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A local’s guide to Bangkok: 10 top tips

A local’s guide to Bangkok: 10 top tips It’s easy to get sucked into tourist traps in the world’s most visited city but these old-school enchanted corners are blissful antidotes to all that You’d be forgiven for thinking that Bangkok shrines all look alike after you’ve visited your fifth one. However, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything like Wat Pariwat, a temple complex in the city’s south-eastern corner. At first sight, it may look like your typical run-of-the-mill wat – but look closer and you’ll discover ornate depictions of emoji pandas, Wonder Woman, Pikachu, Disney figures and an angelic bare-chested Obama (to name a few) all blending in with the traditional intricate mosaics covering the walls and ceiling. It’s…

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10 of the best delis for traditional food and Christmas treats

10 of the best delis for traditional food and Christmas treats Step into a world of spices and chocolates, cold cuts, cheeses and Christmas favourites at delicatessens from Venice to New York Francis Ford Coppola is just one of the many fans of this second-generation purveyor of regional delicacies from around Emilia-Romagna. Metal hooks, once used to cure hunks of mortadella from the rafters, still decorate the ceiling and the umami-heady funk of aged Parmigiano-Reggiano that perfumes the shop. Since opening in 1932, in Bologna’s Quadrilatero, a labyrinth of medieval streets, the store stocks some of the best charcuterie in town. When owner Giovanni Tamburini isn’t rubbing elbows with local politicians over plates of superlative tortellini, he plays in…

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10 cool shopping districts around the world: readers’ tips

10 cool shopping districts around the world: readers’ tips Hamburg has its vinyl, St Petersburg its designer island and Toronto its arty distillery district. But the retail magic is strongest in Whitley Bay … This is a lively, sweeping curve of a high street, catering for a whole host of tastes and interests. Immortalised in the Dire Straits song Tunnel of Love and once a beloved destination for hen and stag parties, it has come a long way of late. Now it’s packed with independent boutiques and stores such as Hound Dog Music, Lottie McPhees (cupcakes), Whitley Bay Skate Club (skateboards, rollerskates, scooters etc) and Pulp Fiction Future Food. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Guardian readers Tweet

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A local’s guide to Tokyo: 10 top tips

A local’s guide to Tokyo: 10 top tips Tokyo hums with brilliant restaurants, manga haunts and sake bars, but there are peaceful gardens and temples, too Tea is indispensable in Japanese life. One of my favourite cafes is Kosoan, set in a traditional house built over a century ago – the antique furniture adds to the refined decor. Busy Tokyo feels a world away as you gaze at the lovely Japanese garden. It’s a soothing stop for a bowl of matcha. Also try Cha Cha No Ma in Harajuku, where tea “sommelier” Yoshi Watada serves teas from all over Japan, accompanied by homemade sweets (chachanoma.com). If you want to buy sweets, visit Mizuho in the same area; it sells…

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A local’s guide to Brussels: 10 top tips

A local’s guide to Brussels: 10 top tips The Belgian capital isn’t all boring Eurocrats: a cast of creative types are busy doing their arty things – often with humour and a social conscience Veer sharply left by the Chanel store on Boulevard de Waterloo and you’ll find yourself in a tiny oasis among Brussels’ busiest shopping streets. The gardens of the elegant Egmont Palace (now the home of Belgium’s foreign ministry) are a public park, one of the most secret in Brussels. It’s home to a charming little statue of Peter Pan, a gift from the children of Britain to the children of Belgium, and the palace’s former orangery is now a cool, modern restaurant, La Fabrique en…

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San Francisco’s Japantown: vibrant, on-trend and fighting for its future

San Francisco’s Japantown: vibrant, on-trend and fighting for its future Japanese people started moving to J-Town after the city’s 1906 earthquake and the area still reflects its roots with festivals, food stops and arty stores but its small businesses face a battle against a real-estate boom An elderly Japanese-American man is pruning the tiny pines in concrete planters on a pedestrianised section of the outdoor Buchanan Street Mall, ignoring the teens hunting invisible Pokémon around him and the drone buzzing overhead. San Francisco’s storied Japantown is where aspects of Japanese culture have taken root in America but it’s also, in this tech-mad, trendy city, a neighbourhood that not only keeps up with the latest trends but sometimes sets them….

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Culture, clubbing and chaos: out with the locals in Beirut

Culture, clubbing and chaos: out with the locals in Beirut Amid the city’s traffic jams and power cuts, a collaborative vibe among young Beirutis is seeing cutting-edge galleries and bars spring up, along with an emerging LGBTQ scene ‘Life in Lebanon exists on a Samuel Beckett level of absurdity,” actor, writer and poet Dima Matta tells me. We are chatting on the terrace at Onomatopoeia on Jean Jalkh Street; it’s a music hub and NGO where Matta’s storytelling events have become popular with young, culturally aware Beirutis. Matta is referring to a political elite seen as a corrupt, contemptible joke, and to the daily consequences – roads choked with cars, electricity that runs for only a few hours a…

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10 of the best restaurants and food stalls in Paris’s covered markets

10 of the best restaurants and food stalls in Paris’s covered markets Food halls, many in historic buildings, are flourishing all over the French capital and feature bistrots and stalls serving the very best traditional and ethnic dishes Paris has not had a single central food market since Les Halles was demolished in the 1970s. But there are still flourishing historic covered markets serving neighbourhoods all over city. Apart from selling tempting cheeses, charcuterie and wines to take home, these bustling, friendly marchés also have a great choice of casual stalls to eat at, fresher and more reasonably priced than most of the surrounding restaurants. They are also a good introduction to the multi-ethnic face of Paris, with Lebanese…

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10 of the best Christmas shopping cities in Europe

10 of the best Christmas shopping cities in Europe Put some sparkle into your festive shopping with our guide to the best boutiques, gift stores and markets in Europe• Plus where to eat, drink and drop after you shop Continue reading… Put some sparkle into your festive shopping with our guide to the best boutiques, gift stores and markets in Europe• Plus where to eat, drink and drop after you shop Continue reading… https://www.theguardian.com/uk/travel/rssTravel | The Guardian Latest travel news and reviews on UK and world holidays, travel guides to global destinations, city breaks, hotels and restaurant information from the Guardian, the world’s leading liberal voice https://assets.guim.co.uk/images/guardian-logo-rss.c45beb1bafa34b347ac333af2e6fe23f.pngTravel887 Tweet

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Brussels city guide: what to see plus the best bars, hotels and restaurants

Brussels city guide: what to see plus the best bars, hotels and restaurants Ignore the cynics, Brussels is one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities, with hip bars and cafes, vintage markets and a fine line in the ‘9th Art’ Living in Paris, I am used to getting a surprised look from French friends when I tell them I am off for a fun weekend in Brussels. For sure, this may not be a top-10 destination for sightseeing, though the monumental Grand Place, with its ornate guild houses and palaces, ranks alongside Venice’s Piazza San Marco as Europe’s most breathtaking square. But the Belgian capital is forever reinventing itself with hip new places to stay, restaurants, bars and nightlife, as…

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