At first it feels reassuringly familiar. The sun is shining in Shibuya, salarymen are rushing around and teens are chatting as they make their way across the famous crossing. But there are telling signs of change.
From the hipsters of Williamsburg in Brooklyn to the cinephiles of France, Romanian cinema is developing a global cult-like following that in 2010 should make Romania famous for something far more meaningful than Dracula…
With commercial galleries on the rise and an ambitious programme of museum development, Los Angeles is forging a formidable reputation as a centre for contemporary art. But can it really rival New York?
Great cities adapt and change like their residents. The process of finding a favourite has been a global undertaking that confirmed and renewed our love of exciting urban centres. The following make up Monocle’s top 25.