Prepare to wait awhile for that pita in Paris. Miznon is worth it! All images copyright Marisa Allegra Williams unless noted otherwise.

Travel: [City] Recommendations

Last updated: Saturday, September 22, 2018

This is it, friends — those destination recommendations you’ve been asking after. They’re all here, in fact, which could be disappointing.

You’re planning a trip to Paris or Nice or someplace nice I’ve already been and want to know where I stayed, what I can recommend that you see, eat, and do. Well, here you go! This is it. All of it.

If it’s not here, I haven’t experienced it first hand, have forgotten to add it, it’s no more, or I didn’t enjoy it enough to recommend in good conscience (or at all).

Happy planning and I hope you enjoy your trip!


Indian Springs (Calistoga) 
Hotel de la Plage Mahogany (Cassis)
il Borgo di Genova B&B (Genoa) 
Lime Tree Hotel (London) 
Hôtel Épik (Montreal)
Caron de Beaumarchais (Paris) BEST
Hôtel Jeanne d’Arc (Paris) 
Inn and Spa at Loretto (Santa Fe) 
Inn of the Five Graces (Santa Fe) BEST
Anemoessa Villa B&B (Santorini)
Casa Astarita B&B (Sorrento)

*If you don’t find a place to sleep listed above for a destination you know I’ve been, it’s because the place I crashed at is no longer in the business of crashing (or it’s just not so hot anymore), or I stayed with a generous friend. Always a good idea to check current Trip Advisor reviews for all of the above.


Ici for ice cream (Berkeley) 
La Mediterranee (La Med to locals) for lunch or dinner (Berkeley)
Rick and Ann’s for brunch (Berkeley) 
Ruszwurm for pastries (Budapest) 
La Tarte Tropézienne for exactly that (France)
Panino d’Autore for sandwiches (Genoa) 
African Volcano for life-changing burgers (London)
Bao for epic Taiwanese steamed buns (London)
Borough Market for fresh and prepared foods (London) 
Butchies for the fried chicken sandwich (London)
Comptoir Libanais for Lebanese cuisine (London)
Maison Bertaux for the best croissants in the city (London)
Maltby Street Market for excellent weekend food stalls (London) 
Neil’s Yard Dairy for cheese (London) 
Opso for Greek cuisine (London) 
Paladar for mind-blowing Latin American cuisine (London) 
Poilâne for French breads and pastry fresh from Paris (London)
Tandoor Chop House for perfectly prepared chicken tikka (London) 
The Athenian for great Greek food to go, and fast (London)
The Cheese Truck for grilled cheese sandwiches (London) 
The Life Goddess for Greek cuisine (London)
The Pig and Butcher for Sunday roast (London)
The Wolseley for a lavish full English breakfast (London)
Olive + Gourmando for sandwiches and more (Montreal) 
Cactus Taqueria for crispy chicken tacos (Oakland)
Boot and Shoe Service for thin crust pizza (Oakland) 
Firebrand Bakery for French pastries (Oakland)
Pietisserie for pies (Oakland) 
Angelina’s for a hot chocolate (Paris)
Au Désirs de Manon for pastries by Metro St. Paul (Paris)
Aux Merveilleux de Fred for meringues (Paris) 
Breizh Café for really nice crêpes (Paris)
Café Chilango for tacos (Paris)
Calendaria for tacos and the hidden bar (Paris) 
Gilles Marchal for pastries (Paris) 
Ima Cantine for wonderful salads at lunch (Paris)
La Drougerie for sweet or savory crêpes (Paris) 
La Grande Epicerie de Paris for groceries and picnic provisions (Paris)
Lemon tarts galore (Paris) 
Mavrommatis for incredible Greek takeaway (Paris)
Miznon for mind-blowing Israeli pitas (Paris) 
Pain de Sucre for pastries and more (Paris) 
The Grill Room for lunch if you’re in the neighborhood (Paris)
Treize: A Baker’s Dozen for Southern Charm (Paris)
Yann Couvreur for pastries (Paris) 
Santacafé for a mind-blowing happy hour quesadilla (Santa Fe)
Davide for gelato (Sorrento)
Primavera for gelato (Sorrento) 
Alaska for gelato (Venice) 
Gelateria Nico for gelato (Venice) 
Pasticceria Alla Bragora for sweet or savory snacks (Venice)
Vizio Virtù for chocolates (Venice)


Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno for the statuary (Genoa) 
Palazzo Reale for the hall of mirrors and outdoor terrace (Genoa) 
Palazzo Rosso for a 360-degree rooftop view over the city (Genoa)
La Mortella for the garden and the bruschetta (Ischia)
Fournier Street for the architecture (London)
Princess Diana Memorial Fountain for joyful remembrance (London)
Museum of Brands for the quirky charm and history (London)
Cimitero Monumentale di Milano for the statuary (Milan) 
Mu-ryang-sa Korean temple for the architecture (Oahu)
Chapel of the Chimes for the architecture (Oakland) 
Fox Theater for the architecture (Oakland)
Grand Lake Movie Theater for the architecture (Oakland)
Mountain View Cemetery for the statuary and views (Oakland) 
Paramount Theater for the architecture (Oakland)
Luxembourg Gardens on a sunny afternoon (Paris)
Musée Nissim de Camondo for a charming small museum (Paris) 
Navigate Paris Tours (Paris)
Place des Vosges on a sunny afternoon (Paris) 
Sacre Coeur at sunrise (Paris) 
The Eiffel Tower at sunrise (Paris)
The Louvre at night (Paris) 
San Giorgio Maggiore for views and sunrise or sunset perch (Venice)
Filoli Gardens near San Francisco (Woodside)


Gellert (Budapest) 
Indian Springs (Calistoga) 
Nails & Brows Mayfair (London)
The Nail Kitchen at BHV Marais, ask for Yuko (Paris) 
Inn of the Five Graces (Santa Fe)


Sant Jordi on April 23 (Barcelona)
European Museum Night in May since 2005 (Paris and elsewhere) 
Indian Market in mid-August (Santa Fe) 
Biennale Arte di Venezia every two years (Venice)


Lost in Cheeseland (Paris) 
Paris par Arrondissements for the spiral bound edition (Paris)
Paris Views (Paris)
Prêt à Voyager (Paris) 
The New Paris (Paris)
The Parisianer (Paris)


Il Commissario Montalbano (Sicily)
Paris (Paris)
Paris, je t’aime (Paris)


Haarlem (Amsterdam) 
Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse (Amsterdam)
Girona (Barcelona) 
Sitges (Barcelona)
Pécs (Budapest) 
Vienna (Budapest)
Cavtat (Dubrovnik) 
Korcula (Dubrovnik) 
Kotor in Montenegro (Dubrovnik)
Baia del Silenzio (Genoa)
Baia di Paraggi (Genoa)
Bonassola (Genoa) 
Camogli (Genoa) 
Campo Ligure (Genoa)
Chiavari (Genoa)
Cinque Terre (Genoa) 
Florence (Genoa)
Lerici (Genoa) 
Lucca (Genoa) 
Pisa (Genoa)
Portofino (Genoa)
Portovenere (Genoa) 
Rapallo (Genoa)
Sarzana (Genoa) 
Sestri Levante (Genoa)
Sori (Genoa) 
Tellaro (Genoa) 
Oxford (London)
Antibes (Nice) 
Cassis (Nice) 
Entreveux (Nice)
Èze (Nice) 
Grasse (Nice)
Menton (Nice) 
St. Paul de Vence (Nice)
Villefranche (Nice) 
Halona Beach Cove (Oahu)
Lanikai Beach (Oahu) 
Waimanalo Beach (Oahu) 
Waimea Bay (Oahu)
Palace of Versailles (Paris) 
Naxos (Santorini)
Amalfi (Sorrento) 
Capri (Sorrento)
Ercolano ruins (Sorrento)
Ischia (Sorrento) 
Naples (Sorrento) 
Palace of Caserta (Sorrento)
Procida (Sorrento)
Ravello (Sorrento) 
Villa Cimbrone (Sorrento) 
Bassano del Grappa (Venice) 
Bologna (Venice) 
Burano (Venice) 
Giudecca (Venice) 
Murano (Venice)
Padua (Venice) 
Treviso (Venice)
Verona (Venice)
Vicenza (Venice)

*This is a list of day trips. I’m all about a day trip! The places listed in parentheses are the home base I used (i.e., leave Paris for the day or the afternoon and go explore Versailles). With few exceptions, all day trips were taken using public transportation—bus, boat, train, tram, metro, or some combination thereof.


Tail of the Yak (Berkeley)
Fragonard (Èze) 
Galleria d’arte il Vicolo (Genoa)
Ben Eine prints (London) 
Donk prints (London)
Artiga (Paris)
Corpus Christi (Paris)
Fragonard (Paris)
Les Néréides (Paris)
Les Olivades (Paris)
Sensitive et Fils (Paris)
Slow Galerie (Paris)
Souleiado (Paris) 
Ortega’s on the Plaza (Santa Fe)
Malouf on the Plaza (Santa Fe) 
Seret and Sons (Santa Fe)
Garland’s Indian Jewelry (Sedona)
Alberto Valese Ebru (Venice)
Bac Art (Venice) 
Paolo Olbi (Venice)


Pinterest: Trip Planning (Genoa)
Pinterest: Trip Planning (London)
L’Instant Parisien (Paris)
Lost in Cheeseland (Paris)
Prêt à Voyager (Paris)
Slice of Paris (Paris) 
Pinterest: Souvenirs (Various)


Citymapper (Various) 
Google Maps (Various)
Rome2rio (Various)

The end. For now. Circle back from time to time for updates!