Let’s just begin with the quote they put on their website which is spot on: “About Mr Porter; A companion by day, a hunter by night. A gentleman, a merciless lover. A jetsetter and a local. It is this duality, this constant battle of extremes that is MR PORTER. Cosmopolitan yet familiar. Extravagant yet modest. MR PORTER fearlessly explores the borders between dinner and sinner.”
This restaurant on the 5th floor of the W Hotel is very cool. Trying to get even with all trendy hotel bars and restaurants in other metropolitan cities around the world. Amsterdam needs more of these so I am happy! The view from this restaurant is absolutely amazing, the food is great, the lounge looks stunning with the coolest sleek interior decor and is just breathtaking at sunset. The whole place turns an orangy yellow, it’s like setting foot in the Garden of Eden (in my imagination…). I will update the current photograph with the one that captures this as soon as I’ve been able to shoot it and you’ll see. Spuistraat 175, Amsterdam | +31208113399 | €€€| Tram; Dam (1, 2, 5, 13, 14, 17) | Website
There is something I love about hanging out at hotels lately.. Especially when they have an open space bar for all day drinks, good work/laptop area and coffees (Soho Grind is next door) and 2 really nice restaurants options situated within the hotel for when you get hungry. You basically have no reason to leave this place. We only tested the Hubbard & Bell restaurant which is on the ground floor, open plan and sort of connected to the bar area so you feel you’re right in the midst of the action (above pic is of the H&B). The other restaurant is the Chicken Shop in the basement – by the owners of Soho House. It tends to slow down a little over the weekends compared to Tuesday-Friday when the after work crowd takes over. Oh and they have a great event/party space called the Apartment – I had a sneak peek and am already thinking of a reason to throw a party. 199-206 High Holborn, WC1V 7BD | Tube: Holborn | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7661 3000 | Website | ££
Noordwijk is the beach-town I used to come a lot when I still lived with my parents and when I studied in Leiden. This beach club was already called De Branding in these days but definitely not as cool as it is now. It changed into a very sophisticated, restaurant and lounge bar with a very relaxed atmosphere. The staff is super enthusiastic, young and kind and once you sit down in one of there lounge chairs you never want to leave. The Dutch beaches can get crowded with warm weather but are beautifully wide with no rocks… Just sand. I personally love the Dutch beaches that can be deserted in the winter. De Branding turns into a winter lodge from October 1 and thus I would also highly recommend going for a long walk on the beach and a cozy winter supper here. Anyway my experience: The food is great, the music even better and the view a winner. Koningin Astrid Boulevard 105, Noordwijk, Netherlands (Zuid Boulevard, beach exit 4) |+31 71 511 9494 | €€€ | Website | Map
Should you wish to suprise your loved one and stay in a super romantic hotel you should really consider going here for a few nights. Hotel Chèvre d’or is located in one of the most charming villages of the Cote d’Azur in France. To start with, Eze is an absolutely gorgeous medieval village shining on a rock overlooking the Mediterranean sea… Walking through its streets you feel like going centuries back in time. The hotel is build in the same style as the village. There are several terraces, gardens and restaurants overlooking the sea and I spent several hours on the lounge beds with cushions right on the rocks towards the sea. You can have dinner in one of their 4 restaurants overlooking the sea or stroll around the village to have some dinner there. Both are super romantic options! The charming rooms are dotted around the castle-like place and are all different. Also, it is very near Nice airport so easy to get to. 6 Rue du Barri, Eze Village, France | +33 4 92 10 66 66 | €€€€ (prices from €300,-) | Website
Thinking of this place I want to go back to Brazil tomorrow… This open air club and bar on an Island near Salvador is totally paradise! Visualise; lounging on colourful cushions, sipping a caipirinha, watching dolphins jumping in the sea while the sun goes down and perfect party/lounging music in the background…Okay, this may sound a little hippy’esk but this is how I experienced it! Once the sun is down and the moon comes out the party continues and you can chill out on cushions or dance on the sand amongst the trees. Paper bags with candles inside make the place super cozy too. Great place to go with group of friends or like me with your boyfriend / girlfriend / husband / wife. Getting there involves sort of a climb through a forest but what you get is the best view on the island, live music and party…Rua Caminho do Farol Nr 13, Morro de Sao Paulo, Ilha de Tinhare, State of Bahia, Brazil | $$$ | Website
5and33 is a bar, hotel and restaurant as well as a library, lounge and art gallery. You will be surrounded by design furniture and delicious food and drinks… They have managed to make it look modern, stylish and contemporary but cozy at the same time thanks to burning fireplaces and clever lighting. They named the venue after the door numbers on either side of the corner where Martelaarsgracht and Prins Hendrikkade meet…
The restaurant offers sharing dishes which I always like because you can pick more than one thing!! We had a big selection of things and it was all very good so I suggest you be creative and get as much as you can afford ;-). I would definitely go here on my own to do some writing on our blog from their lounge or library, go for here for a cocktail with a friend or go here for an afternoon tea with my mum. Lots of options so I like it! Last but not least it is near the central station so a convenient place to meet for people who need to catch a train home! Martelaarsgracht 5, Amsterdam | Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner & drinks, from 6.30 am to 1.00 am weekdays & 6.30 am to 2.00 am weekends |+31 20 820 5333 | €€€ | Website
There is always something going on this hotel. It’s one of my favourite places to stay. The rooms are very cool and unique from one another with fun gadgets, vintage furniture and lots of commisioned (wall) art. Last time I went I had turn tables and a fully stocked SMEG fridge in my room, wtf! The lobby is amazing with a cool trendy vibe and literally ALWAYS filled with locals and international hotel guests at the bar. The ACE is also home to one of the best coffee places in NYC; Stumptown Coffee! Staff is always helpful and friendly. They also have a gym, very cool shops (including Opening Ceremony) and 2 restaurants (one has a Michelin star!) that are connected to the hotel. Such a great combination of everything you need when in NYC. 20 W 29th St New York | Mid Town | +1 212-679-2222 | Website | Rooms from $170 – $2000
This rooftop bar in Central Hong Kong is absolutely worth a visit. I can only comment on the outside terrace because I didn’t go for dinner here. The terrace has incredible stunning views over the city and harbour. absolutely magnificent! There is live music and comfortable outdoor lounge sets are clustered around the wooden decking area. Prince’s Building, 25th Floor, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong | $$$$ | +8525371388 | Underground/Trains; Central |Website
Okay.. Let’s take a side step here. I really MUST mention this place as it was so incredible and special. This nature retreat / fynbos reserve is to be found in South Africa between Stanford and Cape Agulhas in the Western Cape’s Southern Overberg and owned by a Dutch guy called Maarten.
If you are into the beauty of the South African landscape and love it’s mountains and valleys of ‘nothingness’ go to this beautiful modern architectural designed retreat. It has rural surroundings and total isolation (you feel totally one with nature in this place)
Meals are prepared with local ingredients (no menu) and really good. Breakfast is served when you wake up (no before 10am bullshit)
Farm 215, Overberg, South Africa; “hartebeeskloof & koudeberg” baardskeerdersbos – overstrand; +27283880920
This is a Russian owned English restaurant with an interior inspired by 30′s glamour and old train interiors. Mirrored ceilings, niches with red leather seatings, mosaic flooring and attentive staff in pink jackets and turquoise waistcoats.
There is a ‘Press for Champagne’ button on each table… Which I didn’t press (but it was hard to resist!!) The food is traditionally British with a twist.
When I couldn’t get a table at the time I asked for, they offered us to wait for the table at the retro basement bar which was just fabulous. The bar looks super chic and sophisticated and I didn’t mind waiting there for a table at all. A note to make is that they have another space on the right when you get in which is apparently a lot less nice! So when you book, make sure you get a table in the main part.
1 Upper James Street, Soho, London |Tel: +4420 3145 100 | Tube: Piccadilly Circus | ££££ | Website