Pop some sturdy sandals, no-nonsense trunks and cool stripes into your holdall and you’re away. Just add a crisp white for the cooler box (and don’t forget the corkscrew).
Editor’s letterThe world’s urban centres are flourishing once more despite pandemic-related predictions of their demise. Editor in chief Andrew Tuck celebrates our cities’ resilience, vision and innovation, as evidenced in Monocle’s Quality of Life survey.
The OpenerFilming toilets in Japan, an error of biblical proportions and a potato-based conflict.
Dreams take flightThe pilot and author on how he fulfilled his childhood ambitions and why he is fascinated by cities as well as the view from the sky.
Above waterAn exciting, high-inducing watersport that helps you escape the lockdown blues has finally arrived in Hong Kong.
My cabinetInspired by Québec, taking Denmark by storm: this special bar and shop is a social hub that plays a unique role in its neighbourhood.
In the hot seatEurope’s first chief heat officer reflects on a year in the hot seat.
AffairsA radical Lebanese MP, and Andrew Mueller on the Australian election.
CommentA Dutch flower-and-plant fair is teaching the world how to green its urban environments.
BusinessCroissant-mania consumes Berlin, and talent leaves China as a result of lockdown fatigue.
CultureThe 75th Cannes film festival, a Finnish art fair and the oldest bookseller school in France.
DesignThe Royal College of Art in London has a new wing and Venice’s Procuratie Vecchie reopens.
The world’s most liveable cities: part oneMonocle’s 15th annual Quality of Life Survey charts 25 outposts on the up and ranks the best places to put down roots. Did your city make the cut?
The world’s most liveable cities: part twoMonocle’s 15th annual Quality of Life Survey charts 25 outposts on the up and ranks the best places to put down roots. Did your city make the cut?
Pursuits of happinessWhether it’s walking, drawing or playing tennis (badly), six writers and artists share their thoughts on the things that bring them joy.
Meeting in the middleLong the first stop for migrants coming into the US, Miami is now bursting at the seams with New Yorkers heading south for the city’s sunshine, music and burgeoning technology scene.
Cities, slickerNeglected industrial parts of cities, from Rome to Istanbul, are in the throes of thrilling regeneration.
Talking pointLearning a language opens up the world but studying in a classroom can feel dull. Why not throw aperitivos and K-pop ballads into the mix? We immerse ourselves in schools with a novel approach to the business of teaching.
Sea changeA staple of the Spanish coastline is in the balance. We meet the people behind Formentera’s chiringuitos.
Read all about itThere’s a bookshop boom in Malaysia aided by unconventional business models and pandemic-changed reading habits.
Strawberry yieldsIn a warehouse outside Jersey City, a Japanese-flavoured start-up is growing berries so coveted that people happily pay $50 for a bowlful. Is this vertical farming’s first luxury brand?
Different beatPortugal is a recording mecca for acts from across the Lusophone world. But can it export its stars?
Follow your artAway from the French capital, creatives head to the Med for a slower, more affordable way of life.
Screen timeFar from the bustling, buzzing multiplexes, with their packed screenings and sprawling footprints, these small cinemas offer their own unique ways of watching a movie – and being part of a city’s culture and community.
Artistic intakeFrom a sculpture park to record shops, these are the cultural hotspots to hit this summer.
Summer’s soundtrackMonocle’s senior culture correspondent has fashioned the ultimate holiday playlist full of fresh releases and timeless classics.
Force of natureItaly’s leading landscape designer Pietro Porcinai, who brought modernism to traditional gardens, was passionate about the importance of nature in design and ensuring that greenery was part of any built environment. His legacy is more pertinent than ever.
Best in townFrom architects to street-lighting experts, these firms are keeping our cities liveable.
In plain sightA sensitive city hall revamp opens up this storied building to foster dialogue and democracy.
Keep coolIn the island sun sits an innovative new apartment block that could reshape the city’s design ambitions.
The new waveSurfwear, footwear, city shorts and relaxed shirts – summer holidays are all about breezy, effortless dressing. From Bali to Brazil, we’ve found the new generation of retailers selling the best summery brands.
Pack it inPop some sturdy sandals, no-nonsense trunks and cool stripes into your holdall and you’re away. Just add a crisp white for the cooler box (and don’t forget the corkscrew).
Ebb and flowThe Canal St Martin offers a chance to contemplate. And when Paris empties in summer, you’ll have it all to yourself. Get comfy, stay cool and head to the water.
Urban upswingDallas has sprawled in all directions but much of the action still comes from the city centre: from the Arts District and newly-built parklands to the neighbourhoods that are being brought back to life as new residents move in. Here’s a guide to the historic downtown and its immediate surroundings.
Changing tidesDallas has gone from a deserted downtown to a place where people want to be – but it didn’t happen overnight. Here we look at how this urban turnaround was made.
New kids in townThousands of Americans have decamped to the Lone Star state over the past two years: Dallas-Fort Worth’s population grew by more than 97,000 residents between 2020 and 2021. Meet the city’s latest arrivals.
Southern styleThere’s more to Dallas than cowboy hats and big belts. Here are the collections, curators and creatives to know in a city where vast swathes of downtown are dedicated to art and design.
Local flavourSouthern hospitality done well is about personability and attention to detail – and Dallas has a crop of well-appointed hotels that’s honed the craft for years. It’s also a city that makes a point of mixing a good martini – or margarita – come sundown. Here’s our edit of where to eat, drink, shop and stay.
Taking to the watersThe Swiss city of Baden is named after its baths but only recently has it embraced its curative waters and revived the riverfront. We dive in to find out how.
Sleep easyThree new hotel openings are offering a multitude of reasons to stay in Manhattan. They’ve made the beds, so now we lie in them.
Let’s go outsideSwiss chef Ralph Schelling shares his tried and trusted recipes for perfect outdoor dining, from savoury nibbles to tasty bakes and even a tipple or two. As soon as the sun’s shining, grab your picnic basket and load it up with plates, cutlery and some of these irresistible goodies.
Checking inBringing a sense of fun and colour to Spain’s capital, the newest Edition hotel is revitalising hospitality in Madrid. Oh, and it has the city’s biggest rooftop pool.
Now hear thisThe sounds of summer are upon us, so this issue we focus on the best ways to listen to music anywhere – but especially outdoors.
Cold comfortA diddy drink that’ll stay cool no matter how high the mercury rises.
25 things to make you happySummer is all about taking a break and doing the things that enhance your quality of life. And we’ve devised a modest checklist of ideas to set you on the right course – to make life just a bit nicer. So grab your swimmers and sunnies – we have places to go.
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