This year’s ‘Quality of living rankings’ list by Mercer consists largely of European cities

THE BEST CITIES TO LIVE IN

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is due to open a Nobu hotel in London Shoreditch this June

NOBU OPENS HOTEL IN LONDON

A new fine food and wine market

GASTRONOMIC CARGO

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Free Manolo Blahnik slippers

Free deep-blue embroidered velvet Manolo Blahnik slippers for guests staying at the Four Seasons Hotel Milano until until Sunday April 9.
The designer has stayed at the hotel many times over the past 2 decades, calling it a a “home away from home”. A stay at the hotel will also give free access to Blahnik’s exhibition ‘The Art of Shoes’ at the nearby Palazzo Morando. This retrospective spans his career through a display of 200 of his favourite shoes from the early 1970s to the present.

Vienna the world’s most liveable city

Vienna again ranked number one among the world’s most pleasant cities to live in. Mercer, one of the world’s largest HR consultancy firms, has chosen the Austrian capital for the eighth year in a row to grace first place on its annual list, calling it the premier destination to live for company employees assigned abroad.

Lego to open giant playhouse for fans

A new centre for Lego fans will open this September at the toy giant’s Billund HQ.
The Lego House, which resembles 21 giant interlocking Lego bricks stacked on top of each other, is under construction near the toy giant’s headquarters in Billund, Jutland. The facade has been tiled to give the impression that the building is made out of thousands of Lego pieces. “This will be an amazing place where Lego fans, their families and friends can experience – or re-experience – the playfulness of the Lego universe,” said Jesper Vilstrup, General Manager of the Lego House.

Avocado-only restaurant in Amsterdam

The Avocado Show is Amsterdam’s first avocado bar and will open its doors this month with the tastiest avocado dishes for breakfast, brunch, lunch, take-away, delivery, dinner and late night dining.
With a completely avocado-based menu there’s reason to believe the eatery will succeed as avocado is embraced worldwide as a superfood. Just try the Avocado Show’s slightly outlandish looking avocado bun burger or original chocolate-avocado smoothie . .

PARIS’ NEW PERFUME MUSEUM

Paris has a brand new and instantly iconic perfume museum since December 2016: Le Grand Musée du Parfum.

Pillar of French history, heritage, and art of living, perfume has long been associated with France and French culture. So finally there is an emblematic place to visit and explore the universe of perfume, in Paris . .more

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Even if you can’t travel all the time, Europe’s best food and wine products can now come to you thanks to Gastronomic Cargo, a new online fine food and wine market.

Gastronomic Cargo promises the start of a fantastic culinary journey. Their goal is to offer a well-selected limited stock of exquisite products which we provide together with local experts and connoisseurs.

The journey starts in Spain, but will take you to France, Italy and other European countries that produce fine wine and food.

Le Forum des Halles, the gold capped ‘new’ temple of commerce, but also culture and lifestyle, in the heart of Paris.

The Rues Basses are two streets down near the lake and Geneva’s most prestigious shopping area . .

With modern and accessible facilities boasting a 4,500 square meter gym and 70 booths, selling food and the art of gastronomy are perfectly combined at Mercado de las Ventas.

Eat & Drink

With two addresses, one on either side of the river Seine, Bread & Roses is a multi-performer: Bakery, deli, café, epicerie with top quality delicious products and meals on offer.

For the past ten years, Carole and Philippe Tailleur have been sharing with their customers the products that make their daily life a gustative feast . .

Madrid’s exciting and flavourful food is a major attraction for visitors to Spain’s capital, for many varied reasons.

This century old greenhouse which once belonged to Amsterdam’s Municipal Nursery is now a gastronomic restaurant . .

Noma, many times named ‘The World’s Best Restaurant’, is changing location and style..

Popular Destinations

Paris

THE MOST FASHIONABLE RESTAURANTS IN PARIS . . With Paris’ famous Fashion Week periods in mind, held this year in January, July and September, we advise visitors on some of the most ‘fashionable’ restaurants of the French capital . . more

From its crispy outside that peels of in layers, to its soft buttery doughy inside that melts in your mouth, the croissant is every French native’s favourite pastry. If you are in the French capital and hungry for this delicacy, check out our list of where to buy the ten best croissants in Paris.

A retired doctor visited a Paris auction house
in March with a portfolio of drawings. It
contained a work now attributed to Leonardo
da Vinci and valued at about $15.8 million . . Source: New York Times

Take a deep dive in one of France’s leading historic destinations with Trianon Palace Versailles’ unique ‘CHATEAU VERSAILLES PRESTIGE’ package.

An Interview with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa at His New Royal Monceau Raffles Hotel Restaurant in Paris. Source: Forbes

Madrid

PLATEA MADRID . . ‘Welcome to the biggest gastronomic & leisure centre in Europe .. the only place where a huge stage meets the best Spanish and international gastronomy made by Michelin-star chefs. An amazing 6000sqm design space that holds up to 12 restaurants that will take your breath away.’ . . more

The creative director of Loewe and his own eponymous label guides Avril Groom around the elegant and delightfully eccentric Spanish capital. Source: How to spend it

Madrid’s Golden Triangle of Art combines culture and lifestyle in the heart of the Spanish capital.

Madrid is the highest capital city in Europe (2,178ft/664m), which means crisp, cold weather in winter . . Source: Telegraph

The history of one of Europe’s most iconic hotels in Madrid began at the hippodrome in upscale seaside village Deauville, France.

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