Ed­i­tor’s Black Book

Af­ter all that shop­ping, you’ll need a place to crash—and a home for your fash­ion finds. Stay in Chip­pen­dale, a hip neigh­bour­hood that is about to be­come the next big thing and only a halfhour walk from the In­ter­sec­tion.

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STAY Book a loft room at the Old Clare Ho­tel and en­joy two floors of retro-cool decor to spread out in. If the sun is shin­ing (and it prob­a­bly is), head up to the prop­erty’s rooftop pool to cool off. You’ll make some new friends while sip­ping on a camomile and or­ange-bar­ley­wa­ter cocktail.

SNACK If you’re look­ing for a lan­guid start to your day, wan­der down to the south end of Chip­pen­dale to Brick­fields. This café serves cof­fee that’s up to the country’s no­to­ri­ously high stan­dards and bakes its bread in-house. Must try: the home­made ri­cotta on toast topped with lo­cal honey and fen­nel.

EX­PLORE For a mid­day art break, head to Chip­pen­dale’s White Rab­bit Gallery, which spe­cial­izes in con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese art. Take in the in­ter­ac­tive in­stal­la­tions, and don’t leave with­out pick­ing up a sou­venir, like a hand­ker­chief printed with work by Ai Wei­wei.

EAT At the Old Clare’s Au­tomata resto, grab a seat fac­ing the open kitchen so you’ll be part of the “loud, fun and a bit rock ’n’ roll” vibe that chef Clay­ton Wells is forg­ing. When I was there, the al­ways chang­ing prix­fixe menu in­cluded smoked mack­erel and strac­ciatella with fer­mented peaches and kelp oil.

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