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Boston

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.
theenvoyhotel.com

Buy: Queen of Swords: This shop, launched by the founders of Forêt Design Studio, sells clothes, homeware and accessories from independent brands and makers.
shopqueenofswords.com

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.
longfellowscambridge.com

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.
puritancambridge.com

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.
fieldandvinesomerville.com

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.
icaboston.org

Visit: Brattle Theatre: This cinema in Harvard Square is an institution that has been showing films – particularly arthouse and foreign movies – since 1953.
brattlefilm.org

Istanbul

Stay: House Hotel Galatasaray: Remodelled in 2011, this boutique 20-suite hotel is housed in a 19th-century mansion revamped by design firm Autoban.
thehousehotel.com

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.
shopigo.com

Service: Cirak: This barbershop in Moda is furnished with comfy leather chairs and provides shaves and cuts for men and women.
+90 (0)216 418 1160

Breakfast: Bebek Kahve: A waterside café serving delicious simit rolls that can be enjoyed over a game of backgammon.
bebekkahve.com.tr

Coffee: Mandabatmaz: Brew master Cemil Pilik has been serving his thick coffee here for nearly two decades.
1A Istikal Ceddesi

Dinner: Delicatessen: A friendly restaurant that has a simple but delicious international menu – try the manti (Turkish ravioli).
delicatessenistanbul.com

Culture: Istanbul Modern: Showcasing Turkish modernist works from the early 20th century to today.
istanbulmodern.org

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.
Beyazıt Mh, 34126 Fatih

Singapore

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.
raffles.com/singapore

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.
byndartisan.com

Service: Mason & Smith: A shoe-shine bar run by John Chung, who will ensure your loafers sparkle.
masonandsmith.com

Lunch: Potato Head: Head to this restaurant by Indonesian hospitality group PTT Family for a hearty menu and homemade soda.
pttheadfolk.com

Coffee: Common Man Coffee Roasters: This bar-style café in River Valley hosts weekly taste sessions.
commonmancoffeeroasters.com

Dinner: Burnt Ends: This barbecue restaurant can seat up to 18 diners at the communal countertop.
burntends.com.sg

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.
28hks.com

Culture: Deck: Home to a number of gallery spaces, a library and a café.
deck.sg

Seoul

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.
handpicked.kr

Buy: Millimeter Milligram: A gem of a stationery shop that sells everything from pens and bags to blankets.
mmmg.net

Coffee: Manufact Coffee Roasters: Found atop shop Queenmama Market, this café has great views of the skyline.
manufactcoffee.com

Lunch: Parc: The menu in this Hannam-dong restaurant is based on co-owner Pak Mogua’s mother’s recipes.
parcseoul.com

Dinner: O’neul: Korean delicacies at their best: the yukgaejang (beef soup) here is simmered for 12 hours.
Dongbinggo-dong, Yongsan-gu

**Drinks: Magpie Brewing Company: Sourced from its own brewery, Magpie’s craft beers – such as Full of Fall rye amber ale – are delicious.
magpiebrewing.com

Culture: Gana Art Center: This gallery in Pyeongchang-dong hosts exhibitions of modern Korean artists alongside live music and theatre events.
ganaart.com

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).
kwangjangmarket.co.kr

Toronto

Stay: Hotel Le Germain Mercer: Montréal-based design studio Lemaymichaud transformed a former hat factory from 1914 into this 112-room boutique hotel.
legermainhotels.com

Buy: Old Faithful: This homeware specialist sells built-to-last everyday items such as ceramic bowls and woollen throws.
oldfaithfulshop.com

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.
glassboxbarbershop.com

Coffee: Quantum Coffee: In chilly weather try the famous crème brûlée cappuccino: a frothy concoction with a caramelised top.
quantumcoffee.io

Dinner: Honest Weight: This no-frills New England-style seafood restaurant serves the catch of the day; sample the grilled octopus.
honestweight.ca

Drinks: Birreria Volo: This intimate Italian-style bar, fittingly tucked into an alley in Little Italy, serves up good barrel-aged beer.
birreriavolo.com

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.
ago.ca

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.
hotdocscinema.ca

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