In the mood for Summer
We all are in the mood for summer; care a bit less about work and more about our salty hair, yet we cannot express how moved we're by your feedbacks and support. We've reached 70 ambassadors on Local's Lore, which means 70 city guides, it's time to get a bit sentimental. Our ambassadors are the most inspiring collective of guides. All of them are local tastemakers in their own rights and have a unique view on their cities. From photographers, through designers, entrepreneurs, baristas and brand strategists joined our community to together support the notion of conscious and insightful traveling. They all are different yet have a lot in common. They most of all feel the desire to share a unique list of lush spots which we'd like you to discover as well. Local's Lore is an invitation to join our journey and to seize the mantra; live global, experience local.
TOP 10 cafes in Portland
We believe that the hardest choice you'll have to make in Portland, is about choosing amongst its wonderful coffee shops. Our ambassador, Marshall Steeves has given his love for coffee and Portland's incredible coffee scene, so we asked him about his TOP 10 coffee destinations in the city. Take for instance Coava, the popular coffee shop specializes in artisanal drinks using house-roasted beans, served along with light bites and pastries. The airy spaces feature blond woods, plenty of seating and roasted beans to go. Or Case Study Coffee, one of the best cupping spots. "Cuppings are always enjoyable! Being able to taste each one side by side in a pure brew is phenomenal!” We're sure that you'll only make the best choices, thanks to Marshall!
The lore of Portland: Meet Marshall Steeves
Finding our ambassador in Portland was nothing but love for first sight. Marshall Steeves’ account is dealing with some seriously beautiful content; minimalist interior details of the coolest cafes in town. Marshall has been influenced by many different surroundings, environments, people, and lifestyles. “Craving the city life again, I moved back to Portland and have chased the creativity and culture that has thrived here. As a photographer, designer, writer, and avid minimalist, I have pushed to bring Portland a sense of unique and radiant energy that will push the design world forward and ultimately expand the city to new and never-before-seen heights.” Discover the most aesthetic gems of the city through Marshall’s lenses, who’s not only a true coffee enthusiast but a great photographer too. Go no further if you want to get a glimpse of the city’s coffee scene, concept stores and restaurants. Read on!
Top 5 coworking spaces
Coworking is a shift from traditional 9 to 5 working schedule; a lifestyle you may call it. It often goes in line with traveling and relocating on a regular basis, yet many time it’s just a preferred way of working whether you are a digital nomad or not. It’s also a hub full of creative people like you and us, filled with innovative ideas. From start-upers, designers, IT gurus, independent entrepreneurs or writers you may find inspiring stories to relate to. We have now collected some of our favourite spaces design-wise in Europe to work your day away. When traveling, you may find us in the prettiest coffee shops and coworking spaces with our laptops wide open busy emailing. The cosy atmosphere, neat design has always been an aspect when picking our temporary work station. Luckily, coworking spaces are booming and many of them makes us feel like we are in a proper Scandinavian design store without the customers mingling around. Many times these buildings include a gym, drinks bar, library, meditation room and a roof terrace that provides a lush view – all for your comfort. It looks like that we are celebrating the renaissance of work!
Zhao Zhou: Modern Tea Shop, Ancient Tea Leaves
In the 21st century boundaries have been blurred; between countries, cultures, coffee-drinkers and tea-drinkers. It goes much beyond simple rules or generalization. We’re becoming more and more curious, aware and are in constant search of experiences and wow-effects. It might doesn’t sound obvious, but tea can give you one of the deepest experiences. Especially if you are consuming the right one in the right place; like a cup of puer tea at Zhao Zhou Tea Shop & Lab, in Budapest.
Rachel Saunders Ceramics
When was the last time you’ve read something truly honest, pure and inspiring? This was pretty much the case when we’ve received Rachel Saunders’ thoughts on the art of creating, sustainable living, failure and burnout, and her essential source of inspiration; the diverse landscapes of Mother Nature. Rachel Saunders is a multidisciplinary artist from the West Coast of Canada currently working with clay as her primary medium. She places value on simplicity, functionality, sustainability, and playfulness. In her work she aims to highlight the inherent characteristics of natural materials through self-taught technique and design. All pieces, both wheel-thrown and hand-built, are made by Rachel in her studio on the ever-so-magical Vancouver Island. Read on to figure out more where to go in Victoria, what are the everyday challenges Rachel is facing, and how she’s seizing her mantra through Gertrude Stein’s quote, ’in the morning there is meaning, in the evening there is feeling’.
25hours Hotel - Zürich
Which one is the coolest hotel you've ever been to in Zürich? Could you guess which one is ours? On the occasion of Forward Festival, we’ve stayed at the oh-so-hip 25hours Hotel Langstrasse (there is another one in Zürich West too), which really is the ultimate nest if you are in for anything that's cool, modern and stylish. Oh and if you love sharing things like work space, good food and your stories with like-minded creatives it’s also your place to be. It's a hotspot where Zürich natives and urban explorers can meet, work, chill or create. The little universe right beside the central station, with oriental world cuisine, artist residency program, co-working space and design shop is a completely new form of hospitality. You are welcome to stay in and enjoy all the facilities, events and different types of experience the hotel is ready to offer. 25hours is a young hotel idea characterised by personality and a charming and relaxed service, which seeks to find contemporary answers to the demands of urban, cosmopolitan travellers. The brand focuses on individuality, authenticity and character, and designs each of its hotels in partnership with various designers and in a unique style, under the motto 'Know one, know none'. If you are into fresh initiatives, cool typography and colorful interior, you will love staying there, we promise! Are you loving it already?
SCHWABINGER WAHRHEIT by Geisel
Are you curious what is the first hybrid hotel in Germany like? We’ve just recently tried and tested it for you throughout our stay in Münich. In May 2018 the SCHWABINGER WAHRHEIT by Geisel in the Hohenzollernstraße, which if filled with historic and heritage buildings, finally opened its doors for its guests and we’re lucky enough to be amongst the first ones. The modern hybrid hotel is the combination of an urban city hotel, a trendy business hotel and a very relaxed atmosphere results in a unique hotel concept. "Simply Schwabing” – A declaration of love to the cult district of Munich: The modern hotel with 80 guest rooms combines a quaint local design with a highly functional, smart interior. Guest amenities include a cozy breakfast and bar area and a modern gym with an outdoor jacuzzi. Would you like to stay in a brand new, laid-back environment? Well, welcome at the SCHWABINGER WAHRHEIT by Geisel!
During D.A.T.E. (Discover Antwerp Through Experience) we discovered Antwerp's design scene too! It seemed like that all the ways lead to our long-desired concept store; St. Vincents. Since its opening in 2015, St. Vincents is a constantly changing space that houses both niche products and well-known local and international designers. Around 475 square meters in the heart of Antwerp, a hybrid mix of commerce, hospitality and art prevails. The owners Henri and Geraldine deliberately set up their business as a concept for gaining experience. The product range is remarkably colorful for a concept store; fashion items, jewelery, books, niche beauty products, magazines and designer furniture creat the constant stock of goods. In addition to the commercial function, they provide a cafe area, events and temporary exhibitions to customers. The owners believe in having a coffee or breakfast together as well as gatherings like launch events and exhibition openings strengthens the community. In their point of view, this is now an area of innovation that is a great opportunity for retailers to renew their spaces and to reflect this creativity. Read our interview with lovely Geraldine!
Antwerp: Hotel Pilar
Those of you who follow our Instagram account might have noticed that we're in Antwerp - for the very first time. The occasion is rather special though; we've got invited by the awesome team of This is Antwerp, which is the coolest touristic initiative so far. They've gathered a bunch of creatives, artists and writers from all over Europe to Discover Antwerp Through Experience (D.A.T.E.), and luckily, we're amongst them. D.A.T.E. is not just a way of putting Antwerp on the map as a creative, innovative city. It's also a great way for them to bring foreign creatives together with the local scene. They didn't only put together the coolest program for the week, but made sure that we'll feel home, and have our beauty sleeps in the best surroundings. The sunniest corner of Antwerp’s Het Zuid quarter recently gave home to Hotel Pilar, an eclectic spot designed for exciting encounters. Hotel Pilar is a home away from home for globetrotters and local residents alike. This colorful 17-room hotel-slash-foodbar is providing us nest throughout the week. PS It's in high demand, if you know what we mean!