Introducing a few of Hemingsworth’s favourite spots from around the world for winter cocktails or a hearty meal.
La Maison des Artistes, Chamonix
This restored period house was once home to Maurice Herzog. The distinguished mountaineer led the first team to summit any mountain above 8000m in height on his 1950 expedition to Annapurna, which remains the world’s most dangerous mountain. Chamonix is perfect for those of us who like more creature comforts with our mountaineering. The house is now a jazz club, ideal for comfortable apres-ski.
Dressing for apres-ski calls for a mix of warmth, comfort and elegance. Unwind in the Robie Indigo Stripe Crew Neck Jumper and give your feet a break from the ski-boots with the Dali Chocolate Espadrille.
During Hunter S Thompson’s eccentric bid to become Sheriff of Aspen, this bar became his de-facto office. You can see why it attracted the attention of the gonzo journalist, it was once the hangout of cowboys, prospectors and all kinds of adventurer. Nowadays it attracts socialites and skiers in equal numbers with craft beers, fine whiskeys and arguably the best burger in town.
Café Sperl, Vienna
The Danish and Norwegian term hygge recently spawned a whole industry of design, dining and dressing. But the concept is not unique to the Nordics. The German-language equivalent, gemütlichkeit, is embodied in the classic Vienna coffee house. Café Sperl is the exemplar of this combination of elegance and comfort, with interiors apparently unchanged since the 19th century.
Copenhagen is one of our favourite cities for eating and drinking offering everything from fine dining to traditional smørrebrød washed down with a glass of wine in an old café. But, in the cold winter months, one place that stands out is Väkst. The food is spectacular, all based around seasonal produce. And rising through the floor at the centre of the restaurant there sits a large greenhouse, which is packed with greenery even when snow lies on the ground outside.