Year of the Rat
Where to go: Tokyo, Japan
Clean, convenient and brimming with cultural hotspots old and new, Tokyo is the perfect place for those born in the year of the rat, who are known to be energetic and curious.
Charming and sociable, a night of bar hopping in Tokyo's Ebisu district– which has some great vinyl bars like Bar Martha and world-renowned cocktail lounges, like Trench – is sure to result in lively conversations and new friendships.
Year of the Ox
Where to go: Zambia
The strong and grounded ox might be a little introverted at times, but that doesn't mean they lack a spirit of adventure. So a trip to the wide open plains and wild rivers of Zambia—removed from any crowds or hustle and bustle—is a dream.
Book one of Zambia's many luxurious (and ultra private) tented camps for a dose of glamping, where you can spend your days exploring the region's incredible landscapes and wildlife. Venture out on a safari, go horseback riding through splendid Teak forests and mopane woodlands, or take a scenic helicopter ride over Victoria Falls. There's no wrong choice here.
Year of the Tiger
Where to go: Queenstown, New Zealand
Those born in the year of the tiger are confident and live for adventure – something Queenstown in New Zealand has in spades. Whether it’s zip-lining through the forest, jumping out of a plane at 15,000 feet, bungey jumping from a 134-metre cable car, or jet-boating at a 80 kilometres per hour through the iconic Shotover Canyons.
Queenstown is also home to some fabulous restaurants, like Rata by Michelin-star chef Josh Emett, and Boardwalk, a fine dining establishment on Lake Wakatipu. For something more casual but no less delicious, the famous Fergburger always hits the spot.
Year of the Rabbit
Where to go: Paris, France
Soft, sensitive and with a knack for romance, it's hard to look past Paris to satiate the rabbit's appetite for fantasy.
Visit the Museum of Natural History in the 5th arrondissement, followed by a stroll in the lush Jardin des Plantes. Or bask in the 17th century elegance of Parc Monceau, armed with a picnic of goodies from your local épicerie and boulangerie.
Other restaurants in Paris we love are Le Saint Sebastien for its retro decor and stunning modern European cuisine, Le Cadoret for its classic French fare, and Le Rigmarole for its creative dishes and zero-waste approach.
Year of the Dragon
Where to go: Istanbul, Turkey
Mysterious and rich in history, Istanbul will appeal to the Dragon's old soul with ancient marvels like the Hagia Sofia, and its bohemian spirit found in its galleries, bars and cafes.
Spend time in Cihangir, a neighbourhood that has served as a stomping ground for artists, writers and intellectuals since the 1970s. Wander the cool little bars on Akarsu Cadessi, like Geyik or Smyrna. And no matter how many drinks you've thrown back the night before, it's always worth waking up for a Turkish breakfast. We recommend Kahve 6 or the legendary Van Kahvalti Evi.
One of the best ways to soak in Istanbul's unique cityscape is at one of the city's many rooftop bars. We love Mikla, a Turkish restaurant and bar with a beautiful terrace overlooking Sultanahmet Mosque, Golden Horn, and the Bosphorus.
Year of the Snake
Where to go: Melbourne, Australia
Sophisticated and complex with a quirky sense of humour, those born in the year of the snake will thrive in lively and creative Melbourne.
Visit the ever-changing and always inspiring exhibitions at the NGV or ACMI, wander the lush Royal Botanical Gardens and go for a stroll down Smith Street in Fitzroy, which was named "the world's coolest street" in 2021. We'd say Greville Street in Prahran is a close second—audiophiles (which many snakes are) will love Greville Records. It's an institution.
And of course, there's the food. Melbourne's bustling wine bars are as famous for their stunning wine lists as they are for their contemporary dishes that show off Australia's produce. Some of our personal favourites are Marion, Old Palm Liquor, Bar Liberty, Embla and Neighbourhood Wine. Food lovers will also enjoy its markets, including South Melbourne Market and Queen Victoria Market. Be sure to get some fresh oysters shucked on site for a mid-market snack.
Year of the Horse
Where to go: Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Those born in the year of the horse are adventurous, introspective and wildly independent. When travelling, they love destinations that are rich in history and character. Jaipur, the rose-hued capital of Rajasthan, was founded by the Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in the 18th century and much of its storied marvels remain, from ancient architecture to lively bazaars.
There's a plethora of extraordinary palaces, including the blush Hawa Mahal. Jal Mahal, a palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake, is breathtaking at sunset.
Restaurants like Cinnamon and 1135 AD at Amber Fort offer a taste of traditional Rajasthani cuisine. Other restaurants worth visiting are The Rajput Room, which overlooks the lawns of Rambagh Palace, and something more casual, Tapri Central is a charming cafe serving fragrant teas and local comfort foods. If it's drinks you're after, we love Bar Palladio for its unapologetically over-the-top (and very blue) decor.
Year of the Sheep
Where to go: Galle, Sri Lanka
The easy-going and creative souls born in the year of the sheep will love the laidback luxury of Galle; from its Unesco-listed buildings to colourful new town, market-lined streets and seductive beaches. If you're visiting Unawatuna beach, be sure to swing by Koha Surf Lounge.
The culture-loving lamb will enjoy Exotic Roots, an eccentric art and music space that celebrates all things Sri Lankan.
Enjoy brunch in a bright, airy setting at Church Street Social in Fort Bazaar, enjoy local favourites at Hoppa and make a stop at the sleek 39 Bistro & Wine Bar for its Mediterranean inspired specialties and traditional Sri Lankan curries.
Year of the Monkey
Where to go: Mexico City, Mexico
Like those born in the year of the monkey, Mexico city is vibrant and full of life, with plenty of fascinating pockets for the this cheeky zodiac to explore. True to its name, it's here in Mexico City that you'll find a melting pot of the various cultures and languages found throughout Mexico.
So it goes without saying that the dining scene here is criminally underrated. There's Maximo Bistrot, which the late Anthony Bourdain dubbed "the best restaurant in Mexico". Enrique Olvera's Pujol, which is "the spirit of Mexico captured on a plate" and the charming Amaya, a hip venue that serves natural wines and a modern take on local cuisine.
For drinks, La Clandestina is great for a mezcal-filled evening. El Mayor is a lovely rooftop restaurant and bar with views over the Templo Mayor, and Balmori Roofbar, despite its brutalist design, is incredibly inviting.
Year of the Rooster
Where to go: Singapore
Singapore—being convenient, organised and full of sights to explore—is a great destination for those born in the year of the rooster, who are confident and charismatic but also creatures of habit, who don't like too much fuss when it comes to travel.
Spend a day walking The Southern Ridges, a 10-kilometre recreational trail that connects five parks along the southern ridge of Singapore—Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park, and Labrador Nature Reserve.
Roosters typically love the finer things in life, and Singapore doesn't hold back when it comes to wining and dining. From fine dining at restaurants like Claudine and modern BBQ magic at Burnt Ends, culture-forward cocktail bars like The Elephant Room to creative wine bars like Club Street Wine Room, No Sleep Club and Rebel Rebel.
Year of the Dog
Where to go: Dublin, Ireland
Sociable, smart and sophisticated, those born in the year of the dog will love the young and upbeat energy of Dublin.
Dublin's history and love for literature has plenty to offer this brainy zodiac sign. Visit the Museum of Literature, spend a sunny afternoon reading on the grass at Iveagh Gardens, visit the Oscar Wilde Statue at Merrion Square Park, or join a Literary Pub Crawl, a lively excursion where you'll follow in the footsteps of Irish authors and poets.
Of course, it wouldn't be a trip to Ireland without a trip to a good bar (or five). We recommend the art deco cool of Cafe en Seine, the glasshouse-style botanical garden at Opium, and the meticulously crafted cocktails at The Blind Pig.
Year of the Pig
Where to go: Los Angeles, California
Where do we begin? Much like those born in the year of the pig, there is much to love about Los Angeles.
LA is a playground for art- and culture-loving pigs, with an excellent selection of museums and galleries—our personal favourites are Getty Center, LA Louver, The Broad, The Getty Villa, and Hauser & Wirth, where you should definitely plan a stop at the gallery's on-site restaurant, Manuela.
Speaking of food, there's everything from smokey delicious taco trucks to some of the world's top restaurants. Head to Eszett for chef-driven cuisine, David Chang's Majordomo, Salazar for Mexican mesquite BBQ, Bestia for modern Italian, Jon & Vinny's for great pizza and Ysabel for a night of West Hollywood Chic. If you can't pick a cuisine, head to Grand Central Market for a little taste of everything. Who says you can't have it all?