Next time in Paris, consider dining in a brothel – Lapérouse.

Next time in Paris, consider dining in a brothel – Lapérouse.

Your bags are packed for a summer getaway that will leave everything but your lover behind. Whether it's a relaxing weekend in LA or a two-week Euro-tour, a vacation for two is not just a chance to explore a new city, but an opportunity to step outside your patterns altogether.

Often the most memorable experiences of a vacation are when you're immersed in the locale. Sunny days are prime time for holding hands in the park, flirting in museums and kissing in front of iconic monuments. When the sun sets, change into your finery and embark on your evening with an exquisite meal. Exploring the local culinary scene is a great way to connect with a city and to take on a bit of its character yourself. To truly taste the terroir, let your inhibitions loose and order the chef's specialty or a local staple you can't properly pronounce. Let dinner set the stage for the finale to come. From Chicago to Shanghai, here's a list of restaurants that are sure to satisfy – Paris – Lapérouse This 17th-century maison just off the bank of the Seine was once a legendary Parisian brothel. The passion still seeps from the intricate woodwork, and the low lighting brings a luminous glow to the elegant armchairs, grandiose mirrors and ornate chandeliers. Tip – Reserve one of the legendary private salons for two (our favorite is La Belle Otero) and discretely return the room to its former glory between courses. London – The Fat Duck The Fat Duck has held an impressive three star Michelin rating since 1994. The restaurant's dishes aim to heighten all the senses (something near and dear to the Jimmyjane philosophy) and bring a sense of magic and excitement to the dining experience. On occasion, waiters will actually perform tricks, breaking the "no playing with your food" rule with offhand elegance. Tip – If this Duck's a bit too fat for your wallet, trade molecular gastronomy for amazing gastropub and head to the Harwood Arms – the first and only London pub with a Michelin star. Mumbai – Indigo From Brangelina to the Clintons, Indigo makes it on everyone's travel lists. Surround yourself with the glamorous while dining on the restaurant's long-time specialty – risotto with black olive tapenade – and finish with the chocolate fondant with jalapeno peppers. Tip – Sunday brunch pairs live jazz with free-flowing Indian liquor. Shanghai – Wang Bao He Wang Bao He has been serving Shanghai's famous "hairy crab" since 1744 – an ancient meal that foodies around the world praise as a life changing experience. Tip – The gray-green crustacean pairs well with the famed Saoxing "yellow" wine. San Francisco – Locanda This Roman menu is filled with daring ingredients that will transform hesitation into satisfaction. Start with the adventurous chilled pig's head or oxtail, and then move on to the safer pizza bianca. Los Angeles – The Little Door Whether you sit in the winter garden or in the piano room, The Little Door will seduce you with its ambiance. Savor the menu of roasted meats and sip from a wine list full of juicy California varietals. Tip – keep your eye out for celebrities in disguise. Miami – Il Gabbiano Sit under the glowing moon and enjoy the warm waterfront breeze on Il Gabbiano's gorgeous terrace overlooking Biscayne Bay. Indulge in the generous Italian portions and sip from the full-bodied wine list, after raising a glass to the one sitting across from you. Chicago – Prairie Fire Prairie Fire's menu is loaded with seasonal American comfort food from local sustainable farms. The highlights include plump, handcrafted sausage, and their famous dessert menu with "Mom's Seasonal Pies". Tip – Get the banana cream pie to-go for a hotel room treat complete with plenty of whipped cream. New York City – Prune With only 30 seats, the line out the door is always long – but some things are worth the wait. Prune offers perfection without pretention. The tiny dining room and bistro-feel are endearing and honest, right down to the mismatched utensils. Tip – Read Blood, Bones & Butter, the remarkable autobiography of the restaurant's chef and owner, Gabrielle Hamilton.