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Visit the top 5 coastal destinations with WGSN’s expert guide

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Jul 28, 2023 By WGSN Insider
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WGSN’s seasonal Coastal Guide will transport you to our high-summer and resort destinations for aspirational beachwear, flavoursome restaurants and inspiring cultural institutions, from The Hamptons to Goa.

Margate Lido

The UK

Discover the charming English seaside town of Margate that offers a delightful blend of history, culture and coastal beauty. Look to regenerative beauty brand Haeckels, concept store Albion Stores for eclectic swimwear, Aarven for homeware pieces that celebrate local, African and Indian craftspeople and the Turner Contemporary for art inspiration.

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Known for its opulence and modernity, Dubai also offers beach escapes with its iconic skyline as a backdrop. Visit for swimwear and coastal-inspired looks that offer modest cover-ups for observant customers from brands such as Comptoir 102 and Gigi.

Indulge at a range of restaurants, from Michelin-starred Moonrise to Orfali Bros, who serve bistro-style dishes reflecting the flavours of the Middle East and North Africa. Reflecting the city’s cultural diversity, get inspired by institutions such as The Museum of the Future and hubs like the future-focused Dubai Design District (D3).

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MOTF Dubai

The US

Venture out east to the most Eastern tip of Long Island for an effortlessly chic visit to The Hamptons and The North Fork. With a French influence felt throughout, shop at Chanel's Ephemeral Boutique or Sunset Beach's rotating store that is curated by St. Barth’s Montaigne Market this summer.

Visit Duryea’s for a classic lobster roll, with locations in The Hamptons and North Fork, and attend Montauk’s iconic The Surf Lodge Summer Concert Series.

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Southeast Asia

Perhaps the crown jewel of Southeast Asian coastal cities, Bali contains a high volume of retail and wellness destinations. Check out Thaikila for sustainable, locally crafted swimwear or Bali Boat Shed for bold local designs. Leaning into Bali’s tropical lifestyle, eat at Milk & Madu and Little Ripper, and don’t miss out on Space Available, a gallery and circular design centre.

Margate store


Goa, India's beach escape, offers a blend of Indian and Portuguese influences, visible in its food and architecture. Browse Rangeela, a flea market-like experience with a quirky collection of collectables. The Flame Store and O.M.O are must-sees for bohemian clothing.

Refuel at Gunpowder before heading to The Cube Gallery, which serves as an exhibition space for the growing community of artists.


If you’re a WGSN subscriber, get inspired by our Coastal Guide 2023 report. Live now on the site.

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