Places to go in Naples

Remember the place on Nerano I mentioned ^^^? Well, this is it, and it was hands down the best dining experience I’ve ever had in my life. It’s accessible by boat, and the entire restaurant is surrounded by the sparkling Tyrrhenian Sea… Which obviously means that the seafood is hella fresh. We had a raw plate that was to die for (I’m pretty sure I ate sea urchin that was still alive, or at the very least plucked from the ocean minutes before it went into my mouth), vegetables straight from the garden and two servings of home-made pasta. Safe to say I looked a little less like Jessica Alba in my bathing suit than I would have liked after lunch, but it was worth it.

Hotel Lo Scoglio

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Annnnd another restaurant that we tried to go to, though it didn’t quite work out. I was originally hesitant to recommend Ristorante Mammà because we made a reservation and were then left waiting for our table for 45 minutes (hence why we left and didn’t end up actually eating here…) but the pizza looked so good I’m still thinking about it three weeks later. It’s a pretty fancy spot that has more modern vibes than what you’d probably expect from Capri, and is headed up by Michelin starred chef Salvatore La Ragione. There’s a tasting menu and an a la carte option, both of which are supposed to be 🔥.

Mammà

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As one of the oldest restaurants in Capri, you’re pretty much guaranteed a spectacular meal at La Capannina. The staff is overwhelmingly nice, and everything we put in our mouths, from the Octopus Carpaccio to the Ravioli (which, BTW, is famous) was absolutely delicious. This spot is low key and tucked away, and the perfect place for an early, no-frills dinner with great food.

Ristorante La Capannina

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Another spot where we couldn’t get a reservation (note to self: be better at planning ahead), but this is the highest rated restaurant on the island. Da Paolino is located in a garden full of of lemon trees, the menu and the view are exactly what you would want in a romantic, elegant dinner in Capri. Everything from the pasta to the fish is made with fresh ingredients, and everyone I’ve spoken to swears this is a meal that won’t disappoint.

Da Paolino Restaurant

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I’m not going to sugar coat it: The Blue Grotto is tourist-y AF. During the day, there are dozens of boats stacked with hundreds of people who are all trying to catch a glimpse of the famous cave. My advice? Wait until the end of the day (after 6pm) to take your tour. The water isn’t as blue once the sun has started to move, but the area is way less crowded. This was our last stop on our Positano/Nerano boat tour, and we had the chance to jump out and actually swim in the grotto, which isn’t usually an option when there are zillions of people and boats around. It was still absolutely incredible — I don’t actually know how it could possibly be any bluer than what we saw — and we practically had the place to ourselves.

Blue Grotto

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We stayed at the Hotel La Vega, which I would rate as a 7 out of 10. The four-star hotel is located on a very, very quiet part of Capri, and it was actually kind of nice to be away from the crowds (which, during the day, are huge). The private pool overlooked the sea, and even during the busiest week of the year it was never more than half full. In fact, it was so stunning, we didn’t feel at all motivated to even attempt to check out the beaches on the island. The other guests were all Italian, which I tend to think is usually a good sign. We stayed in a Junior Suite, which had a comfortable bed and living room, as well as a deck with lounge chairs and the same view as the pool. The lunch and dinner were some of the best food we had during the trip, but the included breakfast buffet left something to be desired (although, as far as I know, that’s how most Italian breakfasts tend to be). I would say that I really liked the hotel, but didn’t love it.

Hotel La Vega

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When it comes to “must do things” in Capri, this might just be at the top of the list. The Quisisana is the most famous luxury hotel on the island, and is located smack in the middle of the busiest walking street. Head here during happy hour to sip on a Princess (aka strawberries and champagne) and watch some of the most amazing outfits you’ve ever seen walk by.

Grand Hotel Quisisana

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When people found out I was in Capri (thanks, Instagram) I got a barrage of messages all urging me to go to La Fontelina. Apparently, it’s the bougiest of beach clubs, where you can lay out and drink rosé all day without a care in the world. Sadly, I couldn’t get a reservation because we tried to book only a day in advance (or because I’m a #loser), but I’m including it on this list because so many other fabulous people told me it was amazing. Like everything in Capri, it’s a little pricey: 25Euro for entry and a chair, 13Euro for an umbrella and 8Euro for a towel. Maybe it’s for the best that I didn’t blow my entire paycheck here.

Restaurant Fontelina

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You can hardly walk three feet in Capri without seeing an Antica Sartoria shop — they are literally everywhere (on Positano too). Because of this, you’ll end up seeing pretty much everyone on the island rocking one of their bright, breezy pieces, but they’re actually really cute. The stores can seem overwhelming at first — the clothes are all kinds of crazy colors and prints, and they’re terrifyingly disorganized — but there are a few real winning pieces if you’re willing to dig (and try on).

Antica Sartoria - Capri

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Come to Blu for the clothes, stay for owner Antonio Arcucci who sits at the front of the shop has strong opinions about fashion and interesting stories to tell. The well-curated boutique has a wide range unique clothing and accessories options that you’ll be unlikely to see anyone else wearing (outside of Capri, at least) and a pretty major sale section that’s worth scavenging at the end of the season. Featured designers range from Jil Sander and Dries Van Noten to lesser known names like Milan’s Cappucci and one of Arcucci’s favorites, Israeli designer Dodo Baror (whose designs are pictured above)

Blu - Boutique Di Arcucci Antonio

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