Welcome to a world of travel, entertainment and culture, curated from a global collective of writers, photojournalists and artists. Each article of our award-winning magazine is sure to inspire, no matter which of our destinations you call home.

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Last Look, Toronto

Brian A Richards, 30, fashion show producer for The Collections, Downtown, Toronto says he has “always loved Toronto. I’m from the suburbs and always dreamed of living here. It’s a little big city. It feels very grand but very conquerable. I’m in downtown Toronto today. This area is unique because there are so many restaurants and theatres".

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Amman

As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Middle East, Emirates has been flying to Amman for 28 years, but there is still no shortage of things to see and do in Jordan’s capital city. Tourists come from far and wide to experience Jordan’s world-renowned attractions such as Petra and the Dead Sea, but the capital has just as much to offer

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Pop-up Christchurch

The residents of Christchurch, imbued with an enterprising entrepreneurial spirit, have responded to earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, finding innovative ways to rebuild its infrastructure. So what happens when that landscape is essentially destroyed? How does a city recreate itself without constantly lamenting all that has been lost? Yet, Christchurch, wounded and scarred, is a bright, innovative and energetic city that is breaking new and exciting ground

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Last Look, Dubai

Bahal Abdul Rasheed, 28, owner of Bambah, Beach Road, Jumeirah, has lived in Dubai for 17 years. Her clothing store mixes comfort with elegance. She says: “Dubai is my home away from home, and I love being here. There is so much room for innovation, and I appreciate how Dubai becoming a melting pot of cultures has enabled me to interact with different people

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Chicago, Architectural Capital of the United States

Writer Jay Merrick celebrates Chicago’s astounding architecture. It was here that the early spirit of American modern architecture took root in the most varied and original ways. Manhattan may have the Empire State and Chrysler buildings in a uniquely dense thicket of skyscrapers, but Chicago is where more than a century’s worth of can-do architectural innovation really jumps out at you

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Last Look, New York

Marvin Gatling 69, is a Martial Arts Grand Master (Sensei) and Vietnam Combat Vet, who has lived in Harlem all his life. He says: “I have lived in New York for 69 years, besides my time in the military. I was born in Harlem Hospital and have lived in Harlem the entire time. New York is the Big Apple. It’s the best place on the planet"

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Last Look, Florence

Veronica Cornacchin, 30, is a hat designer with Super Duper Hats, based in Florence. She is originally from a small village near Puglia in the centre of Italy. She moved to Florence for school and university. The city has a good background in traditional hat-making. Veronica is presenting the new collection at Fortezza de Basso for Pitti Immagine Uomo 86, the biggest menswear clothing trade show in the world

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Johannesburg

A rich history, a cosmopolitan population, iconic leaders and spectacular weather combine to make Johannesburg a truly unique destination. The 19th century gold rush created a city that now boasts exceptional restaurants, vibrant clubs, accomodation ranging from five-star city hotels to camping in a lion park, and plenty to see and do. There’s a culture and spirit that’s hard to resist

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Back to Berlin

Veteran traveller Adrian Mourby takes a walk through the city he first discovered in 1989, just after the Wall came down and Berlin changed forever. He says: “Twenty-five years ago I came to Berlin for the first time. Earlier that month the infamous Wall had been breached. In 1989 Europe’s cruelly divided city was on the brink of transformation"

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Casablanca to Fez

Adrian Mourby recalls a solitary Moroccan road trip from Casablanca through the Atlas Mountains to Fez. He starts his journey in Essaouira, which means “the beautifully designed small fortress” in Arabic, and indeed it is lovely. Orson Welles filmed his version of Othello in this town, with its whitewashed walls, on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Cat Stevens hung out on the beach in the 1960s

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Bizon Studio, Moda, Istanbul

In the heart of Moda, Istanbul’s up and coming arts district, you’ll find Bizon Studio. Renowned for its ever-changing window displays, glazed porcelain, framed sketches, otherworldly sculptures and intricately crafted jewellery, Bizon has rapidly become one of the area’s must-visit ateliers since opening in 2011. Founded by close friends and former Fine Art students Murat Gökçe Yilmaz and Seçil Abdişler, Bizon is the realisation of their life’s work

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The Book Barge, Barton Marina, Staffordshire

After spending several years in London as an entertainment reporter, Sarah took “six months out to go travelling, fell in love with indolence and resolved never to work again”. A return home and a wander around the local marina one day proved prescient. “All those paper-backed journeys were still with me,” she says. “Books and boats could go together just as girl-Poirot and ponies once had”

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Wall and Keogh, Dublin

Portobello, just a stone’s throw from the city-centre, was rejuvenating and attracting a hip young crowd. Oliver too wanted to create “an alternative to the pub. A place where people could hang out, get a bite to eat, play music, read and meet friends”. Alongside the café, the wholesale side flourished, with Wall & Keogh now supplying many of Ireland’s premiere food retailers

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Mabu Vinyl, Cape Town

A nickname, some banter on a beach, and passion for the music of Rodriguez, a gifted singer-songwriter long thought dead, all led to a mind-boggling journey for Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman, the co-owner of Mabu Vinyl.

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Wedubyou, Monflanquin, Aquitaine

Tony and Yvette realised that people may just like the idea of dawdling around in an old van, taking it easy and really taking in the beauty of a place.

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The House of Solid Gold, Beverley Hills

From the outset it’s clear that LA-born Hugh Power, founder of The House Of Solid Gold, possesses creativity by the bucketload.

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Hubud, Bali

Peter Wall is one of the co-founders of Hubud, the first co-working space in the central Balinese town of Ubud.

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A La Carte Paris

Alex Wagner, who has an English father and French mother, was brought up and completed his schooling in London. He moved to Paris at the age of 18 and studied engineering at the Sorbonne.

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Wenckstern / Hotrod Citytour, Hamburg

Maik Wenckstern had his eureka moment while messing about on a self-drive lawnmower. It’s probably fair to say that he’s in the minority in that respect.

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My Seattle Stylist

"Fashion is trend-based," says Catherine Keers. "Style is individual."

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Peter Harrington Rare Books

The original business, specialising in rare books and first editions, began trading on London’s King’s Road back in 1969.

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MIMA

In 2011, just two years after launch, the MIMA House was awarded Building Of The Year by the prestigious architectural website ArchDaily.

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Da’ Vinattieri, Florence

A hole in the wall it might be, but this Florentine favourite serves not just a sandwich, but the Italian way of life.

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Hatchard's, London

London’s oldest running bookseller is more than a mere bookstore, and listless city guides all laud this historic spot as a must-see attraction.

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Nick and Scott

Situated in the Madinat Jumeirah on the site of the old Rivington Bar and Grill, Folly is the new venture by Price and partners Nick Alvis and Viktorija Paplauskiene.

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Palazzo Versace

There’s a mosaic on the lobby floor of Dubai’s Palazzo Versace hotel. It’s made up of 1.5 million tiles and depicts the classical Medusa head.

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Underground Art, Munich

Thanks to an ambitious public art project, The Munich U-Bahn is about much more than getting from A to B. In the mid 1980s, the Munich government made the decision to begin using public spaces for artistic expression. Rolf Schirmer, from the subway planning council, felt that the stations should “radiate a positive mood” and that “the use of artistic elements should help make a passenger’s wait more pleasant"

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Last Look, London

Marits Roberts, 28, is a marketing manager for the British Fashion Council, photographed in Haggerston, East London. He says: “I have lived in London for 10 years; it’s one of the most cultural and creative capitals in the world. I love the variety that the city has to offer. Whatever you’re into, you’ll find it here. This area, Haggerston, is the creative hub of this city”

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Oslo

Oslo, is perfect for strolling around on foot, to take in the varied architecture, superb museums and vibrant nightlife. And the residents’ love of outdoor activities means there are plenty of things to do within the city limits, such as kayaking, hiking and sailing. While Norway itself is a relatively young country, the history of the region is captured in the wonderfully preserved ninth century Viking ships

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Jack Kerouac's Lowell, Massachusetts

Adrian Mourby visits Lowell, Massachusetts, the birthplace of one of America’s most famous 20th century writers, Jack Kerouac – and the town the author once described as “the most interesting place in the United States”. Dawn comes quietly to Lowell, illuminating the huge rooftop sign over the Lowell Sun building. Jack Kerouac, the author who gave voice to America’s mid-20th century Beat Generation, worked here 75 years ago

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Chicago and Beyond

With incredible buildings such as the Willis Tower, Frank Gehry's Pritzker Pavilion and Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, Chicago is known for its spectacular architecture, but the city has a lot more to offer. Visitors can explore world-class galleries and museums, including The Field Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, before indulging in a slice of the city's celebrated deep dish pizza

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Budapest

Considered by many to be one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, the Hungarian capital was once two separate cities, Buda and Pest, which were unified in 1873. Despite Budapest’s relatively short history, the city boasts a rich and vibrant history reflected in the many cultural attractions for tourists to enjoy. World Heritage sites blend with a multitude of dining and shopping options.

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Houston: Food City

Texas has more to offer than barbecue, as Chaney Kwak discovers in Houston – a city where the food scene is flourishing. At night and on weekends, once commuters ebbed to the suburbs, downtown Houston used to be no-man’s land. In the past two years, however, the historic Market Square Park area has come alive with outdoor restaurants, smart bars and live music venues

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Last Look, Barcelona

Garikoitz Irusta, 35, an industrial designer photographed in the Gothic Quarter, has lived in Barcelona for 13 years. He says: “I came here to study design, and now, more than a decade later, I’m still living here. I’m Basque, so I like the weather in Barcelona, of course, as it is really sunny. Barcelona is also by the sea, which makes the city really fresh"

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Into The Wild, Empty Quarter, Abu Dhabi

Emirati photographer Mohammed Ahmed Ahli bought his first digital camera in 2010. Just three years later he set off into Rub’ al Khali (known as the Empty Quarter) to indulge his passion for nature photography and returned with a collection of striking images that capture the majesty of the largest sand desert in the world

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Last Look, Los Angeles

Maddie Dolan, 18, is an Agricultural Business Student photographed at Pamona, The Grove. She says: "I live in Los Angles because I go to school here at Cal Poly Pomona, but I love the fashion, the culture and learning new things about the city. I’m here at [outdoor mall and entertainment complex] The Grove today shopping with one of my girlfriends"

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Handmade From Tanzania Oyster Bay, Dar Es Salaam

Helen Espey’s most vivid memory of first visiting Tanzania in 1993, when her architect husband, John, was stationed in Dar es Salaam on a six-month contract, was “sitting on the shores of Oyster Bay as a dhow drifted by silhouetted against the sparkling Indian ocean”. In hindsight it was a prophetic moment. The couple settled in the city’s Oyster Bay neighbourhood, where Helen eventually started her business in 2000

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Once upon a time in Almeria

For a decade during the mid-1960s, hidden away in the southeastern Spanish province of Almeria were the stirrings of a cinematic resurrection. Among the hot desert winds of the eroded badlands, a band of European filmmakers flocked to the Tabernas Desert, making it home to the Spaghetti Western. Its semiarid landscape emulated the American Arizona Desert and the northern Mexican border where the films’ scenarios were set

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Rent a Classic Car, Nice

When someone loves their business you know in an instant: a look, their pattern of speech, certain signifiers that run beyond a simple money-making concern. Fabrice le Roy is one such person.

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WilliamVintage, London

In a remarkably short space of time the WilliamVintage brand has evolved from one off pop-up shop to fashion phenomenon. Indeed founder William Banks-Blaney is now known as the King of Vintage and has been appointed Global Style Ambassador for American Express and Fashion Patron of Oxfam.

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Claire De Rouen Books, London

A small bookshop that has been delighting collectors of fashion, art and photography publications since 2005.

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Feeding Forward, San Francisco

Starting at UC Berkeley, Ahmad began to organise a food re-direction programme. It was both a runaway success and steep learning curve.

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The Kandid, Hong Kong

The son of a lawyer, Lim spent 10 years following in his father’s footsteps, before his passion for photography overruled his previous career plan.

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Tim Allison of Plane, Copenhagen

Plane CEO Tim Allison wants to change the way we interact with each other abroad.

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The Dalkey Book Festival, Dublin

Dalkey is a pretty seaside town with a unique literary heritage just ready and waiting to tap into.

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Rewind

This virtual reality (VR) and creative production agency is helping change the media landscape before our very eyes.

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Ennismore

The 35-year-old Pasricha is CEO of Ennismore, the company he founded in 2012 to develop a portfolio of unique hospitality properties around the world.

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The Terracotta Cafe, Varanasi

In 2012, during a six-month solo charity cycle through India, Australian-born adventurer Matt Brice dreamt up a bold idea to help others.

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Sharmajee's, Mumbai

Mumbai’s street food culture is revered and imitated throughout the world, but if you want to truly eat like a Mumbaikar, there’s only one place to go.

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Meers Burger

In a dusty town, just 90 minutes from Oklahoma City, you’ll find a burger joint that carries legendary status.

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Santiburi Samui Resort & Spa, Koh Samui, Thailand

On the island of Samui you’ll find a cacophony of birds, waves and the ubiquitous buzz of scooters. In the midst of this beautiful bedlam is Santiburi Beach Resort and Spa, an oasis of tranquillity.

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