The VIP Caracas: Limited options in crisis-struck Venezuela mean that this 51-room hotel has felt a little empty of late. But if the lack of guests has you feeling lonely, rest assured that the adjacent restaurant still attracts plenty of locals.
Transversal 3, Altamira
Hacienda la Trinidad: This renovated 18th-century tobacco-drying farmhouse now houses a cultural space that stocks books, soft furnishings and some of the country’s finest homeware.
Jardín Altamar: With calla lilies, birds of paradise and spectacular bouquet presentation, this tropical florist supplies the city’s top establishments.
Transversal 4, Los Palos Grandes
Mercadito Los Palos Grandes: This street market next to Parque Cristal takes place every Saturday and serves hot cachapas (cheesy corn pancakes) and strong coffee from a long line of colourful stalls.
Avenida 3, Los Palos Grandes
Altamar: This Portuguese seafood spot will take you back in time with its linen tablecloths and dessert trolleys. Look out for the cars with blacked-out windows parked outside.
Transversal 3, Altamira
Centro de Arte Los Galpones: Lounge in the garden of this converted arts space and sample some of Venezuela’s most hard-to-source beans.
360: Best known for its panoramic views and rotating cast of expats, this rooftop bar has seen better days but still makes top – and potent – drinks.
Transversal 1, Los Palos Grandes
Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues: The city may lack independent options but its Four Seasons outpost is a frontrunner with five-star service and lakeside views.
Bongénie Grieder: This outpost of the Swiss-owned luxury department store opened in 1891 and stocks a full wardrobe of men’s and women’s brands.
Foound: A concept shop that also comprises a top hair salon, as well as an art gallery, bar and the Cla’Cycle bike workshop.
Chou: A pretty neighbourhood stop-off known for its choux pastries but also a purveyor of rich pour-over brews and perfectly judged eggs.
Café Paradiso: This handsome coffee-shop-cum-bar on the ground floor of a Rue des Bains townhouse stays open until the small hours on occasion.
Bottle Brothers: These twin bars sitting side by side – Petit Bottle and Grand Bottle – serve some of the best cocktails in town and offer a cracking selection of plates too.
WM Mulherin’s Sons: This hotel is tucked away in a 19th-century whiskey-bottling plant. Book early to nab one of their four rooms and be sure to stay for the homemade pizza.
Rennes: Originally a small linen-and-leather-goods outfit, this atelier has grown to a bricks-and-mortar shop in the city’s Old Town and stocks a decent range of homeware.
Vault + Vine: You’ll leave this mix of café and floral studio in the East Falls neighbourhood with a bouquet of local flowers, as well as a perfect flat white.
Hungry Pigeon: Don’t let the name fool you: breakfast at the Hungry Pigeon won’t leave you peckish. Be sure to sample their scrapple: a Philadelphia delicacy that’s a Pennsylvania-Dutch riff on meatloaf.
High Street on Market: The well-known – and well-loved – Eli Kulp spot has an in-house bakery and offers a selection of sumptuous sandwiches.
La Colombe Torrefaction: The flagship of a now beloved roaster and coffee shop is well stocked and boasts a refined menu.
Hop Sing Laundromat: This upmarket Chinatown speakeasy may not be easy to find – or get into – but once you do the cocktails will win you over.
Tha Naka Phuket: The resort’s cantilevered villas with private pools, designed by Duangrit Bunnag, overlook evergreen hills and a white-sand beach.
Bookhemian: Pick out a title from the bookshop to peruse at Bookhemian’s café – a perfect post from which to admire the picturesque Sino-Portuguese architecture outside.
Chino Café Gallery: Try one of Chino’s plentiful breakfasts before browsing the knick-knacks for sale, and the contemporary artwork in the small gallery out back.
4 Thalang Road, Talad Yai
Tu Kab Khao: Reservations are advised – as are the braised pork belly and crab curry with noodles. Expect long queues.
8 Phang NGA Road, Talad Nuea
Torry’s Ice Cream: With a vast selection of flavours of the soft stuff on offer, including variants inspired by Thai desserts and seasonal fruits, there’s plenty here to keep you cool.
Hock Hoe Lee: The café began as a pit-stop for Phuket’s tin-mining workers in 1958. Today its third-generation owners continue the legacy of fresh-roasted coffee made with Thailand-grown beans.
Chalong Bay Rum Distillery: Follow the hourly tours to learn about Thai sugarcane, used to make Chalong Bay rum, which is distilled here. The journey is topped off with a cocktail infused with lemongrass, Thai sweet basil and kaffir lime.
My Home in Porto: This elegant three-room guesthouse boasts large, tranquil bedrooms festooned with family heirlooms, mementos and cute keepsakes. Plants abound and there’s a pretty garden in which to enjoy those warm spring breakfasts.
Earlymade: Run by brother and sister Emanuel and Patrícia Sousa, Earlymade clothes are either designed or made in Portugal, with labels including Maison Kitsuné, Folk and You Must Create.
Lotarias Atlantico: Designed by architect Agostinho Ricca in 1959, this bijou newsagent retains its original black-and-white striped marble floor and offers a wide selection of international magazines.
8A Rua Sampaio Bruno
Zenith Brunch & Cocktails: A Portuguese breakfast is typically little more than a strong coffee and a sweet pastry. For a wider range try Zenith, where the menu includes pancakes, açaí bowls, smoothies and eggs any way you want them.
86 Praça de Carlos Alberto
Casa de Chá da Boa Nova: A must for architecture fans and food-lovers alike, and one of Álvaro Siza Vieira’s first major commissions sits on the rocks by the shore and its seafood menu perfectly complements the location.
Café Progresso: Founded in 1899, this is one of the oldest cafés in the city but it’s been tastefully updated and turns out excellent coffee.