Contributors / Saul Taylor

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Strange bedfellows

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…

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Customs control

The world (yes, even the bits you know) is odder, quirkier and more downright bizarre than you might imagine. Come with us on a journey to discover where the emperor rules the calendar, Hush-hush Hannah is a star and the…

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Fare game

Who will be the new food nation? Peru and South Korea are out in front but what happened to Brazil? It’s the nation we love everything about except its food – but here’s how it can change that.

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East to West

Meet the Jazilians: the Japanese population in Brazil shares culture with the nation it calls home while interpreting traditional values within a Latin American society. It is a balancing act still finding the middle ground…

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Samba style

Set on a mountainside with views over the Atlantic and surrounded by trees and tranquillity, this Rio residence reflects the cosmopolitan lifestyle of its Parisian and Swedish occupants.

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Keeping it wheels

As city government initiatives help kick-off a cycling boom in the Brazilian metropolis, we look at the converging urban elements that are rapidly making Rio a pedal-power paradise. Then on the following pages we go global…

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Latin Liebe

The streets are immaculate, the inhabitants are blonde and the local beer is exceptional. Welcome to Brazil’s ‘little Germany’.

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Christmas gift guide

From chocolates to wooden toys, cameras to candleholders, we’ve scoured the globe for things we’d like to find in the Monocle Christmas stocking.

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Beating the drum

Miele celebrated its 110th year anniversary last year. The reason for the company’s longevity is not only its quality household appliances but successive generations who have taken over – and upheld – the family firm’s…

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In good health

A country club doesn’t need to be an exclusive haven for the super-rich – in fact, it doesn’t even need to be in the country. Here, we outline our dream for a perfect health club: open to all, accessible by bicycle and…

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Expo 35: Istanbul

Istanbul is like the Med on steroids; stronger coffee, crazier roads and very animated, opinionated people. But the pace of life is more relaxed than in western Europe and the party scene doesn’t stop until dawn.

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Alameda

This parkside district in Spain’s fourth city is a perfect place for a second home thanks to its excellent transport links, abundance of sunshine and famous cocktail bars. If that wasn’t enough, there are plenty of old…

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Inventory No. 31

From headphones to vegetable juice, here’s Monocle’s run-down of the latest essentials for every part of your life.

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Inventory No. 30

Nutty about design? From teak toys to matchboxes to a help manual for budding designers, we have a selection of graphically and artistically superior products to tempt your fancy.

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Barriers and barrios

Melilla, in Morocco, is one of two Spanish colonies left on the African continent. The enclave is a lure for illegal immigrants who try to cross the border here into Europe. But this is not the whole story; Monocle looks…

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Inventory No. 28

In this month’s rundown of life improvers, we have some desk accessories to get you sorted, Brazilian cosmetics to keep you smelling sweet and the best après-ski liqueur we’ve tasted.

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Inventory No. 27

In this month’s rundown of vital life improvements, we have whisky stones to cool your single malt, detergents with a twist and a back-to-basics cookbook.

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Basque in the sun

On the French Atlantic coast, shun the beach in favour of a tree-lined avenue and a delightful covered market, perfect for that most Gallic of pastimes: people-watching.

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South Loop

Lake views, affordable loft apartments and fantastic brunch mean nowhere currently offers more opportunity in the land of opportunity than the south side of Obama’s town.

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Inventory No. 26

In this month’s rundown of vital life improvements we have a two-faced candle, a three-legged stool and 12 notebooks to get you through the coming year.

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Malasaña (north)

If you’re willing to put your faith in the financial and social changes that Madrid’s council is currently promoting and move to the city, then the relaxed Bourbon style of the Malasaña neighbourhood is the ideal place to…

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