The Menu on Monocle 24: A new West Bank tahini brand and London’s first Italian craft wine bar. A Samaritan village in the West Bank that has launched its own tahini brand, London’s first Italian craft wine bar and how an Englishman turned a French abbey into a luxury hotel and food destination.
Behind the scenes
Armies of Edison bulbs, miles of concrete flooring and noisy open kitchens mean that restaurants from LA to London, Miami to Melbourne, often feel the same. So for a dash of difference, we’d recommend nabbing a copy of the Soho House Group’s newly minted second book, Morning, Noon, Night. It’s a daylong diary – of sorts – that flits between recipes that include a Chemex-made coffee at dawn, a lunchtime prawn platter or a snifter of something stronger come dusk. There’s also a library of lush interior shots and interviews with artisans whose products and pieces adorn the group’s many members’ clubs. It’s required reading for laymen looking to up their recipe portfolio, as well as architects and interiors folk seeking inspiration.
Monocle pop-up shop in Merano
Visit The Monocle Seasonal Shop in Merano for some exclusive Christmas shopping. Open now.
The Monocle Café
As the temperature cools head to The Monocle Café for mulled wine, hot drinks and other warming treats.
Featured podcasts and chapters
Editor Darren Wall’s speciality is focusing on the history of video games. But he presents this niche world via beautifully designed books; the latest of which is ‘The Bitmap Brothers: Universe’.
Food Neighbourhoods: Athens, Exarchia
With a reputation as a stronghold for anarchists, students and intellectuals, the district of Exarchia in downtown Athens is going through the gradual process of gentrification. It is not famous for its food – yet. But that is bound to change thanks to the area’s many hidden gems.
Canadian film-maker Xavier Dolan is a prodigy. At age 16 he wrote his first feature film that took him all the way to Cannes. As he completes work on his seventh film, he tells Ben Rylan about his impatience with cruel reviews and why his latest film, “It’s Only the End of the World”, is his favourite work to date.
King’s Cross regeneration
The area around King’s Cross station has long been in development. What was a goods yard and then a no-go area is fast becoming a destination that you want to spend a bit of time in. The people behind this are Argent – a big developer with a suitably grand plan. They’ve repurposed many of the old buildings and Robert Bound meets project director for retail Craig White and one of the new tenants – Paul Noble, founder of Spiritland, the bar with the best speakers in town.
On air now
From Seoul to Stockholm, Monocle selects an international playlist to fill your day (or night).
Born in Ireland and based in Vancouver, Schofield’s debut book ‘Malarky’ garnered several awards and now her second novel, ‘Martin John’, is gaining equal – if not more – global praise and recognition. She talks about the difficulties of writing about sexual deviances and why she needed to do it.
Portugal: a lesson for Europe’s left?
One of the overarching political stories of the past decade has been the steady decline in Europe of the centre-left. But an exception can be found in Portugal. Four parties – the centre left Socialists, the Communist party, the Left Bloc and the Greens – have formed an alliance. And it’s working.
Cultural commentator Peter York reviews his favourite magazine titles and we head to Guadalajara for the world’s second-largest book fair.
Highlights from Monocle 24
Monocle 24's dedicated highlights show brings you all the best bits from the past seven days, this week hosted by Daniel Giacopelli and Tom Edwards. Listen to author Anthony Horowitz, journalist John Simpson and actress Magda Szuanski; we also take a seat at Tom's Restaurant in New York and head to Ontario to learn how the city is preparing for driverless cars.
The Forecast 2017
While 2016 might not have been up to scratch, there are plenty of reasons to be positive about 2017 and beyond – and you can find out why in the latest edition of The Forecast. Our annual survey covers business, design, culture and more, with a focus on fresh stories and inspiring photography. Come and enjoy the view. Available now at The Monocle Shop.
Bermuda: a Monocle travel guide
Monocle Films partners with Bermuda Tourism to uncover the secrets of this tropical island territory. With exciting start-ups, new developments and increasing visitor numbers, this exotic destination is on the up.
Monocle Christmas Market 2016
Tyler Brûlé got the band back together again for the fifth annual Monocle Christmas Market last weekend. With Midori House transformed into our own winter wonderland, beloved brands from around the world shared a mulled wine with stallholders representing our favourite nations – and had an audience with a certain Santa Claus too.
The Monocle Travel Guide Series: Copenhagen
Copenhagen is a city shaped by good design, from its clever public spaces to its network of cycling lanes and renowned furniture industry. Follow our guide to discover why the Danish capital is considered one of the world’s most liveable cities. Published by Gestalten, The Monocle Travel Guide to Copenhagen is available now at The Monocle Shop.
The Forecast 2017
From the editorial team at Monocle, our annual survey of the forces set to shape your year ahead.
Issue 99 ∙ December 2016/January 2017
Go for growth! Fertile ideas to fix your nation, life and playlists. A double issue of opportunities, smart ideas and blossoming businesses to prepare you for the holiday season – and a very fruitful New Year.
Free to read in this issue
New Zealand is welcoming a modern gold rush of international investors and entrepreneurs attracted by the prospects of fresh business opportunities, a warm welcome and an unrivalled quality of life.
Despite the rise of Airbnb striking fear into the hearts of hoteliers, small independent hotels can co-exist with the homestay giant – but they have to be smart about it.We highlight a few intelligent examples and look to the future of the city stay.
Our top story
With its meticulous approach to international coverage, ‘Tagesschau’ is the western world’s most successful news programme. We meet the team and cast an eye to the future of this German institution.
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The Fast Lane
To be the deliverer of festive cheer
Going against the tide of political correctness, we host a party that dares to use the word ‘Christmas’
The Bulletin with UBS
We focus on potential political risk ahead for Europe: the likelihood of further successes for anti-establishment politics, the impact of more populism (and maybe more anti-EU sentiment) for the bloc and how investors can be best placed to exploit such turbulent times.