View Hagia Sophia in a larger map
The sixth-century Hagia Sophia (a basilica turned mosque turned museum) retains its jaw-dropping 180-foot dome. We asked true travel pros what to do nearby. Want to share your expertise? Join our community on Facebook at facebook.com/travelandleisure and at Twitter @TravlandLeisure.
“The most authentic Ottoman cuisine can be found at Matbah (6 Caferiye Sk.; $$), where you can eat on a terrace and look out to Topkapi Palace.” —Mine Demiroren, via Facebook
“Have a rooftop drink at Seven Hills Hotel ($$) for views of boats in the Bosporus and close-ups of Hagia Sophia.” —@mrbaileynyc
The classic oxford is the women’s shoe of the moment—chic, timeless, and sturdy enough for the long haul (clockwise, from bottom left).
• Tricolor wing tip, $750, Robert Clergerie.
• Patent-leather brogue with rubber sole, $435, AGL.
• Leather and calf-hair wing tip, $660, Fratelli Rossetti.
• Two-tone goat-leather oxford, $560, Strenesse Gabriele Strehle.
• Polished-leather shoe, $790, Derek Lam.
• Monochrome leather oxford, $405, Longchamp.
Photo by Levi Brown
“There’s a lot of style in Barcelona,” says Niki Robertson, one half of Antiques and Boutiques, a personal shopping and tour company staffed by two longtime expat English fashion designers. “But it’s behind the scenes.” Here, four of their favorite finds.
Blow by Le Swing: Of the three locations of this high-end and mint-condition vintage emporium, the Carrer de Guillem shop has the best collection of accessories and leather goods.
One small step for man, one giant leap for ski bunnies.
From Montana to the Matterhorn, nothing says après-ski like the Moon Boot (tecnicausa.com; $100). The brainchild of the Italian brand Tecnica, the high-tech design became an instant slopeside classic when it debuted in 1970, inspired by Neil Armstrong’s padded lunar look. Today, some 28 million pairs later, its retro-fabulousness is back in vogue. The boot now comes in a range of patterns and colors—rainbow! iridescent gold!—and has adorned the feet of everyone from Sir Paul McCartney to Snooki, who no doubt loves the fact that there are no rights or lefts (easy on, easy off).
Photo © Levi Brown
What’s happening in the Lone Star State’s capital of cool? Just ask the locals.
Callie Hernandez, assistant manager, Maya Star boutique: “The Woodland restaurant (1716 S. Congress Ave.; $$) is like my second home. I always get the stuffed tomato with Asiago cream sauce.”
Nils Juul-Hansen, producer-director: “On hot evenings, take a dip in Barton Springs, a natural limestone pool that holds steady at a cool 68 degrees. Free swim, from 9 to 10 p.m., is particularly fun.”
Kiah Denson, artist: “Shop Schatzelein (1713 S. First St.) for vintage trinkets and pieces from regional artisans. There’s something for everyone, at every price point.”
Joshua Bingaman, founder, Progress Coffee: “I’m a sucker for the new Easy Tiger (709 E. Sixth St.), a bakery and beer garden tucked away in downtown. The pretzels are awesome!”
Ed Hughey and Kerri Keaton Hughey, founders, Wellgro Co.: “Catch a movie at Violet Crown (434 W. Second St.), an art-house theater with reserved seats and a full-service café.”
Shannon Hollis, co-owner, Method Hair salon: “The mango-habanero margarita at Takoba (1411 E. Seventh St.; $$) is a must—sweet, sour, and spicy. Perfection.”
Restaurant Pricing Key
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150
Photo by Buff Strickland
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but nothing evokes the memory of a place like an aroma. We asked Chandler Burr, who organized “The Art of Scent, 1889-2012”—opening this month at New York’s Museum of Arts & Design—to describe his favorite destination-inspired fragrances, as only a curator of olfactory arts can.
Fragrance Notes: Thyme, rosemary, vanilla, agarwood, and cedar
What Burr Says: “A beautiful patinaed wood, like an Indonesian house that has stood for generations in the heat.”
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme
Fragrance Notes: Sicilian mandarin, grapefruit peel, juniper, and bergamot
What Burr Says: “The aroma of the eternal sun-washed Mediterranean wrapped in clean 21st-century form.”
Bygone craftsmanship and modern-day charm come together at these storied spots in Milan, Florence, and Rome.
Wrought-iron lamps and checkerboard tiled floors have set the scene at Cappelleria Mutinelli (5 Corso Buenos Aires) since the late 1800’s. Men about town still visit for sporty leather caps and narrow-brimmed fedoras, while women love the 1930’s-style cloches.
The 83-year-old cutlery shop G. Lorenzi (9 Via Montenapoleone) overflows with mother-of-pearl caviar spoons, bone-and-carbon-steel knives, and ladles made of deer antlers.
Thailand’s large, bustling capital can be overwhelming—so who better than a few stylish locals to reveal where to go now?
Pim Sukhahuta, creative director of fashion label Sretsis: “I love going to Again & Again (Soi 4 Thonglor, Sukhumvit 55 Rd.) to look for fancy sequin tops, long prairie dresses, and 1950’s costume jewelry.”
Suraporn Lertwongpaitoon, curator and lecturer at Silpakorn University: “My favorite place to catch an art show and have a few drinks is WTF Café & Gallery. It’s very chic.”
Artaya Boonsoong, special effects supervisor at Renegade VFX: “At Roast Coffee & Eatery (Thonglor Soi 13, Sukhumvit 55 Rd.), I always order an iced latte and the Cuban sandwich.”
Take a vibrant mix of Victorians and historic warehouses. Fill them with inventive boutiques and restaurants. Add an industrial waterfront district—and you’ve got San Francisco’s newest creative epicenter.
The area’s beating heart is an 1890’s stable that now houses Piccino ($$)—a convivial restaurant dedicated to thin-crust pizzas and small plates—as well as an outpost of Modern Appealing Clothing, known for avant-garde fashions, and Dig, a wine shop and bar. Minnesota and 22nd Sts.
Head here for goods crafted by hand on-site, including silk crepe dresses from Paris-based designer Aurore Thibout and wood-and-leather wedges from local artisan Martha Davis. 833 22nd St.
Cult brand Recchiuti Confections’ long-awaited café serves rich desserts such as mandarin-chocolate-mousse cake and lime-meringue tartlets. A few doors down is Little Nib, their new retail shop. 801 22nd St.
Finding a good camera bag that is both functional and stylish is a seemingly near-impossible feat, at least in my findings. They’re always bulky, vinyl, sacks, with nothing new or fashionable brought to the table. Yeah, I get it: its primary purpose is to organize and protect your camera and accessories, but why does it have to be so dull? I like a little flare, okay?
So I was pretty excited when I saw the newest line of Acme Made camera bags, which just hit the market this earlier this week. They’re functional, good-looking bags, and come in four different sizes, depending on how much equipment you’ll be carting around with you. You can buy them in olive green and grey, but I’m partial to the grey one, which has a brushed nickel look to it, and a delightfully surprising burst of lime green on the inside. The internal compartments are adjustable and/or collapsible, so you can customize it to suit your needs.
www.acmemade.com; from $29.99.
Joshua Pramis is the social media editor and resident tech aficionado at Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter: @joshuapramis