LEEDS

The cultural hub of West Yorkshire is rapidly growing and changing. Often neglected in favour of it’s Northern neighbours, here’s our case for a trip to Leeds.

Hotel: Malmaison

Casually housed in what was formerly the Leeds City Tramways Office, Malmaison’s boutique West Yorkshire outpost contains 100 rooms spread over five floors. The hotel is smack bang in the city centre and the cocktail bar, Chez Mal Bar, is open until 1am. A perfect way to end or begin your … Read the rest

MILAN

Have a taste of La Dolce Vita in the most fashionable, and evolving, city in Italy.

Gallery: Fondazione Prada

Keen to explore the culture beyond the famous Duomo? Head to Fondazione Prada, an art exhibition and former distillery dating back to the 1910s, and a charming mismatch of pre-existing buildings and new structures. Don’t miss The Haunted House, a spooky collection housed in a golden four story-building.

Bar: Mag Café

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LECCE

Our recommendations for Lecce, the “Florence of the South”.

Museum: Museo Storico Citta’ di Lecce (MUST)

Visiting MUST is a must. A former monastery founded in 1410, and today a modern and contemporary art museum, MUST holds a permanent exhibition by local carver Cosimo Carlucci and a series of photographic art by the US artist Jenny Okun.

Bar: Danny’s Bar (Patria Palace Lecce Hotel)

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BARCELONA

Welcome to the head and heart of Catalonia; here’s where we suggest you start.

Hotel: Hotel Brummell

A short distance from Montjuïc, in Poble Sec, sits this charming 20-room boutique hotel. Hotel Brummell is off the beaten track by design, and nestled within walking distance of mountains, city and sea. Sounds like a lot? Try hitting the pool, the sauna, or one of the free yoga classes for some down time.

Gallery: Joan Miro Foundation

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BERLIN: Part II

Here’s another nine picks for Berlin, a vibrant city where history meets contemporary counterculture. Read part one of our suggestions here.

Restaurant: Restaurant Tim Raue

A standout of Berlin’s fine dining scene, Michelin starred Restaurant Tim Raue offers a surprisingly successful fusion of German and Asian cooking in the heart of Kreuzberg. The food is delicate and inventive, the setting minimalist and elegant.

Bar: Klunkerkranich

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VIENNA

Travelling to Austria’s capital for a slice of old-world glamour? Here’s what you shouldn’t miss.

Restaurant: Steirereck im Stadtpark

Steirereck im Stadtpark is a family restaurant with two Michelin stars. It describes its food as ‘Austrian cuisine beyond its boundaries’. Set in the peaceful Stadtpark, its sleek contemporary architecture and adventurous cooking make it the perfect setting for dinner.

Bar: Kleinod

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STOCKHOLM

Inside Sweden’s archipelago, a heavyweight destination for art and design.

Restaurant: Fjäderholmarnas Krog

The tiny island of Fjäderholmarna is exceptionally beautiful, and you can hop on the ferry from mainland Stockholm at any time. It’s largest restaurant Fjäderholmarnas Krog boasts a high-quality Swedish dining experience in a traditional red wood house on the edge of the water. Sit back, take in the view, and sample the contemporary seafood dishes everyone raves about.

Gallery: Fotografiska

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VENICE

Understanding a city dissected by canals and knitted together by bridges.

Hotel: Gritti Palace

Built in the 15th century and overlooking the Canal Grande (the Grand Canal) and the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, a stay at the gorgeous Gritti Palace is like travelling back in time. No expense has been spared and no artsy authentic detail overlooked. If you’re hustle-and-bustled-out, have some downtime at the spa.

Museum: The Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace)

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