Friday, November 22, 2019

Our picks for where to get your cakes, pies,
pastries, cookies, bread, and more in these local favorites around the world.
Every city has its beloved local bakeries—places that
reliably turn out aromatic loaves of baguette or pumpernickel, small cafes
that bake a pie, cupcake, or cookie that you crave daily. We combed some of
our favorite spots around the world, sampling their goods (it was tough work)
along the way. Here, the spots not to miss, whether your afternoon coffee
break leans sweet or savory. Read on for our picks, or skip ahead to your
city of interest: Cape Town; Chicago; Hong Kong; London; maui; Milwaukee; New
Orleans; Philadelphia; Portland, OR; Rome; San Francisco; Stockholm; Tokyo;
Toronto; and Washington, D. C.
Courtesy of Loaves on Long Cape Town
Capetonians have lately been in the midst of a Banting craze — a food
philosophy that favors a high-fat, low-carb diet filled with faux-bread and
cauliflower rice. But don't worry, there are still plenty of bakeries that
have no interest in such nonsense. Here are five spots where you can take
care of those carb cravings without shame. 1. Jason Bakery How many
bakers can say they have a cult following? Jason Lilley is known to
Capetonians on a first-name basis, having built something of a rock star rep
for the croissants he serves up at his eponymous Bree Street café (something
else he's serious about: good coffee. Whatever you do, don't ask for a
cappuccino—it's all about the flat white here). Every Saturday morning,
Capetonians log in to Instagram to see what his latest "doughssant" is.
He constantly experiments with flavors for his answer to the cronut, which
sell out within hours. Recent combinations include coconut macaroon with
salted caramel, strawberry and chocolate-chip cookie, earl grey with lavender,
and Belgian beer with pretzel. 2. Loaves on Long A relative newcomer
to Cape Town's dining scene, Loaves on Long opened in May in a heritage
building on busy Long Street. In that 200-year-old space, Lyndal Wakeford and
Ciska Rossouw pursue their biggest passion, running this artisan eatery where
bread plays the starring role. Upstairs is a cute café with a balcony
overlooking the space, but downstairs is where the baking magic happens. If
you're inspired by their dedication to dough, be sure to ask about weekend
classes. 3. Ou Meul Bakkery I first stumbled onto one of Ou Meul's
outposts as a pit stop on a road trip to the Garden Route, in a
blink-and-you'll-miss-it town called Riviersonderend (I suspect the name is
bigger than the town). While I chalked it away to a particularly scenic
roadside stop, I was surprised to discover it was the flagship of a growing
group of bakeries beloved for sweets like their pecan tart and mini pies.
Soon after, one opened on Long Street in Cape Town's Central Business
District. Now their famous pastries are always a quick stroll away. 4.
Schoon de Companje This one isn't in Cape Town, but I highly recommend
making the drive out to Stellenbosch to check it out. Set in a former bank in
the heart of the historic city's beautiful whitewashed central district,
you'll find artisanal baker Fritz Schoon turning out his signature sourdough
loaves and popular pastries in Schoon de Companje's rustic-chic space.
5. Woodstock Bakery While this isn't exactly a café you can pop in to,
Woodstock Bakery is a constant fixture at popular weekend markets like
Neighbourgoods and Oranjezicht, where their crusty sourdough and generous
bread sticks are perennially popular. But even if you don't make it to one
of their stalls, chances are you've tasted their wood-fired loaves at some
point during your Cape Town visit—they supply many popular city restaurants
and coffee shops with their goods. —Sarah Khan
Courtesy Swedish Bakery
Chicago As the melting pot of the Midwest, Chicago's various cultural bases
come together in an ethnic explosion best explored through culinary delights.
This list of the best bakeries in the city highlights not just American
treats, but also German, Italian, European, and Swedish goods, too. 6.
Alliance Whether heading to the original bakery in Wicker Park or the new
patisserie in River North, Alliance consistently creates beautiful and
delicious European baked goods and pastries. Pair a ham and cheese croissant
or delicate macaron with a cup from the bakery's full espresso bar, while
gazing at the cleverly gorgeous made-to-order cakes. 7. Bake In the
world of Chicago bakeries, Bake is a relative newcomer—it opened in 2009
among a list of generations-old colleagues. But it has quickly risen to the
top of Chicago's favorites with a focus on classic American desserts made with
simple and fresh ingredients. 8. D'Amato's This traditional Italian
bakery focuses on breads made in its 135-year-old coal-burning oven. A local
favorite for pizza, D'Amato's offers several varieties of rectangle-shaped
pies, served room temperature but reheated upon request. The crust is Italian
bread, and an edge piece will give you extra crispy cheese. 9. Dinkel's
Dinkel's is a proudly family-owned German bakery that's been in the same
location since 1922. The vast majority of ingredients are sourced locally or
from a three-state region surrounding Illinois. Dinkel's even created a new
type of breakfast pastry that Chicago fell in love with: the burglaur, a
breakfast sandwich in a baked bun. 10. Lutz Traditional German treats
and cakes have come from Lutz since 1948. Wedding cakes are a
bestseller—chances are most Chicago residents know someone who had their
celebration sweetened up by Lutz. Try the stollen for the holidays or
baumkuchen as an everyday snack. 11. Swedish Bakery Andersonville's
famous Swedish heritage is on display at this 80-plus-year-old bakery, where
visitors can come enjoy traditional pastries like toska tarts and tarzariners.
The cakes and cookies show the Swedes' true prowess with almond-based
desserts. Swedish Bakery also offers a selection of European pastries and
cakes. Try the cardamom coffee cake—it's a local favorite. 12. Weber's
Often unanimously voted the number one bakery in Chicago, Weber's has been
a city mainstay on the southwest side since 1930. Everything is made from
scratch and the offerings are a testament to traditional recipes (think king
cake and kolacky) married with modern additions, like brownies on a stick or
cheddar cheese and onion bread. Weber's is now on its fourth generation of
owners in the same family. —Jennifer Billock
teakha Hong Kong Hong Kong
is known for its hectic lifestyle, which directly influences the city's bakery
culture: Pastry shops are typically chain operations where locals fuel up in
between meals. But these seven unique alternatives, with storied histories
and innovative offerings, satisfy any craving—just be ready to brave the
long lines. 13. Bake Cheese Tart This grab-and-go establishment has
been on every Hong Konger's lips ever since it made its first debut outside
Japan. Queues often go out the door and the wait can take up to two hours.
One bite into the bakery's eponymous tart is all it takes to understand the
hype: Prepared with a trio of cheeses sourced from France and Hokkaido, the
pastry strikes a perfect balance between sweet and savory—like a bite-sized
version of a cheese fondue. Make sure to take advantage of the
one-dozen-per-person limit, as you'll be craving more. 14. Cake's Secrets
Imaginations run wild at this buzzed-about bakeshop helmed by James Chim
Yik-shun, a former pastry chef at culinary hotpot Sevva. Visitors go crazy
for one-of-a-kind menu items such as the ginger cheesecake. The shop also
earns extra points for its inventive presentation: The green tea and red bean
cake is constructed with cannoli-esque tubes, while the feather-light purple
sweet potato cake has the appearance of a miniature wedding cake. 15.
Fine Foods This high-end patisserie in the Royal Garden Hotel rightfully
deserves its moniker, with the flaky, buttery palpiers that patrons order by
the dozens. The bakery makes an impact with the whimsical look of its cakes,
from green apple cheesecakes shaped like the fruit, to mango and chocolate
mousses disguised as sunnyside ups. 16. Munchies Nestled on a quiet
uphill street, Munchies is not the most accessible destination for a sugar
fix. However, the organic dessert shop makes up for its geographical
inconvenience with an addictive range of donut and cookie flavors, from earl
grey to white chocolate to matcha sea salt. With an equally creative ice
cream collection available as the filling for your DIY sandwich, climbing up
flights of stairs to get here will seem like a perfectly timed workout.
17. Tai Cheong Though this local institution has been around since 1954,
it owes its current fame to the effusive praise it got from Chris Patten, the
beloved former British governor of the city. Try one of the dan tats—a
sweet egg custard pastry that's crunchy on the outside and supple within—and
you'll see why this bakery is a requisite stop on everyone's dining bucket
list. 18. Teakha Tea lovers will want to bookmark this place
immediately: The bakery is famous for an array of tea-infused treats, such as
matcha chiffon cake and roselle scones. Presented on elegant blue-and-white
china, the dense green tea cheesecake is heralded as one of the best in the
city. All baked goods make a great pairing with the creative beverage options
(the Keemun milk tea with red date honey is a notable highlight). The outdoor
garden, with its full blooms and French bistro chairs, is a lovely setting for
afternoon tea. 19. Urban Bakery This croissant maker marries Western
technique with Eastern flair in the most refreshing way possible: The seasonal
creations are modeled after iconic Hong Kong delicacies like the pineapple bun
and golden lava bun. If you're not in the mood for experimentation, you will
still walk away happy with the classic cheese croissant. Cream puffs in every
color imaginable are also available for a quick afternoon indulgence.
—Venus Wong
Courtesy of E5 Bakery London From small towns across America
to major cities like Portland and Washington D. C. , bakeries are having a
seriously sweet renaissance. Across the pond, talented bread and pastry
makers trained in some of the world's best restaurants are baking
mouthwatering loaves, doughnuts, and even whoopie pies. These seven standouts
in London should be on your must-visit list. 20. Bea's of Bloomsbury,
Bloomsbury and beyond A specialist in classic cakes, beautifully iced
cupcakes, and buns, this small north London bakery has recently expanded
beyond its Bloomsbury original to Farringdon and St Paul's. Its duffin (an
addictive doughnut/muffin combo which sparked a row with Starbucks when it
seemingly ripped off the concept) is worth a trip in itself. 21.
Blackbird Bakery, Herne Hill (and other south London locations) For many
south Londoners, a weekend is not complete without picking up a chunky loaf of
caraway, honey wholemeal, or rosemary and spelt bread from the Blackbird
Bakery, which began life as a tiny hole-in-the-wall and now has six branches
around southeast London. Head to Herne Hill on a Sunday morning and you can
combine a slice of buttermilk-and-currant bread (made from organic, free
range, and fair trade ingredients) with a freshly roasted flat white at the
café and a stroll around the excellent Farmers Market outside. 22. Bread
Ahead, Borough Market Run by St. John alum Justin Gellatly, Bread Ahead in
the foodie mecca of Borough Market is also known for doughnuts. But in
addition, it does fantastic cheese and olive sticks and practical loaves of
sourdough and ciabatta. It has an admirable waste policy and opened a cooking
school last year.   23. The Delicatessen, Clapham This new deli is
part of the growing empire of Robin Gill (whose resume includes stints at Noma
and Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons) a chef proving a strong influence in helping
to transform Clapham's culinary chops.   The deli sells a range of
innovative sandwiches, on its homemade loaves of sourdough (try it with the
excellent smoked bone marrow butter), potato flatbread, and Guinness soda
bread, all of which appear on the menu at the Michelin-recommended Dairy
restaurant next door.   24. E5 Bakehouse, Hackney With a name that
refers to its Hackney location, E5 Bakehouse has become a stalwart on the
Insta-feeds of local hipsters and foodies. Its most famous product is the
Hackney Wild sourdough, which TV chef Michel Roux famously referred to as
bread that "turns me on. " But all of its breads are accomplished and
produced with an ethical, sustainable approach, plus there are cakes too,
making the café a good place to linger for a warming lunch or granola bar and
coffee. 25. St. John, Bermondsey This bakery, run by the famous
nose-to-tail restaurant (and supplier of all its bread), is rarely open to the
public. It is part of a group of some of the city's most accomplished
producers and suppliers (from cheese to wine) located under the industrial
arches around Maltby Street, all of whom open up their work premises for short
hours on Saturdays and Sundays. The result is huge queues of fans who know
that this is where to come for the best doughnuts—think substantial, chewy
buns oozing with custard or chocolate—in London. 26. Violet Bakery,
Hackney Anyone with a sweet tooth should bookmark Violet, a five-year-old
bakery and cafe, run by food stylist and former Chez Panisse pastry chef Clare
Ptak, near the happening restaurant-lined street of Broadway Market (where she
started out with a market stall). Best sellers include her whoopie pie, which
is so popular it spawned its own book. —Emily Mathieson Want to know
more about the above? Read the full scoop here.
Courtesy of Leoda's Pie Shop Maui
There's so much more to bakeries on Maui than merely gratifying a sweet
tooth. It's the culture, heritage, and history of the food that give
Maui's best bakeries some background. Portuguese culture lives on, for
example, with every malasada that's sold, just as the Japanese culture is
perpetuated by sweet, azuki-filled mochi. Here are our picks for where to
find them. 27. Home Maid Bakery Opened in Wailuku in 1960, this humble
bakery on Lower Main Street is an island staple for mochi (a type of pounded
rice cake). Also known for their crispy manju—which are essentially
bite-sized pies—Home Maid Bakery is a convenient stop for gifts on the way
to the airport. Or, if you still have a couple of days on the island and need
to pick up some bread, the Maui Crunch Bread is an island favorite, as are
their fresh malasadas. 28. Komoda Store and Bakery Amazingly, 2016
marks 100 years of Komoda Bakery in Makawao (3674 Baldwin Ave. 808-572-7261).
Set on the corner of the town's only intersection, the bakery is famous
throughout Hawaii for its cream puffs and classic "Stick Donuts. " If you
stop by before it opens at 7 a. m. , chances are you'll find a line has
already formed at the door. Everything about this bakery is old school, which
is all a part of its charm. Prepare to pay in cash since the accounting is
still done with a pen. 29. Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop Like an
oasis of fresh, flaky goodness on the long drive out to Lahaina, Leoda's Pie
Shop has rapidly become a local island favorite. With their collection of
sweet, house made pies, visitors can choose from coconut cream to macadamia
nut chocolate praline. Leoda's strives to use local ingredients, and even
has their own farm for produce used in their deli sandwiches. 30.
Stillwell's Bakery Located directly under the bridge between Kahului and
Wailuku, Stillwell's Bakery is where to stop for bread, torpedo, or maccoco
rolls. All of the bread has been baked here in house since their 1994
opening, and the gooey cream horns are tough to resist at any time of the day.
  31. Sugar Beach Bake Shop Finally, on the very tip of North
Kihei next to Ululani's Shave Ice, Sugar Beach Bake Shop crafts traditional
favorites—with a tropical twist. There's mango cheesecake, mac nut sticky
buns, and lilikoi key lime pie—and, of course, you'll also find the
ubiquitous malasada. —Kyle Ellison
Courtesy Scordato Bakery Milwaukee
Sausage, cheese, and beer may be Milwaukee's main tourist draws, but city
residents know there's a delicious alternative hidden beneath. From Italian
cakes to all-natural artisan breads and rolls, these five bakeries keep the
Cream City's sugar rush on high. 32. Amaranth Amaranth is a family-run
all-natural and mostly organic café specializing in artisan-style goods. In
addition to breads and pastries, diners choose from a selection of sandwiches,
soups, quiches, and salads, and all are free of artificial sweeteners,
fillers, and substitutes. 33. Canfora The Italians own it in
Milwaukee, where Canfora specializes in Italian cookies and sweets, plus
whipped cream wedding cakes. The cassatini, a mini version of the traditional
Sicilian cassata cake, shines with rum flavoring, cannoli filling, and
marzipan. Any self-respecting Milwaukeean has to try the cream puffs. 34.
Classy Girl Cupcakes Cakes and cupcakes, brownies and bars—Classy Girl's
sweets have satisfied locals since 2010. Twenty-five flavors are showcased
every day, along with some novel ways to enjoy the dessert, like cupcake
push-pops and cupcake mousse parfaits. Even the Milwaukee elite gets in on
the craze: the shop baked the mayor's birthday cake. 35. Peter
Sciortino's Famous for its bread, rolls, and cookies, this Italian bakery
has catered to Milwaukee residents since 1948. Restaurants and grocery stores
throughout the area carry Sciortino's made-from-scratch fresh bread, and the
shop recently began selling cakes and gelato. Try the tiramisu—it's a local
favorite. 36. Scordato Another addition to Milwaukee's Italian bakery
scene, Scordato is a close relative of Sciortino's—the owner, Giovanni
Scordato, is Peter Sciortino's nephew. And Scordato continues the family
tradition of offering spectacular Italian baked goods including Sicilian
pizza, bread, and cookies (thirty-six different types). —Jennifer
Billock William Rush Jagoe
V W Rush Jagoe V New Orleans In the city that gave
us doberge cakes and muffaletta loaves, the aromas of king cakes during
Carnival and chicory coffee year-round, bakeries are essential to everyday
life. They do more than serve treats; they preserve New Orleans' rich food
culture. Here are nine standouts, and what to order at each one. 37.
Breads on Oak Its name says it all. This Oak Street bakery, open since
2012, focuses on breads—especially the Old World­­–style French breads
for which New Orleans is famous. Purity and process are the keys here: The
sourdough starter is live, the eggs used to make the dough are free-range
organic, and the fermentation process lasts more than a day so the flavor has
time to develop. Chef Sean O'Mahony's menu of mostly vegan sandwiches
makes even the most carb-loaded lunches at Breads on Oak feel healthy. 38.
Cake Café This boundary-pushing bakery in the Marigny makes Sazerac
cupcakes and king cakes baked with goat cheese and apples, instead of cream
cheese and icing. Founded in 2007 by Steve Himelfarb, who got his start
selling slices of homemade chocolate cake door to door, Cake Café is also
known for its Jewish menu items, such as fresh bagels topped with lox, capers,
red onion, tomato, and shmear. 39. Gambino's In 1946, a
Jewish-Hungarian woman living in New Orleans sold her adapted recipe for a
Hungarian-Austrian cake to an Italian by the name of Joe Gambino. From this
multicultural transaction came the dawn of New Orleans' famous doberge cake
(layers of cake and pudding wrapped in a shell of buttercream and fondant).
Gambino's, with locations in Metairie and Gretna, is also known as one of
the city's top spots for king cakes during Carnival. 40. Gracious
Bakery Rarely will you hear a mention of this Mid-City bakery that
doesn't include its founder: Megan Forman, a veteran pastry chef who worked
at Bayona and Sucre before setting off on her own in 2012. It's her
sensibilities (never use a mix, always incorporate butter) that inform the
offerings of the spare Gracious Bakery, including cupcakes iced with Italian
buttercream and cinnamon croissants baked into muffin tins. In a hurry? Swing
by Gracious To Go, an express location on Earhart Boulevard. 41.
Haydel's The world record holder for the largest king cake on earth (a
4,000-pound whopper that wrapped twice around the Superdome), Haydel's has
churned out New Orleans' most famous Carnival dessert since 1965. The
German-owned Jefferson bakery receives tens of thousands of king cake orders
each year and ships the majority of them to homesick New Orleanians around the
country. There are 16 king cake varieties on the menu, including mini king
cakes and black-and-gold ones in the shape of a fleur-de-lis. 42. La
Boulangerie Quaint. Charming. Lovely. These are common descriptions of
this jewel of a traditional French bakery in Uptown New Orleans. Open since
2000, La Boulangerie sells croissants, petit fours, madeleines, and French
bread done right: light and airy on the inside, thin and brittle on the
outside. Order one to go, tuck it under your arm, and you'll feel like
you're a Parisian expat as you hurry into the Garden District. 43.
Sucre Unapologetically upscale, Sucre sells Tahitian vanilla marshmallows,
chicory chocolates and—most notably—French macarons in a gleaming, modern
atmosphere. Its flagship store on Magazine Street opened in 2007, followed by
a Metairie shop, then a location in the French Quarter. In April, that third
location unveiled an upstairs restaurant and lounge called Salon, where you
can sip a Sazerac while watching the shoppers below. 44. The Sweet Spot
Open since the spring in a stall in St. Roch Market, the Sweet Spot is a
retro bakery from New Orleans transplant Donna Maloney cares more about
comfort than craft. The banana bread recipe comes straight from a hand-typed
card passed down from Maloney's mother, and the gooey chocolate-chip cookies
are baked twice a day to ensure they'll always taste like they're straight
out of the oven. Canines are part of the family here: A large jar of fresh
dog biscuits sits by the register. 45. Willa Jean New Orleans'
bakery du jour, this much-anticipated offering from the Besh Restaurant Group
showcases the prodigious talents of John Besh's top pastry chefs, Lisa White
and Kelly Fields. Open since August in downtown's Central Business
District, Willa Jean is a homey bakeshop that offers such indulgences as
cinnamon rolls, donuts, and biscuits—plus a coffee program and a full bar
serving adult slushies. This is New Orleans, after all.   —Allison
Entrekin J.
Smith for VISIT PHILADELPHIA® Philadelphia With its rich
history of immigrant settlement, traditional baked goods are in
Philadelphia's blood. This is the home of Butter Cake, after all. Locals
have favorite neighborhood bakeries where things haven't changed in 25, 50,
or 100 years, but a swath of hip new bakeries that combine favorite flavors to
create sublime desserts are keeping things. Old or new, savory or sweet, this
town knows and loves its baked goods—and these are our six favorites.
46. Brown Betty Dessert Boutique The charming "mile high" cakes and
cupcakes at Brown Betty Dessert Boutique seduce the eyes first. Then, they
win hearts with flavors like sweet potato pound cake with spiced vanilla
buttercream, and ganache with chocolate fudge cake and chocolate icing. Each
cake is named after one of owners Linda and Norrdina's relatives, and their
best traits or favorite hobbies. 47. Flying Monkey Imagine it: a
pumpkin pie baked inside a chocolate cake, topped with apple pie baked inside
vanilla cake, which is filled and frosted with vanilla buttercream.
"Pumpple Cake" is a real thing at Flying Monkey in the Reading Terminal
Market, if you order 72 hours in advance. The spot is also known for its
whoopie pies in dozens of flavors and fillings, as well as mini bundt cakes in
flavors like hot buttered rum and pink lemonade. 48. Kermit's Bake
Shoppe "Imagine if a pizzeria and a bakery had a baby," says Kermit
Bake Shoppe's website. Here, hazelnut tea cakes, pumpkin rosemary anglaise
tarts, and oreo mousse cakes live peacefully next to creative pizzas topped
with pesto, maitake mushrooms, and applewood-smoked ham. A French-trained
pastry chef leads this happy union of savory and sweet under one roof. 49.
Metropolitan Bakery Metropolitan Bakery's six locations in some of
Philadelphia's best neighborhoods sell more than 30 varieties of homemade
breads made with locally sourced and sustainable products from area farmers
and small producers. Try the organic Miche with a sourdough flavor and a
chewy, hearty texture, inspired by the famous bread of the Poilâne bakery in
Paris, and pumpernickel made with dark rye flour, onions, sunflower seeds,
brewed coffee, cocoa powder, and honey molasses. 50. Termini Brothers
Philadelphians talk about Termini Brothers with a reverence not often seen in
this no-nonsense town. In business since 1921, the bakery now sells its
signature, handmade cannoli at four locations, two in its original home of
South Philly, and two in Center City. Among the many sweet treats on offer
are authentic Italian specialties like sfogliatelle (crispy puff pastries
filled with ricotta and orange peel), torrone (nougats dotted with pistachio),
and regina biscotti (crunchy lemon cookies rolled in sesame seeds). 51.
Sweet Freedom Philly's first and only "allergen-free" bakery, Sweet
Freedom is completely gluten-free and vegan, and avoids refined sugar, corn,
wheat, peanuts, and soy. Treats—including cupcakes, cookies, loaves,
donuts, muffins, and bread—utilize unique ingredients like garbanzo bean
flour, coconut milk, and arrowroot to satisfy those with and without food
allergies. —Sarah Maiellano Want to know more about the above? Read
the full scoop here.
Jenni Kupelian Portland, OR Everyone knows Portland is a
great coffee town—and what goes better with a morning cup, or a 4 p. m.
one, than a little something sweet from one of the city's best bakeries? For a
bakery to be truly noteworthy, it has to master both sweet (pastries that
perfectly balance butter, flour, and sugar to elevate a croissant to something
magical), and savory (breads that have strong enough flavors to complement an
turkey sandwich, for example). From pies to focaccia, these five standouts
are worth breaking any low-carb diet for. 52. Lauretta Jean's
Primarily a bakery specializing in butter-crust pies, Lauretta Jean's
(pictured) makes fruit pies, cold meringues, and less common offerings like
chocolate chess. Their quiches use the same dough but add herbs to the mix.
They also make one of the best biscuits in town—marked by a little crunch on
the outside yet fluffy on the inside, served with butter and jam, or as an egg
sandwich. 53. Roman Candle Baking Co. Right next door to dinner hot
spot Ava Gene's, the same owners run a more casual restaurant-bakery with the
same rustic Italian goodness. Fans come to Roman Candle to grab a thick
square slice of pizza bianca, some focaccia, and the not-to-miss Kouign-Amann,
a crackly pastry that's sort of like a round croissant laminated in caramel.
54. Little T Baker The motto at Little T Baker is "buns not guns,"
and the sunny bakery, with locations in SE and Union Way the West End, serves
delicious sandwiches, loaves, and pastries, especially their Jacobsen Sea
Salt-dusted brownies. Don't expect a gluten-free option here; their other
motto is "flour, science, hands and heart. " 55. Grand Central Bakery
With locations all over town, and the fact that is supplies bread to many
local restaurants and sells loaves at groceries like Safeway, Grand Central
might be the most ubiquitous bakery in Portland. But it's a deserved reign,
thanks to their tangy sourdough; soft, eggy challah on Fridays, and cookies
(the molasses one is chewy and perfectly spiced). You can also buy their
frozen pizza dough or cookie dough in stores to bake the goodness at home.
56. Ken's Artisan Bakery James Beard-nominated owner Ken Forkish makes
amazing French pastries like canneles, eclairs, and fruit tarts, plus unique
loaves like French rye, dense walnut, or Raisin-pecan breads and his namesake
bakery. —Sarah Z. Wexler Want to know more about the above? Read the
full scoop here.
Pasticceria de Bellis Rome It's no surprise that Rome is
sweet on pastries. Romans are known for their sugary breakfasts, so every
morning cornetti (croissant), fagottini (chocolate filled puff pastry), and
anything else that comes with a glaze is lined up along bar and café counters
around town. The city is a maze of pasticcerie (pastry shops), with bakeries
on nearly every street in every neighborhood, but these seven shops are above
and beyond—saccharine specialists whose delicacies will pique your sweet
tooth as well as your curiosity. 57. Dolce Roma Down the street from
the Forum is Dolce Roma, a small Austro-Roman bakery that is the only place in
Rome for proper florentiners (chocolate and almond cookies) and pretzels, but
the real specialty is the mohnbagel, a soft, sweet bagel filled with poppy
seed spread. 58. Il Maritozzaro When in Rome, eat a maritozzo. The
most indulgent of all Roman pastries, it's a sugar bomb—a sweet bun filled
with cream. Though Il Maritozzaro is not a true pastry shop, this historic
Roman bar (i. e. , nothing fancy and no elbow room) is a master of the
maritozzo. 59. Pasticceria Boccione Better known as il Forno del
Ghetto (the bakery of Rome's Ghetto neighborhood) or the Kosher bakery,
Boccione is no-nonsense and no frills. Fans line up for pizza di beridde
(also called pizza ebraica), a savory and sweet dense bread of almonds, pine
nuts, raisins, and candied fruit that only the Boccione family makes. 60.
Pasticceria al Cinque Lune Often overlooked in the cluster of shops that
face Italy's Senate office house, Cinque Lune is a small pastry shop with a
delicious selection of traditional Italian pastries like torta alla ricotta
(ricotta cheese cake) and crostate (pie), but it's those curious antichi
romani that set Cinque Lune apart from the rest. Found nowhere else in the
city, these bite-sized pastries are inspired by ancient Roman ingredients and
recipes, and come out as delectable phyllo dough concoctions with cinnamon,
pistachio, hazelnut, poppy seeds, honey, and bay leaves. 61. Pasticceria
De Bellis For the past few years, De Bellis has received international
recognition for its creative spins on Italian pastries, especially its
millefoglie, but this summer, it flipped the switched and added the insane
donut burgher to its new savory line up. Two toasted glazed donuts couple a
barbecue sauce-coated beef patty to create a flavor merge like no other.
62. Pasticceria Lotti Run by two charming sisters who seemed to step out
of a Wes Anderson film, Lotti is one of those "if you know, you know" bars, an
unassuming cafe that gets overlooked in the Via Veneto traffic. Lotti's
pastry selection is always enticing, with seasonal cookies for every holiday,
but it's the pasteis de nata that makes Lotti unique. Also, the Portugese egg
tart can only be found at Lotti. 63. Pasticceria Regoli For 100 years,
Pasticceria Regoli has been the go-to sweet spot in the Piazza Vittoria
neighborhood. Traditionally styled with glass counters and refrigerated
cabinets, Regoli has the expected Roman lineup of pastries, including
maritozzi, profiterole and crostate, as well as seasonal and holiday pastries
like Easter cakes, mostaccioli (chocolate covered spice cookies) and frappe
(fried pastry strips). What pushes Regoli over the top are the Chantilly
star, a star-shaped pastry with Chantilly cream and wild strawberries, and the
Bavarese, an unparalleled cream-filled, oddly light, mashable cake. 64.
Notable mention: Le Carrè Francais is the new kid on the block, and the only
place in Rome to get a proper French croissant. —Erica Firpo
Aubrie Pick Aubrie Pick
San Francisco Flaky, bronze kouign-amanns, yuzu tart drops,
augmented seasonal hand pies—San Francisco has come a long way from its
early bakery glory days of the golden sourdough roll. Now glass cases are
increasingly stocked with made-from-scratch treats that highlight the
region's quality ingredients—as well as the creative minds of local
bakers, elevating their craft to an art. Whether they're experimenting with
new techniques, reinventing nostalgic favorites, or introducing lesser-known
confectionaries to the West Coast, one thing is certain: bring your appetite
and an open mind. 65. B. Patisserie Francophiles flock to Pacific
Heights' B. Patisserie, where a Gary Danko and Manresa protégé dreams up
Instagram-worthy tarts, verrines, and viennoiseries. It seems no French treat
has been left unconsidered—from the chocolate banana almond croissants,
tartines, and vanilla cassis cake, down to the classic madeleine. Must try:
The seasonal kouign-amann. 66. Craftsman + Wolves William Werners's
confections glowing beneath the glass cases may look like artifacts in a
museum exhibit, but luckily the art at Craftsman + Wolves is edible. Creative
flavor combinations, like quince and dirty chai tarts and brown butter
financier with stone fruit and hazelnuts, draw lines at their Mission district
bakery—and their future outpost in Russian Hill opening later this fall.
Must try: "The Rebel Within," a soft-boiled egg inside a savory muffin.
67. Flour & Co. After being open for just a few years, this
neighborhood bakery in Nob Hill has outgrown its micro-sized digs, and has
expanded into a much larger second storefront in Berkeley this month. All of
the goods at Flour & Co. are made with basic ingredients (butter, sugar,
eggs, milk) for satiating pastries that won't put you in a post-sticky bun
food coma. Still, the menu has a comfort food slant perfect for an R&R
brunch: French toast sandwiches, savory tarts, and homemade biscuits and
gravy. Must try: Peach hand pies or the oatmeal praline ice cream sandwich.
68. Jane This cozy cafe and bakery draws locals for its thoughtful
homemade sweets. On weekends, citrus brioche warrants a detour to Jane's
new Larkin Street location, and every day an impressive display of vegan and
gluten-free options that taste as good as their traditional counterparts are
on-hand. But the biggest temptations are their cookies, baked fresh every
afternoon in bold flavors like iced lemon, oatmeal currant, and chocolate chip
toffee. Must try: The salted white chocolate oatmeal cookie. 69. Tartine
Bakery One cannot speak of San Francisco bakeries without mentioning the
venerable Tartine Bakery. The James Beard Award-winning bakery is often
credited for inspiring the city's new wave of contemporary bakeries, and for
their thoughtful approach to classic breads like the country-style levain,
available every day after 4:30 p . m. (though you'll want to get in line
long before then). If you can score a table in their sunlit cafe, their hot
pressed sandwiches—think Humboldt fog goat cheese smothered between two
slices of walnut bread—are the way to go, but don't overlook the case of
pastries. Must try: The classic croque monsier or the tres leches cake.
­—Jenna Scatena
Stephen Whitlock Stockholm 70. Haga Tårtcompani &
Bageri The island of Kungsholmen is fast emerging as the cake capital of
Stockholm. The newest pastry emporium to open its door is Haga Tårtcompani
& Bageri, where 27-year-old bowtie-wearing baker Oscar Målevik runs the
kitchen. Oscar and his business partner Anna Cardelius opened the first
branch of their baking business in the Vasastan neighborhood in the city in
2014. This second location opened at the end of September. It sells breads
and sandwiches, with several tables for customers to stop by for a coffee, but
the heart of the business is making big, celebratory cakes.   "We
wanted to have a product that is ours, and while Stockholm has places doing
cupcakes and macaroons, no one was doing these sort of cakes for kids and for
companies," says Oscar, who has been baking since he was 14. "We try to
be classic Swedish, but with a twist. For instance, in our blueberry-cardamom
cake we add almost too much of everything—too much cardamom and too many
blueberries—but last year it was declared cake of the year in the White
Guide [Sweden's premier food guide]. " The café-bakery also takes a
Swedish-with-a-twist approach to its décor. The interior is painted with
Falun red, the distinctive red paint used on rustic country cottages across
the land, with brightly colored cushions from Svenskt Tenn, the poshest design
store in town. The company has won some high-profile admirers. Last year
when Lady Gaga was in town she ordered a cake, specifying that it be
gluten-free and not adorned with grapes or fresh flowers. Oscar baked a dense
chocolate cake, coated with chocolate frosting, adorned with handfuls of
berries and shards of sugar that resembled broken glass. —Stephen
Whitlock
Courtesy Joel Robuchon's Le Pain Tokyo Tokyoites love their
bread, whether it's the pillowy shokupan (sliced white bread), French-style
baguettes (found in bakeries all over the city), or homegrown favorites like
curry bread and an pan—buns filled with sweet bean paste, forever
immortalized by the popular cartoon character An Pan Man. There are some more
dubious offerings, too, like spaghetti sandwiches (surprisingly good, and
excellent for carb-loading), yakisoba rolls, and dainty sandwiches filled with
whipped cream and sliced fruit on white bread with the crusts cut off. These
are the ones to try when you're in town. 70. Le Pain French-style
bakeries rule the roost, with plenty of shops to be found in train stations
and supermarkets. Many will do a serviceable French stick, but for the real
stuff, we asked Jennifer Julien, French cookbook author, TV food reporter, and
wine expert. Joel Robuchon's Le Pain is excellent for the classics, like
baguette, campagne, cakes, and pain au chocolat. They also have some items
for the Japanese taste. The selection is a little less, but everything is top
quality. " 71. Viron Another favorite, she says, is Viron in Shibuya, a
shop that often comes to the top of bakery lists despite lacking a website,
social media, or public email. The shop famously imports their flour from
Paris, and to enter the store is to be confronted with the burnished gleam of
caramelized sugar on piles of caneles and tarts, tantalizing smells wafting
from every corner. The kouign amann is a masterpiece, with a dark flaky
crackling crust containing inner layers of chewy sweet pastry. 72.
Backerei Kaffee Linde Despite the profusion of bakeries, whole grain and
dark breads are relatively hard to find here, with most places trading only in
white flour. One outstanding exception is Backerei Kaffee Linde in Kichijoji,
a German-style bakery to satisfy all your hearty brot cravings. Serving up
heaps of rye breads, seeded loaves, pretzels, and German pastries, it's worth
a visit if you're in the neighborhood. 73. Catlea For a local
favorite, try the kare pan (curry bread) at Catlea. Located in the Morishita
shopping street, Catlea claims to be the originator of curry bread, a crisp,
deep fried experience, like a savory doughnut, filled with piping hot curry
redolent with spices and with chunks of meat and vegetables. One or two could
make an excellent pocket lunch. 74. Asakusa Kagetsudo Another tried
and true treat is melon pan, named not for its flavor but for its shape. With
a domed shaped and a bumpy surface, melon bread is a sweet dough covered with
a crisp, sugary coating. Asakusa Kagetsudo is one of the top places to get
your hands on one, selling 2,000 pieces on a weekend day, and closing as soon
as the day's stock is sold. The shop also has a Japanese cafe on the second
floor, so patrons can also order heartier food. 75. Kimurava Finally,
no catalog of Japanese bread delights can go without the mention of an pan,
perhaps the country's most beloved bread bite. This sweet roll is a marriage
between western and Japanese tastes, traditionally filled with sweet red azuki
bean paste, and is a staple snack across generations, from little children to
grandparents. Invented by Yasubei Kimura, the Kimuraya bakery in Ginza is the
home base for an pan lovers. In addition to the bakery on the first floor,
there's also a cafe and a restaurant on site. —Selena Hoy
Dolcini by Joseph
Toronto Toronto is a city that loves a good loaf of burnished bronze ,
crusty bread as much as a shatteringly crisp-on-the-outside,
tender-on-the-inside macaron. And its citizens all have their favorite
bakeries for different items. This city's best are many—too many to rattle
off as a top five. Instead, we offer you a list of some of our favorites,
categorized by what they do best. 76. Croissants Buttery, flaky, with
a bit of crackle on the crust and tender, not soggy or dry, in the middle. If
that's your ideal croissant specimen, head to Colette Grand Cafe's bakery and
order their coconut raspberry version if you've got a sweet tooth. Or stick
to the classic butter version at Parkdale's The Tempered Room, where Bertrand
Alépée makes them so well, you'd swear you're in Paris. If you're in North
York, Dolcini by Joseph (or West Finch Bakery) offers flaky perfection under
the practiced hands of Belgian patissier Bruno Elsier (his baguettes are
tasty, too). 77. Italian Treats Craving the kind of amaretti that make
you feel as if you're in Lombardy? Or a semolina, pine nut, rosemary and
orange scented cake that takes you to nonna's table? Head to Forno Cultura on
King Street and try to stop from buying out the store. Want your baked goods
with a modern Italian accent? Sud Forno delivers. There's the thinly sliced
fried eggplant paninis for lunch, or the weekend-only zeppole that ooze
Chantilly and pastry cream, as well as amarena cherries. 78. Gluten Free
and Vegan Goods GF, vegan, and jonesing for a treat of your own? Head to
Tori's Bakeshop in the Beach, where the iconic Canadian butter tart is
brilliant, as are the doughnuts, muffins moistened with apple sauce, and the
campfire corn loaf. Bonus: they're made with all-organic ingredients. In the
west end, Bunners makes some of the best vegan, GF cinnamon buns you'll ever
try. Come in the morning and get them hot. Or snag a Sonic cookie chock full
of dried fruit, seeds, and nuts for a chewy snack 79. Lovely Loaves One
of the best places in the city for top notch sourdough bread loaves (try the
seeded version or the baguette) is the Blackbird Baking Company in Kensington
Market. Heritage, stone ground, unbleached flours (including the Canadian Red
Fife wheat) make a world of difference. If you're in the Distillery District,
Leslieville, the Beach or First Canadian Place, you'll find an outpost of the
Brick Street Bakery, which serves toothsome loaves that get turned into fresh
sandwiches (try the Boxing Day) for the lunch crowd. Eccles Cakes, and
perfect, hand-held sausage pies are also sure bets. 80. Pretty Pastries
and Macarons Nadege Patisserie, helmed by fourth-generation French pastry
chef Nadege Nourian, makes some of the city's finest. Her cassis macarons are
delightful, as are the salted caramel or lemon varieties. Don't miss the
Marie Antoinette, luscious edible art featuring mini macarons adorning a
vanilla bean panna cotta and a maple syrup mousse. Butter Avenue delights
with caramel macchiato, cream cheese passion fruit, and matcha macarons. Pick
up a "Jardin Secret," crafted with light rose vanilla cream, mixed berry jelly
and a soft candy wrap to keep the dessert together. Chocolate crumbles act as
the jardin's earthy garden soil. —Mary Luz Mejia Want to know more
about the above? Read the full scoop here.
Kate Warren Washington, DC This is
a good time to be a Washingtonian: in recent years, bakeries have been opening
their doors in neighborhoods across the city, with still more operating as
pop-ups or farmers market stands soon to unveil their own brick-and-mortar
space. Together with local baked goods stalwarts, such as Georgetown's
beloved Baked & Wired and the vegan-friendly Sticky Fingers in Columbia
Heights, these newcomers have made DC a terrific town for both breakfast and
dessert. Here's a look at some of the best. 81. Baked & Wired
Baked & Wired isn't just one of the best bakeries in DC—it's often
considered one of the very best in the country. During the height of the
cupcake craze, food writer Corby Kummer declared in The Atlantic that Baked
& Wired was home to "the only just-right cupcake" he'd sampled among
all the trendy shops of the time. And just as the joint predated cupcake
mania, it has lasted long past that time, too, remaining the place to go in DC
for coffee cake, zucchini bread, caramel blondies, fudgy brownies, custom
cakes, chocolate chip cookies, cherry hand pies, homemade ice cream
sandwiches, and, of course, perfect cupcakes. 82. Bayou Bakery New
Orleans native David Guas has been educating Washingtonians on the wonders of
Cajun cuisine since opening Bayou Bakery in Arlington in 2010. Though the
shop, which recently opened a location on Capitol Hill (pictured), offers
classic entrees like jambalaya and crawfish etouffee, Guas first made his name
in DC as a pastry chef. So it's no surprise that the glass case in front
full of beignets, praline scones, cornbread, cookies, layer cakes, and more is
such a popular stop. Bayou Bakery also sells some goods that make terrific
gifts, such as PorKorn, a bag of salted caramel popcorn studded with
Benton's bacon and Virginia peanuts. 83. Bread Furst Legendary James
Beard Award-nominated bread maker Mark Furstenberg has been elevating the
bakery scene in DC for decades, first with Marvelous Market and then with the
sandwich-focused phenom BreadLine. He returned to great acclaim in early 2014
with the neighborhood bakery Bread Furst. It's well worth the journey out
to Van Ness for a loaf of challah, a bag of bagels, fresh baguettes, cookies,
coffee eclairs, and pies and cakes made to order. Not to mention
Furstenberg's popular Palladin rolls—a type of ciabatta inspired by
another local luminary, Jean-Louis Palladin—which are available by the
pound. 84. Buttercream Bakeshop It may not be open just yet, but
Buttercream Bakeshop is certain to be a success when it unlocks its doors in
Shaw (hopefully this winter), thanks to the loyal following owner Tiffany
MacIsaac has cultivated during her years as head pastry chef for the
Neighborhood Restaurant Group (Red Apron Butcher, Birch & Barley, Iron
Gate, and more). MacIsaac has since struck out on her own with cake decorator
Alexandra Mudry to create Buttercream Bakeshop, creating from-scratch
confections such as peanut butter buckeyes, tangerine twix bars, oatmeal cream
pies, and flawless special occasion cakes and cookies. Buttercream Bakeshop
delivers across the DC area and operates pops-up occasionally in town, so keep
your eyes peeled in the meantime. 85. Frenchie's Founded in 2011,
Frenchie's built up a dedicated following through the years at local
farmers' markets, particularly enthralling Washingtonians with baker Erica
Skolnik's airy croissants. Earlier this year, the bakery found itself a
full-time outpost at Maketto, H Street's hot new restaurant/men's
lifestyle store/coffee shop. During the day, you can head upstairs to grab
some coffee and Frenchie's croissants, sticky buns, kouign amanns, cookies,
nutter butters, and more. Maketto is also where you can pick up your orders
of Frenchie's cakes and pies—including a carrot cake with pecan praline
filling. 86. RareSweets Washingtonians eagerly anticipated the opening
of RareSweets in the upscale downtown retail complex CityCenter late last
year, having first gotten hooked on owner Meredith Tomason's baked goods at
the Union Kitchen incubator. Before that, Tomason developed a taste for
seasonality as pastry chef at Tom Colicchio's flagship Craft Restaurant in
NYC. At RareSweets, she offers a menu of cookies, bars, and breakfast items
like cheddar drop biscuits and brioche doughnuts filled with plum jam. Cakes
come in classic and seasonal flavors (think: graham and concord grape, or
pumpkin and bourbon cocoa), while ice cream rotates among options like sour
cream and sorghum, and milk chocolate and peanut. 87. Sticky Fingers
Since 1999, Sticky Fingers has proven that you don't need butter and eggs to
make really delicious desserts and pastries. Baker Doron Petersan—a
two-time winner on Food Network's Cupcake Wars—has kept both vegans and
carnivores satiated from her storefront in Columbia Heights. The cupcakes are
classics, but so are the sticky buns, and vanilla cream-filled chocolate cake
sandwiches known as Little Devils. Order ahead for cakes like tiramisu (made
with organic espresso), peanut butter fudge, grasshopper, and various
"fancy" custom-designed treats for special events. —Amy McKeever
Want to know more about the above? Read the full scoop here.  
Every city has its beloved local bakeries, places to go when you're
craving a really good baguette, pie, cupcake, or cookie. Read on for our
bakery picks not to miss in 15 cities worldwide.
If you could have a bucket list meal, where would you go? Somewhere on this
list.From the classic opulence of haute cuisine to the shiny new creations of
molecular gastronomy, the world"s most expensive restaurants range from new to
historic and everything in between.
In Japan, you can eat in a century-old tea
ceremony house.
In the Maldives, you can dine underwater.
In Spain, you can
dine in a virtual reality.
In Paris, you can supper amid royalty.
The intimate
chef"s table experience has made its way to Mexico — and that"s without
even mentioning your options in the U.S.All across the globe, the best of the
best in the culinary space from Michelin-starred chefs to emerging food
superstars are churning out meticulously selected tasting menus that represent
seasons, cultures, and locales.
Some experiences are grand and some are
intimate, but all will cost you a pretty penny.
The most dedicated of foodies
would consider themselves lucky to make it to one of these in his or her
lifetime.
And if you do get a chance to treat yourself, trust the chef and the
drink pairings and it will all be worth it — because food isn"t just
food when it"s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of night.
Here are 10 from our wish
list.10.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant,"Maldives Photo: Conrad HotelsCost per
person: $500Sixteen feet below sea level in the Maldives Islands sits the
world"s only all-glass undersea restaurant.
The luxurious island chain in the
Indian Ocean sits only 1.5 meters above sea level (the islands are
disappearing due to climate change) and is known for its mesmerizing marine
life.
Eating a meal inside the restaurant at the"Conrad Maldives Rangali
Island hotel offers you a front-row seat.When diners arrive, they are taken to
a waiting area in a small hut above sea level and prompted to leave their
shoes behind before descending down a spiral staircase to the coral reef-lit
dining room.
With only 14 seats and 180-degree panoramic views of the ocean,
the experience is like high-end scuba diving at its finest.
Schools of
rainbow- and neon-colored fish, sharks, and stingrays swim above.
Meanwhile,
caviar, duck agnolotti, and Maldivian lobster carpaccio decorate the plates
below.
Dinner, which is adults only, costs $320 per person for six courses,
and lunch is a lighter four-course menu for $195.
Aside from one complimentary
glass of champagne, any cocktails or wines from the massive, underground
cellar are an added cost.Tip: You can check out the restaurant for drinks-only
for a $90-per-person cocktail-hour option.Related: Outrageous Travel Gifts for
the 1 Percent
9.
La Zebra Chef"s Table, Tulum, Mexico Photo: La Zebra
Hotel/FacebookCost per person: $600At the southern tip of the Riviera Maya,
this once-hippie beach town has developed into a string of resorts, hotels,
and restaurants that now lures tourists to the Mexican jungle.
Thanks to the
explosion of popularity, lines await at many of the al fresco gems that are
mainly walk-in only, especially during high season.
Town mainstay La Zebra
Hotel is providing a new intimate dining option that not only accepts but
requires a reservation (at least three days prior) and guarantees you a
seat.The beachfront restaurant boasts an authentic Mexican approach and
reliance on locally sourced ingredients at their open-air Mexican Cantina, and
at the new Chef"s Table, local remains key (think chile shrimp ceviche,
slow-cooked beef tacos, and homemade corn and tortilla ice cream).
Chef
Eleazar Bonilla and his team cook for guests nightly (minus Sundays) at a
table that fits up to eight and before an open kitchen, so you can watch the
up-and-coming chef in action.
There are eight-, 10-, and 12-course options,
costing $150, $170, and $185 per person (plus tip), respectively, and seatings
from 6:30 p.m.
to 8 p.m.
Come thirsty: The menus are paired with signature
cocktails, local craft beers, and New World wines.Tip: There is a minimum
spending cost of $590 per person.
8.
Joël Robuchon,"Las Vegas
Truffles! (Photo: Joel Robuchon/Facebook)Cost per person: $600 - $1800Tucked
away inside the bustling MGM Grand and next to the iconic Cirque Du Soleil
theatre is this three-Michelin-starred restaurant by chef Joël
Robuchon.
The intimate Vegas escape — it can actually make you forget
that you are on the casino floor — is designed to resemble an opulent
Art Deco townhouse.
There are checkered, black-and-white marble floors and
dramatic purple banquettes, along with an entire wall of greenery and serene
Parisian-style terrace.
There are only only 17, albeit oversized, tables and a
private dining room for 10 to 12 people.The seasonal new French degustation
menu of 16 courses pulls out all of the stops and is presented in four
"services," which consist of three small plates.
Black truffle dots the list,
appearing over foie gras carpaccio, smoked bacon tart, and langoustine
ravioli.
And there"s no skimping of lobster or caviar, either.
The fine-dining
experience costs $435 per person, but your final bill depends on which level
of wine pairing you wash down your meal with: $295, $595, or the premium
option for $995.
The dress code is formal.Tip: They offer four- and six-course
menus, as well as a two-course menu for $120 per person.7.
Le Meurice,"Paris,
France Photo: Le Meurice/FacebookCost per person: $700 and
upThree-Michelin-starred Chef Alain Ducasse has 24 restaurants in eight
countries, and two in Paris that could sit interchangeably here: Plaza
Athénée and Le Meurice.
At the restaurant inside the Hotel Le
Meurice, the famed chef"s collection menu is $509 per person for six courses
(without drinks, tax, or tip) and changes seasonally.
This autumn, Ducasse"s
inventive-yet-natural French cuisine comes in the form of lobster and potatoes
"flavored by the sea," farm hen with cèpes mushrooms, and seasonal
vegetables.
You can also order a la carte.
The restaurant is only open Monday
through Friday.The pure-style food is about bringing the taste back-to-basics,
but the décor is anything but simple.
As if a haute-cuisine meal
overlooking the spectacular Tuileries Garden isn"t enough, the room itself was
designed after the Salon de la Paix at the Palace of Versailles and features
crystal chandeliers, opulent bronze and marble accents, and antique mirrors
and murals.
You will truly feel like royalty.
Tip: Have lunch amid the same
opulence for a set menu of $130 per person (without drinks, tax, or
tip).Related: Dubai Decadence: This is an $817 Scoop of Vanilla Ice
Cream
6.
Masa"New York, N.Y.
Photo: Masa/FacebookCost per person: $800 and up"Inside the Time Warner
Center (and next to Thomas Keller"s Per Se), one of the city"s most beloved
culinary splurges sits above N.Y.C."s whirling Columbus Circle.
Whether seated
inside the intentionally simplistic dining room or at the expanded hinoki-wood
sushi bar, diners from all over arrive for the three-Michelin-starred chef"s
sushi menu: Chef Masayoshi Takayama is a perfectionist who is said to record
what customers eat and how they react.
His goal is to bring "umami to the
outside" and that"s what he does at the Manhattan flagship.
He imports fish
from Japan for toro and uni creations that melt in your mouth, and spares no
expense on ingredients, such as foie gras for his signature shabu-shabu.
The
sushi menu is Omakase only and costs $450 per person for lunch or dinner
— before tip, tax, sake, wine, cocktails, or any extras, like the $150
Kobe beef.
If you head next door to the a la carte-serving barMASA, the $240
"Masa toro with cavier" is the splurge order (it"s also on the menu at his
Vegas outpost and newest N.Y.C.
venture, Kappo Massa).
Tip: Canceling a
reservation within two days will cost you $200 per person.5.
Alinea,"Chicago
Photo: Alinea/FacebookCost per person: $600Chef Grant Achatz, who trained
under Thomas Keller at The French Laundry, co-founded the unconventional
restaurant of his dreams in 2005.
The cuisine is modernist and the set menu of
18 to 22 courses (it"s currently 18) changes seasonally.
With three Michelin
stars and a James Beard Award for best service to its name, this dinner show
has rules.
There are 64 seats but no large parties allowed — tables
seat two, four, and six.
They seat tables every 15 minutes so reservations are
booked between 5 p.m.
and 7:30 p.m., even though the dining room is open until
9:30 p.m.
The menu ranges from $210 to $265 per person with added wine
pairings from $135 to $195 (neither includes tip).The dishes are scrupulously
designed and have been described as avant-garde, sensual, and playful.
Known
for its molecular gastronomy, any food item that you think you recognize on
the menu will look and taste differently than you have had before.
But when
Pacific seaweed is served on a piece of actual driftwood and dessert is a
helium balloon made of taffy, the fun is in expecting the unexpected.Tip:
Reservations are through a ticket system: Tickets can be purchased online two
months in advance, but are non refundable.
Open Wednesday through
Sunday.
4.
Kitcho,"Kyoto, Japan Photo: Kitcho/FacebookCost per person:
$600 and up"The top kaiseki (multi-course Japanese haute cuisine) restaurant
in Japan is located in Kyoto, where three generations of chefs have
contributed to the famous Kitcho name and now-chain.
Currently at the helm is
chef Kunio Tokuoka, who trained under his father and grandfather, who founded
the flagship in 1930.
The three-star Michelin restaurant is known for its
exclusivity and traditions originating from Japanese tea ceremonies that chef
Kunio has maintained, while introducing inventive new dishes.The backdrop of
the formal tea ceremony house is a lush landscape.
The antique plates and
arrangements are served in private tatami-style rooms overlooking gardens and
are just as carefully selected as the food, making for a breathtaking
presentation all-around.
The courses are themed around the season (all
ingredients are local) and the full tasting menu is three hours of 12 to 14
courses, including a hassun course of multiple small dishes, for $600 per
person (not including sake, which ranges from house to premium).
Reservations
are allowed up to three days in advance, but recommended "well" in advance in
the spring and fall.Tip: Only a handful of groups are served per night and are
staggered so you never see other diners.3.
The French Laundry,"Yountville,
Calif." Photo: The French Laundry/FacebookCost per person: $600 -
$2,000Chef Thomas Keller is the only American chef to have not one but two
three-starred Michelin restaurants to his name: The French Laundry in
Yountville, Calif., and it"s equally lauded and extravagant Per Se in NYC
(which offers a nine-course tasting menu for $310 per person).
Desiring to
bring fine French cuisine to wine country, Keller opened up his now-famed shop
inside a century old stone cottage that operated as a French steam laundry in
the 1920s.
Seating 72 guests at a time, the intimate farmhouse is known for
its top-notch service and superb rotating daily menu.
Aside from the signature
salmon cornets that start off each meal, popular dishes that sometimes appear
more often than others are the beets and leaks, oysters and pearls, and coffee
and doughnuts.
The nine-course chef"s tasting menu costs $295 per person (same
for the vegetarian option) and includes tip, but no menu supplements or
alcohol.
Depending on the season, delicacies such as caviar, light truffles,
foie gras, or Wagyu beef can delight for added costs, and if you are looking
to pair your meal with wine, sommeliers are on hand to assist.
A destination
for wine-lovers, you would be hard-pressed to find a table that isn"t imbibing
on some of the finest blends Napa has to offer.
The extensive list boasts
options from well-known local wineries, like a $1,450 bottle of 2002 Joseph
Phelps Insignia and a $1,775 bottle of 1985 Stag"s Leap Wine Cellars CASK 23,
that can send your bill soaring into sky-high territory.Tip: Reservations are
booked 60 days to the calendar day for lunch and dinner.2.
The Restaurant at
Meadowood,"St.
Helena, Calif." Photo: The Restaurant at
Meadowood/FacebookCost per person: $600 - $1,000Influenced by the growers and
foragers in his local community, chef Christopher Kostow brings thoughtful
creations to his modern American restaurant at Meadowood resort in Napa
Valley.
The three-Michelin-starred chef curates his always-changing menus from
seasonal ingredients that are plucked daily.
It"s fine-dining but not stuffy,
thanks to a warm, home-like setting with comfy leather chairs, a coal- and
wood-burning oven illuminating the kitchen, and plates that emphasize a rustic
luxury.There are two dinner options from Tuesday through Saturday: the
nine-course tasting menu for $225 per person in the dining room, or the 15- to
20-course counter menu for $500 (including tip), where a few V.I.P.
diners can
savor what"s in store at the chef"s counter.
Additional wine pairing options
are $225 or $350 to $500 per person, respectively.
You can B.Y.O.-wine to the
dining room for a corkage fee of $50 per bottle (up to two), but there are
1,200 labels awaiting in their cellar below.
Weekend reservations fill up
three months ahead, but try to snag a weekday table for two by booking online
or getting lucky with a cancelation.
There is no casual wear allowed and kids
12 and up are welcome — as long as they are ready to sit at the adult"s
table.Tip: You can pop in to the welcoming bar and terrace and have the team
create a savory-to-sweet snacks lineup for $40 per person.1.
Sublimotion by
Paco Roncero: Ibiza, Spain.
Photo: Jackie StrauseCost per person: $1,900Chef Paco Roncero, who has two
Michelin stars to his name, opened a 15-course gastro show inside the Hard
Rock Hotel in Ibiza last year.
The multi-sensory concept takes place in a room
that has 360-degree projection capability and one communal table for 12.
It
costs $1,900 per person for three hours of dinner theater, which includes tip,
alcohol, an edible entry ticket, and a few rotating goodies along the way (not
knowing what to expect is half of the fun).The meal is designed to blend art,
gastronomy, and technology with food to immerse all of the senses.
Using
virtual reality, edible props, and choreographed surprises, diners are
transported from a lush countryside to under the sea and ahead to the year
2050 as they dine on inventive dishes that match their surroundings.
A
highlight? Plucking fresh salad ingredients from your own mini vegetable
garden.
There two seatings per night and since the restaurant is only open
during the the summer months of "Ibiza season," reservations must be booked
well in advance.
Dress to impress, and be ready to dance.Tip: If you pick the
lucky "golden ticket" upon arrival, be prepared to be put on the spotlight
mid-meal.Related: Dinner at the World"s Most Expensive Restaurant Will Blow
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In Japan, you can eat in a century-old tea ceremony house.
Weekend
reservations fill up three months ahead, but try to snag a weekday table for
two by booking online or getting lucky with a cancelation..Cost per person:
$600At the southern tip of the Riviera Maya, this once-hippie beach town has
developed into a string of resorts, hotels, and restaurants that now lures
tourists to the Mexican jungle.
Thanks to the explosion of popularity, lines
await at many of the al fresco gems that are mainly walk-in only, especially
during high season.
Town mainstay La Zebra Hotel is providing a new intimate
dining option that not only accepts but requires a reservation (at least three
days prior) and guarantees you a seat.The beachfront restaurant boasts an
authentic Mexican approach and reliance on locally sourced ingredients at
their open-air Mexican Cantina, and at the new Chef"s Table, local remains key
(think chile shrimp ceviche, slow-cooked beef tacos, and homemade corn and
tortilla ice cream).
Chef Eleazar Bonilla and his team cook for guests nightly
(minus Sundays) at a table that fits up to eight and before an open kitchen,
so you can watch the up-and-coming chef in action.
There are eight-, 10-, and
12-course options, costing $150, $170, and $185 per person (plus tip),
respectively, and seatings from 6:30 p.m.
to 8 p.m.
Come thirsty: The menus
are paired with signature cocktails, local craft beers, and New World
wines.Tip: There is a minimum spending cost of $590 per person.
8.
Joël
Robuchon,"Las Vegas Truffles! (Photo: Joel Robuchon/Facebook)Cost per
person: $600 - $1800Tucked away inside the bustling MGM Grand and next to the
iconic Cirque Du Soleil theatre is this three-Michelin-starred restaurant by
chef Joël Robuchon.
The intimate Vegas escape — it can actually
make you forget that you are on the casino floor — is designed to
resemble an opulent Art Deco townhouse.
There are checkered, black-and-white
marble floors and dramatic purple banquettes, along with an entire wall of
greenery and serene Parisian-style terrace.
There are only only 17, albeit
oversized, tables and a private dining room for 10 to 12 people.The seasonal
new French degustation menu of 16 courses pulls out all of the stops and is
presented in four "services," which consist of three small plates.
Black
truffle dots the list, appearing over foie gras carpaccio, smoked bacon tart,
and langoustine ravioli.
And there"s no skimping of lobster or caviar,
either.
The fine-dining experience costs $435 per person, but your final bill
depends on which level of wine pairing you wash down your meal with: $295,
$595, or the premium option for $995.
The dress code is formal.Tip: They offer
four- and six-course menus, as well as a two-course menu for $120 per
person.7.
Le Meurice,"Paris, France Photo: Le Meurice/FacebookCost per
person: $700 and upThree-Michelin-starred Chef Alain Ducasse has 24
restaurants in eight countries, and two in Paris that could sit
interchangeably here: Plaza Athénée and Le Meurice.
At the
restaurant inside the Hotel Le Meurice, the famed chef"s collection menu is
$509 per person for six courses (without drinks, tax, or tip) and changes
seasonally.
This autumn, Ducasse"s inventive-yet-natural French cuisine comes
in the form of lobster and potatoes "flavored by the sea," farm hen with
cèpes mushrooms, and seasonal vegetables.
You can also order a la
carte.
The restaurant is only open Monday through Friday.The pure-style food
is about bringing the taste back-to-basics, but the décor is anything but
simple.
As if a haute-cuisine meal overlooking the spectacular Tuileries
Garden isn"t enough, the room itself was designed after the Salon de la Paix
at the Palace of Versailles and features crystal chandeliers, opulent bronze
and marble accents, and antique mirrors and murals.
You will truly feel like
royalty.
Tip: Have lunch amid the same opulence for a set menu of $130 per
person (without drinks, tax, or tip).Related: Dubai Decadence: This is an $817
Scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream
6.
Masa"New York, N.Y.
Photo: Masa/FacebookCost per person: $800 and up"Inside the Time Warner
Center (and next to Thomas Keller"s Per Se), one of the city"s most beloved
culinary splurges sits above N.Y.C."s whirling Columbus Circle.
Whether seated
inside the intentionally simplistic dining room or at the expanded hinoki-wood
sushi bar, diners from all over arrive for the three-Michelin-starred chef"s
sushi menu: Chef Masayoshi Takayama is a perfectionist who is said to record
what customers eat and how they react.
His goal is to bring "umami to the
outside" and that"s what he does at the Manhattan flagship.
He imports fish
from Japan for toro and uni creations that melt in your mouth, and spares no
expense on ingredients, such as foie gras for his signature shabu-shabu.
The
sushi menu is Omakase only and costs $450 per person for lunch or dinner
— before tip, tax, sake, wine, cocktails, or any extras, like the $150
Kobe beef.
If you head next door to the a la carte-serving barMASA, the $240
"Masa toro with cavier" is the splurge order (it"s also on the menu at his
Vegas outpost and newest N.Y.C.
venture, Kappo Massa).
Tip: Canceling a
reservation within two days will cost you $200 per person.5.
Alinea,"Chicago
Photo: Alinea/FacebookCost per person: $600Chef Grant Achatz, who trained
under Thomas Keller at The French Laundry, co-founded the unconventional
restaurant of his dreams in 2005.
The cuisine is modernist and the set menu of
18 to 22 courses (it"s currently 18) changes seasonally.
With three Michelin
stars and a James Beard Award for best service to its name, this dinner show
has rules.
There are 64 seats but no large parties allowed — tables
seat two, four, and six.
They seat tables every 15 minutes so reservations are
booked between 5 p.m.
and 7:30 p.m., even though the dining room is open until
9:30 p.m.
The menu ranges from $210 to $265 per person with added wine
pairings from $135 to $195 (neither includes tip).The dishes are scrupulously
designed and have been described as avant-garde, sensual, and playful.
Known
for its molecular gastronomy, any food item that you think you recognize on
the menu will look and taste differently than you have had before.
But when
Pacific seaweed is served on a piece of actual driftwood and dessert is a
helium balloon made of taffy, the fun is in expecting the unexpected.Tip:
Reservations are through a ticket system: Tickets can be purchased online two
months in advance, but are non refundable.
Open Wednesday through
Sunday.
4.
Kitcho,"Kyoto, Japan Photo: Kitcho/FacebookCost per person:
$600 and up"The top kaiseki (multi-course Japanese haute cuisine) restaurant
in Japan is located in Kyoto, where three generations of chefs have
contributed to the famous Kitcho name and now-chain.
Currently at the helm is
chef Kunio Tokuoka, who trained under his father and grandfather, who founded
the flagship in 1930.
The three-star Michelin restaurant is known for its
exclusivity and traditions originating from Japanese tea ceremonies that chef
Kunio has maintained, while introducing inventive new dishes.The backdrop of
the formal tea ceremony house is a lush landscape.
The antique plates and
arrangements are served in private tatami-style rooms overlooking gardens and
are just as carefully selected as the food, making for a breathtaking
presentation all-around.
The courses are themed around the season (all
ingredients are local) and the full tasting menu is three hours of 12 to 14
courses, including a hassun course of multiple small dishes, for $600 per
person (not including sake, which ranges from house to premium).
Reservations
are allowed up to three days in advance, but recommended "well" in advance in
the spring and fall.Tip: Only a handful of groups are served per night and are
staggered so you never see other diners.3.
The French Laundry,"Yountville,
Calif." Photo: The French Laundry/FacebookCost per person: $600 -
$2,000Chef Thomas Keller is the only American chef to have not one but two
three-starred Michelin restaurants to his name: The French Laundry in
Yountville, Calif., and it"s equally lauded and extravagant Per Se in NYC
(which offers a nine-course tasting menu for $310 per person).
Desiring to
bring fine French cuisine to wine country, Keller opened up his now-famed shop
inside a century old stone cottage that operated as a French steam laundry in
the 1920s.
Seating 72 guests at a time, the intimate farmhouse is known for
its top-notch service and superb rotating daily menu.
Aside from the signature
salmon cornets that start off each meal, popular dishes that sometimes appear
more often than others are the beets and leaks, oysters and pearls, and coffee
and doughnuts.
The nine-course chef"s tasting menu costs $295 per person (same
for the vegetarian option) and includes tip, but no menu supplements or
alcohol.
Depending on the season, delicacies such as caviar, light truffles,
foie gras, or Wagyu beef can delight for added costs, and if you are looking
to pair your meal with wine, sommeliers are on hand to assist.
A destination
for wine-lovers, you would be hard-pressed to find a table that isn"t imbibing
on some of the finest blends Napa has to offer.
The extensive list boasts
options from well-known local wineries, like a $1,450 bottle of 2002 Joseph
Phelps Insignia and a $1,775 bottle of 1985 Stag"s Leap Wine Cellars CASK 23,
that can send your bill soaring into sky-high territory.Tip: Reservations are
booked 60 days to the calendar day for lunch and dinner.2.
The Restaurant at
Meadowood,"St.
Helena, Calif." Photo: The Restaurant at
Meadowood/FacebookCost per person: $600 - $1,000Influenced by the growers and
foragers in his local community, chef Christopher Kostow brings thoughtful
creations to his modern American restaurant at Meadowood resort in Napa
Valley.
The three-Michelin-starred chef curates his always-changing menus from
seasonal ingredients that are plucked daily.
It"s fine-dining but not stuffy,
thanks to a warm, home-like setting with comfy leather chairs, a coal- and
wood-burning oven illuminating the kitchen, and plates that emphasize a rustic
luxury.There are two dinner options from Tuesday through Saturday: the
nine-course tasting menu for $225 per person in the dining room, or the 15- to
20-course counter menu for $500 (including tip), where a few V.I.P.
diners can
savor what"s in store at the chef"s counter.
Additional wine pairing options
are $225 or $350 to $500 per person, respectively.
You can B.Y.O.-wine to the
dining room for a corkage fee of $50 per bottle (up to two), but there are
1,200 labels awaiting in their cellar below.
Weekend reservations fill up
three months ahead, but try to snag a weekday table for two by booking online
or getting lucky with a cancelation.
There is no casual wear allowed and kids
12 and up are welcome — as long as they are ready to sit at the adult"s
table.Tip: You can pop in to the welcoming bar and terrace and have the team
create a savory-to-sweet snacks lineup for $40 per person.1.
Sublimotion by
Paco Roncero: Ibiza, Spain.
Photo: Jackie StrauseCost per person: $1,900Chef Paco Roncero, who has two
Michelin stars to his name, opened a 15-course gastro show inside the Hard
Rock Hotel in Ibiza last year.
The multi-sensory concept takes place in a room
that has 360-degree projection capability and one communal table for 12.
It
costs $1,900 per person for three hours of dinner theater, which includes tip,
alcohol, an edible entry ticket, and a few rotating goodies along the way (not
knowing what to expect is half of the fun).The meal is designed to blend art,
gastronomy, and technology with food to immerse all of the senses.
Using
virtual reality, edible props, and choreographed surprises, diners are
transported from a lush countryside to under the sea and ahead to the year
2050 as they dine on inventive dishes that match their surroundings.
A
highlight? Plucking fresh salad ingredients from your own mini vegetable
garden.
There two seatings per night and since the restaurant is only open
during the the summer months of "Ibiza season," reservations must be booked
well in advance.
Dress to impress, and be ready to dance.Tip: If you pick the
lucky "golden ticket" upon arrival, be prepared to be put on the spotlight
mid-meal.Related: Dinner at the World"s Most Expensive Restaurant Will Blow
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In
Japan, you can eat in a century-old tea ceremony house.
Weekend reservations
fill up three months ahead, but try to snag a weekday table for two by booking
online or getting lucky with a cancelation.
Sure, there"s some fun to be had just roaming a new city on your own,
wandering into whatever you happen to see.
But that method has its downsides
too.
You might miss the best things or get stuck in massive crowds around
tourist landmarks.
So if you"re looking for a more curated experience, you"ll
want to try an organized tour.
Start with some of these top-rated tours on
Yelp.10.
Trilogy Excursions: Sail the Hawaiian Waters"Take your choice of
snorkeling or whale-watching from"Hulopo"e Bay on Lana"i.
(Courtesy: Trilogy
Excurions)
You don"t go to Hawaii to stay on land all day.
With a fleet of
six catamarans, Trilogy Excursions offers sailing tours leaving from Maui and
traveling to all the premier snorkeling destinations.
It"s one of the only
ways tourists can visit the pristine Hulopo"e Bay on Lana"i — though
only on weekdays.
Couples can also opt for a romantic sunset or dinner
sail.
Or, take a whale-watching trip.
Prices range from $55 for kids to $200
for adults, depending on the trip and time of year.9.
Austin Eats Food Tours:
Eat Your Way Through TexasGorge on all the Austin food you can handle with
this tour.
(Photo: Austin Eats Food Tours/Facebook)Almost everyone knows that
Austin has great food, but not too many people know where exactly to find
it.
That"s why you sign up for one of the city"s top food tours.
Austin Eats
Food Tours offers three classic trips most weekends, but also customizes
private tours for groups of eight or more.
The Sunday South Congress Walking
Tour is the company"s most popular, starting with a cinnamon bun and breakfast
before hitting up the burger bar and taco bar, and ending with a slice of the
best pizza in town.
You might also want to try the food truck or BBQ
tour.
Prices range from $65 to $80, and includes tips.Related:"No Taco Left
Behind in Austin
8.
DeeTours of Santa Barbara: Winning WinesThis tour of
four wineries in"the Santa Inez Valley is a big hit.
(Photo: DeeTours of Santa
Barbara/Facebook)DeeTours is named for its founder — and, if you"re
lucky enough, your tour leader.
While the company offers city tours around
Santa Barbara, its most popular trips are its wine country adventures.
For
about $135/person, the wine tour is an all-day trip that visits four local
wineries in the Santa Inez Valley, a up-and-coming wine region.
The package
also includes a picnic lunch and an olive oil tasting.
You"ll even get to stop
in the cute Danish community of Solvang.Related: Cheapest Wine Destinations
for Under $150 a Night
7.
Confederacy of Cruisers Bicycle Tours: The Big Easy
by Bike"Bike around New Orleans and reward yourself by drinking a
Hurricane.
(Photo: Jeff F./Yelp)New Orleans is full of so much history that
it"d be impossible to get to it all in one trip — unless you travel
around on two wheels.
The Confederacy of Cruisers leads groups by bike, with
your cycling cruisers prepared and waiting for you.
Try the most popular trip,
the Creole New Orleans Bike Tour, which travels about six miles in and around
the French Quarter and ends with a drink at a local bar.
If you want more
drinks (or food), try the cocktails or the culinary tour.
All the trips are
designed so even beginner bikers should feel comfortable.
Prices range from
$49 for the most basic tour to $90 for a bike and kayak trip.6.
Skyline
Eco-Adventures Zipline: Maui From AboveGet a bird"s-eye view of Maui by
ziplining.
(Photo: Skyline Eco-Adventures)Started in 2002, when most people
didn"t even know what a zipline was yet, Skyline Eco-Adventures Zipline lets
people see all the wild beauty of Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island from a
unique vantage point.
The most popular tour is the $150 four-hour Ka"anapali
trip through the west Maui mountains.
Or try the zip n" dip tour, which ends
with a zipline right into a clear mountain pool.
All tours include hiking
(except for the zipline-bike tour) and some driving in an four-wheel vehicle,
and then ziplining back down through the trees and across magnificent
vistas.Related: Life Lessons from Maui: What I Learned Driving the Crazy Road
to Hana
5.
Savor Seattle Food Tours: Navigate the Foodie MazeYou can get a
lot of seafood and coffee with a two-hour tour of Pike Place in
Seattle.
(Courtesy: Savor Seattle)
With all the clam chowder, fresh fish,
trendy donuts, and artisan coffee, it"s easy to get overwhelmed by the
delicious options in Seattle.
That"s when it"s time to sign up for a food tour
with Savor Seattle.
Go on the two-hour walking tour of Pike Place to get a
sense of which things at this popular tourist attraction are worth your
time.
The Gourmet Seattle tour lets you eat your way through town, while the
chocolate trip focus on, well, chocolate.
Looking for something a little more
involved? Try the three-day San Juan Islands Gourmet Kayak Expedition.
If you
don"t fill up during your tour, don"t worry.
It comes with a discount card
that gives you 10-15% off at the retailers, so you can keep eating the rest of
your visit.4.
Flyin Hawaiian Zipline: The Longest and Best Views of MauiDrive,
then zipline, then take an ATV on Maui.
(Courtesy: Flyin Hawaiian
Zipline)
With the longest zipline rides on Maui, Flyin Hawaiian Zipline shows
off the best panoramic views of the North and South shores.
You start by
taking a short drive into Waikapu Valley, then zipline your way through the
Maui mountains — while stopping along the way to learn about the
history of the island — and then you"ll finish up with an ATV ride back
to the base.
You"ll ultimately zipline over two miles, with the longest line
whisking you across 3,600 feet.
The whole thing takes about four to five hours
and costs $185/person.3.
Catalina Zipline Eco-Tour: Just a Boat Ride
Away"Travel through Catalina"s Descanso Canyon via zipline.
(Photo: Kate
G./Yelp)Catalina Island, about 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, is
famous for its natural beauty, wildlife, and the roaming bison.
To get a full
view from above try the Catalina Zipline Eco-Tour.
The company also puts on a
number of boat tours and hiking trips, but the zipline tour is a quick and fun
way to travel through Descanso Canyon.
Along the way, the much-loved guides
share information about the unique island.
Tours cost about $115 to
$125/person and cover five different ziplines hundreds of feet above the
canyon floor, before ending at the beach.2.
Free Tours by Foot: Worth More
Than a Few PenniesYou can pay what you want with this high-rated tour of
D.C.
(Photo: DC by Foot/Facebook)There"s lots to learn and see in D.C., but a
thorough tour might cost more than your travel budget can afford.
That"s where
Free Tours by Foot comes in.
The company is, essentially, a group of guides
who offer their service via a pay-what-you-want model.
There"s no upfront
cost, so at the end you pay what you thought the tour was worth — and,
with knowledgeable and funny guides, it"ll be worth plenty.
The most popular
trips are the Lincoln Assassination tour and the Capitol Hill & Library of
Congress tour, but you can also try food tours, ghost tours, or the secrets
and scandals tour.Related: Capital Kids: Washington D.C.
for Families
1.
San
Francisco Architecture Walking Tour: Beauty Hidden Right in Front of
You"Visitors and locals alike love this San Francisco tour.
(Photo: Mark
Y./Yelp)With all tours led by Rick Evans, an architecture historian, who
started the tours when he was working on a book about San Francisco"s
buildings, you know that your two-hours will be informative and
entertaining.
The tours cost $40 and don"t cover too much ground, but you"ll
learn all the secrets of San Francisco"s oldest buildings and the hidden
public places you never knew about.
While the tours are popular with
out-of-towners, you"ll also find plenty of Bay Area natives learning from
Rick.
He also offers neighborhood tours in Nob Hill, North Beach, and
Chinatown.
Make reservations ahead of time.WATCH: The Ancient, Secret City of
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With a fleet of six catamarans, Trilogy Excursions offers sailing tours
leaving from Maui and traveling to all the premier snorkeling
destinations.
9.
Austin Eats Food Tours: Eat Your Way Through Texas Gorge on
all the Austin food you can handle with this tour.
Austin Eats Food Tours
offers three classic trips most weekends, but also customizes private tours
for groups of eight or more.
DeeTours of Santa Barbara: Winning Wines This
tour of four wineries in the Santa Inez Valley is a big hit..4.
Flyin
Hawaiian Zipline: The Longest and Best Views of MauiDrive, then zipline, then
take an ATV on Maui.
(Courtesy: Flyin Hawaiian Zipline)
With the longest
zipline rides on Maui, Flyin Hawaiian Zipline shows off the best panoramic
views of the North and South shores.
You start by taking a short drive into
Waikapu Valley, then zipline your way through the Maui mountains —
while stopping along the way to learn about the history of the island —
and then you"ll finish up with an ATV ride back to the base.
You"ll ultimately
zipline over two miles, with the longest line whisking you across 3,600
feet.
The whole thing takes about four to five hours and costs
$185/person.3.
Catalina Zipline Eco-Tour: Just a Boat Ride Away"Travel through
Catalina"s Descanso Canyon via zipline.
(Photo: Kate G./Yelp)Catalina Island,
about 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, is famous for its natural beauty,
wildlife, and the roaming bison.
To get a full view from above try the
Catalina Zipline Eco-Tour.
The company also puts on a number of boat tours and
hiking trips, but the zipline tour is a quick and fun way to travel through
Descanso Canyon.
Along the way, the much-loved guides share information about
the unique island.
Tours cost about $115 to $125/person and cover five
different ziplines hundreds of feet above the canyon floor, before ending at
the beach.2.
Free Tours by Foot: Worth More Than a Few PenniesYou can pay what
you want with this high-rated tour of D.C.
(Photo: DC by Foot/Facebook)There"s
lots to learn and see in D.C., but a thorough tour might cost more than your
travel budget can afford.
That"s where Free Tours by Foot comes in.
The
company is, essentially, a group of guides who offer their service via a
pay-what-you-want model.
There"s no upfront cost, so at the end you pay what
you thought the tour was worth — and, with knowledgeable and funny
guides, it"ll be worth plenty.
The most popular trips are the Lincoln
Assassination tour and the Capitol Hill & Library of Congress tour, but
you can also try food tours, ghost tours, or the secrets and scandals
tour.Related: Capital Kids: Washington D.C.
for Families
1.
San Francisco
Architecture Walking Tour: Beauty Hidden Right in Front of You"Visitors and
locals alike love this San Francisco tour.
(Photo: Mark Y./Yelp)With all tours
led by Rick Evans, an architecture historian, who started the tours when he
was working on a book about San Francisco"s buildings, you know that your
two-hours will be informative and entertaining.
The tours cost $40 and don"t
cover too much ground, but you"ll learn all the secrets of San Francisco"s
oldest buildings and the hidden public places you never knew about.
While the
tours are popular with out-of-towners, you"ll also find plenty of Bay Area
natives learning from Rick.
He also offers neighborhood tours in Nob Hill,
North Beach, and Chinatown.
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With a fleet
of six catamarans, Trilogy Excursions offers sailing tours leaving from Maui
and traveling to all the premier snorkeling destinations.
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Austin Eats Food
Tours: Eat Your Way Through Texas Gorge on all the Austin food you can handle
with this tour.
Austin Eats Food Tours offers three classic trips most
weekends, but also customizes private tours for groups of eight or
more.
DeeTours of Santa Barbara: Winning Wines This tour of four wineries
in the Santa Inez Valley is a big hit.
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