The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities

How do we make better cities – places that work for people of all ages and backgrounds? How do we make cities that provide the obvious essentials – great transport, good places to work – as well as the softer elements that truly deliver quality of life, from urban swimming pools to rooftop clubs?

The Monocle Travel Guide, Zürich, Geneva + Basel

The Monocle Travel Guide to Zürich, Geneva + Basel celebrates the richness of these three cities and dives beneath the surface to bring an unexpected mix of creativity, entrepreneurialism and design.

The Monocle Travel Guide, Mexico City

Quesadillas sizzling on street corners outside cosy coffee shops; mariachi in sequined sombreros serenading late-night revellers; tower blocks casting long shadows over baroque churches and Aztec ruins studded with cacti. Mexico City simultaneously conforms to every stereotype and challenges every preconception with shameless self-assurance.

The Monocle Guide to Hotels, Inns & Hideaways

This is a handbook for anyone from holidaymakers to hoteliers. We jump up and down on a few choice beds, check out the start-ups breaking new ground and talk to the CEOs of the best and biggest groups. Don’t expect stuffy five-star finery – our selection errs on the side of the honest, charming, quirky and independent.

The Monocle Travel Guide, Melbourne

The Monocle Travel Guide to Melbourne will lead you down our favourite laneways, drop by the cutting-edge galleries shaking up the city’s art scene and show you where to marvel at modernist architecture.

The Monocle Travel Guide, Beirut

Beirut is a city that means so much more than the sum of its wobbly parts. It’s a Mediterranean destination driven by adrenaline, optimism and the energy of a populace who embrace high jinks – and it fulfils its status as capital with an urban panache that’s unmistakably Lebanese.

The Monocle Travel Guide, Barcelona

Here’s to a city of effortless charm, a coastal gem blessed with an agreeable climate and beautiful beaches. But before you get lost in that glass of vermut, look around – there’s more to the Catalan capital than sun, sea and sand.

The Monocle Travel Guide, Seoul

The South Korean capital is energetic and sprawling; it’s a 24-hour city that’s home to some 10 million people and plenty of brightly lit billboards, skyscrapers and shops.

The Monocle Travel Guide, Kyoto

Kyoto may be full of hushed streets steeped in tradition and hidden institutions run by kimono-clad custodians but don't be fooled: there's more to this captivating city than timeworn teahouses and graceful geiko.

Monocle Travel Guides: the full collection

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The Monocle Travel Guide, San Francisco

Poised on its Californian peninsula, San Francisco is an energetic enclave with a storied libertine history, undeniable entrepreneurial fervour and vibrant cultural patronage.

The Monocle Travel Guide, Milan

Few things will be handed to you on a plate in Milan - except, perhaps, a generous portion of rich and creamy risotto con ossobuco. The Lombard capital has an enviable wealth of restaurants, shops and galleries but the best are often hard to find.

The Monocle Travel Guide, Munich

Munich is the capital of one of the oldest states in Europe so naturally its affinity with tradition runs deep. Yet, as well as having one foot in the old world, this southern German city has another firmly planted in the new.

The Monocle Travel Guide, Lisbon

Like the seven sun-dappled hills that overlook the sparkling Rio Tejo, Lisbon has had its ups and downs. Nevertheless, the plucky city has always bounced back and today it’s positively thriving.

The Monocle Travel Guide, Stockholm

Stockholm has a world-leading design scene, picture-book palaces and an enviable berth in the waters of an idyllic archipelago – so to say that it’s an easy city to fall for sounds a little trite.

The Monocle Travel Guide, Venice

A maritime city, Venice has long lured travellers to its shores. So what are you waiting for? Hop on board.

The Monocle Travel Guide, Amsterdam

This archetype of liberalism and diversity is forever reinventing itself and won’t fail to surprise first-time travellers and longtime visitors alike.

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