Travel To | Canggu, Bali

Canggu (the ‘Gu) is often referred to in sentences featuring the following words ‘surfers, alternative, edgy vibe, cool’ – serious questions were arising as to whether I was ‘cool’ enough to fit in. However, upon arriving at Lila Boutik all fears of being out of place were left behind – this place oozed serenity (albeit a tad ‘bouji’ & an Instagram haven).

If you’re looking to get away from the chaotic streets of Seminyak, but don’t want to leave the beach club vibe behind, this is the place for you. From cute cafes, to poolside bars like no other – the ‘Gu has got you sorted.

COFFEE


1. Crate Cafe
2. Monsieur Spoon
3. Milk & Madu

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BRUNCH


1. Nude
2. Cafe Vida
3. The Slow
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DINNER


1. Peekaboo
2. Gypsy
3. Watercress

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STAY


1. Lila Boutik – for instagram spots galore
2. The Slow – for a slice of Melbourne lux in Canggu
3. Frii Hotel – for affordable beachside location

Airbnb is a great place to look in Canggu, if you’re looking to get away from the hotel vibe and want more luxury, there’s tonnes of beautiful places with ‘super host’ status.

Looking for somewhere more reasonable in Bali?  (without sacrificing style)

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DO


1. Step into beach club heaven at La Brisa 
2. Watch the sunset at The Lawn, Canggu
3. Spend a day at Finns Beach Club
4. Get pampered at Therapy Canggu 
5. Spend a Wednesday eve at Old Mans 
6. Ride some waves with In Da Surf

The Habit Hunter x

Travel To | Berlin

STAY


1. Hotel Zoo – a lux hotel located moments from the Zoo (ironically), with a state of the art design
2. 25Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin – an ultra chica hotel with views of the zoo amidst a concept mall
3. Capri by Fraser – for a new hotel providing a combination of perfect location and clean design
4. Hotel Sir Savigny – for boutique chic in Charlottenburg
5. Michelberger Hotel – for creative design in a quirky area moments from the East Side Gallery

COFFEE 


1. The Barn Café
2. Silo Coffee
3. Distrikt Coffee
4. Father Carpenter Coffee
5. Five Elephant

BRUNCH


1. Roamers
2. Commonground
3. Father Carpenter Coffee
4. Cabslam
5. Distrikt Coffee

HEALTHY SPOTS


1. Rose Garden
2. Funk You
3. Daluma
4. The Bowl

DINNER


1. Panama – for ultra slick sharing dishes served in an innovative manner in a chilled out environment
2. Katz Orange – for a laid back setting, with divine food! – Order the cauliflower — end of!
3. The Butcher – for the best burger in town! I’m talking truffle burger.. truffle sauce.. truffle chips
4. Night Kitchen – for contemporary dining designed to be shared amongst friends
5. Transit – for a tapas style take on asian cuisine

DO


1. Get cultural at the East Side Gallery
2. Take in a tour rambling around the city with Sandemans
3. Create your own scent at Frau Tonis
4. Hit up the best concept mall in town at Bikini Berlin
5. Head to The Corner and ogle over your designer dreams
6. Take a trip to Soho House and indulge at the Cowshed Spa or scout out some treats at The Store
7. Wander the streets of Mitte for casual Berlin chic nestled amongst independent coffee stores!

The Habit Hunter x

Travel To | Stockholm

When I signed up to the Stockholm Half Marathon at the beginning of the summer, it seemed only right to make a girly weekend of it when it came around in September. So as a birthday surprise, I whisked off my best-friend and off we went to frolic the Scandinavian streets in search of the best spots in town. Anyone who knows me, knows my slight coffee addiction, so when I heard about the Swede’s concept of “Fika”, this was something I was going to seriously embrace.

Fika (Swedish pronunciation: [²fiːka]) is a concept in Swedish culture with the basic meaning “to have coffee”, often accompanied with pastries.

COFFEE


1. Drop Coffee
2. Cafe Pascal
3. Snickarbacken 7

BRUNCH


1. Pom & Flora
2. Pascal
3. Oaxen Slip

DINNER


1. Meatballs for the People
2. Lilla Ego
3. Kott osk Fiskbaren

STAY


1. Haymarket Hotel
2. Ett Hem
3. Story Hotel

SHOP


Nordiska Kompaniet
Granit
Grandpa
Acne Archive
H&M

The Habit Hunter x

Hotel Review | North House, West Cowes

Overview:


The owners of North House in Cowes started their ventures with the popular Coast Bar in town, and expanded to open this boutique just last year, and they’ve nailed it! Whilst also running a local interior design store in town there’s no surprises when it came to the furnishings everything was impeccable. It’s chic, homely and sophisticated all at once, and quite frankly (in my opinion) the only choice you want to make when heading to Cowes for a trip away!

The Location:


10/10! Located on the aptly named ‘Sun Hill’ – North House has been given a prime spot in town. Just minutes from the bustling high street, as well as the sea. The bus stop is just around the corner, and the views from all aspects of the hotel are second-to-none.

The Rooms:


With just 14 rooms in the hotel I’d be surprised if you could find one that disappoints. They’re decked out with romantic fireplaces, pillows to-die-for, quintessentially beautiful bed linen and views of the sea — could you ask for anything more?

Oh wait.. to top it off you’ve got Cowshed Spa toiletries to use until your heart is content. (It might be cheeky – but take some refill bottles and take away some of the lotions and potions with you to remind you of your stay – don’t take their bottles.. unless you want to fit the bill)

The Food:


North House oozes seaside chic with its in-house restaurant – The Oyster Store! The food was quite simply, sublime. We opted for dinner and breakfast in the hotel and neither left us disappointed. The specials menu is full of the fresh catch of the day (and really choosing anything other than fish when on the IOW would be a mistake).

For dessert, in my eyes there’s no competition for the sticky toffee pudding & salted caramel ice cream. But if you’re looking for a savoury option, the cheese board won’t disappoint.

The breakfast offered a variety of choices from the ‘market table’ (yoghurt, fresh fruit, cereals, toast etc) as well as the choice of a variety of hot options (think avo, smoked salmon, eggs benny, the whole shabam!)

TOP TIP: If the seafood chowder is on the specials menu – order it!

The Drinks:


They outdid themselves on the cocktail front, offering not only sublime tasting cocktails, but also at a very decent price! (For a Londoner anyway). If you’re a gin fan (& female) opt for ‘The Pink One’. It’s even served with ‘Mermaids Gin’ – the only gin distilled on the island.

The Facilities:


For a small boutique hotel, they really outdo themselves on ‘the added extras’. The sun-trap pool was huge hit, with French Riviera style loungers & towels to match! It’s heated all year round, so no excuses.

If you’re heading in the winter they’ve got a cosy fire pit, complete with blankets on the terrace. The perfect setting for a glass of rosé and a toasted marshmallow!

With Cowes high street on your doorstep you won’t be struggling for things to do. Take a stroll to Gurnard Beach – or head off to Queen Victoria’s old summer stomping ground at Osborne House. Both well within reach by foot from the hotel doorstep.

The Service:


The front of house team were a godsend – they couldn’t have offered to do more and they truly were the most friendly bunch.

Being such a young hotel, it’s inevitable there’s to be a few teething issues, and this seemed to be on the ‘new staff’ front. Not sure if it was that we chose to go at the end of the summer (perhaps when the new staff were joining) but there was a lot of newbies on the team. Whilst I’ll give them their due that they were trying their best, there were moments where you’d have thought a bit of ‘prior training’ could’ve been of use, before letting them loose on the main affair.

But don’t get me wrong – this hotel is a winner. From arriving to departing, everything was tip top!

The Habit Hunter x

Travel To | New York

“When I First Moved to New York I Bought Vogue Instead Of Dinner, I Just Felt It Fed Me More”
Carrie Bradshaw

I’ve been lucky enough to make a few trips to New York, with the most recent being for the New York Marathon, and there’s just something about the buzz of the city that makes me fall in love with it a little bit more each time I visit. The feeling of being a little doll surrounded by huge skyscrapers, the hustle and bustle on every corner, and the unequivocally chic hangouts dotted throughout the city. It’s unsurprising that the holiday blues kick in before even getting to the departures lounge to go home. Needless to say – It’s never a case of ‘Goodbye’ when New York is involved, but always ‘I’ll See You Later’.

STAY


1. The Ludlow Hotel
2. 11 Howard
3. The Refinery Hotel

EAT


Brunch

1. The Butchers Daughter
2. Bubby’s
3. Two Hands
4. Jack’s Wife Frieda
5. Egg Shop

Coffee

1. Culture Espresso
2. El Rey
3. The Ludlow Coffee Supply
4. Everyman Espresso
5. Happy Bones

Lunch

1. By Chloe
2. Umami Burger
3. Broadway Bites (Food Market)
4. Chelsea Market
5. Sweetgreen

Dinner

1. The Spotted Pig
2. The Little Owl
3. Tiny’s
4. ABC Cocina
5. Le Coucou

DO


1. Chelsea Market
2. The Highline
3. Williamsburg, Brooklyn
4. A Broadway Show
5. Sunrise on Brooklyn Bridge
6. Central Park Strolls

SHOP


1. ABC Carpet & Home – a concept store where you can wander through their interiors, homewares and gifts for hours and hours through the sheer awe of their visual merchandising
2. LF Stores – It’s luck of the draw in this small women’s clothing store, but they have a mix of seriously discounted designer clothing and shoes. If you’ve got the patience to search through, it’s worth it!
3. Pottery Barn – Beautiful home interiors store
4. Chelsea Market

The Habit Hunter x