THE 25 COOLEST PLACES RIGHT NOW
From Denmark to South Australia (via Tel Aviv, of course).
ETT HEM, STOCKHOLM
Ett Hem means ‘a home’. That’s important, because this wonderfully intimate hotel is the Swedish home you’ve always dreamed of creating. The homely familiarity is forged on the fact that this was once a private residence, resting in the exclusive, ambassadorial enclave of Östermalm – a half-hour stroll through tree-lined streets to the central Old Town. Not that you ever need leave this luxury mansion – grab a book from the library and escape to the tree-filled garden courtyard or take up residence in the drawing room, replete with grand piano and honesty bar. Or embrace the exquisite kitchen ‘menu’ – an everevolving slate of dishes, decided on each morning using locally sourced ingredients – when and where you like. etthem.se
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
We’ve long been fans of the Israeli coastal enclave – cloaked, as it is, in mystery, history and luxury. Tel Aviv is home to the world’s largest display of Bauhaus buildings, vibrant, ancient markets and art, as well as the alluring waters of the Mediterranean. Meander the Old City of Jaffa’s alleyways and Carmel Market, then check out the Neve Tzedek neighbourhood – where brunch, a key aspect of daily Israeli life, is a must at Dallal – before an afternoon cultural fix at the Design Museum in Holon and the Museum of Art. To dine, aim for North Abraxas, Orna & Ella and local celebrity chef Haim Cohen’s Yaffo. The former’s found in the cool suburb of Gan Hahashmal – where the party runs late at places like Ktvot, Kuli Alma and Radio EPGB.
BETA BAR, SYDNEY
Up an unmarked staircase next to Sydney’s Greek diner, Alpha, sits a stripped-back affair that pours a potent cocktail menu; a place where the key ingredient of the Pisco Sour is sourced from South America and where we can be found upending its house special, the Dirty Greek Martini. Beta’s built on the foundations of a traditional Greek mezze bar – so as much as the place is about drinking, it’s also very much about eating, with incredible fresh local ingredients that overcome any staid thoughts on Aussie-greek fare. That means rock oysters with cucumber, green olive, rose and sumac, slow-cooked lamb pastries with spice-roasted sweetbreads, eggplant and pomegranate and smoked fetta custard with duck skin crisps, quince, lemon salt and Aleppo pepper. 238 Castlereagh St, Sydney; betabarsydney.com.au
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