When she's not creating effortlessly feminine wardrobe staples for her label Interval, globetrotting Australian designer Kara Liu is likely to be found exploring a new city, or visiting an old favourite.
During a recent trip to New York, where the pizza is worth the wait and interiors shopping is to die for, Liu jotted down the hot spots bound to make any trip to the Big Apple all the more memorable.
“Soho is my favourite neighbourhood. I have a thing for cast-iron buildings, and Soho’s streets are lined with them. On both of my trips this year, I stayed at Arlo. It is a boutique hotel on the west side of Soho on the corner of Hudson and Canal. To me it is the perfect location as it is close to all the best retail in Soho but also within walking distance to Greenwich Village, East Village and Chinatown.”
“A photographer friend took me to Jajaja a few weeks ago. It is a lively contemporary Mexican spot where everything served is flavourful, delicious and vegan. I strongly recommend the Nachos, with extra guac, of course.”
“Supermoon Bakehouse definitely deserves a mention for its amazingly creative and delicious croissants served in a pink terrazzo setting. Try to go early because they sell out quickly!”
“We stumbled upon Lois in East Village on a random Thursday night. It’s a relaxed wine bar with an atmosphere that almost feels like an airy cafe. A really interesting selection of wines, all on tap, with delicious small plates to snack on. I had a great orange wine there last time.”
Best slice in the city
“A lot of people would probably disagree or say it’s a lot of hype, but to me, it has to be Prince St Pizza. I met a Soho local on the plane once and he said: ‘seriously, you gotta try it. And don’t be afraid of the line’. Honestly, it is my favourite pepperoni slice in town. Although the cheese pizza is also really delicious! Fair warning though, the line is almost always huge. The silver lining is that it is right across the road from Everlane so you can pop over for a quick browse while waiting for your number to be called.”
“Apartment by The Line is a store on the third floor of a beautiful cast-iron building, laid out like a loft apartment. You’ll find meticulously curated clothing and tasteful homewares. My last purchase there was a glass carafe and a J.Hannah nail colour.”
“One thing I love about New York is that it has such distinct seasons. Spring is green, summer is lush and hot, autumn is warm and golden, and winter, especially early winter, is clear, bright and magical. All the Christmas lights are up, and trees and buildings frosty after the first snow. I love going to Bryant Park and watching people ice-skate. I can’t actually skate myself, but walking around with a hot cocoa is just as good. The Union Square holiday market is also really fun to visit.”
"Elizabeth St Garden is a manicured sculpture garden in Nolita and it's my absolute favourite, especially in late spring and early summer. Lush with vines, roses, trees and flowers I can’t name, locals hang out on stone benches and lounge chairs scattered around the garden. A beautiful little oasis that you wouldn’t expect to find in the middle of downtown New York."