Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 93
where next: city scenes
Post-quake, the cool capital is leading by design.
Attention turned to Mexico City last fall when a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck near Puebla. While certainly tragic, it doesn't mean you should cancel your travel plans. "Only a few areas sustained major damage," says Mexico City-based Virtuoso advisor Ana P. Rosete. "All the main attractions I usually send visitors to are fine." Mexico City is on the global stage for a more celebratory reason too: It's been named the
2018 World Design Capital (the first city in the Americas to earn the title), a designation that recognizes
the metropolis for architectural innovation and design-forward urban planning. Creativity can be found
everywhere here - on the plate, in fashion, and on canvases. In fact, Mexico City has one of the world's
largest concentrations of museums (it's hard to miss the shimmering Museo Soumaya, this issue's cover
star), and February's annual Zona Maco is the country's equivalent of Art Basel. New shops and bazaarstyle markets display an emerging sartorial scene: Rosete's pick is Barrio Alameda, a collection of galleries and boutiques in a revamped art deco building in the Centro Histórico district.
GO: The 189-room St. Regis Mexico City connects guests with stylist Marco Corral for an in-the-know
tour of the Condesa and Roma neighborhoods' best shops. Doubles from $289, including breakfast daily and
a $100 hotel credit.
(MEXICO CITY) ALIJA/GETTY IMAGES,
(SEOUL) TAWATCHAI PRAKOBKIT/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO
World-class athletes will meet in
Pyeongchang, South Korea, this
February for the Winter Olympics.
While they go for the gold, three
hours east in Seoul, the K-beautyobsessed will be reaching for
sheet masks - and serums,
skin elixirs, and pore foams. The
country's skin-care products line
U.S. shelves, but travelers to the
source are rewarded with affordable spa treatments, hard-to-find
indie brands, and, in the Myeongdong neighborhood, entire streets
lined with beauty-product shops.
"Seoul has everything a cosmopolitan city should have: superb
food, an up-and-coming design
scene, and nightlife," says Tisha
Neufville, an Atlanta-based travel
advisor. "In Myeongdong, visit
Olive Young first for a variety of
popular brands." Get beauty sleep
at the 185-room Park Hyatt Seoul
in the posh Gangnam district.
Doubles from $310, including a
welcome bottle of wine, breakfast
daily, and a $50 dining credit.
Norway topped the list in last
year's United Nations' World
Happiness Report, and one visit to
its capital affirms why its citizens
are content. "Oslo is a clean, safe
city with beautiful museums,
galleries, and parks, all of which
can be reached on foot," says
Petra Holberg-Calvaruso, a travel
advisor from Ponte Vedra Beach,
Florida. Beyond the revitalized
Bjorvika waterfront, where a sleek
new Edvard Munch museum will
open in 2020, hip restaurants and
food halls introduce travelers to
seasonally focused New Nordic
cuisine (try it at three-Michelin-
starred Maaemo), and locals
convene over their love of a good
cup of coffee at Fuglen. Spend a
few days in Oslo on 50 Degrees
North's new private, ten-day
Scandinavian city-hopping jaunt,
with stops in Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Bergen, Norway. Departures: Any day, May 15 through
September 30; from $10,578.
Bright lights and beauty
products in Seoul's
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