The WGSN Travel A-List: Strasbourg, Palm Springs and Kyoto

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Travel inspiration for this month

The Travel A-list is back, time to prep your passports.

Here’s what you need to know about the hottest spots in Copenhagen, Palm Springs, Kyoto and more.

Add to your travel diary or note on your phone – because these spots are not worth missing!

Café X, San Francisco 

cafe x
135 4th Street CA 90413

Robots really are taking over at the first ever automated coffee shop Café X, complete with electronic barista and digital ordering system. Choosing from a variety of espresso-based coffees on the downloadable app, or you can order a hit of caffeine straight from your phone. It is made and served under ultra-hygienic conditions in the futuristic looking kiosk, all by a fully automated machine.

Desert X Art Festival, Doug Aitken Installation, Palm Springs


Desert X Palm Springs,CA 9226 

Mirage, an installation created by artist Doug Aitken, perfectly describes the ranch-style building sitting among the sun-soaked vegetation of the Southern California desert. The mirrored structure creates a kaleidoscopic effect; reflecting its surroundings, providing a camouflage-like exterior that tricks the eye. The concept, developed for the Desert X art festival, is based on mass-produced suburban houses that are so popular in America, though this creation is void of any inhabitants, doors or windows – an experience that challenges our ordinary sense of space and security. *FInishes April 30th.

Tennis Clubhouse, Strasbourg

15 Rue de la Fourmi, 67000 / 33 03 88 41 92 11

Hard to miss, the impressive undulations of the Strasbourg clubhouse is the work of architects Paul Le Quernec. Inspired by the flight path of a tennis ball, the club’s design arches and bows from ceiling to floor. Plus its domed windows encouraging a flood of natural light into the space. Look out for the curved seating features in the main clubhouse and changing rooms, as well as a bespoke bar top constructed of staggered wooden slats which fits snugly along one wall. Externally, the striking petal shaped canopy shading the patio makes an extraordinary impact – a superb source of inspiration for creatives interested in VM and design.

Brus Brewpub, Copenhagen

Brus Brewpub

Guldbergsgade 29F / 45 75222200

One for the beer lovers, with no less than 33 beer taps serving a mix of craft beers and ready-made cocktails is brewpub Brus, located in the trendy Nørrebro district. Minimal and open plan in aesthetic, the Brus bar seats punters along its nine metre oak topped surface. Copper covered beer tanks and ageing barrels allude to the brewery’s working nature, whilst contemporary lighting and a smattering of greenery mimic the laid-back hipster taverns of East London. A plate of the Insta-worthy fare from neighbouring Restaurant Spontan is the perfect accompaniment to the vast collection of tonics, spirits and craft blends offered.


The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore 

warehouse hotel320 Havelock Road 169128/ 65 6828 000

One of the most buzzed about openings in South East Asia, The Warehouse Hotel is a brand new design and boutique hotel situated at the quaint Robertson Quay. Apart from its great location, its heritage as a historic building is the real draw. Previously a warehouse built in 1895 by a local businessman, the location has been restored into a 37-room hotel with everything from interiors to ceramics and fabric made by Singapore’s new generation of creators.

Book and Bed, Kyoto

Book and bed kyoto
9F Kamogawa Building, 200 Nakanocho-Nishiiru, Higashiyama-ku

To sleep in a book shop may not sound like a desirable thing, but Book and Bed in Kyoto may change your mind. After success in Tokyo (we wrote about this location back in 2015 here), this concept budget hostel has opened up in Kyoto. The concept is to present the feeling of falling asleep reading, and actually letting you do it surrounded by over 2500 books. You are basically sleeping inside compact wooden boxes between bookshelves, but at least it comes with wifi, an outlet and of course, reading lights. Some “rooms” even have a view out onto the Gion River and Kyoto Tower.

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