These metropolitan playgrounds will blow you away.

By Brooke Porter Katz
March 03, 2020
COURTESY OF ASTAIR PARIS

If you're considering a honeymoon in a big city, know that you have our full support. If what you're after is energy, culture, food, and shopping, then these metropolitan playgrounds will blow you away, and that's true whether it's your first or fifth visit.

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Paris

Plan to stay in the boho-cool 7th arrondissement, or the posh, quieter 16th, near the Tour Eiffel. The 7th's J. K. Place Paris makes a dreamy pied-à-terre, with the Musée d'Orsay steps away (salut, Monet!); the 16th's sleek, Philippe Starck-designed Brach Paris is an oasis of blond wood and marble with a panoramic roof garden. When you visit the Louvre, flag modern brasserie Astair for lunch; it's set in a romantic arcade a lovely stroll away.

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New York City

You can't beat a stay in the beating heart of Manhattan. Ian Schrager's Times Square Edition brings serious style to the tourist junction with its edgy House of Yes cabaret and plant-filled, see-and-be-seen Terrace restaurant. It's mere blocks from Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and Hudson Yards. Or, if you're laying over en route to Europe, book the retro-mod TWA Hotel, at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and watch jets take off from the infinity pool.

Tokyo

The pick of Princess Diana, U.S. presidents, and James Bond (in You Only Live Twice): the iconic Okura Tokyo, a short cab ride from Harajuku's shopping and the Meiji Shrine gardens. In 2015, there was a global outcry when its Japanese-modernist main wing was demolished. Redone as a sleek tower, it is still a time warp inside, from the hushed lobby, with replicas of the original Okura paper lanterns, to its traditional guesthouse-style rooms.

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