The WGSN Travel A-List: Boston, Reykjavik and Kyoto
By Holly Friend

A yoga and wellness hub in Auckland and an Insta-worthy Icelandic design hostel. WGSN’s Holly Friend rounds up the world’s coolest openings.

Nov 25, 2016
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City by City’s Travel A-List is back with the top six inspiring new openings in stylish cities, so you can stay ahead of the curve.

Read on to find out what’s new and buzzing in Boston, Reykjavik, Kyoto and more; and be sure to bookmark them for the next time you’re in town.

Dig Inn, Boston 

Dig Inn

557 Boylston Street / 1 617 904 3711

To accompany its 11 outposts dotted around New York City, health food restaurant chain Dig Inn has set up shop in Boston. Designed by studio ASH NYC, the historic building features a contemporary interior comprising stylish marble tables, oversized plants and a palette of pastel pink, grey and white. The restaurant is open from dawn till dusk, feeding locals nutritious plates of very reasonably priced avocado toast and “marketbowls” of salad.

Tanner Goods, Portland 

Tanner Goods

4719 North Albina Avenue 97217 / 1 503 222 2774

Portland-based lifestyle concept Tanner Goods has opened a brand new flagship on its home turf. Located just north of vibrant Mississippi Street, the retailer houses its complete line of leather goods, stationary, homewares and apparel for men, as well as a shop-in-shop for sister brand Mazama Wares and a new bar and cafe concept. The homely wooden space is charming and masculine, reflecting the heritage aesthetic of its products.

Oddsson Hostel, Reykjavik 

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Hringbraut 121 / 354 511 3579

Designed for “poor people with expensive taste”, Reykjavik’s newest hostel-hotel hybrid is housed in the shell of a large warehouse on the city’s waterfront. For those with a little more cash to splash, the suites and hotel rooms come equipped with Icelandic candy and a personal vinyl record player. For those on a budget, custom-made pods and bunk beds don’t scrimp on style. Regardless of whether guests are luxury-seekers or backpackers, they’re all granted access to Oddsson’s movie room, rooftop hot tub, yoga studio and soundproofed karaoke room.

Monki, Bristol 

Monki

Cabot Circus BS1 3BF / 44 (0)11 7291 9290

Scandinavian high street brand Monki has a cult following among European youths, loved for its kitschy prints, fearless graphics and affordable prices. With a store on London’s Carnaby Street, Monki has finally expanded further into the UK, opening a two-storey explosion of print and colour in the creative city of Bristol. For street style mavericks in the know, Monki is an institution for denim, knitwear and gift shopping with girl-power attitude.

*extra note, the stylish store COS (your one stop shop for luxe basics has just opened its first store in Bristol too, so keep an eye on this city, fashion fans).

True Food & Yoga, Auckland

true food and yoga

19 Tamaki Drive, Orakei 1071 / 64 (0)9 528 8731

This new wellness hub, located in a waterside property east of Auckland’s city centre, is designed to connect food, yoga and lifestyle. In one accessible and Scandi-inspired space, visitors can take part in one of the 20 classes including Sunrise Vinyasa, Yang/Yin and Naam Yoga, browse fitness gear in the specialist concept store, pamper themselves with a post-workout treatment and conclude with a tantalising plate of matcha buckwheat pancakes.

Hotel Kanra, Kyoto 

hotel kanra kyoto

190 Kitamachi Karasuma-dori Rokujo-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku / 81 (0) 75 344 3815

The ancient capital of Kyoto has a new design hotel, the recently renovated 68-room Hotel Kanra. Seriously sleek architecture and interiors ensure Kanra blends into its traditional surroundings and lives up to Kyoto’s reputation as a quiet, yet culture-rich, alternative to Tokyo. In addition to the stunning dark wooden guest rooms, the welcoming Kanra Lounge on the ground floor features a cafe and boutique for non-guests who wish to experience this new concept.

ALWAYS TRAVELLING? Discover the coolest neighbourhoods, must-see stores and best hotels, restaurants and inspiration spots with our incredible City-By-City guides and check out City by City’s Holly on Instagram here.


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