A new year, a new Travel Bucket List. I don’t call myself a trendwatcher, but by researching hundreds of cool spots every week I see destinations developing rapidly especially in the hotspot department. So if you want to be surprised by the most fantastic restaurants, shops, hotels and exhibitions? Go here.
- Marseille: European Capital of Culture this year and home of the second Mamashelter Hotel. They are gonna host a lot of fantastic events in 2013. Like the exhibition of Daniel Buren in Summer 2013.
- Los Angeles: there’s a lot happening downtown. And there’s going to be a new Ace Hotel this year. Hipster heaven.
- Madrid: although Barcelona stole my heart, I think Madrid is booming with new (pop up) addresses. I’ve been there last June, but I can go again and I will be sure to fill one week with new addresses again.
- Rotterdam: in February the place to be because of the Raw Art Fair and the new to open Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition in de Kunsthal.
- Milan: ofcourse the Salone del Mobile is on your list, but now we can look forward to a touch of British design with the designjunction popping up there this year.
- Tel Aviv: booming in the cool cafe department. Wouldn’t you love to eat here?
- Gent: mentioned this city last year as well and is in my opinion more progressive than Antwerp. There are a lot of one-room b&b’s. And in March we can add another one to it – a good time to visit Gent because then the Maart Design Maand will take place.
- Hong Kong: in May the first Art Basel will take place in Hong Kong, there are a lot of great restaurants and cool shops and we can expect a new hotel opening on top of a great restaurant.
- Stockholm: you have until March 3rd to visit the David LaChapelle exhibition in Fotografiska Stockholm. Also on the agenda: another Story Hotel opening close to Stockholm (that was something I’ve picked up during my stay there in 2011)
- Istanbul: Good weather, a fantastic new hotel opening (and no I’m not talking about the second Bunk Hostel branch) and a interesting exhibition at the pop up location of Istanbul Modern. Please do not disturb: an exhibition on the concept of holiday (February 7 – April 7)
(Photos clockwise from left to right: David LaChapelle in Fotografiska, Designjunction, Jean Paul Gaultier in Kunsthal Rotterdam, Jaffa Tel Aviv)