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Stay: Grandhotel Hessischer Hof: A rightful favourite for its historic decor and legendary bar, Jimmy’s.

Service: Julie’s Barber Shop: Unisex salon for a beard trim or a blow-dry.

Coffee: Hoppenworth & Ploch: This roaster and café in the city’s Nordend is Nordic in feel and unparalleled when it comes to caffeine.

Drinks: Oost Bar: The bar at The Goldman (part of the 25hours hotel) serves excellent cocktails; the Gin Basil Smash is advised.

Lunch: Heimat: Heimat’s chefs Gregor Nowak and Tanja Sönke do seasonal and regional better than most in the city.

Kuala Lumpur

Stay: KL Journal: A colourful independent on the doorstep of the Bukit Bintang shopping district. Get your head down at the first-floor communal workspace before hitting the roof for a rewarding dip with a view.

Buy: Nala Designs: Don’t be distracted by the ground-floor café or bar. Upstairs is a textile specialist offering aprons, pillowcases and tablecloths.

Barber: Truefitt & Hill, Majestic Hotel: The number of barbers in Kuala Lumpur is booming. Head here for a snip of the city’s fast growing scene.

Coffee:  Butter & Beans at The Row: Grab an outdoor spot at Butter & Beans in a revamped 1940s shophouse redevelopment.

Breakfast: Breakfast Thieves: Opened in Melbourne in 2012, this café’s three Malaysian founders have brought it to Bangsar and given the Australian menu an Asian twist.

Los Angeles

Stay: Hotel Covell, Los Feliz: The five rooms are tastefully decorated and are an excellent spot for recovery after one too many at the bar downstairs.

Buy: Mohawk General Store: With neighbouring his-and-her shops located in the heart of Silver Lake there are plenty of threads to go around, from Acne Studios to Zespa shoes.

Service: Twig & Twine: A pocket-sized florist in Silver Lake. For those unfussed by blooms there’s also a great selection of home goods.

Coffee: Blacktop: Situated in a pretty redbrick building in the Arts District, Blackdrop makes excellent coffee.

Breakfast:  Sqirl: Breakfast until 16.00 (when the place actually shuts). The sandwiches and Lebanese salad are the highlights.


Stay: Rosa Et Al: Set in the Cedofeita district, this 19th-century townhouse offers six suites. Rooms have been refurbished with wooded floors, clawfoot bathtubs and vintage furniture by Eames, Prouvé and Wegner.

Breakfast: Mercador Café: This downtown café is ideal for espresso or a light breakfast. Tuck into eggs, toast, croissants and classic Portuguese pastries.
180 Rua dos Flores

Buy: Daily Day: This independent boutique promotes national brands, including Portuguese Flannel (shirting) and Wolf & Son (shoes). Its house label for men and women offers relaxed coats, dresses and jeans.

Service: Claus Porto: This new three-floor shop by toiletries brand Claus Porto boasts a barber and stocks soaps and candles in eyecatching art deco-style packaging.

Drinks: Pausa: Bar in Baixa with a 1960s vibe where patrons can order Belgian beer, Douro reds and whites or a selection of gins.


Stay: The Old Clare Hotel: The Unlisted Collection’s 62-room Chippendale is a stopover on the site of a former pub and brewery.

Buy: The Stables: Head to Surry Hills for the city’s smartest and best-stocked multibrander for clothes, trinkets and magazines.

Service:  Skin Body Health Clinic: Sydneysiders take skincare very seriously. Opt for this spa for gentle but effective face and body treatments.

Coffee: Gumption by Coffee Alchemy: The line out the door and around the corner tells you that you’ve spotted the cbd’s finest coffee. The speed with which said line moves is also pleasing.


Stay: Turin Palace Hotel: This 1850 palazzo opened its doors after an overhaul by architects Patrizia Poli and Margherita Marzot in 2015. In the 127 rooms and the airy hall, furnishings are inspired by art deco and walls are adorned by contemporary Piedmontese art.

Coffee: Mulassano: Nothing evokes the charm of old aristocratic Turin as much as this gilded café on central Piazza Castello.

Dinner: Gaudenzio: Grab a seat at the sleek marble counter at this pint-sized restaurant to sample chef Ivan Milani’s unusual combinations of traditional Piedmontese ingredients.

Buy: Bagni Paloma: Formerly a garage, this womenswear shop has a penchant for colouful clothes: on the rails you’ll find tactile knits by Italy’s Barena and B’sbee as well as baggy culottes by German brand Oska.

Drinks: Pastis: Despite its telling name, you’ll find more than France’s aniseed liqueur on this bar’s drinks menu. Our pick for an alfresco aperitivo on picturesque Piazza Emanuele Filibertoe is an Americano: a cousin of the Negroni made with Turin’s own vermouth: Punt e Mes.
9B Piazza Emanuele Filiberto


Stay: Park Hyatt Vienna: A 143-room gem in a grand building that was once the Bank of Austria. The hotel, on Am Hof, Vienna’s oldest square, is packed with fine marble, gleaming brass, wood panelling and alabaster details.

Drinks: Volksgarten Pavillon: This 1950s-style pavilion is a restaurant and coffee spot with views towards Heldenplatz. Head here for a stronger drink (and maybe even dancing) after sunset.

Shop: Die Sellerie: A smart set-up in the buzzy 7th district stocking Styrian gin, stationery and prints from the graphic-designer owners.

Service: Esjberg: A high-end shaving shop with pistachio-coloured shelves piled high with products from Penhagolin and Norbeck, among others.

Coffee: Balthasar: A new kid on the block, this café on Praterstrasse (north of the Danube Canal) does an excellent single-origin own-blend.

For a wider view of your destination of choice, monocle’s growing roster of travel guides (19 in print, with Stockholm, Venice and Amsterdam due in June) are a smart option if you’re keen to keep things local. Here’s hoping we’ll meet to toast your travels in the next few months.

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