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The WGSN Travel A-list: Los Cabos, Lisbon and Ho Chi Minh City

This month on our Travel A-list, we take you around the globe to all the must-see spots in up-and-coming cities. This includes a hotel that makes you “walk on water”, a select shop worthy to be regarded as a gallery, and a hotel that encourages you to slow down in the most luxurious way…

Read on for the full selection and bookmark these for your next trip.

Han Oak, Portland

511 NE 24th Ave, Portland / 1 971 255 0032

Known for its contemporary Korean menus, Han Oak is a not-so-traditional Korean-American family restaurant specialising in prix-fixe dinners, casual dumplings and noodle dishes. This reservation-only hot spot, from culinary veteran Peter Cho, shares a space with his home and is usually open only two nights a week for walk-ins (making it feel even more special). The restaurant itself is a contemporary take on an industrial complex with a lush courtyard that serves as a lounge and waiting area. In a nutshell, Han Oak effortlessly exudes the Portland cool.

Hotel Mar Adentro, Los Cabos 

Paseo Malecon San José Lote 8, Zona Hotelera, 23400 / 52 624 104 9999

Miguel Angel Aragones’ latest marvel is in the vanguard of innovative hotel design – it gives its guests the surreal impression of actually walking on water. The name Mar Ardento literally translates to “the sea Inside” and describes the elaborate reflecting pool that serves as a centerpiece for this seaside property. The complex also houses a shopping center, art gallery, beach club, a spa, multiple luxe dining options and over 200 guest rooms.

Axel Arigato Gallery, Stockholm

Smalandsgatan 28

This latest pop-up store from the contemporary footwear and accessories label is so sleek and design-conscious it’s officially being referred to as the Axel Arigato Gallery. Head here to browse the full range of men’s and women’s sneakers, plus books, magazines and objects – sure to be a new summer hotspot for sneakerheads and design fans. The interior is a bright, open space with minimal furnishings, and fittings comprising plexiglass display tables and clothing racks.

Santa Clara 1728, Lisbon

Campo de Santa Clara 128 / 351 934418316

Based in an impressive 18th century building, this new Lisbon-based accommodation project features six large suites across one imposing home in the heart of the city. Italian lighting designer Davide Groppi helped create the space alongside Manuel Aires Mateus, making a site-specific system bathed in natural light and allowing its beautiful, rustic simplicity to shine through. There are two different types, Suite Santa Clara which boasts 70 sqm. and consists of a large room with river views, a sitting room and bathroom overlooking the gardens; then Suite Tejo, at 50 sqm. which comprises a large room with river views, a sitting room and bathroom. Surrounded by the city’s famous monuments, churches, castles and the Tagus river, there’s no better place to stay.

Sadec District, Ho Chi Minh City

63 Xuan Thuy, Thao Dien / 84 08 3911 7547

When visiting the hottest destination of the year, it’s a must to see any up-and-coming stores especially when good design is involved. Sedec District (which recently opened its second shop) is an all-in-one retail venue housing gift-ready ceramics, homewares, leather goods and apparel from its in-house line as well as other local labels. This multi-brand shop also houses a cosy bistro as well as a cafe armed with delicious cupcakes. Leafy plants, check. Handmade crafts, check. Sweet treats, check. You’d be hard pressed not to drop by.

The Slow, Canggu

97 Batu Bolong / 62 36120 99000

If you’re planning an exotic escape to Bali, skip the luxury resorts and check yourself into The Slow. This new island stay complex incorporates nature, art, local culture and local eats all into one immersive and intimate experience. Browse through the owners’ personal art collection or have a taste of their simple but elevated comfort dishes like Drunkard wok-fried yellow noodles or charred market fish with steamed greens and poached egg. Slow down in the Pool Suite’s bamboo chair after a swim, or wander into one of their vinyl sessions. Either way, The Slow is a contemporary paradise that any busy urbanites need to make a stop for.

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