The WGSN Travel A-List: Montréal, Berlin and Beijing
By Holly Friend

A speakeasy inside a pizza parlour in Beijing, a Berlin coffee roaster and a 1970s hotel in Amsterdam: WGSN is back with the newest fashionable openings.

Oct 11, 2016

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City by City’s Travel A-List is back for October, 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 buzzed about in Berlin, Amsterdam, San Francisco and more; and be sure to bookmark for the next time you’re in the neighbourhood.

Hero Shop

Hero Shop, San Francisco

982 Post Street / 1 415 829 3129

A former Vogue editor, Emily Holt, has opened a new lifestyle and fashion concept store in San Francisco’s Tenderloin area. Hero Shop combines Emily’s love for global and local design, plus her desire for a community driven space with an open environment. The store is stocked with lauded labels such as Creatures of the Wind, Levi’s, Repettos and Vans, plus SF-based brands including Nu Swim, Stevie Howell and Never Elsewhere. In addition to covetable clothing, you’ll find also find an eclectic mix of jewellery, home goods and tech items.


Foiegwa, Montréal

3001 rue Notre Dame West / 1 438 387 424

Montréal’s much anticipated restaurant Foiegwa has opened on the border of two emerging neighbourhoods, Saint Henri and Little Burgundy. The restaurant concept is “Americanised French diner” with a secret bar called Atwater Cocktail Club, which one can enter through a back alley. Dishes to note include the typically sold-out onion soup, the foie gras, and the salade nicoise. The space boasts white tiled walls with brown banquettes and portraits of famous Montrealers hanging on the walls. Not to miss.

Hotel V

Hotel V Fizeaustraat, Amsterdam

Weteringschans 136 1017 / 31 (0)206623233

An abandoned 1970s office building is the third home for boutique chain Hotel V, located in one of Amsterdam’s leafy residential neighbourhoods. Implementing an appropriate ‘70s theme throughout the 91 rooms, the quirky and vibrant setting makes for the perfect stay for those wishing to match their hotel to their outfit. You’ll surely feel at home in the living room-esque “The Lobby”; kitted out with luscious wood furnishings, novelty lamps and an inspiring food and drink menu.

Bonanza Coffee Roasters

Bonanza Roastery Cafe, Berlin

Adalbertstrasse 78 10997

Caffeine lovers of Berlin rejoice, because veteran coffee roaster Bonanza has unveiled a flagship cafe in the city’s culture hub of Kreuzberg. The sunlit space provides the ideal backdrop to take a laptop and sample one of its velvety cappuccinos, made with ethically sourced milk and beans from Kenya, Ethiopia and Panama. Dutch design firm Modiste is behind the contemporary interior, which is divided in two: the chilled-out cafe and the production and roasting facilities.

Mimi e Coco

Mimi e Coco, Beijing

64 Fangjia Hutong / 86 (0)10 8401 6288

Joined onto Ramo, a pizza-by-the-slice joint in Beijing’s Fangjia district, is a stylish new speakeasy bar by the name of Mimi e Coco. The music is strictly vinyl and the design is more vivid and fun than the typical speakeasy: a turquoise and yellow vision of Moroccan geometric tiling and pops of greenery. Disregarding the usual suspects in favour of more inventive options, such as the Grapefruit & Campari Stiffy, Mimi e Ceco’s cocktails are pre-mixed, bottled and quirkily labelled in house.


Off-White, Singapore

268 Orchard Road

Kanye West’s creative director, Virgil Abloh, has unveiled the Singapore outpost of his cult fashion label Off-White. Passers-by are permitted a small glimpse through the austere walled exterior and into architect studio Family’s concrete jungle inside. Having entered, the space itself is disorienting: a gallery-like corridor becomes a sparse retail environment interspersed with sharp green plants. For dedicated followers of Abloh’s designer-streetwear hybrid brand, this is a theatrical shopping experience like no other.

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