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City of European Flair and Mucho Fun

The Spanish capital is infused with a passionate energy all its own — not to mention tons of can’t-miss sights. Start with the world-renowned art collection at Museo del Prado; move on to the Palacio Real, built in 1764 for the royal family; and end with a spectacular sunset view from Debod Temple.

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Café Tortoni, Buenos Aires
Café Tortoni, Buenos Aires

Café Tortoni, Buenos Aires

As Argentina’s oldest café, this historic hangout has been a gathering spot for artists, politicians and musicians since the late 1800s. You can’t leave without ordering the local favorite -- chocolate con churros, crunchy fried dough dipped into thick hot chocolate. 960 1280

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Café Central, Vienna

Café Central, Vienna

A Viennese institution since 1876, this palatial coffeehouse has been a meeting place for some of the world’s greatest minds, from Sigmund Freud to Leon Trotsky. True to Viennese café culture, you’ll want to linger for hours in this grand café. 960 1280

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Sant'Eustachio il Caffe, Rome

Sant'Eustachio il Caffe, Rome

Founded in 1938, this small stand-up café is a landmark in the heart of Rome, near the city’s iconic Piazza Navona. Drinking espresso standing up is the equivalent of to-go coffee for Italians. No matter how much time you have, order the local favorite "gran caffè speciale,” a shot of sweetened espresso. 960 1280

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La Cafeotheque, Paris

La Cafeotheque, Paris

While many cafes in Paris focus on atmosphere more than the coffee, this spot is one of the exceptions. Coffee aficionados, Parisian hipsters and tourists alike all gather at this café for the best beans from all over the world, which are roasted in-house. 960 1280

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Winkel, Amsterdam

Winkel, Amsterdam

A favorite of locals and tourists alike, this charming corner café is known for its appeltaart (Dutch apple pie). But it’s also a great spot to sip on coffee, especially because of the outdoor seating, with its front-row view of the bustling farmers market nearby. 960 1280

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Toma Café, Madrid

Toma Café, Madrid

To keep up with this high-energy city, you’ll need plenty of caffeine. The locals head to this tiny bustling café to refuel with favorites such as café con leche (espresso with milk) and alfajores (caramel biscuit sweet). 960 1280

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Kaffeine, London

Kaffeine, London

While the caffeinated beverage of choice in London is tea, coffee (good coffee, too) can still be found in this city. Inspired by the cafes in Australia and New Zealand, this independent coffee spot is always packed with those in search of an expertly brewed cup of java. 960 1280

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Caffé Vita, Seattle

Caffé Vita, Seattle

Virtually anywhere you go in Seattle, you’re an arm’s length away from a great cup of coffee. So if you ask a Seattleite where to find the best coffee, be prepared for a lengthy list in response. A local favorite, this café specializes in small-batch coffee roasting and even offers the general public a chance to learn the secret to its artisanal brewing with its Public Brewing School. 960 1280

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Reslau, Auckland

Reslau, Auckland

New Zealand invented and perfected the country’s signature coffee drink -- the flat white, a shot of espresso blended with steamed milk, no froth. This award-winning café is one of the best spots in Auckland to enjoy an expertly crafted flat white topped off with a home-baked treat. 960 1280

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Double Tall, Japan

Double Tall, Japan

While you might think that the Japanese drink green tea all day, coffee is becoming more and more popular in this country, especially with the younger generations. While the iconic vending machine is a popular way to get your caffeine fix to-go, there is a small band of quality coffee shops in Tokyo, with Double Tall leading the pack. Known for its latte art, the coffee’s presentation -- and taste -- will wow you. 960 1280

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Milestone Hotel, London
Luxury: Milestone Hotel, London

Luxury: Milestone Hotel, London

The elegant Milestone Hotel in London has individually designed rooms that range from period design to contemporary themes, like this black-and-white space featuring Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. 960 1280

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Value: Hotel Indigo, London

Value: Hotel Indigo, London

The Hotel Indigo in London has a futuristic lobby and colorfully decorated rooms. Plus, it’s a great value hotel near London’s many hotspots. 960 1280

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Luxury: Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris

Luxury: Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris

The famous Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris brims with Parisian style courtesy of Art Deco decor. The hotel also offers close access to the Dior Institute and high-end shopping right beyond its doors. 960 1280

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Value: Hotel Palm Opera, Paris

Value: Hotel Palm Opera, Paris

Think you can’t get the classic balcony view of the Eiffel Tower without emptying your wallet? Think again. Take in the famous Parisian vista at the minimalist-styled Hotel Palm Opera. 960 1280

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Luxury: The Carlyle, NYC

Luxury: The Carlyle, NYC

Known for lodging the rich and famous, the Carlyle in NYC features apartment-style rooms, classic decor and ultra-comfortable pillow top beds. 960 1280

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Value: Ace Hotel, NYC

Value: Ace Hotel, NYC

With its unconventional vintage- and music-inspired design, Ace Hotel in NYC is not only a hipster haven but a budgetista’s dream. 960 1280

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Budget: Husa Paseo del Arte, Madrid

Budget: Husa Paseo del Arte, Madrid

The Husa Paseo del Arte has an abundance of natural light and an inviting atmosphere. The sunny terrace and light-filled fitness center make for a cheerful stay while in Madrid. 960 1280

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Luxury: Melia Madrid Princesa, Madrid

Luxury: Melia Madrid Princesa, Madrid

The gorgeous Melia Madrid Princesa in Madrid gives off a distinctive artsy vibe. Each spacious room was designed with meticulous detail and red accents. 960 1280

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Value: Hotel J, Stockholm

Value: Hotel J, Stockholm

Give your wallet a break -- and escape from the city -- at Hotel J, a quaint and country-esque hotel just 10 minutes from Stockholm. 960 1280

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Luxury: Lydmar, Stockholm

Luxury: Lydmar, Stockholm

Guests are attracted to the chic and modern style of Stockholm's Lydmar Hotel, where each room is uniquely decorated, with no 2 rooms alike. 960 1280

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Luxury: Beverly Wilshire, LA

Luxury: Beverly Wilshire, LA

The iconic Beverly Wilshire Hotel offers all the glamour of LA, with luxurious marble flooring, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant and Rodeo Drive shopping right across the street. 960 1280

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Value: Hotel Angeleno, LA

Value: Hotel Angeleno, LA

Hotel Angeleno is one of LA’s best bargain hotels, with an outdoor heated pool, tidy rooms and a penthouse restaurant that offers panoramic views of the city. 960 1280

  

Luxury: The Setai, Miami

Luxury: The Setai, Miami

The Setai in Miami is nirvana on Earth, with a prime beachside location, Asian-inspired decor and gigantic rooms complete with a tub … in the living room. 960 1280

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Value: Albion Hotel, Miami

Value: Albion Hotel, Miami

One of Miami’s best-value hotels, the modern Albion Hotel is located just 2 blocks from the beach and just a few paces away from popular dining and shopping spots. 960 1280

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Value: Grand City Hotel, Berlin

Value: Grand City Hotel, Berlin

The contemporary Grand City Hotel Berlin Kudamm offers everything a traveler would want: fantastic location, beautiful and clean rooms, appealing public areas, and all for a steal of a price. 960 1280

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New York City
New York City

New York City

New York’s Fifth Avenue is synonomous with the luxe life, with “Old New York” classics like Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany’s, Bergdorf Goodman and FAO Schwarz. But just like New York itself, Fifth Avenue is always keeping pace with current trends and is now home to a 24-hour flagship Apple store. 960 1280

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Moscow

Moscow

For those who haven’t been to Moscow, it might be surprising to learn that Russia's capital is a fashion mecca with expensive boutiques from the gaudy to the glamorous. You can find everything in Moscow from haute couture to Soviet vintage clothing. 960 1280

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Tokyo

Tokyo

Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood is one of the city’s most famous shopping districts. Skyscrapers, department stores, shopping malls and electronics megastores -- this is high-energy shopping at its best. 960 1280

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Milan

Milan

When you think of Milan, you can’t help but think of fashion. Versace, Armani and Missoni -- all the world-famous Italian designers have flagship stores in Milan. One of the oldest shopping malls in the world, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II opened in 1877 in Milan and houses Prada, Louis Vuitton and Gucci. We didn’t say this was a city for the budgetista. 960 1280

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London

London

Oxford Street is London's definitive shopping destination, with one and half miles of well-known brands like Selfridges and Topshop. For more unique finds, head to North London's Camden Market, where you'll find everything from emerging designers to vintage fashion and antique furnishings. 960 1280

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Dubai

Dubai

The Dubai Mall is the world's largest shopping mall (based on total square feet). With over 1,200 retail outlets, 160 food and beverage outlets, and even an indoor ski resort, where does one begin? Perhaps with a visit to the world's largest candy store, Candylicious, for a well-needed sugar rush. You’ll need one to get through all this shopping. 960 1280

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Los Angeles's Rodeo Drive is probably the most expensive 3 blocks of shopping in the world. This glamorous stretch is where the stars shop, with stores like Coco Chanel, Cartier and Yves Saint Laurent. For those without movie-star budgets, you can still spend a fun afternoon here window shopping and celeb spotting. 960 1280

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Paris

Paris

From haute couture to flea markets, Paris is full of numerous shopping opportunities. The City of Light’s most famous shopping street is Champs-Elysees. This high-end thoroughfare houses the city’s most luxurious shops, including Louis Vuitton. 960 1280

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Rome

Rome

Window shopping is a popular pastime in Rome, since its expensive stores aren't exactly budget-friendly. Some of the biggest names in Italian fashion -- Prada, Valentino, Gucci and Fendi -- can be found on the streets near the Spanish Steps. 960 1280

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Madrid

Madrid

Variety is the essence of Spain’s shopping scene. There is something for every shopping personality here -- giant department stores, emerging designer boutiques and weekly flea markets. Don’t forget about the Spanish siesta, which keeps smaller stores closed in the afternoons, generally from 2 to 5 p.m. 960 1280

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s heritage stems from being a hub of international trade. So it’s no surprise you can buy virtually anything you could possibly ever dream of in this city today. But Hong Kong is best known for its great deals on street labels (it’s a knockoff heaven) and cutting-edge electronics. 960 1280

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Austin

Austin

Austin’s slogan “Keep Austin Weird” includes its shopping. The Texas capital prides itself on supporting independent stores, and is home to numerous thrift and vintage stores. And if you want classic Texas style? Head to Allens Boots for the city’s best selection of authentic cowboy boots. 960 1280

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Paolo R. was entranced by perhaps the most mysterious set of eyes in art history, those of Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" in the Louvre in Paris. 960 1280

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Paul J.'s favorite experience was the Monet Expo at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, home to one of the world's finest collections of Impressionist paintings. 960 1280

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Corina N. praised the Prado Museum in Madrid, which features works by Spanish masters such as Velasquez, Goya and Picasso, as well as other cool exhibits like this one featuring royal armor. 960 1280

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Several of our Facebook fans recognized various parts of the Smithsonian museum complex in Washington, DC. Favorites included the Air and Space Museum, National Museum of American History and the National Museum of Natural History. 960 1280

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Blue Barracuda, Nicki B. and Mary O. recounted amazing experiences with exhibits ranging from King Tut to man-eating lions at the Chicago Field Museum. Pictured here is "Sue," a 41-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex. 960 1280

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Sari R. and Valerie M. described the Vatican Museums in Rome as "incredible" and "breathtaking." 960 1280

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Shelly S. was amazed by the Wooly Mammoth exhibit at California's La Brea Tar Pits. In this photo, a lab technician peers inside the jaw bone of a mammoth recently discovered at the site. 960 1280

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Stephanie M. called the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, IL, a 'wonderful place.' Many special programs are planned for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. 960 1280

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Robert B. described the Rock 'n' Soul Museum in Memphis, TN, as one of the "best music museums ' [where] you can spend hours listening to music." 960 1280

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Louise R.'s favorite museum is the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. This innovative museum has plenty of hands-on and interactive exhibits that appeal to history buffs, gear fanatics and kids of all ages. 960 1280

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Several fans also recalled impactful experiences at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Shown here is the entrance to "State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda" an exhibit that opened in 2009. 960 1280

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San Francisco, city, Golden Gate Bridge, California
10. San Francisco

10. San Francisco

The City by the Bay is a paradise for outdoorsy types looking for love. 960 1280

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9. Sydney

9. Sydney

Start a search for a mate with a stroll along Sydney's Darling Harbour. 960 1280

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8. Buenos Aires

8. Buenos Aires

This fancy footbridge in Buenos Aries is the Puente de la Mujer, also known as the Woman's Bridge. 960 1280

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7. Miami

7. Miami

Singles in Miami can mingle with the beautiful people on the beach by day and at the clubs by night. 960 1280

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6. Cape Town, South Africa

6. Cape Town, South Africa

The scene is set for romance in Cape Town, with the picturesque waterfront and Table Mountain rising above the city. 960 1280

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5. London

5. London

Ladies swoon for men with accents; if you don't have one, just act the part of the suave suitor in stylish London. 960 1280

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4. Madrid

4. Madrid

You'll have many opportunities to meet your match in Madrid; things never slow down in this energetic city. 960 1280

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3. Tokyo

3. Tokyo

Tapping into Tokyo's singles scene may seem overwhelming until you find your niche at a sushi bar or karaoke spot. 960 1280

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2. Melbourne, Australia

2. Melbourne, Australia

Singles can search for love in artsy Melbourne, which has great museums, cool neighborhoods and a funky nightlife.
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1. New York

1. New York

New York is the land of opportunity for singles, with endless options for romance or just a fun night out on the town. 960 1280

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