Stay: The Envoy Hotel: Located in the emerging Seaport District, this hotel has 136 rooms, waterfront views and a restaurant that serves hearty dishes alongside drinks from small-batch brewers.
Buy: Queen of Swords: This shop, launched by the founders of Forêt Design Studio, sells clothes, homeware and accessories from independent brands and makers.
Coffee: Longfellows: Boston is ranked as one of the 10 best cities for coffee in the US so you’ll want to sample a cup of Joe during your stay – here you can do so and have a beer too.
Lunch: Puritan & Company: Named after the bakery that once stood on this spot, this restaurant opened by Ming-Tai Huh and Nick Vantzelfde serves mouth-watering New England fare with produce from local farms.
Dinner and drinks: Field & Vine: This restaurant, established in Somerville’s Union Square by Sara Markey and Andrew Brady, serves seasonal dishes that are designed to be shared.
Culture: Institute of Contemporary Art: Diller Scofidio + Renfro of New York’s High Line designed this museum, which brings all forms of media together and hosts dynamic exhibitions, such as its current showcase of Jason Moran’s work.
Visit: Brattle Theatre: This cinema in Harvard Square is an institution that has been showing films – particularly arthouse and foreign movies – since 1953.
Stay: House Hotel Galatasaray: Remodelled in 2011, this boutique 20-suite hotel is housed in a 19th-century mansion revamped by design firm Autoban.
Buy: Shopi go No.17: Designed by architect Kerem Piker, this loft-style shop offers fashion from 200 designers and everything from bikes to books.
Service: Cirak: This barbershop in Moda is furnished with comfy leather chairs and provides shaves and cuts for men and women.
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Breakfast: Bebek Kahve: A waterside café serving delicious simit rolls that can be enjoyed over a game of backgammon.
Coffee: Mandabatmaz: Brew master Cemil Pilik has been serving his thick coffee here for nearly two decades.
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Dinner: Delicatessen: A friendly restaurant that has a simple but delicious international menu – try the manti (Turkish ravioli).
Culture: Istanbul Modern: Showcasing Turkish modernist works from the early 20th century to today.
Visit: The Grand Bazaar: This covered marketplace is home to 4,400 shops; don’t miss Zincirli Han, one of the most eye-catching spots in the bustling bazaar.
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Stay: Raffles Singapore: Established in 1887, this is the grande dame of hotels in the city – it’s also where the unofficial national cocktail, the Singapore Sling, was invented.
Buy: Bynd Artisan: This shop sells premium stationery from the family-run firm Grandluxe. Pick up a notebook while nibbling on a treat prepared by the in-house pastry chef.
Service: Mason & Smith: A shoe-shine bar run by John Chung, who will ensure your loafers sparkle.
Lunch: Potato Head: Head to this restaurant by Indonesian hospitality group PTT Family for a hearty menu and homemade soda.
Coffee: Common Man Coffee Roasters: This bar-style café in River Valley hosts weekly taste sessions.
Dinner: Burnt Ends: This barbecue restaurant can seat up to 18 diners at the communal countertop.
Drinks: 28 Hong Kong Street: This speakeasy-style bar isn’t the easiest to find but it’s worth trying just to get a cocktail mixed by head barman Michael Callahan.
Culture: Deck: Home to a number of gallery spaces, a library and a café.
Stay: Handpicked Hotel & Collections: The venue, designed by architecture firm L’eau Design, stands on the site of owner Sean Kim’s former family home.
Buy: Millimeter Milligram: A gem of a stationery shop that sells everything from pens and bags to blankets.
Coffee: Manufact Coffee Roasters: Found atop shop Queenmama Market, this café has great views of the skyline.
Lunch: Parc: The menu in this Hannam-dong restaurant is based on co-owner Pak Mogua’s mother’s recipes.
Dinner: O’neul: Korean delicacies at their best: the yukgaejang (beef soup) here is simmered for 12 hours.
**Drinks: Magpie Brewing Company: Sourced from its own brewery, Magpie’s craft beers – such as Full of Fall rye amber ale – are delicious.
Culture: Gana Art Center: This gallery in Pyeongchang-dong hosts exhibitions of modern Korean artists alongside live music and theatre events.
Visit: Gwangjang Market: Seeking old Seoul? Then head to Yeji-dong, where you’ll find small restaurants and carts serving colourful jeon (savoury fried pancakes) and yukhoe (Korean beef tartare).
Stay: Hotel Le Germain Mercer: Montréal-based design studio Lemaymichaud transformed a former hat factory from 1914 into this 112-room boutique hotel.
Buy: Old Faithful: This homeware specialist sells built-to-last everyday items such as ceramic bowls and woollen throws.
Service: Glassbox: This barbershop, run by Dylan Portner and Peter Gosling, offers drinks and sharp cutsin a space adorned with works by Toronto-based artists.
Coffee: Quantum Coffee: In chilly weather try the famous crème brûlée cappuccino: a frothy concoction with a caramelised top.
Dinner: Honest Weight: This no-frills New England-style seafood restaurant serves the catch of the day; sample the grilled octopus.
Drinks: Birreria Volo: This intimate Italian-style bar, fittingly tucked into an alley in Little Italy, serves up good barrel-aged beer.
Culture: Art Gallery of Ontario: Renovated by US-Canadian architect Frank Gehry, this gallery has one of the largest art collections in North America. Currently on show: Anthropocene, a stirring exhibition by photographer Edward Burtynsky and film-makers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier.
Visit: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema: Documentary film has a home in this century-old institution in The Annex. It’s also the hub of the annual citywide Hot Docs festival.