What’s Hot Abroad

Check out our recommendations for what to do, where to go and what to eat in some of Cayman’s favorite overseas destinations this August

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Paris, France

Paris-eiffel-towerCulture: The palace at Versailles is a no brainer for those visiting the City of Light. If you’re heading there this summer, take the opportunity to visit the breathtaking garden and hamlet on property as well. The canal provides a beautiful view of Versailles up on the hilltop and is the perfect spot for a picnic. Immerse yourself in the-Paris-that-was with a panoramic view of Marie Antoinette’s historical grounds.

Shopping: In the home of fashion week, there is no shortage of couture. Given that, the shop at Merci is one that is a bit more special than the big brand experience. Three stories are filled with natural light, an array of local French wares by local designers, vintage pieces and proceeds fund educational projects in southwest Madagascar. Talk about eclectic chic.

Food: Fine cuisine is available on nearly every corner, however if you want to eat like a local (with the beautiful Instagram shot to boot), enjoy a leisurely macaron from Pierre Herme. This French treat is perfect for summer. Try the passion fruit chocolate or the ice cream sandwich.

Cocktails: A Mexican cocktail in Paris? Oui! You may never expect world class Mexican in the French city, but you will not regret a trip to Candelaria, where the La Guepe Verte cocktail mixture of jalapeno-infused tequila with cucumber, cilantro, agave and lime is the talk of the town.

WHAT’S HOT This Month: Honor your inner (boozy) child with a trip to La Cité du Vin, a theme park devoted entirely to wine. Located on the bank of the Garonne River in the heart of Bordeaux wine country, the 10-story amusement park features an impressive 250 seat auditorium where patrons can take expert-led tasting classes.

 

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Ibiza, Spain

es-pacha-ibizaCulture: Early August is the peak of summer season in Spain’s hedonistic party capital, but the chill Mediterranean vibes of the city are always on offer. Take a break from the dazzling array of day clubs to venture to Ibiza Town’s Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Shopping: In keeping with the bohemian vibes of the city, Las Dalias near the tiny village of San Carlos is an outdoor hippie market with chic and luxe wares. Look out for trunk shows by visiting fashion designers, one -of-a-kind jewelry from India and Bali and handmade leather sandals.

Food: Mediterr-Asian food is a thing and it’s causing quite the stir at Bambuddha Grove, where the restaurant is designed as half temple and half Japanese garden, complete with Buddha statues and ornamental wood carved doors. Try the Tantra Sushi for two (or keep half the order for some very sensual leftovers).

Cocktails: The Ibiza party scene is at its peak this month. For beachside rosé, join the great Pete Tong for his legendary weekly DJ set at Café Mambo and then grab a disco nap (or a late, late dinner) before hitting up Pacha, the city’s hottest nightclub for 40 years and counting. The drink of the night is vodka Red Bull.

WHAT’S HOT This Month: Ibiza town and Formentera commemorate the return of the islands to Spanish rule in 1235  with processions, fireworks, music and dancing.

 

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Melbourne, Australia

Culture: Melbourne is deemed Australia’s “cultural capital” for good reason. Art, fashion, food, and nightlife are on constant offer. For a whirlwind Melbournian culture crash course, take thee to the laneways of Hosier, Caledonian, Union Lane and Degraves Street, homes to some of the world’s most spectacular street art.

Shopping: The shops at St. Collins Lane are drawing an array of French favorites to this new shopping complex where the old Australia on Collins district was. Maje and Sandro are all great for statement items and cult Parisian label, The Kooples, is opening a flagship. Luxe handbag line Furla has a location here.

Food: Eating out in Melbourne is as much about style as it is about substance. Check out Coda, a warehouse-style minimalist space underground where French Vietnamese and modern-Australian cuisine are pleasing the palettes of the pretty people.

Cocktails: Melbourne is the land of trendy and it doesn’t get more trendy than cocktails in a pop up shipping container. Section 8 is an unassuming bar in a hole cut out of a shipping container with wooden shipping palettes for seats, graffiti covered walls and a relaxed beer garden style vibe.

WHAT’S HOT This Month: This summer, check out photographer Brooke Holm’s exhibition “Salt and Sky” at Smith’s Street Modern Times, an intriguing series of photographs shot over the landscapes of Western Australia’s UNESCO Heritage site Shark Bay.

 

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Tulum, Mexico

casa-jaguarCulture: Once the ultimate escape, in typical form this Mexican village, just an hour and a half, out of Cancun has turned into a celebrity hot spot.  Kick off a trip amidst the beautiful people with outdoor yoga at Maya Tulum. Check in for class and enjoy a leisurely stretch under the tropical palapa roof with a breeze fit for a king.

Shopping: Tulum is wonderfully void of high street shops and cliché touristy street vendors. Mr. Blackbird’s is the perfect compromise: sandy floors, chic jewelry, high quality strappy leather sandals and other ideal beachside accessories.

Food: Everything edible in Tulum is almost always enjoyed in its most natural state. Enter Restaurare, where the tables are set under a canopy of palm trees and the entrees are all local and vegan, including the famous oyster mushroom ceviche and Mayan curry with coconut milk.

Cocktails: You may go for the name alone, but Casa Jaguar offers a lot more than a slick Facebook check-in. Enjoy cocktails and seasonal bites in a lantern-strewn garden and order a Temazcal, a mix of mescal, tamarind, pineapple and basil.

WHAT’S HOT This Month: Summer is off season in Tulum meaning prices are lower and the crowds are more manageable. Also, enjoy the summer turtle nesting and hatching, which includes swims with the turtles, as well as whale and shark watching.

 

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Denver, Colorado

Culture: Denver is known for skiing and snowboarding against the incredible backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, however the city is also a creative artisanal hub, perfect for summer inspiration. The Art District on Santa Fe is the hub of the Denver arts scene, featuring 60 participating galleries, art studios and restaurants and has the largest concentration of art galleries in Colorado.

Shopping: Grab some of the fantastic locally-created photography or handmade furniture in “RiNo”, also known as the River North Art District. Stroll the streets of RiNo browsing antique prints, photographs and paintings as well as art and furniture galleries.

Dining: The outdoorsy types of Denver love their fresh food and it doesn’t get any tastier than Mercantile Dining and Provision, a buzzy spot in Union Square where creative farm-to-table cuisine from chefs Alex Seidel and Matt Vawter serve up seasonal dishes like fresh roasted butternut squash soup.

Cocktails: Now that you have dined on something whole and healthy, warm your insides with a whiskey tasting at Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. This 94-proof, small batch whiskey is distilled on property and Stranahan’s is the first modern micro distillery to legally make whiskey in Colorado. Free tours on Tuesdays.

WHAT’S HOT This Month:  Take the high road (literally) with this summer’s installment of the Denver Cruiser Ride. This summertime tradition in the Mile High City attracts thousands of bike riders every Wednesday through the end of September for bike rides that turn into mobile costume parties for participants from near and far.