Love Happens with KOKET City Guides

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Traveling the world is one of our favorite pastimes at KOKET & Love Happens. The thrill of buying our plane tickets and picking the perfect hotel, the rush of packing our favorite travel-friendly fashion, and then, of course, every minute that follows once we step out our front door. 

We each travel differently based on our individual passions, tailoring our plans to delight in all of our favorite things. When traveling with our publisher, KOKET, they seek the most beautiful design, unique creativity, delicious flavors, and inspiration to return home. They delight in the authentic charm of each city, always finding local specialties, whether on a first visit or one of too many to count. 

From breathtaking architecture and interior design to local decor, fashion, and cuisine, a trip with KOKET is one filled with moments where love happens in the details. If this sounds like your kind of travel, read on for a taste of what’s to come in Love Happens with KOKET City Guides. A trip filled with your very own love happens moments awaits you.


Visit Paris with KOKET


Paris holds a very special place in the world of KOKET. From our founders’ past in the city of stylish inspiration to KOKET’s years showcasing its designs at the world-renowned furniture fair Maison & Objet. When visiting Paris with KOKET, the city’s luxurious design sense shines brightly, radiating its title as the Fashion Capital of the World.

The first stop on this trip is Cheval Blanc, a majestic hotel perfectly poised in the center of Paris on the Right Bank, where Pont Neuf crosses the Seine River. With views of Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower and just steps from the Louvre and Le Marais, an area known for its enchanting old-world charm, Cheval Blanc’s location is Parsian perfection. Oh, and to make things even better, the hotel is uniquely attached to the iconic luxury department store Samaritaine.

Founded as La Samaritaine in 1870, what began as a small boutique quickly became a go-to destination for everything from fashion to home to toys. Fast forward to 2021, twenty years after the luxury mogul LVMH purchased the compound, to the opening of Cheval Blanc and the reimagined Samaritaine department store. 

Cheval Blanc in the Art Deco south end overlooking the water, and Samaritaine in the enchanting Art Nouveau portion offering a true Parisian experience through its authentic curation of iconic brands to shop and exclusive places to eat. Designed by the notorious Peter Marino, the hotel and store beautifully respect the buildings’ heritage while incorporating a modern edge created through partnerships with local French artisans.

When KOKET is in Paris, wandering the streets and visiting some of their favorite shops, restaurants, and other culturally inspiring destinations are always on the list of things to do. First, a stroll through Galerie Vivienne, a gorgeous neo-classical covered shopping street with mosaic floors and fashionable boutiques. Then a detour across the street to the Museum of the Bibliothèque National de France, an architectural gem hosting an enriching collection of French antiquities.

Last but not least, on this steps-packing walking tour, KOKET heads down Rue Saint Honoré for a full-on French brand indulgence with Hermès, Lalique, Chanel, Cartier, and so on! When it comes to shopping for home decor in Paris, a visit to Galerie Glustin is top of our list this visit. Located near the renowned Saint-Ouen flea markets, Galerie Glustin’s exceptional selection of furniture creations and vintage decor is sure to inspire all design lovers.

If you visit Paris in January or September, the city is alive with design and decor! Permanent fixtures on KOKET’s calendar during these months include the biannual decoration and design event, Maison & Objet, the fair’s “In the City” extension, the world-renowned fabric, wallpaper, and trimmings event Paris Déco Off, and its decor and art of living extension Paris Déco Home.

These design-filled weeks are always on KOKET’s, rarely unattended by the brand. While at the events and around the city, stops at brand favorites are always in order. L’Objet for whimsical decor and tableware, Objet de Curiosite for inspiration, Marie Daâge for fine handpainted dinnerware, Laurent Maugoust for interior decor delights, and Marie Martin for maximalist design. Then to Serge Lesage for rugs and textiles galore at the showrooms of Jim Thompson, Dedar, Sacho at Kvadrat, and Romo.

And, of course, if they can stay in town long enough (or come in July, too), Haute Couture Week and Paris Fashion Week are certainly on the calendar as well.

Travel in Paris always comes sprinkled with the art of French cuisine, and the KOKET favorite, crêpes, is a must-find every visit. Crêperie des Arts is a recent find where divine flavors meet an artful setting defined by white stuccoed walls melding into booths and accented with an art collection of sculpted beige busts. KOKET loves to mix design and dining, so La Galerie Dior museum and its Café Dior are also often on their list and a must if you haven’t been. The unique scenographic exhibition perfectly captures the spirit of Parisian Haute Couture, and the gourmet cafe always has us departing blissfully.

Dinner out is a must while traveling, and in Paris, the choices are beyond plenty. On this visit, KOKET is heading to La Dame de Pic near the Louvre (and Cheval Blanc), a restaurant led by one of France’s top female Michelin star chefs, Anne-Sophie Pic of the legendary Pic family. If there is time, the sensory dining experience at L’Ecrin, the hidden gem of Hôtel de Crillon, is also always a delight. Lastly, KOKET never leaves Paris without a box of Fauchon macarons!


Visit Lisboa with KOKET


Founded by a Portuguese-American woman and handcrafted by talented Portuguese artisans, KOKET is rooted in its national heritage. While the brand’s designs come to life near the magical city of Oporto, the country’s capital and current home to KOKET’s founder, Lisboa, is a very important city to the brand. When visiting Lisboa, KOKET relics most in its beautiful architecture, exquisite crafts, and delicious seafood. Always a home away from home.

Primeira parada, Verride Palácio Santa Catarina, because who wouldn’t want to stay in an elegant and glamorous palace? From the traditional 18th-century architecture and blue and white Portuguese tile of the 80m2 Royal Wing to the modern simplicity of the Bica Rooms, Verride SC offers bespoke amenities galore to the guests of its 19 unique rooms. This visit SUBA is also on KOKET’s list. Cozying up in the restaurant’s crisp white and warm wood interior overlooking the Tagus River while indulging in Portuguese cuisine and sipping decadent cocktails? Yes, please!

When it comes to shopping and culture-seeking in Lisboa, KOKET loves to stroll through the city’s historic streets—today, starting in Chiado, a neighborhood known for theater, architecture, international brands, and the oldest bookshop in the world, Bertrand. Also home to Vista Alegre, Portugal’s oldest porcelain producer and a KOKET favorite for decor and tableware perfection. Be sure to visit the backroom! Continuing the shopping tour, the vibrant streets of Bairro Alto, with the chic shops and local favorites, are always inspiring. As is Lisboa’s famous flea market, Feira da Ladra, a treasure trove of vintage and antique home decor and fashion finds.

Whenever in town in May/June when the jacaranda tree’s exotic purple flowers are in bloom, an espresso or lunch in Príncipe Real is an absolute. The historic garden in this idyllic neighborhood is a true gem, as are a number of the surrounding shops, in particular 21pr Concept.Store which we have never left without a purchase. 

Fashion, design, and art are what the world of KOKET is all about. So when exquisitely detailed and inspired interior design, the most luxurious designer product brands, and delectable cuisine unite as they do on Av. da Liberdade at JNcQUOI Avenida and JNcQUOI Asia and their in-house Fashion Clinic boutiques, KOKET is in heaven.

Set in the iconic Tivoli theater building, at JNcQUOI Avenida rich architectural detailing meets clean, modern lines and a dinosaur, creating a cozy and ever-so-intriguing atmosphere for enjoying Portuguese cuisine. Of course, with a stop before or after at the Fashion Clinic Man & Home boutiques or sometimes just a visit to The Delibar for cocktails at the chic marble counter-bar surrounded by wine and gourmet groceries.

Just down the avenue is JNcQUOI Asia, where a fusion of Portuguese and Asian cultures come to life in a brilliantly detailed interior with a striking golden dragon centerpiece setting the tone. Even when not dining at Asia, KOKET loves to visit Fashion Clinic Woman to see the newest collections from luxury brands such as Balmain, Valentino, Dolce & Gabanna, their exclusive brand Paula, and just about every other iconic designer brand. And whenever possible, the brand loves to visit JNcQUOI’s members-only rooftop restaurant and bar, The Club; relaxing in its enchanting interior can never possibly get old.

While new design is always a must, KOKET is forever and always inspired by history, making Museu do Tesouro Real (the Royal Treasure Museum) a top choice for the brand. From jewels and decorations to religious pieces and historic goldsmithery, set in the Ajuda National Palace, this museum is a full-on design lover’s delight.

Lastly, a stop by the KOKET Atelier in Monte Estoril and a stroll along the Cascais-Estoril promenade are always on the brand’s docket. And, of course, no visit to Lisboa would be complete without pastéis de nata, the iconic Portuguese custard tarts available all across the city.


Visit New York with KOKET


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The dream of KOKET began in New York as the brand’s founder watched a young gentleman sketch a delicate and alluring chair from his imagination. At this moment, her desire to possess this chair and create more pieces with the same empowerment took hold of her. New York is also where KOKET’s first piece, the Mandy stool, debuted and a city that has graciously hosted the brand time and again. Touted as perhaps the most famous and vibrant city in the world and a place brimming with inspiration, NYC holds an extra special place in KOKET’s heart.

While beautiful accommodations fill the city, the exquisite Baccarat Hotel New York is a KOKET favorite. Radiating with signature French crystal and the fiery crimson shade of Baccarat red, the hotel’s interiors are lavish and otherworldly. During their visit, a cocktail at the Baccarat Bar and the ultimate afternoon tea experience, The Crytal Tea, are always must-moments-in.

KOKET never visits New York without a shopping spree at the iconic Fifth Avenue luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman. (And not just because KOKET is inside, but do see if you can find them!) From close to every top designer brand imaginable, think Chanel, Lanvin, Bottega Veneta, Boucheron, and on and on to smaller luxury names like Silvia Furmanovich and local NY designers like Mignonne Gavigan and so many more, BG is New York’s original icon of style. Side note: If you are visiting near the holidays, the store’s window displays are an absolute must-see!

New York offers museums, galleries, and showrooms galore, but for this visit, KOKET has a couple of musts in mind. The first stop is de Vera gallery in West Chelsea, where an exceptional curation of objects awaits, including Venetian glass, Japanese lacquer, fine silver, antique jewelry, and founder Frederico de Vera’s own unique collection. Next, Fotografiska New York, the NYC location of the renowned Stockholm-based destination for the world’s best photography. Spanning five floors of a renovated landmark building in Gramercy Park, exploring Fotografiska’s mind-expanding photography often comes with moments of inspiration. 

Whenever in NY, and depending on what they are working on, KOKET also loves to visit the New York Design Center, a fancy high-rise with over 100 glamorous showrooms including US-made Baker Furniture, hand-decorated wallpaper master Fromental, and exotic material connoisseur KIFU Paris. 

If heading up to Midtown is in the plans, then often so is the Decoration & Design Building. With over 3,000 leading brands, the DDB is an NYC textile and furnishings sourcing staple. So much to love from luxury book publisher Assouline, Armani / Casa, textile masters Dedar and Fortuny, Holly Hunt, the famous John Rosselli Antiques, Spanish Porcelain brand Lladró, the magical materials of Maya Romanoff & Phillip Jeffries wallcoverings, Italian furniture at its finest at Nella Vetrina and so much more! 

With every cultural delight imaginable, dining in NYC is always exciting. For KOKET, beautiful design is equally as important as good food, and on this occasion, the brand has renowned NY-based firm the Rockwell Group on its mind. So reservations are set for French-Mediterranean cuisine at Moxy East Village hotel’s Cathédrale Restaurant in the soaring main dining room, designed by Rockwell to feel like an abandoned architectural treasure. And for evening number two, KOKET selected the seasonal American restaurant Electric Lemon on the 24th floor of the Equinox Hotel in NYC’s Hudson Yards area. Romantic sunsets over the Hudson River surrounded by glam decor have KOKET written all over it.

In the city that never sleeps, after-dinner cocktails are always on the agenda. So, stopping at The Bar Room at The Beekman Hotel for a drink and a peek at the Mandy stool in the lobby is always a KOKET guilty pleasure. But for the ultimate NYC evening out experience, their top pick this trip is The Jazz Club at Aman Hotel, a glamorous and soulful speakeasy with live music in Midtown–we need not say more.

Finally, no KOKET visit to New York is complete without a stop at the Magazine Cafe to explore the most inspiring collection of magazines from around the world.

Feature Image: Collage by Sofia de Sousa: Flatiron Building, New York, NY USA, Photo by Denys Nevozhai | Unsplash.com; Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, Photo by Anthony Delanoix | Unsplash.com; Traditional old tram in Lisbon, Portugal, Photo by Theodor Vasile | Unsplash.com
Article Originally Appeared in Love Happens Volume 6


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