6 Design-Savvy Spots Worth Flying to This Winter

The six spots that gave us a serious case of wanderlust.

photography by MARCUS NILSSON VIA CN TRAVELER


Oaxaca City, Mexico
Oaxaca's creative atmosphere has managed to cultivate an array of artistic installations, galleries, and a thriving food scene. Its colorful facades pave an inspired road map to its rich past, emulated by the archeological sites that surround the city. Its indigenous tradition has inspired an impulse in handcrafted designs stemming from woodworks and pottery to folk-inspired art and vibrantly patterned textiles. 

Don't Miss...
Andador de Macedonia Alcala - Peruse the various markets of the city, or explore this iconic and historic street filled with an array of unique shops. 

Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca - A guide to Oaxaca's cultural past. 

Ethnobotanical Gardens - A botanical garden that boasts a rather impressive array of cacti and flora local to the area.

Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman - The Temple of Santo Domingo is comprised of a rather extravagant display of classic baroque elements, vast botanical gardens, and gold-plated reliefs. 

photography by STUDIO FINCH


Cartagena, Colombia
Cartagena's distinguished spectrum of color coupled with its age-old architecture is simply unparalleled. Its old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, riddled with colonial charm that exudes the vibrant spirit of the Caribbean. Trendy cafes and shops line the streets, while a blossoming food scene caps the city off as a can't-miss destination with plenty of sites for the artistically-inclined. 

Don't Miss...

Palacio de la Inquisición - A museum housing the grisly past of the city, along with a fine collection of colonial pottery and art. 

Casa Chiqui - A delightfully authentic home goods shop filled with exotic furnishings and found objects. 

María Cartagena - Head here for an authentic taste of Cartagena, with a modern twist and an emphasis on fresh and local produce.

photography by CNTRAVELER/ AMERICAN TRADE HOTEL


Panama City, Panama
Panama City stands as a hub between a bustling, metropolitan city and an escape amidst a lush tropical setting. Within the urban capital, a historic neighborhood showcases the city's colonial past, clad with a vibrant nightlife and burgeoning art scene.  

Don't Miss...

American Trade Hotel - From the Ace Hotel group, comes a beautifully restored establishment in Casco Viejo, which has seamlessly managed to incorporate the old town's timeless charm. 

Karavan Gallery - Go for the hand-stitched textiles, woven home goods and pieces by local artists. 

Casco Viejo - A UNESCO World Heritage site featuring the charming old town coupled with the city's must-see shops and eateries. 

Galeria de Arte Indigena - For indigenous handicrafts and authentic goods, this gallery and shop is a must!

photography by @MRS.LUSIAWALL VIA INSTAGRAM


Bermuda
This colorful Caribbean island is an undeniable dream. The locale is effortlessly simple yet absolutely captivating in terrain, while a blossoming art scene is redefining the spot's utter charm.

Don't Miss...

St. George Island - This quaint town features no shortage of colorful exteriors. Explore the locale's crystal caves and various beaches.

Bermuda Perfumery - Bottle up your own unique scent at this famed perfumery, known for its exclusive use of the island's flowers. 

Front Street - Situated in the capital town of Hamilton, this iconic street features a series of charming shops and eateries sourced with the island's freshest catches. 

photography by DANIELLE MOSS VIA THE EVERYGIRL


Buenos Aires, Argentina
This South American city is nothing short of a cultural hub. Its musical scene is a mainstay of the local culture, impulsing the passionate beat of the city. Buenos Aires's vibrant nightlife provides even more opportunity to explore the endless sources of inspiration found within the architecture of the capital. 

Don't Miss...

Casa Rosada Buenos Aires's iconic "Pink House" stands as the executive mansion for the president, and even manages to house a historic museum.

San Telmo - As one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, head here for the antique shops and charming cafes.

Floreria Atlantico - This beautifully styled spot brings together two of our most favorite things: florals and drinks!

photography by CRIS ROSENBAUM


Sao Paulo, Brazil
Being the third largest city in the world, Sao Paulo's art scene rivals that of any other major city. From its vast assortment of museums and galleries, to the graphic art that decks the streets and the ingeniously designed buildings, there are no shortage things to do or see.

Don't Miss...

Ibirapuera Auditorium - Concieved by Oscar Niemeyer, the famed musical hall boasts an architecturally elevated design that is simply unparalleled. 

Beco do Batman - Sao Paulo is notorious for its street art and this neighborhood is where to go to see the best in the city.

The Firma Casa - Don't miss out on this architectural gem, designed by SuperLimão Studio and the Campana Brothers.

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