She started out as an actress in 2001, in the series Diários de Sofia, and remained in television, where she presented programmes like Dá-lhe Gás, Factor X, Achas que Sabes Dançar and, recently, 100% Moda Portugal. In 2016, she launched the successful blog, BlueGinger, which gives coverage to her presence at international fashion weeks. Nowadays, she’s one of the most prominent Portuguese influencers, the face of Portuguese and global brands, as well as a respected entrepreneur who created her own sustainable and no gender collection.
Raquel loves Milan. She enjoys getting lost in the Quadrilatero della Moda and Parco Sempione, and recommends the cathedral and Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. Another favourite is the canal area, which is full of “designer shops, secondhand objects and places to have a drink… everything is possible there”. Shopping is at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. For overnight stays, she suggests Park Hyatt Milano: “a great location and very attentive service”. For lunch, “the interior garden of Paper Moon; the best pasta in Milan is served at Giacomo Bistrot; and, of course, it’s tradition to have dinner at Al Conte Ugolino on the last night before flying home. Super-friendly and great food.”
“The Tate Modern is one of my favourite places”, but she’s also “mad” about the Natural History Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and “all the musicals in Soho”. She always stays in one of the Soho Houses, “they’re in various neighbourhoods, from the most hipster to the most conservative”. For shopping, there’s Bond Street and Mayfair, “which have great brands”, and the more alternative Shoreditch. Restaurants: Isabel’s, Scott’s, Sushi Samba, Chicama “for eating in the kitchen [in the cellar],” and the Electric for brunch.
Tokyo impressed her with its “almost mechanical organisation. It’s scary!”, but she was fascinated by the view at the Showa Memorial Park: “I recommend going in the autumn. It’s amazing”. She stayed in the Mandarin, with “stunning city views”, and, outside the city, she chose Gora Kadan. Food? Sushi Fukuju, “the typical sushi of the region was incredible.” She also suggests the Fushimi Inari sanctuary and Mount Takao, as well as Shibuya “the Japanese Times Square” for other reasons.
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The neighbourhoods to visit: Brooklyn, SoHo, TriBeCa, not forgetting St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Grand Central Station, “evocative for any film buff.” Raquel likes climbing to the top of the Rockfeller Center, “a must see for any visitor”, as is the MET and the “amazing” Sleep no More, “the interactive theatre experience”. Favourite hotels: The Standard, SoHo House, Public. Brunch at ABC, and lunch at Cipriani, downtown, or Saint Ambroeus. For evenings out, the Boom Boom Room (at the Standard).
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Mexico City: “I usually stay in a small hotel called Condesa DF, ideal to discover the city”. Interesting visits include the Pyramid of the Sun, the Palacio de Bellas Artes, and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Frida Kahlo Museum “is remarkable and exciting”. “There are tons of restaurants with good traditional dishes.” She recommends for El Pujol, “it’s an experience”.
In Lisbon, she loves the Jardim da Estrela, where she grew up. She also likes going up to the 360º viewpoint of the Amoreiras shopping centre, where she does her shopping. Restaurant picks include Ljubomir Stanisic’s 100 Maneiras. To spend the night, the Tivoli.
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