Hipster travelling

Cosmo's found the up-and-coming travel spots you need to add to your next internash trip…

Hipster travelling

Planning an OS trip or want some travel inspo? Cosmo has recruited on-trend chicks from around the globe to share their secret spots and cool hangouts – just don’t go telling everyone! Get strapped in and be prepared for a serious case of wanderlust…

Old Town, Prague

Cosmo’s travel insider: Tereza Pokorná, 18, editorial assistant, Cosmo Czech Republic

Prague is the ancient capital of the kingdom of Bohemia (yep, Nicole Richie would love it). Start your day with a spot of people watching at Kávovarna café on Wenceslas Square in the city centre. “It has a huge variety of coffees, everything from an espresso to a half-litre serve.”

Batalion is a comic museum and bar, home to artworks by Czech illustrator Karel Saudek. Not far from there you’ll find the ’50s and ’60s-themed James Dean restaurant. “It’s the perfect place for a romantic date with your boyfriend, or to enjoy a glass of Czech beer with friends.” An abstract art lover? “You simply have to visit Artbanka Museum of Young Art.”

Copacabana, Jardim Botânico and lapa, Rio de Janeiro

Cosmo’s travel insider: Bárbara dos Anjos Lima, 31, editor, Cosmo Brazil

As if Rio isn’t one of the most jacked-up places in the world already, things are ready to ramp up even more when Brazil hosts the FIFA World Cup next year. Waste no time and move straight to Confeitaria Colombo in beachy Copacabana for savoury pastries once favoured by notable Brazilian novelist Machado de Assis.

For clothes shopping, go to any Farm store. “The pieces are inspired by the typical carioca girl… so you can take Rio with you wherever you go. And the bikinis are to die for.”

Besiktas, Beyoglu and Fatih, Istanbul

Cosmo’s travel insider: Damla Durak, 25, editor, Cosmo Turkey

Literally immerse yourself in Turkish culture at Fatih’s 300-year-old steam bathhouse at Cağaloğlu Hamami. After your dip “take a nap or sip a cup of Turkish tea”.

Atelier 55 on Serdar-I Ekrem Street is a not-to-be-missed treasure of a store, offering everything from jewellery and clothes through to furniture and works of art.

Ulus 29 is a “classic-yet-trendy restaurant in Beşiktaş that has excellent food.” Ask for a table on the outdoor terrace for magnificent views across the Bosphorus (the world’s narrowest strait).

République and the 10th arrondissement, Paris

Cosmo’s travel insider: Sophie Billaud, 26, editor, Cosmo France

Sure, there’s the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe… but what else? Power-lunch like a Parisian at Pause Café (41 Rue de Charonne) in the République neighbourhood. “The design is basic but stylish – red formica tables, mosaic floors and gold-coloured chandeliers.” Or, try out La Cantine d’Auguste. “It’s a streetwear store and an art gallery with a restaurant just next door. Sandwiches and salads are the specialities.”

Not far from there you’ll find L’Atelier Store. “It’s a concept store where you can have your nails done while your boyfriend is with the barber or checking out the cool clothes and accessories.”


Cosmo’s travel insider: Sacha Vukic, 31, journalist and post-grad student

Croatia is where all the cool kids are partying/relaxing/escaping to right now, and Zagreb is the capital of this unofficial hipster Mecca. Begin your search for worthy locals at Sedmica bar (Kačićeva 7A). “Attendance at this hidden bar means instant street-cred. It’s tiny, always packed, and doesn’t need a website or signage to attract clientele.”

For cool clothes, visit design label Roba for “leatherware bridging the gap between high fash and streetwear. Cult and collectable.”


Cosmo’s travel insider: Kerrie Simon-Lawrence, 32, editor-in-chief, Cosmo Middle East

Six-star hotels above and beneath the ocean, ultra-modern shopping malls… Dubai is a desert oasis all right. S*uce is this Cosmo ed’s favourite boutique. “As well as stocking big names like Sass & Bide and Lee, they also go the extra mile to support emerging UAE designers.” Simon-Lawrence also loves to visit the souks. “The textiles, the spices, the gold… they offer a beautiful contrast to shiny-new Dubai.”

An evening at 360º is a must. “It’s out in the middle of the sea – a long causeway takes you to it. Once you’re there, you literally have a 360-degree view of the full horizon and Dubai’s skyline.”

Photography credit: Steven Chee/