Caroline Patek

Correspondent

  • New York City, NY, USA

Caroline Patek is a correspondent who lives in New York and covers the area for Forbes Travel Guide. The Georgetown University graduate worked in the editorial departments at National Geographic Kids and Washington Life Magazine and in digital media at Discovery Channel. Patek has traveled around the globe, and her favorite spots are Istanbul, Tokyo and Paris.

  • On March 12, 2013
    Caroline Patek answered the question: Caroline Patek

    What are the best places to eat in Istanbul?

    Rooftop Terrace at Mikla (Mecit Gulaydin) One of my favorite things about Istanbul's dining scene is the unbelievable views from some of its top restaurants. Between the Bosphorus and the scattering of rich historical sites throughout the city, there's no shortage of picture-perfect vistas. 

    360 Istanbul is set atop a building in Beyoglu, and true to its name, it provides 360 views of the city. Large windows offer those sitting inside grand vistas, but you'll want to be seated on the balcony. The menu is filled with traditional Turkish fare and the cocktails are a must — the mojito I ordered is forever ingrained in my memory.

    Mikla restaurant is another one of my favorite Istanbul spots. Perched at the top of the Marmara Pera hotel (where I stayed during my trip), chef Mehmet Gürs combines Turkish and Scandinavian cuisine for dishes such as North Aegean octopus with cauliflower and arugula cream. Yet again, the views of some of Istanbul's most famous sites aren't to be missed —  including the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque —  and the restaurant's rooftop terrace bar is great for a pre- or post-dinner drink (or two). 
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  • On March 11, 2013
    Caroline Patek answered the question: Caroline Patek

    What are the best places to stay in St. Moritz?

    My absolute favorite place in St. Moritz is Badrutt's Palace Hotel. From the moment I was picked up at the train station by a Rolls-Royce — compliments of the hotel — I knew I would exprience high-end luxury from start to finish. The property overlooks Lake St. Moritz and feels majestic in every way, from the elegant and plush guest rooms — complete with remote control shades over the balconies — to the outdoor tennis courts with views of the Swiss Alps. High ceilings, long hallways and exquisite decor transport you back in time to the hotel's beginnings in the late 1800s, and modern facilities like a nightclub and spa keep it from feeling outdated.
  • On March 11, 2013
    Caroline Patek answered the question: Caroline Patek

    What are the best places to stay in St. Moritz?

    My absolute favorite place in St. Moritz is Badrutt's Palace. From the moment I was picked up at the train station by a Rolls-Royce — compliments of the hotel — I knew I would exprience high-end luxury from start to finish. The property overlooks Lake St. Moritz and feels majestic in every way, from the elegant and plush guest rooms — complete with remote control shades over the balconies — to the outdoor tennis courts with views of the Swiss Alps. High ceilings, long hallways and exquisite decor transport you back in time to the hotel's beginnings in the late 1800s, and modern facilities like a nightclub and spa keep it from feeling outdated.
  • On March 11, 2013
    Caroline Patek answered the question: Caroline Patek

    What are the best places to stay in St. Moritz?

    My absolute favorite place in St. Moritz is Badrutt's Palace. From the moment I was picked up at the train station by a Rolls-Royce — compliments of the hotel — I knew I would exprience high-end luxury from start to finish. The property overlooks St. Moritz Lake and feels majestic in every way, from the elegant and plush guest rooms — complete with remote control shades over the balconies — to the outdoor tennis courts with views of the Swiss Alps. High ceilings, long hallways and exquisite decor transport you back in time to the hotel's beginnings in the late 1800s, and modern facilities like a nightclub and spa keep it from feeling outdated.
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    Caroline Patek is now following St. Moritz
  • On March 8, 2013
    Caroline Patek answered the question: Caroline Patek

    Where is the best Washington D.C. shopping?

    I may be biased since I spent my college years at Georgetown University, but Georgetown's M Street and Wisconsin Avenue have the best shopping in the city. You'll find a good mix of preppy college crowds and polished DC couples in this area, strolling on the pavement to make purchases at stores such as Club Monaco, Barbour, Ralph Lauren and Barney's CO-OP. When the weather is nice the area is like its very own social scene too — you'll spot folks sitting outside at restaurants sipping mimosas on the weekend or walking along the waterfront. 

    Another aesthetically pleasing spot that's also home to great shopping is nearby Chevy Chase, Md. The area's Mazza Gallerie boasts high-end department stores such as Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue as well as Ann Taylor and Wiliams-Sonoma. 
  • On March 7, 2013
    Caroline Patek answered the question: Caroline Patek

    Where is the best Chicago shopping?

    Although it's no Fifth Avenue or Rodeo Drive, Chicago's Michigan Avenue certainly holds its own in terms of shopping. The city's Magnificent Mile is home to major high-end brands such as Chanel, Escada, Max Mara and Burberry, and trendy spots like Topshop and All Saints are sprinkled in as well. What's great about Michigan Avenue is the smaller side streets that also boast fan favorites such as Tory Burch, Tod's, Prada and Barney's. 

    Head to Lincoln Park for more retail therapy along Halsted Avenue — you'll find Club Monaco, Blue Mercury, BCBG and more. Eateries along the stretch such as Toast and Cafe Ba Ba Reeba are great when you need to take a break too.

    The Bucktown neighborhood has developed into its own shopping destination in recent years. Walk down Damen Avenue to shop the racks at Nanette Lepore, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Intermix and Scoop NYC. 
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  • On March 6, 2013
    Caroline Patek answered the question: Caroline Patek

    What should I pack for a trip to Chicago?

    Planning what to pack for a trip to Chicago depends mostly on when you plan to visit. If you're brave enough to face the chilly winter months in the Windy City, pack a warm coat, gloves and even boots if the forecast predicts snow. 

    Summertime in Chicago can get pretty hot, so pack lighter layers and sunglasses along with a bathing suit if you wish to take advantage of beautiful Lake Michigan. The beach is a popular spot when the temperature rises (probably because Chicagoans are itching to emerge from indoors after a cold winter), and you can rent a boat or Jet-Ski for fun. 

    Of course, no trip to Chicago would be complete without a camera. Between the views from the John Hancock Observatory to charming neighborhoods such as Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast, the city is full of prime photo ops.
  • On March 4, 2013
    Caroline Patek is now following Lovisa de Geer
  • On March 4, 2013