Whether you want to experience the West Coast cool of LA’s bar scene or the old-world luxuries of Manhattan, there’s a swathe of new things to see, do, eat and drink in the US. Here’s a quick look at the must-see spots to add to your list.

Order a cocktail in LAs coolest neighbourhood

Bar Moruno, a vivid Spanish dream on Sunset Boulevard, is making its mark on LA’s uber-cool Silver Lake neighbourhood. The woodfired oven turns out Iberian dishes made for eating with gusto: think salt spring mussels with hearty butter beans and chorizo cantimpalo. The drinks list is light, Latin in influence and very LA, with an Espresso Martini kicked up a notch with overproof tequila.

Spend a day with Oscar winners

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, USA

Forrest Gump, Titanic, Die Hard – so much of Los Angeles’ culture is tied to its history of hit moviemaking. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures – opened in 2021 – takes you on a deep dive into the filmmaking process and showcases exhibits on canonical movies and seminal actors, including Citizen Kane and Bruce Lee. For all the Oscar obsessives, there’s a line-up of golden statuettes and memorable speeches to see – and even the opportunity to present your own (don’t forget to thank the Academy).

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Take a spin at Super Nintendo World

Universal Studios Hollywood, USA

The fun and fast-paced Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach from the Super Mario Bros. video game franchise comes to Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2023. Visitors enter the bright Mario universe through a “Warp Pipe” and then it’s game mode activated. Take the interactive Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge ride. The kids will love wearing the augmented reality goggles on the roller-coaster as they battle against the famous villain Bowser across legendary Mario Kart courses to win the Golden Cup.

Manhattan accommodation with a modern twist

ModernHaus SoHo, NYC, USA

The 114-room ModernHaus SoHo, which opened in mid-2021 in downtown Manhattan, is filled with an extensive modern and contemporary art collection from names such as Alexander Calder, Hans Hartung, George Condo and Kaws. The rooms are big on Bauhaus, blending functional minimalism with reclaimed wooden floors, custom furnishings and geometric sculptures. “Visit the nearby AIRE Ancient Baths for a relaxing spa day, Sadelles for brunch and The Drawing Center and MoMA gift shop for some additional exploration,” says Rene Roman, the hotel’s general manager.

Dine at the Rockefeller Center’s refined French bistro

Le Rock, USA

Le Rock’s fit-out within the Rockefeller Center is all upscale Manhattan, with green-leather banquettes, mahogany tables and patinated brass fittings under soaring ceilings. But the menu plays an elevated French tune, with razor clams, barbajuans (chard-filled and fried bite-size pastries) and Burgundy-style snails. For mains, there’s a riff on steak au poivre, made with bison fillet, alongside a steak haché – a bunless burger served with some of the city’s best fries.

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Image credit: Iwan Baan (The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures)

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