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Stay: Hotel B: A lovingly restored mansion in the former beach resort of the Lima elite.

Shop: Vernácula: A concept shop with everything from art to men and women’s fashion.
269 Ayacucho, Barranco

Service: Librería Arcadia Mediática: A bookshop touting the full gamut of art, design, architecture, interiors and fashion titles.

Breakfast: El Pan de la Chola: The finest baked goods accompanied by freshly squeezed juices, as well as tea, coffee and yoghurt.
918 La Mar, Miraflores

Lunch: El Mercado: Rafael Osterling is one of Lima’s most lauded chefs. This lunchtime-only restaurant dishes out the city’s freshest seafood.

Drinks: Barra 55: Our favourite cocktail bar in Lima. Just the right amount of sophistication and fun.
206 28 de Julio, Barranco


Stay: Santa Clara 1728: Everything in this renovated 18th-century palácio has been carefully considered, from the freestanding stone baths to the Hans J Wegner chairs.

Shop: A Vida Portuguesa: With Portuguese-made products that include port, preserves, soap and stationery, former journalist Catarina Portas’s alluring shops are an invaluable introduction to the country’s design heritage.

Service: Barbearia Campos: José Jorge Sá Chaves’s ancestors founded this barbershop in 1886. With horsehair brushes and brown-leather chairs, it hasn’t changed much since.
+351 21 342 8476

Breakfast: Heim Café: The Green Brunch includes avocado on toast, eggs and fruit. The Red has sweet waffle with scrambled eggs and bacon.
+351 21 248 0763

Lunch: Sea Me Peixaria Moderna: Portugal’s penchant for seafood is fulfilled by this smart Bairro Alto outpost.

Drinks: Park Bar: The west-facing terrace of Lisbon’s original rooftop bar looks towards the glistening Rio Tejo.
+351 21 591 4011


Stay: The Ned: The joint venture between Soho House & Co and US hotelier Sydell Group is housed in a former bank from the 1920s. It comprises 252 rooms, a peerless rooftop bar and seven restaurants.

Bookshop: Magculture: The team behind the eponymous blog – as well as The Modern Magazine Conference – put its obsession with print into bricks and mortar in 2015. A must-see for magazine aficionados.

Lunch: Kanada Ya: London’s tastiest tonkotsu-ramen joint (worth the inevitable queue). Pop by at lunchtime to avoid the wait.

Dinner: Yosma: If you like your sucuk spicy and your manti moreish, visit this Turkish meyhane for a history of Anatolian food and drink.

Shop: Albam: A menswear retailer with shops in Soho, Islington and Spitalfields (in central, north and east London respectively). Expect pastel-coloured collections, workwear-inspired basics and attentive staff.

Drinks: The French House: A no-phone policy makes conversation plentiful in this bustling pub in the midst of Soho. Beer is served by the half pint rather than the usual full measure.

Food markets: Kerb/Maltby Street/Model Market: Visit Kerb King’s Cross on Thursdays, Maltby Street Market on weekends and Street Feast’s Model Market in Lewisham on Friday and Saturday evenings for notable nosh and lively crowds.;;


Stay: The Thief: A spot on the Tjuvholmen peninsula ensures excellent views. Try the ninth-floor rooftop bar for views towards the fjords too.

Coffee: Tim Wendelboe: The eponymous barista roasts beans from Kenya to Honduras and leads coffee-brewing classes. You won’t find snacks behind the wooden counter: the focus is purely on the black stuff.

Lunch: Kolonialen: Pontus Dahlström, co-founder of the fêted Maaemo, goes casual at this neighbourhood restaurant where Australian head chef Jay Boyle brings international flair to Norwegian flavours.

Shop: Ensemble: Sandwiched between eyewear shop Kaibosh and menswear mainstay Dapper, Ensemble stocks women’s fashion pieces by international labels.

Drinks: Torggata Botaniske: This plant-filled space feels oddly tropical despite being decked out in Scandi furniture. The greenery is not just for show either: the herbs grown out back end up in the cocktails.
17B Torggata

San Sebastián

Stay: Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra: Many of the rooms at this century-old eight-storey mainstay on La Concha are as old-world as the façade suggests. For something more contemporary, opt for the attic.

Coffee: Sakona: All brews in this café off Zurriola Beach are made with beans roasted weekly in nearby Irún. Pull up a stool for a hearty brunch.

Lunch: La Viña: You can try the meatballs or any other manner of pintxos (Basque tapas) here but it all pales in comparison to the silky-smooth baked cheesecake. Be warned: each portion is two enormous slices.

Shop: Pukas: The city’s best purveyors of all things surf-related shape their own boards in a small town nearby. In the shop alongside wavy Zurriola Beach there’s also an in-house line of bikinis.

Drinks: Kañabikaña: Many of the 18 craft beers (poured into vacuum-sealed bottles to preserve optimal fizz) come from the Basque region, while others are selected on merit from the UK and beyond.


Stay: Hotel Bristol: With its art deco interior, this hotel from 1901 is a reminder of Warsaw’s prewar chic. Some rooms look out at the neighbouring Presidential Palace.

Shop: Mysia 3: An understated department store in a communist-era Censorship Office that stocks decent (and quirky) Polish and international brands.

Service: Józef Blonski tailor: Pop in to this Old Town shop to get those trousers hemmed or to order one of Blonski’s own understated pieces.

Breakfast: Charlotte: Fresh bread and pastries served under the colonnades, looking out onto upbeat Plac Zbawiciela (Saviour Square). Doubles as a wine bar at dusk.

Drinks: Bar Studio: A lively joint in the Stalinist Palace of Culture and Science that spills outdoors come the summer. Named after the theatre upstairs.
+48 603 300 835

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