Nadia Lim, chef
“Britomart, the area around the city’s transportation hub, is an easy place to meet up, with lots of restaurants, galleries, even beanbag chairs by the water! I do my socializing at Smith (20 Customs St. E.; 64-9/309-5529), a Victorian-style lounge.”
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Ryan Henderson, graphic designer
“I love that I can browse the new Comme des Garçons collection at Wunderkammer (76A Ponsonby Rd.; 64-9/360-4090), then grab a curry laksa down the street at the International Food Court (106 Ponsonby Rd.; 64-9/361-5398).”
Tam West, stylist (pictured)
“My favorite bar is the Golden Dawn (134 Ponsonby Rd.; 64-9/376-9929), in an old corner store. You enter an unmarked door and find yourself in a courtyard with a bonfire and Hallertau on tap.”
Jonny Calder, sales manager
“There are heaps of hidden gems in the Ponsonby neighborhood, so it’s worth asking a local where to get, say, a cup of coffee. I’m drinking one from the brew bar at Coffee Supreme (42 Douglas St.; 64-9/360-5040), where I work.”
Photo by Kieran Scott
With its classic totes, iPad cases, and wallets named after airports around the world, Canadian leather-goods label Want Les Essentiels de la Vie is becoming a go-to for those on the go. Now designers (and identical twins) Byron and Dexter Peart have opened the Want Apothecary (4960 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest; 514/484-3555), which carries their line, plus grooming products by Australian brand Asop and clothing from Paris-based Kitsuné—items you may not need, but will definitely want.
Photo courtesy of WANT Apothecary
I've long been a fan of Amrita Singh's glittering jewelry, and I'm hardly the only one—Jennifer Lopez, Katie Homes, and Anne Hathaway are devotees of her ornate necklaces and gem-studded bangles. So when I heard Singh was launching a new home collection with an exclusive party at a penthouse suite at the Trump Plaza, I was intrigued. Would Singh's aesthetic translate into blinged-out interior décor?
Zeina Chitembure, a style blogger in Miami, talks to T+L’s Christine Ajudua:
“Wherever there are shoes, I go—hence the name of my blog, The Shoegawker. The ones I’m wearing are by Jeffrey Campbell; you can find his designs at LF (229 Eighth St.; 305/672-4928), nearby. My favorite Lincoln Road boutique is the Alchemist (1111 Lincoln Rd.; 305/531-4815). It’s in a really cool car park and shopping center, and carries labels like Azzedine Alaïa and Alexander Wang. I also love coming to Lincoln for brunch at Balans (1022 Lincoln Rd.; 305/534-9191). It’s the sort of place where you have mimosas and Bellinis in your bathing suit, and then walk down the street to the beach. That’s the Miami Beach vibe. You don’t come to this area to go to a hole-in-the-wall restaurant—you come here to be seen.”
Photo by Jeffery Salter
We have always loved the lightweight nearly indestructible Rimowa case, but the lack of space to quickly stash passports and headphones was always a problem. The Salsa Deluxe collection uniquely features three front pockets, providing us the desired room we’ve always longed for. Combining simplicity and durability in one sleek design, we consider this to be the ultimate gift for your globetrotting valentine!
The pictured Salsa Deluxe case in oriental red is $695 and available for purchase at Rimowa boutiques nationwide. For more information visit rimowa.com.
Jessie Bandy is the assistant fashion editor at Travel + Leisure.
Ladies, I have found it. Thousands of miles and hundreds of destinations later, I've found the dress that works on every single body type, and more importantly, travels effortlessly and elegantly. It's the Karina dress, available in 15 styles. You can stomp on the dress, crumple it up, and it will still look smooth and polished when you slip it on. Versatile and appropriate, I wear the dresses for both weekend getaways and work trips.
Gülgün Özek, Photo Editor (pictured)
Location: Sofyali Sokak, Asmalimescit
“My neighborhood is historic yet cosmopolitan. Inside the Neoclassical buildings you’ll find bars, theaters, and one of the best contemporary art galleries—Arter (211 Istiklal Cad.; 90-212/243-3767).”
Seren Yüce, Filmmaker
Location: Kadiköy Harbor
“I love the view of the Bosporus from the lighthouse. I just had lunch at Çiya Sofrasi (lunch for two $50)—a traditional Anatolian restaurant nearby.”
Mehmet Öktem, Bar Owner
Location: Galata Bridge
“I come here often, just to soak in the city. This bridge connects Beyoğlu—the city’s modern, European heart—and the old peninsula, where I shop at the Spice Bazaar. It’s next to the New Mosque, which is almost three hundred and fifty years old.”
Yasemin Arpaç, Interior Designer
Location: Serdar Ekrem Sokak, Galata
“A lot of artists are moving into the area—it’s very trendy these days. At one end of the street there’s the Galata Tower; at the other is my favorite jewelry boutique, Aida Pekin (44A Serdar Ekrem Sk.; 90-212/243-1211). The designer creates pendants inspired by local landmarks.”
Interviewed by Christine Ajudua
Photo by Kerem Uzel
For some, the holidays can be joyous, delicious, and restful. For everyone else, there’s Contest Watch! If you need something to look forward to during these short days and cold nights, hit up these contests for solace and excitement. Can’t get far enough away from Aunt Milly? How about the Galapagos (above)? Need a daily fix to get you through a long stay with prying in-laws? Click on ever-changing giveaways from Design Hotels. Of course, if you love your family and need more quality time, there’s always the kid-friendly ski vacation from Virginia Tourism.
You’ll find offbeat fashion boutiques, live music venues, and more on this off-the-beaten-path strip in Melbourne's Northcote neighborhood, a new hub for the city’s creative-cool crowd.
Hand-printed totes and knit hats—plus other crafty accessories such as earrings made from comic book pages—are the stock-in-trade at I Dream a Highway. 259 High St.; 61-3/9481-8858.
Northcote Social Club showcases indie musicians from near and far. Don’t miss the upscale pub grub served in the outdoor beer garden. 301 High St.; 61-3/9489-3917; dinner for two $50.
How’s this for a flame of the month? Paris-based ceramics company Astier de Villatte recently unveiled a range of scented candles inspired by some of the world’s loveliest locales. With hints of, say, the wisteria-covered trellises of the Grand Hôtel in Cabourg, France—where Marcel Proust penned part of his classic Remembrance of Things Past—and a patina to match, they’ll surely transport you to another time or place.
Candles from $75, astierdevillatte.com
Christine Ajudua is an Assistant Editor at Travel + Leisure.
Photo credit: Lars Klove.