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Something for everyone

Toronto is trumpeted as a city of diversity so it’s no surprise to see that variety carried over into its shopping too. Our third Retail Safari takes you on a tour of the small businesses that take on the big brands, from…

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The late show

Entrepreneurial audacity has transformed a once desolate plot into a peerless late-night hive. Monocle meets Montréal’s marvels of change and other business night owls pitching up after dark.

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Liquid launch

In the second part of our new series, we look at what it takes to make a splash in the booze business with the help of some of our favourite makers.

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Cleaning up its act

The traditionally working-class neighbourhood of Jalan Besar is emerging as a hotbed of creativity, cafés, architecture practices, galleries and studios. What’s more, the sophistication of the area’s offering is growing by…

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Portrait of a nation

The island state is not used to letting people do anything they want and that means it’s been stuck with a moribund arts scene. But the new National Gallery aims to change perceptions of the country at home and abroad.…

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City dodge

Privacy and quiet in the city are in short supply but this mid-20th-century-inspired house in a lively Toronto shopping district is an object lesson in bold choices and the art of concealment.

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Faith healer

Toronto’s newest cultural landmark is the Aga Khan Museum, dedicated to collecting art and artefacts from throughout the Islamic world. A serene and inclusive site, it aims to educate and unite visitors of all faiths.

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Rising talent

Having established her cakes and pastries as Singapore’s favourite teatime treat, Bengawan Solo’s founder Anastasia Liew is keen to pass her legacy on to her son. But not before he has perfected the bakery’s 100-strong…


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