From gilt dining rooms in Milan to Mayfair’s dimly-lit restaurants – where the A-list eat.
DA GIACOMO, MILAN, ITALY
Da Giacomo is a Milanese institution and the beautiful people flock here during Milan Fashion Week for real Italian dishes with a fine-dining twist. Opened in 1958, the interiors are exquisite – wood-panelled and gilt-mirrored with a distinctly shabby-chic feel. Celebrated chef Giacomo Bulleri draws a well-heeled crowd and it’s the A-listers choice when they’re in town – George Clooney and Giorgio Armani have all sat at the marble-top bar to enjoy an aperitif or two.
Best for: A taste of Tuscany with the stars
BEVERLY HILLS POLO LOUNGE
Break out your vintage Gucci blazer and head down to the legendary Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge. Known as the ‘Pink Palace’ by locals, the blush colour scheme and vintage wrought-iron furniture on the terrace give it a retro-chintz vibe that hasn’t changed in decades. Its list of regulars (past and present) is like a Who’s Who of Hollywood royalty – Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Charlie Chaplain all took leisurely lunches here and today its salmon-coloured walls host everyone from Rihanna to Angelina Jolie.
Best for: A Hollywood moment
Known as the ‘sexiest restaurant in London’, Hakkasan is at the heart of Mayfair’s ultra-luxe dining scene with a Michelin starred menu of dim sum and modern Cantonese delicacies. Aside from the spectacular cocktail list, people come here for the atmospheric setting – the dimly lit interiors are perfect for famous faces looking to keep a low profile. Take a seat behind the beautiful dark wood screens and you never know who you might find.
Best for: Low-lit dining in the city
DEL POSTO, NEW YORK, USA
The second Italian on this list, but this time in NYC – Del Posto is a celebrity haunt and one of the finest dining spots in the city. Located on 10th Avenue, just off the High Line and around the corner from Chelsea Market, the clientele is as glitzy as the space is chic. The menu will have you star struck with fine Italian classics like rabbit orecchiette and hearty dishes like cassoeula. New York’s most celebrated natives comes here for the relaxed but glamorous setting and a glass of vini rossi.
Best for: Tasteful Manhattan chic