The best of Oslo: Brugata Landhandleri
Brugata Landhandleri is fresh and unique concept in Oslo; it unites a café, a cocktail bar, gourmet wholesale store in a rather pretty setting! In this place there is something for everyone no matter if you are a local or a tourist. We sat down with the owners, and one of the coolest baristas in town, Alex Monsen, to tell us more about Oslo, their new-wave coffee scene and the story of Oslo's newest gem; Brugata Landhandleri.
Oslo Cold Brew
Oslo is not often associated with coffee and definitely not with cold brew but we sat the with the guys, Kristian and Rory, who happened to wish changing it. Rory has recently become the Norwegian barista champion and they thought that the timing is just great to use the success of the competition to launch Oslo Cold Brew. Oslo Cold Brew is producing high quality cold brewed coffee and tea for the Norwegian market. We discussed the current state of the Norwegian coffee scene in the iconic culture hub of the city; Kulturhuset. Read on!
12 Hours in Paris
What's common in Boot café and Ob-La-Di? Well, both' menu is so delicious that people tend to queue before opening hours. We are saying this not to deter anyone, just to prove ourselves right. Our addiction towards these places started the last time we visited Paris, but now it evolved completely. Boot is very tiny, yet hearty coffee place just a corner away from the famed concept store; Merci (which we happened to visit after a perfect cappucino with double dash of espresso). Paris is all about the cosy little places and nice walks.
A new Parisian address on the border of the 8th and 17th arrondissements, LE CAMONDO has opened its doors within the eponymous museum, just next to Parc Monceau. Upon entering, a large bar acts as the central element of the space, like a huge dining table inviting guests to share some time together. As if it were suspended in time, this former parking garage of the hôtel particulier has retained its coffered ceiling and metallic columns that make up the structure of the space. It also opens onto a paved courtyard that’s protected from external noise, just like a secret garden. Perfect for lunches and dinners on beautiful sunny days. This warm and inviting space boasts a cosy atmosphere featuring an interior design that mixes styles and materials with the spirit of an elegant conservatory, echoing the feeling of a private club. We sat down with the director, Aret BulBul to talk about moving to Paris, the French cuisine and his future plans.
Hotel Bienvenue Paris
It does not matter whether it's raining or there is constant sunshine, Paris is just charming, we can agree on that. So as it's booming boutique hotel scene. In the 9th district you will find the intimate and highly coveted hotel called Hotel Bienveue, which is the freshest project of Adrien Gloaguen (Hôtel Paradis and Hôtel Panache). The place is just the perfect nest for design-savvy travelers with crave for modern aesthetics and comfort. Amongst other things an outdoor terrace - which was our favourite spot in the hotel other than our room's window facing a huge gothic rose window tracery - for eating, drinking and relaxing provides your serenity during your stay. The hotel's location is ideal too; close to both the La Palais Royal and the Sacré-Cœur. So if you were wondering where to stay in Paris whether it is the Maison & Objet or the Fashion Week, we would highly recommend Hotel Bienvenue.
Paris' interior design scene nr.1.: Interview with Emmanuelle Simon
On the occassion of Maison & Objet we are flying to Paris in search of interior heaven. But already before taking off, we've fallen in love with the Paris-based designer, Emmanuelle Simon's Rakù-Yaki Cabinet Bar. And it turned out that she's a lot more to showcase. We've found Simon's project called La Chambre sur l'Eau' Bedroom, which she completed during the famed 'Design Parade', held annually by Villa Noailles in Hyères and Toulon located in the South of France. Emmanuelle not only has the eye for the right balance of being artsy yet standing with two feet on the ground, but an extremely sharp eye for detail. Set in a natural palette, one can easily pay attention to all the delicate details used for turning an empty space into a much coveted bedroom that would one spend a lifetime in. She's by the way got the city of Toulon Public Prize. Read her thoughts on being an interior designer, about the art of minimalism and Paris; the most inspiring city one can live in.
Chiang Mai's Best Hotel: The Barisotel by The Baristro
The new wave coffee houses are taking Chiang Mai by storm, and if it would not be satisfying enough, here is our favourite concept in the city so far: a hotel-slash-coffee initiative called The Barisotel by the Baristro is taking hospitality to a caffeinated level. Set in a prime location of Chiang Mai, The Barisotel by The Baristro puts everything the city has to offer just outside your doorstep. The property features a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant experience. Convenience and comfort makes the boutique hotel of such the perfect choice for your stay in the North of Thailand. Visit Chiang Mai's best hotel: The Barisotel by The Baristro.
Chiang Mai's top 10 new wave coffee houses
When it comes to Chiang Mai, one immediately associates the city with old historical Buddhist temples, traditional festivals and Thai food. However, that’s all changing as the city's arts and food scene both started to evolve. And this has also resulted a great boom in their new wave coffee culture. We've been amazed by the large number of high quality coffee shops in Chiang Mai when our ambassador, Piyatat Primtongtrakul introduced us in the local coffee scene. Chiang Mai today belongs to those few places around the globe where you have progressive roasteries, devoted baristas and true coffee fans within just a few miles drive away from the coffee plantations and farmers. Here’s Piyatat's guide and wonderful imagery to TEN of the city’s very best coffee bars, so we make sure that your caffeine-level is going to be just fine when you pay a visit in this exciting creative city!
Lo Sereno Casa de Playa
Heading to Mexico and in need of a nest? Lo Sereno Casa de Playa is a beautiful boutique hotel curated for the modern traveler. In search for a hidden bliss away from home, the hotel is designed for those that wish to escape and find serenity during their stay. Being located right in between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean, the hotel indeed lives up to its name. Troncones is though a world-class surfing spot in Mexico, but if you would rather go for the hights than the depths the mountains are just a short drive away. Lo Sereno boasts a year-round outdoor pool and also guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant serving gourmet Mexican dishes, sourcing local fresh ingredients daily. Lo Sereno provides all the amenities a modern traveler may desire, curating brands worldwide for an all-sensory experience.
Scandinavian Hotel in NYC: 11 Howard
Wondering where to stay in New York while enjoying a chic Scandinavian surrounding and supporting a good cause? We might have the ultimate choice for you. Nordic minimalism, comfort, laidback elegance are the words that well describe one of our favourite “temporary homes” in New York. The most striking thing about the hotel is though their consciousness in every aspect of their business. 11 Howard lives up to its motto “conscious hospitality”. The hotel donates a portion of its revenue from each stay to the Global Poverty Project: a non-profit aimed at reducing extreme poverty. Other than the design-focus, being conscious in terms of traveling is the point where Local’s Lore and 11 Howard’s vision met.