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The original capital (sorry Nara) of Japan is a mystical place. Hosting a leg-wearing number of UNESCO sites is what a lot of people already know about Kyoto but her subtle reinvention and embrace of the modern, whilst still fiercely proud of her imperial past and heritage, is probably something most tourists don't take note of at first glance. But Kyoto is ablaze with so many contemporary interests that she holds her own as a truly modern city. So don't be fooled by that gorgeous exterior, dig deeper and one will discover a Kyoto that is very current with the most unexpected outcomes arising from the interplay of her 1.2+ millennium-long heritage.

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Bespokcracy is teaming up with Arndt Art Agency, one of Berlin's foremost commercial art galleries and advisories to help you get even deeper into your art and cultural explorations of the thrilling city of Berlin. Together with Arndt, we unlock doors to different art institutions and spaces to provide you with the access no one else can. To whet your appetite, Arndt has provided some of the best of Berlin in our "wee black book: Berlin Edition" below. Your take on Berlin shall be the envy of all.

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Museum Ludwig


The year Ludwig Museum was founded (in 1986) was also the year the art world sat up to etch Cologne on the list of important art destinations of the world, so we suspect there is no need for us to further elaborate how seminally important this museum is to Cologne. It hous­es the main po­si­tions and trends in mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary art from the break of the 20th cen­tu­ry up to the pre­sent, and perhaps of particular note is  that it also holds the largest pop-art collection outside of the U.S.



The bequeath of Franz Ferdinand Wallraf of his entire art collection to the city of Cologne in 1824, laid the foundation for Cologne’s first art museum. Since 2001, it has been housed in a new building designed by Cologne’s homegrown star architect Oswald Mathias Ungers, and is growing from strength to strength  with its collection spanning 700 years of art history, including one of the most significant collections of medieval paintings in the world. The addition of one of the widest collection of impressionist and neo-impressionist art in Germany from the Fondation Corboud seals the must-visit decision.



Breaking the confines of a traditional museum or gallery, the Skulpturenpark Köln or as you probably guessed it, the Cologne Sculpture Park, displays a diverse collection of contemporary international sculpture. KölnSkulptur is its own biennial series of exhibitions, initiated by the park’s founders, Dr. Michael and Eleonore Stoffel, aims to celebrate a liberating take on showing world-class sculptures in a beautifully-manicured green slice of Cologne. The biennal incidentally celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2019 with it largest (9th) edition.



Khao Soi at Khao Four Seasons


Housed in the 18th-century Schloss Bensberg and still close enough to downtown Cologne for it to provide gorgeous views of the Dom and cityline as its backdrop, is this luxurious fine-dining spot helmed by Joachim Wissler as executive chef. Aim for the seasonal tasting menu to appreciate why critics hail Wissler as the vanguard of New German cuisine.


Located in the middle of the three crane houses, the Ox & Klee’s ultramodern interior design is in lock-step with the modern architecture of Cologne’s new landmarks. Punchy, creative and fresh take on modern degustation, this ingenue of a restaurant gives the older names in town a good run for their money.



The undisputed king of Cologne’s breweries is where you head to for your pilgrimage of quality German micro-brews and mouth-watering renditions of German culinary specialties. You will certainly stay for an extra Liter with the magnificent setting of painted glass ceilings and mahogany furniture.




Drawing on a history that predates Germany’s nationhood, this grande dame is a national treasure ever since it opened in 1863. Apart from its enviable location of being situated right next to Germany’s most visited attraction and the largest gothic church in northern Europe, the Cologne Cathedral, the art and furnishings of the hotel make you feel like a right-at-home aristocrat, some of whom who did trod these corridors now stare down from oil paintings.



A lesson in transporting design authoritativeness from print to property is The Qvest, which is Qvest magazine’s owner, Michael Kaune’s passion project to put all the years in the promulgation of the best in design into a hotel. Once housing Cologne’s city archives in a 19th-century building with pointed, neo-gothic arches, stone columns and clover-shaped mullioned windows, this furthers the building’s quest in chronicling Cologne’s artistic development, this time from a neo-modern and Bauhaus perspective.


The name of the hotel leaves nothing to the imagination- it really is a ‘hotel in the water tower’. You won’t find a more gorgeously decked-out water tower anywhere though, as André Putman lends his magical touch and transforms this 19th-century brick cake-shaped water tower (once Europe’s biggest) into a sleek luxury boutique hotel, topped off with a roof terrace that delivers some of Cologne’s best panoramic vistas.

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