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For­mer Hel­mut New­ton model Cecilia Nord runs Cecilia’s High Point Café with chef Thelma Suarez. “I’m very fussy and she’s very fussy, so it works out,” she says. The beach-house resto serves “Swedish dishes with a Caribbean flair,” says Nord, who is Swedish. Or­der the curry conch or the warm smoked salmon with Swedish hash—both are popular with celeb guests (like Gior­gio Armani and Pené­lope Cruz). Here are Nord’s top picks for what to do in An­tigua and be­yond: English Har­bour and Nel­son’s Dock­yard “This is a re­stored 18th-cen­tury har­bour and fort that now has many shops. Stop in at Seen by Ma­rina. Ma­rina is a Dan­ish girl who makes beau­ti­ful min­i­mal­ist jew­ellery with fresh­wa­ter pearls.” Sea Is­land Trad­ing “The best place to pick up swim­suits, shoes and home and kitchen gifts.” Le Bistro “I love that this French restau­rant takes great care with their food.” Jumby Bay “I spent the best af­ter­noons play­ing cro­quet and drink­ing Pimm’s at the Es­tate House.” Bar­buda is­land “The pink-sand beaches are par­adise on earth. But don’t go if the wa­ter is too choppy.” Montser­rat is­land “Paul McCart­ney and Ste­vie Won­der recorded ‘Ebony and Ivory’ at a stu­dio here be­fore the vol­cano erupted and cov­ered most of the is­land in ash. The views from Garibaldi Hill in Isles Bay are in­cred­i­ble.”

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