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Contributors / Mary Holland

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Balkan holiday woes, Finnish office pods and the heritage brand that is turning heads.


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Movin' on up

The Mexican capital’s irrepressible dance scene is being further fired by a new wave of diverse openings.

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Field days

For the Dutch couple who run Sterrekopje among the valleys and fields near Stellenbosch in South Africa, operating a hotel that encourages guests to interact with its staff is as natural as the bucolic surroundings.

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Southern comfort

For decades, Charleston has been known for its booming food scene and historic, mansion-lined downtown. But it’s only recently that the South Carolina city has received a fresh wave of spruced-up new hotel openings offering…

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Decisive moments

Andre D Wagner chronicles the twists and turns of life on New York’s streets, focusing his lens on its characters and contrasts. Monocle tags along.

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Sleep easy

Three new hotel openings are offering a multitude of reasons to stay in Manhattan. They’ve made the beds, so now we lie in them.

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Table talk

A crop of canny chefs has helped tansform the Mexican capital into one of the world’s best places to eat. Monocle convened five key voices at the Caracol de Mar restaurant to chew the fat about the recipe to success and why…

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Upper crust

In the shadow of the iconic Rockefeller Center, a new restaurant and bakery is combining Manhattan’s sophistication with the welcoming bustle of Milan’s aperitivo culture. We break bread with Ignacio Mattos, Lodi’s celeb…

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Creative thinking

Ace Hotel has long offered culturally minded travellers an unfussy yet sensitively styled experience – few other chains so effectively capture the character of their locations. Now a new outpost in Brooklyn promises to…

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Revving the engine

After a major financial collapse, Motor City’s creatives are joining forces. So could the artists and gallerists behind the resurgence get the whole of Detroit into gear?

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Changing of the tide

We embark on a roadtrip around a surfers’ paradise turned blossoming art hub on the southwest coast of Mexico.

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Kerb appeal

Driving along a road less travelled reveals South Africa’s charms. We start the ignition to take you from roadside craft shops to homely inns and pretty pit stops. Get your kicks on Route 62.

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Off the map

Sometimes a sustainable solution is on the doorstep. We start our tour of domestic success stories in Lapland, where foreign visitors are absent but Finns are strapping on skis.

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Gabriela Cámara

The famed Mexican chef on her early culinary influences, rediscovering traditional Aztec ingredients and introducing seasonal produce and fresh seafood to Mexico City with her revolutionary restaurant Contramar.

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In its element

This Danish island’s charm stretches as far as its sweeping sands, with cosy old-world inns, invigorating sea air and delectable food and drink making it a must-visit.


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