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Adelaide

Stay:
The Franklin Hotel: Central Adelaide’s pubs are returning to their roots as humble short-stay hotels; the Franklin’s seven rooms take their colour from stained-glass windows and local art.
thefranklinhotel.com.au

Buy:
Regent Arcade: This once resplendent building is being revived by a stream of small businesses as part of the Renew Adelaide project. Peek inside Leatherworks for top take-homes.
regentarcade.com.au

Florist:
East End Flower Market: With a natural flair for Aussie flora, this flower shop has a bunch of inspired gifts sweetened by a week-round delivery service.
eastendflowermarket.com.au

Breakfast:
Whistle & Flute: Perched on the edge of Adelaide’s parklands, the laidback Australian verandah vibes are perfect for trying Antipodean plates such as blue swimmer crab.
whistleandflute.com.au

Drinks:
Pink Moon Saloon: Wedged between two buildings, this folksy cabin-like bar and restaurant represents the rapidly changing face of Adelaide’s lively nightlife.
pinkmoonsaloon.com.au

Lunch:
The Flinders Street Project: Tuck into South Australian haloumi or tea-poached chicken beneath a canopy of wooden cutlery.
theflindersstreetproject.com.au

Florence

Stay:
Portrait Firenze: All 37 rooms have been refreshed by architect Michele Bonan. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better view in town: rooms look over the River Arno and Ponte Vecchio.
lungarnocollection.com

Buy:
Officina Profumo Farmaceutica: Dominican friars started making herbal concoctions in this former monastery in 1221; stepping inside this cosmetics shop still feels like diving into the past.
smnovella.it

Breakfast:
La Ménagère: From hearty breakfasts to decent dinners, this high-ceilinged space includes a small but well-stocked florist with elegant displays.
lamenagere.it

Drinks:
Amble: For an aperitivo in a quiet square, seek out this bar-cum-furniture shop. There are fresh spritzes or healthy fruit juices for the abstemious.
amble.it

Dinner:
Il Santo Bevitore: This dark, cosy restaurant in Santo Spirito strikes a balance between traditional Tuscan flavours and contemporary showmanship. For a more casual meal try the restaurant’s bistro brother Santino.
ilsantobevitore.com

Hamilton

Stay:
The Rosedon: This 44-room Bermuda stopover features bright-blue shutters and is surrounded by palm and banana trees.
rosedon.com

Lunch:
Devil’s Isle: This spot behind Front Street is ideal for a flat white or long lunch.
devilsislecoffee.bm

Activity:
KS Water Sports: What Bermuda lacks in independent shops it makes up for in beaches and watersports. Snorkel with the parrotfish or jump on a jet ski and glide around the Great Sound.
kswatersports.com

Visit:
Bermuda National Gallery: Housed in the impressive city hall and opened in 1992, this gallery’s permanent collection depicts the island’s heritage and history.
bermudanationalgallery.com

Dinner:
Marcus’: With ocean views and an open kitchen, the delicate touch of chef Marcus Samuelsson (of Red Rooster fame) elevates the island’s fare.
fairmont.com/hamilton-bermuda/dining/marcus

Madrid

Stay:
The Principal Madrid: Echoes of a more regal era permeate this hotel at the base of Madrid’s Gran Vía. Round off each night with a rooftop cocktail while looking onto the ornate Metropolis building. theprincipalmadridhotel.com

Buy:
Casa Loewe: This revived flagship is key to JW Anderson’s turnaround for the Spanish luxury house. Come for the seasonal collections, stay for the art installations.
loewe.com

Service:
Kiosco García: This newsstand has one of Madrid’s biggest selections of international publications and is just a few paces from the El Retiro Park, the perfect backdrop for an afternoon read.
2 Plaza de la Independencia

Breakfast:
Federal Café: Federal Café lays out one of Madrid’s most coveted breakfast spreads. If you want to avoid the queues visit the lesser-known location in Plaza Conde de Barajas.
federalcafe.es

Drinks:
Bar Varsovia: The intimate bar of choice for those in the know. Start by sipping on a vermouth before arming yourself with a classic cocktail as you learn the meaning of ligar (flirting).
33 Calle de San Andrés

Coffee:
Toma Café II: The pioneers of Madrid’s full-of-beans coffee scene recently opened a second location in the barrio of Chamberí, boasting a bigger menu and more tables.
tomacafe.es

Prague

Stay:
Toma Café II: The Emblem Hotel: Including a rooftop spa and The Maharal Club on the lower level, this 59-room hotel has an art deco-inspired look, including Potato lamps by Polish architect Bartosz Swiniarski.
emblemprague.com

Buy:
La Gallery Novesta: Close to busy Parizska Street, this multi-label concept store offers Czech and Slovak fashion at its finest. Its offering includes trainer brand Novesta among many others.
lagallery.cz

Service:
Tony Adams Barbershop: In a gorgeous new space in the leafy Vinohrady district, this barbershop (with bar) is where the well-informed go for a proper cut and hot-towel treatment.
tonyadams.cz

Breakfast:
Café Savoy: Gaze up at Savoy’s high neo-renaissance ceiling while munching on a vetrnik pastry. Or, if you want to go all out, opt for the Savoy breakfast.
cafesavoy.ambi.cz

Drinks:
Parlour: No sign, no menu. This hard-to-find speakeasy-style bar serves its concoctions in vintage glasses and relaxed surrounds.
parlour.cz

Salzburg

Stay:
Hotel Sacher: Like its sister hotel in Vienna, the Sacher Salzburg embodies time-tested Austrian elegance and service. Rooms are large and opulent and its multiple restaurants are perfect for sampling upscale Austrian fodder (or a slice of sugary Sachertorte).
sacher.com/hotel-sacher-salzburg

Buy:
Dantendorfer: Dapper Roy Dantendorfer presents well-made but casual men’s and womenswear in his treasure trove of a shop. Brands include Aspesi, Forte-Forte and Harris Wharf; made-to-measure suits are also on offer.
dantendorfer.at

Service:
City Schuhklinik: More than an ordinary shoe-repair shop, Schuhklinik can fix hiking boots, a must for Salzburg’s surrounding mountains and the obligatory hike to the city fortress.
143 662 847 257

Breakfast:
Cafe Tomaselli: They say that the idea for the Salzburg festival was born in this old-school coffeehouse, Austria’s oldest. It’s famous for its lingering, pastry-heavy breakfasts and locals often arrive at 07.00 when the doors open.
tomaselli.at

Drinks:
Sporer: A family-run spot for fine liqueurs, schnapps and fruit spirits since 1903, Sporer serves shots and drinks in its cosy wood-lined bar on Getriedergasse in the old town.
sporer.at

Lunch:
M32: Come for the view, stay for the culture and the food. This restaurant at the Museum der Moderne offers panoramic vistas of the city and its fortress. Gawp at Matteo Thun’s interior design while enjoying delicious Mediterranean-Austrian fare.
m32.at

Taichung

Stay:
Millennium Hotel Taichung: A quiet spot in a busy area close to the Toyo Ito-designed National Theater.
1886 (4) 3705 6000

Buy:
Washida Home Store: An expanded addition to the original Tainan staple, this outlet offers fine coffee alongside clothing and homeware collections. There’s also a basement exhibition space of Japanese art.
washida.co

Service:
Slick Barbershop: Taking interior hints from Taiwanese parlours of the 1970s, this barbershop offers classic cuts and sharp service.
1886 (4) 2707 3000

Breakfast:
Mezamashikohi-trio: Try the all-day breakfast in this bright space in a converted home. The front lawn and terrace on the first floor are often packed with readers and young professionals (they’re the ones with laptops).
1886 (4) 2329 2566

Drinks:
Mezamashikohi-trio: The bar on the 29th floor of the Landis Hotel boasts views of the Taichung skyline and a live jazz band. Book ahead to nab a sought-after spot here.
1886 (4) 2303 1234

Coffee:
Orsir Coffee: One of the oldest cafés in the city and famous for tea, Orsir is also a good spot in which to learn about coffee. The range of beans is brewed by the shop manager – and award-winning barista – Li Ya-ting.
orsir.tw

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