La Perle

Executive Producer Craig Hartenstine explains why La Perle just might be the most amazing show you’ll ever see

Art Basel

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

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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