The directory - Issue 119 - Magazine | Monocle

thumbnail text


Stay: Ovolo Nishi: In just a few short years the distinctive Nishi Building and hotel, with its standout timber-lined foyer and origami-inspired exterior, has become a true Canberra landmark.

Buy: Ainslie Cellars: The wineries of the Canberra region produce some top cold-climate wines. Head to this inner-city, family-owned wineshop for an excellent selection of local drops, as well as good advice on what’s good to drink right now.

Lunch: Bookplate: Soaring stained-glass windows by Australian artist Leonard French and a prized lakeside spot make this café at the National Library of Australia a favourite. Sit on the balcony overlooking Lake Burley Griffin and pick from a menu featuring local produce and Wagyu beefburgers, followed by a slice of cake.

Coffee: Ona: Founder Sasa Sestic was crowned world barista champion in 2015 and, ever since, he and his coffee have kept on collecting awards. His roastery operates four cafés across Canberra and the various house blends are well worth sampling.

Dinner: Eightysix: Quality produce from farms in nearby regions are fashioned into innovative dishes here, ranging from habanero steak tartare with prawn crackers to black chicken with buttermilk slaw.

Drinks: Bar Rochford: Visit Bar Rochford in the Melbourne Building for the frequently changing menu and its signature Dubonnet cocktail.

Visit: Henry Rolland Park: On the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, this recently opened park featuring barbecues and a wet dock for kayaking is set to be a summer city hub.


Stay: The Dewberry: Cypress walls create a tranquil oasis in this mid-century landmark that celebrates Charleston’s quintessential southern style.

Buy: Fritz Porter: Housed in a converted cigar factory, Sarah-Hamlin Hastings’ design collective showcases contemporary furniture and fabrics next to fine antiques.

Coffee: The Daily: Serving top-notch coffee, this neighbourhood marketplace offers a fine food and drinks menu, featuring farm-fresh steak, wine and smoothies.

Breakfast: One Broad Street: Situated in a historic antebellum building, this spot offers a unique take on breakfast, lunch and dinner. Inspired by the bread coming from close by Normandy Farms Artisan Bakery, its brunch menu is hard to beat.

Lunch: Basic Kitchen: Former New York restaurateur Ben Towill brought his concept to Charleston with this restaurant, relying on regional produce for everything from its fish tacos to the prawn ceviche.

Dinner: The Ordinary: Chef Mike Lata focuses on East Coast oysters in this former bank building that’s been turned into a dining hall. A Charleston staple, it offers an inventive menu within the city’s culinary landscape (think littleneck clams and chowder).

Drinks: Félix: Fittingly festive with its lush leather seating, curved marble-top bar and vintage art, Félix’s menu is anchored by its vibrant cocktail menu. Try the famous Felix Tonic: a cognac mixed with a locally made Carolina tonic.

Culture: Gibbes Museum of Art: This gallery is home to the foremost collection of US art that incorporates the story of Charleston.


Stay: Hotel Metropol Moscow: Live like a tsar at the historic Metropol, with its gilded interior and traditional furnishings. Everyone from Lenin to playwright George Bernard Shaw paid this institution a visit (and sampled its shchi: cabbage soup).

Buy: Yeliseevsky: Opened in 1901, this gourmet food emporium is the oldest in Moscow. Pop in to admire the lavish interior restored to its prewar glory and browse aisles of chocolate, luxury cheese and smoked salmon.

Breakfast: Breakfast Club: This restaurant has an old-school diner atmosphere and serves some of the best pancakes, waffles, porridge and eggs any which way, alongside warm fruit infusions.

Lunch: Stolle: This to-the-point bakery has made pies its speciality. You’ll find plenty of sweet, salty and flaky pastry here, as well as generous portions and warm service.

Dinner: Lavka Lavka: This restaurant celebrates organic Russian produce. Sample the deer carpaccio and Murmansk cod and wash it down with a glass of kvass (a traditional bread-based drink).

Drinks: Strelka: For superlative cocktails and a good cider spritz you can’t go wrong with the lively riverside art deco bar at the Strelka Institute.

Do: Ice skating: After a turn around Red Square’s ice rink, reward yourself with a warming portion of pelmeni (dumplings) at the neighbouring market.


Stay: Romantik Hotel Europe: This lakeside abode has something of the English countryside home about it (patterned wallpaper and matching curtains). In-house French restaurant Quaglinos is worth a visit too.

Buy: Limited Stock: The shop in this former blacksmith’s atelier sells handcrafted and handpicked products, from Ryota Aoki pottery to Moroccan rugs.

Breakfast: La Stanza: This café’s interior will transport you to the heart of Italy. Its espressos – made with a 1960s Faema machine – and pastries confirm first impressions.

Lunch: Spitz: Situated in a wing of the National Museum, this place serves hearty dishes such as sliced beef and potato gratin amid neon installations by Swiss artist Kerim Seiler.

Dinner: Mémoire: Take the lift for underground open-kitchen dining. The restaurant, headed by Chris Züger, serves surprising three, four and five-course wine-pairing menus devised by the chef.

Drinks: Old Crow: An Old Town staple for hard-to-find whiskeys and cocktail creations. From the hefty 50-page menu we recommend ordering a Nikkita, which blends whiskey, saké, tea liqueur, lemon and soy sauce – a surprisingly good mix.

Culture: Dörfli Christmas Market in Niederdorf: The smaller iteration of the Christmas Village, facing the Opera House, is also the city’s oldest. Take a stroll for some Christmas gift inspiration and a good glass of mulled wine.

Share on:

X (formerly Twitter)




Go back: Contents


sign in to monocle

new to monocle?

Subscriptions start from £120.

Subscribe now





Monocle Radio


  • Meet the Writers