La Perle

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Art Basel

The art world descends on Basel this month for four days of the world’s greatest artists, the biggest art collectors...

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Once a forgotten part of Dublin’s north inner city, the area around Smithfield and Stoneybatter has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years. With new restaurants and independent shops opening, there’s never been a better time to see what all the fuss is about Stoneybatter and Smithfield are two of Dublin’s most storied neighbourhoods. It’s unsurprising, really, they go back more than 1,700 years. When the Normans invaded the city, the Vikings were pushed back outside the city limits to what is now Stoneybatter, hence the street names you’ll see there such as Viking Road,Olaf Road, and the...

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The Ouseburn, Newcastle, UK

Now Newcastle’s foremost creative enclave, the Ouseburn has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent times, from an industrial wasteland to an area of cultural regeneration, home to artists, musicians and creative businesses. Two-hundred years ago the area was at the forefront of the Tyneside’s industrial revolution, with craft industries such as lead works, corn mills, iron foundries and tanners taking residence in the water-power mills that were built on the Ouseburn River. The decline of heavy industry saw the area fall to its knees, and it wasn’t until the 1980s that it re-emerged, with community-driven enterprises that...

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The Zetter Townhouse – London, UK

Take the unmarked doors and exclusive air of a private members’ club, throw in London’s passion for all things hipster, add a dash of Wes Anderson oddness, and there you have it: The Zetter Townhouse, a boutique 24-room hotel that embraces luxury and quirkiness in the same breath. This intimate property, hidden down a side street in Marylebone, is designed to feel like you’ve stepped into the world of ‘Wicked Uncle Seymour’. A living room with a roaring fireplace, and ‘family’ portraits doubles as the hotel’s lounge while, by night, the area is filled with young professionals ordering...

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LUX SOUTH ARI ATOLL – MALDIVES

This could well be the closest you’ll get to feeling like a celebrity – your seaplane lands and a posse of fans wait to welcome you. Well, not fans exactly, but adoring staff at the Lux South Ari Atoll in the Maldives, where everyone knows your name, likes, dislikes and dietary requirements. Peaceful hideaway or active adventure (think jet packs, whale shark diving, snorkelling, and yoga), you’re in charge of the itinerary on this picture-perfect island where – just to hammer that home – you can even learn how to take the perfect picture in...

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Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Tumbling down the hillside to the edge of Victoria Harbour, Sai Ying Pun is a neighbourhood on the up. Escalators connect the tiered streets of this rapidly developing yet resolutely traditional area, which extends from waterside Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park up to the appropriately named High Street and Bonham Road, far above. The dried fish and seafood industry that put the neighbourhood on the map when it was settled in the 19th century is still booming, but traditional businesses now stand in bold contrast to stylish new eateries, contemporary galleries and trendy bars – from which...

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THE NORTHERN QUARTER, MANCHESTER

There are few areas that encapsulate the Mancunian spirit better than the Northern Quarter (NQ) and, much like Manchester in general, it’s a place that very much marches to the beat of its own drum. Located north-east of the city centre – and edged by Piccadilly, Victoria and Ancoats – the bohemian neighbourhood is a bastion of independent fashion and music and refreshingly chain-free, with some of the most eclectic shops in the city and a village-like vibe that’s hard to come by in other areas. Sandwiched between its narrow Victorian red brick alleys,...

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NOOSA HEADS, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

The enticingly named Sunshine Coast is a meandering stretch of relaxed beachside town an hour’s drive from Brisbane International Airport, with Noosa Heads and its chic seafront, Hastings Street, the jewel in its sandy crown. Once just home to surfers, backpackers and creative types, Noosa Heads has been transformed with an influx of urbanites from Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney. It’s now known for its cosmopolitan cafe culture, fresh and varied produce, exclusive shopping and rolling surf (think Australia’s version of Montauk in the Hamptons). Butting on to one of Australia’s most renowned surf beaches...

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Koreatown, Los Angeles

For California Seoul, head to Koreatown, where Art Deco buildings, palm trees, and low-rise strip malls line a grid of streets roughly one-third the size of Santa Monica. In place of sunny awnings, signs in Korean – sometimes with English translations – mark the fronts of bakeries, beauty salons, bubble tea shops, clothing boutiques and Korean BBQ restaurants. There’s a significant Latino culinary influence here as well, which extends from the traditional taqueria to the Korean taco truck. Formed in the 1970s and ’80s by Asian immigrants, Koreatown is not only home to the largest Korean population...

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