actual roads so make sure you have a valid driver’s permit on-hand. Slip into your favorite character costume, blast your background music of choice, and tour the metropolis as if you’re in the Mushroom Cup (race trophy not included)!
The eye of the storm, the Ground Zero of the animated films (a.k.a. The Studio Ghibli Corporate Office) is located in a suburban neighborhood of Tokyo called Koganei. You won’t be able to enter the office, as it might disrupt the magic at work within. Seeing the ivy-covered house is enough to stir excitement, though. Make sure to snap a few fan-approved photos! The company plaque out front, in between two trees, is nearly hidden so keep an eye out for the “スタジオジブリ Studio Ghibli” sign emerging from the shrubs. The neighborhood is quiet, with little shops sprinkled among the private homes. Tread along the paths frequented by director Miyazaki himself...
Industry Beans has quite a lot of things going on under its award-winning roof. The open warehouse in Fitzroy (which, by the way, won Best Cafe at the British Restaurant and Bar Design Awards in 2014) is not just a cafe. It’s also a roastery, a cupping lab, and a training facility! Single origin coffee takes the spotlight here, but they make it a point to switch up their selections every two weeks.
Bistecca's menu only has one main course: the Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a T-bone steak that is perfectly matched with any of their side dishes and cocktails, depending on your choice. Getting to this restaurant is an adventure on its own. Bistecca is deliberately situated under the spotlight, the very reason for the hype surrounding it. A tip: Enter through the fire exit.
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