If you're heading to NYC, Paris, LA or Hong Kong this spring — add these "not-to-be-missed" spots to your list. Trust us, your future self will thank you.
New York: Public Hotel
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Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel opened its 367 rooms in New York’s Lower East Side last June, and we’re all in on the chic new concept: celebrity digs at Airbnb prices. Billed as “luxury for all”—rooms start at just $200 per night—the hotel was designed by Herzog & de Meuron, and features floor-to-ceiling windows and a worth-the-trip-on-its-own rooftop bar with dazzling views of the city. TRADE, the hotel’s in-house boutique, curates a great selection of must-have accessories, while the hotel’s destination restaurant, Public Kitchen—helmed by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten—features inventive, market-centric fair. Our go-to nibbles? The butternut squash and basil potstickers, and the pepita-crusted salmon.
Paris: Brasserie Rivié
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Formerly known as the center of Paris’s garment and textile industry, the Sentier district on the north side of the 2nd arrondissement recently welcomed Rivié, a "neo brasserie" located in the new Hoxton Hotel. Rivié gets its name from Etienne Rivié, a counsellor to King Louis XIV whose home was located directly across the road from the hotel. And while history is part of Rivié’s charm—the restaurant certainly revels in serving absurdly rich and delicious Parisien classics with a twist, like gnocchi aux champignons and meringue noix de coco.
For design connoisseurs, the décor is off the charts: the timber paneling, marble-topped bars, distressed plaster walls and deep teal velvet bar seats are as Instagrammable as the cuisine. Before dinner, stop by for an aperitif at the Hoxton’s Jacques’ Bar, where bartenders serve bespoke cocktails (and sneak you their secret ingredients on little slips of paper).
Los Angeles: KITH
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This February, streetwear obsessives got themselves a brand-new mecca: Kith Los Angeles. With this flagship, Ronnie Fieg rounds out a seven-year winning streak of streetwear sovereignty. The 3500 sq ft store is co-designed with Snarkitecture—a collaboration between Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen—featuring multi-brand curations and line-up-at-dawn sneaker collabs. We would be remiss not to mention that the new digs also house Kith Treats—a Fieg invention that serves cereal and ice cream blends dreamed up by star athletes and designers. Our pick? The King’s Treat, by Lebron James (featuring Cinnamon Toast Crunch).
Hong Kong: Art Basel
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The youngest member of the Art Basel family, Art Basel Hong Kong has grown to prominence over the last six years. Last year’s fifth edition welcomed 80,000 visitors, and from the VIP preview onward, art news sites were all atwitter over David Zwirner’s gallery selling two paintings by Belgian artist Luc Tuymans for $1.5 million within the first hour of the fair.
This year, the buzz comes in the form of Willem de Kooning’s “Untitled XII,” owned by Microsoft founder Paul Allen. This vibrant abstract expressionist piece will be offered by Levy Gorvy gallery and priced at a cool $35 million. The fair also has a great selection of stellar emerging galleries. Our “ones to watch”? Check out JTT gallery from New York and Hannah Hoffman gallery from Los Angeles, both of whom will show in the fair’s Discoveries section.March 29 – 31, 2018