Open Skies september cover

Behind the scenes of the September issue

A note from the editor

skateboarding Tokyo

How Tokyo’s skateboarders made their mark

Their pavements are busier, their surfaces are rougher, and their guards are stricter. This is how, against all odds, Tokyo’s...

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The Middle East’s radical green designs

How green could the UAE really be? With a renewed desire for ecological sustainability and the credentials to back it...

streetart myneandyours

Painting a city

Anathema to graffiti purists, street art has been embraced the world over, particularly in Dubai. But can it be pushed...

QE2 Dubai

A new purpose for the QE2

Why would someone board an ocean liner to go nowhere?

The best way to see Cambodia is on this train

Chugging along at 33mph, the refurbished 1960s rolling stock of Cambodia’s Royal Railway is certainly no bullet train. But who...

Highland road trip, Scotland

A Road Trip In Scotland

Does the great adventure by road really exist outside of the US?

Seven Sisters Moscow

Moscow And The Seven Sisters

Gothic icons of the Moscow skyline

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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