February 14: The perfect excuse for a perfect plan. In love or not, this year cupid has plans for everyone: an amazing Girl´s Night Out, the most romantic dinner ever, the perfect first date, the best cocktails in town, or the funniest night with gals. Take note, cause whichever your location is, there is a plan that suits you. From Milano to New York City, I´ve made a list of the must restaurants to visit, for you to have a blast this Valentine´s day.
Barcelona, one of my favorite places ever, is the first one on the list. I have two recommendations for this city: First, an amazing dinner at Torre D’ Alta Mar. Located 75 meters over the sea, with fabulous views of the city and the sea, this cosmopolitan restaurant is specialized in traditional Mediterranean cuisine. It´s avant-garde design and uniqueness has brought the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Felipe and Letizia, and celebrities like Jodie Foster to dine at this place. Afterwards, visit Phillipines Club (Plaça Reial 6), the perfect place to grab a drink in a trendy but retro spot.
Next stop: The City of Light. Everything can happen in Paris, that´s why I love this city so much. To admire the whole panorama of the city, I´ve chosen a mixture between architecture, art, design, fashion and lifestyle: Georges. Located in the 4th district on Centre Pompidou´s roof, this restaurant is catalogued as Paris’ best restaurants, an exquisite option for Valentines Day.
Mexico City, my native country, has so much to offer. This time, a new proposal has recently opened: Kaah Siis. From the Mayan words “Kaah” meaning place of, and “Siis” meaning fresh, the name itself represents the essence of this Mexican cuisine which changes every single week.
Of course I had to include The Big Apple, that place where there is a mixture of every country, culture, language and people all in one. Start your evening with drinks at The Monkey Bar, an “it” place with “it” people. Afterwards, step by Indochine, one of New York’s best restaurants.
Famous since 1984, it´s exotic French-Vietnamese cuisine makes it a timeless classic always worth visiting and also one of Carolina Herrera Jr. favorites.
Designed by Peter Marino and located atop the Chanel boutique in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district, Beige restaurant is excellent for fashion-elite costumers.
Simple but elegant, the refined French cuisine influenced by Japanese local produce, was found in 2004 by the famous chef and businessman Alain Ducasse and the fashion brand Chanel. With a private entryway accessed through Marronnier Street, Beige Restaurant offers 20-foot ceilings and walls of glass concealing the Tokyo skyline, paying tribute to the elegance of Mademoiselle Chanel.
Back to Spain, but this time in it´s capital, an extraordinary restaurant for the most demanding customers stands as one of Madrid’s top sites to visit: La Terraza del Casino de Madrid. Directed by Paco Roncero and advised by Ferrán Adriá (one of the world’s best chef), the rooftop restaurant of the Casino is surrounded by the most historical buildings on Calle Alcalá. Since 1988, the restaurant has offered creativity and originality, making each customer enjoy a culinary experience in an avant-garde mood tangible in it’s design, textures, colors and of course, it’s dishes.
Milano Milano… a place where fashion, trends and excellent food reunite together. As a started head to Il Giardino, at BVLGARI Hotel, and let yourself be immersed into the scent of flowers and plants in this 4000 square meters oasis. Ask for a cocktail or a glass of wine and then, just sit down and enjoy. Originally, this garden was of a 16th century monastery, today it´s the perfect place to chill out and feel the atmosphere of Italy’s fashion capital.
For a nice dinner after drinks Paper Moon in the option. Via Bagutta is the street where this restaurant has been for more than thirty years. Favorite of international and local jet set, Paper Moon offers an authentic Italian menu with antipasti, risotto, pasta, pizza alternatives and of course, fish and meat.
On the other side of the world an exotic, yet unique place stands in Brazil: Manacá. Located outside São Paulo, in Sao Sebastiao‘s Camburi, this restaurant offers a magical setting within a tropical rainforest. It is specialized in local seafood and signature dishes (banana-stuffed snapper) which can be delightfully tasted under banana trees and flowering canopy. Four separate dining rooms with chirping birds are the perfect location to enjoy a caipirinha while a fascinating flora surrounds you. Saude!
It´s name means one of a kind and it stands in Turkey´s biggest city as a “must place to go”: Munferit, in Istanbul, has it all. Offering innovative Turkish cuisine, this supper club has become one of Istanbul´s hot spots. It´s long drinking bar and a dining room are the tandem that propose a mixture between old and new. Catalogued as one of Istanbul’s best places, it’s occasional DJ on deck, it’s elaborate seafood dishes and the fascinating change of Munferit restaurant at 2 AM for a dance floor, speaks for itself.
Last but not least, London. Situated in Tower 42, at the 42nd floor stands Vertigo 42 Champagne Bar. Offering a wide selection of more than 30 unique champagnes and a spectuacular view of London skyline, Vertigo 42 is a sure bet. Enjoy a 360º view of London while tasting an exquisite sparkling glass of champagne or a cocktail; it is better at sunset to enjoy the Tamesis and the multiple scenes that the British capital owns. Just relax and sit back, enjoy the perfect company of a perfect day!
Try boosting Valentine’s mood by wearing a red accessory. My favorite picks are the Reverso Lady Ultra Thin by Jaeger-LeCoultre, a Dior Bag and a fancy perfume CH Carolina Herrera.
Enjoy wherever you are and whomever you are with, Happy Valentine’s Day!
Images by Dior and Jaeger-LeCoultre are courtesy of the brands.