SAN FRANCISCO

Arguably the dominant force of the West Coast art scene, take a dive into what makes San Francisco such a draw.

Bookstore – City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

Specialising in world literature, arts and progressive politics, this Columbus Avenue institution remains fiercely independent. As well as boasting a considerable collection for visitors to browse, the nonprofit City Lights Booksellers & Publishers also publishes its own titles all about San Franciscan culture.

Live Venue – The Chapel

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BARI

The capital of southern Italy’s Puglia region, Bari is where East meets West. Here’s how to explore it.

Shop: Corderia 1995

Corderia 1995 is an avant-garde shop always open to new trends. Meet the owner friendly owner Alessandro, and fall in love with his exquisite fabrics, unique designs, jewellery, and furnishing accessories.  Grab an espresso beforehand, because you’ll want to stay a while in this beautiful showroom.  

Restaurant: Vettor

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COMO

How to chill out in Como, Italy’s tranquil city by the lake.

Hotel: Palazzo Albricci Pellegrini

Ever get homesick when you travel? Don’t worry, you’ll feel right at home at the cosy yet chic Palazzo Albricci Pellegrini. The owners, Maximiliano and Lidia, are eternally curious travellers in love with life and hospitality. Stay right in the heart of Como and enjoy reading your favourite books by the lake.

Attraction: Villa del Balbaniello

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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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AMSTERDAM

Famous for its winding canals and liberal policy (towards almost everything), Amsterdam is a must-visit for those seeking an intoxicating and surprising city trip.

Street Food: Kapsalon

Literally meaning “hairdresser,” this kebab shop classic originates from Rotterdam and is now beloved all over the Netherlands. The Kapsalon is a glorious mountain of chips, shawarma meat, salad and Gouda cheese, and you can get one from any of Amsterdam’s snack bars. The Vegan Junk Food Bar does a cruelty-free version, too. Read the rest

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

Berlin’s nightlife goes far beyond techno clubs. On a summer’s evening head to Klunkerkranich to Read the rest