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A Chef’s Guide to Las Vegas

Off-Strip dining, a secret downtown speakeasy, and a neon-sign museum.
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A Sculptor’s Guide to Athens

Fresh-from-the-boat fish, dancing till sunrise, and contemporary art in a slaughterhouse.
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A Musician’s Guide to Berlin

Beautiful biergartens, nude swimming, and vintage punk records.
  1. the urbanist
    A Surf Instructor’s Guide to HonoluluChinatown art parties, surfer hangouts, and the best fish tacos.
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    The Book Editor’s Guide to LondonUnpretentious afternoon tea, 18th-century hotels, and shopping like a royal.
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    An Interior Designer’s Guide to Stockholm“I think Stockholm has the same kind of values as Scandinavian design: clean, functional, democratic, and aesthetically pleasing.”
  4. the urbanist: palermo
    The Urbanist’s Guide to PalermoOff-menu timballi, silver-factory B&Bs, open-air churches.
  5. travel
    Insider Travel Itineraries for 9 Far-Flung CitiesThe typical days and ​play-it-by-ear nights of locals from Lagos, Stockholm, Beijing, Honolulu, Dubai, San Francisco, Bogotá, Bangkok, and Oslo.
  6. the urbanist: san juan
    Week 10: San Juan Is a City on the RiseDespite its struggles, the capital of Puerto Rico continues to provide a fascinating, fun, and passport-free getaway for Statesiders.
  7. the urbanist: san juan
    Rainforests and Rum Castles: The Best Day Trips From San JuanWhen locals need to get away, they go to El Yunque, Tanama River, Fajardo, Ponce, and Piñones.
  8. the urbanist: san juan
    From Tito to Trap: Inside San Juan’s Music and Dance ScenePuerto Rico’s biggest export is its music. Here’s where the locals go for live shows and euphoric rug-cutting.
  9. the urbanist: san juan
    Piña Coladas and Carbonated Negronis: A San Juan Drinking PrimerThis used to be a rum town—and only a rum town. Things have changed.
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    Where San Juan’s Top Chefs Eat Every MealOn the menu: suckling pig, piragua, medianoche sandwiches, alcapurrias, and damn good coffee.
  11. the urbanist: san juan
    Muévete!: How to Break a Sweat in San JuanKite surfing, paddleboarding, cycling, yoga on the beach, and other ways to get your blood pumping.
  12. the urbanist: san juan
    A High-Low Art Lover’s Guide to San JuanFrom the streets to the galleries, there is beauty everywhere you turn.
  13. the urbanist: san juan
    Where the Locals Would Stay in San Juan If They Weren’t LocalAvailability is high and prices are much gentler than before the storms.
  14. the urbanist: san juan
    Life After Maria: How Travelers Can Help Puerto Rico Recover“How can I help?” has replaced “Why isn’t Puerto Rico a state?” as the number one question asked by visitors.
  15. the urbanist: london
    Kew Gardens, Margate, and Other Escapes From LondonFive brilliant day trips, each less than two hours from the heart of the capital.
  16. the urbanist: london
    Week 9: London Is a Grand Old Dame With a Hip New AttitudeThe city boasts some of the world’s best design, fashion, art galleries, theaters, and restaurants, but always makes room for the up-and-coming.
  17. the urbanist: london
    Go Deeper: What to Read, Watch, and Download Before Visiting LondonOur list of essentials includes a detective series starring Idris Elba and a zombie apocalypse flick.
  18. the urbanist: london
    Where the Locals Would Stay in London If They Weren’t LocalFrom stately townhouses to a floating hotel, these suggestions suit a range of styles and spending habits.
  19. the urbanist: london
    Don’t Leave London Without Trying These 8 Essential DishesBeyond fish and chips: A quartet of food experts wax lyrical about four British classics and other dishes unique to contemporary, cosmopolitan London.
  20. the urbanist: london
    London’s Best Watering Holes, According to Star Bartender Tony ConigliaroThe ‘Heston Blumenthal of drinks’ picks his favorite bars for top-shelf Martinis, natural wine, and no-frills cocktails.
  21. the urbanist: london
    Where the Founders of The Gourmand Eat and Drink in LondonDavid Lane and Marina Tweed’s go-to breakfast nooks, old-school oyster bars, and proper English pubs.
  22. the urbanist: london
    My Favorite End: An Art Curator’s Guide to West LondonSeeking inspiration with Ben Moore, founder of Art Below, a public-works project that brings art to billboard spaces in underground train stations.
  23. the urbanist: london
    My Favorite End: A Novelist’s Guide to North LondonErin Kelly, best-selling author of crime thrillers The Poison Tree and He Said/She Said, goes to bat for her beloved quadrant of the city.
  24. the urbanist: dubai
    The Best Souvenirs to Buy in Dubai, According to LocalsA proper haul includes Arabian incense, camel-milk chocolate, and a made-in-the-UAE sandboard.
  25. the urbanist: dubai
    The Best Day Trips From Dubai: Sharjah, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and MoreWhen you need a change of scenery, visit the cultural capital of the UAE, snorkel with turtles, or ride the world’s longest zip line.
  26. the urbanist: dubai
    The Bottoms-up, Balls-out Thrill Seeker’s Guide to DubaiSkydiving, dirt biking, and other ways to terrify your mother.
  27. the urbanist: dubai
    The Best Shopping in Dubai, According to a Fashion DirectorExpect luxury out the wazoo at the world’s biggest mall, but also bohemian ceramics and collectible sneakers.
  28. the urbanist: dubai
    Where the Locals Would Stay in Dubai If They Weren’t LocalCue the art-stuffed rooms, glass-paneled pools, and dynamite rooftop lounges.
  29. the urbanist: san juan
    Trapeze Lessons, Sketch Shows, and Other Things to Do When It Rains in San JuanA wet day needn’t spoil your vacation. When the clouds burst, in-the-know locals explore cultural centers, art-house cinemas, and sketch comedy shows.
  30. the urbanist: cape town
    Where Cape Town’s Hottest Chefs Eat OutIncluding their go-to spots for crispy hake tacos, curried oysters, doughssants, and authentic boerewors sausage.
  31. the urbanist: barcelona
    The Bartender’s Guide to Barcelona’s Booming Cocktail SceneFor much of its natural history, the city was stuck on three drinks: beer, wine, and vermouth. Not anymore.
  32. the urbanist: barcelona
    How to Shop Like a Local in BarcelonaTake advantage of a homegrown shopping scene with a costume designer, interiors guru, and top chef as your guides.
  33. the urbanist: bogotá
    Cloud Forests, Coffee Haciendas, and Other Ways to Escape BogotáThe city’s chaotic traffic and never-ending sprawl can feel suffocating. But take a short drive and you’re surrounded by Andean greenery.
  34. the urbanist: bogotá
    Go Deeper: What to Read, Watch, and Download Before Visiting BogotáOur list of essentials include the lesser-known novels of Gabriel García Márquez, a Vice documentary, and a hip-rolling psychedelic cumbia band.
  35. the urbanist: san francisco
    Where Cannabis Enthusiasts Go to Get High on San FranciscoYou can legally buy cannabis at any dispensary in California. Here, the industry vanguard share their favorite places to get stoned on San Francisco.
  36. the urbanist: san juan
    Go Deeper: What to Read, Watch, and Follow Before Visiting San JuanOur essentials include Boricua cookbooks, a Frontline documentary, and graphic novels starring Puerto Rico’s first female superhero.
  37. the urbanist: dubai
    Go Deeper: What to Read, Watch, and Download Before Visiting DubaiOur list includes the first Emirati feature film, poetry about the Arab female experience, and the Instagram account of a billionaire crown prince.
  38. the urbanist: san francisco
    Where Star Bartender Nicolas Torres Drinks in San FranciscoThe cocktail slinger behind Lazy Bear and True Laurel loves classic margaritas, natural wine, and a grimy-good dive bar.
  39. the urbanist: barcelona
    A Lazy Day in Poble Sec, One of Barcelona’s Liveliest NeighborhoodsActress Rachel Lascar has called the area home for nearly a decade. Here’s where she likes to hang out.
  40. the urbanist: bangkok
    Your Perfect Afternoon: What to Eat, See, and Do in Bangkok’s Old TownNeoclassical architecture, squid ink soup, and a secret diving center: Local artist Pomme Chan guides us through the city’s buzziest creative enclave.
  41. the urbanist: beijing
    Week 7: Beijing Is a City That Rewards Those Who Delve DeepThe contrasting glitz and grit of the Chinese capital can be a jolt to the system. But it’s a jolt to be embraced.
  42. the urbanist: bogotá
    One Night in Bogotá? This Is How You Should Spend ItEating braised cow hump, salsa dancing, and drinking in an old brothel.
  43. the urbanist: bogotá
    The Ultimate Street Art Guide to BogotáThis is one of the most graffiti-friendly cities on Earth, but it wasn’t always that way. Local legend CRISP explains.
  44. the urbanist: dubai
    Dubai After Dark: The Perfect Night Out for Every PersonalityWhatever your jam — a dive-y bowling alley, a swanky sushi bar, a beach club where bikini girls ride inflatable swans — this city delivers.
  45. the urbanist: barcelona
    Where the Locals Would Stay in Barcelona If They Weren’t LocalIncluding a bank turned hostel, a luxury hotel with a courtyard full of orange trees, and a sexy boutique inn with shrapnel in the walls.
  46. the urbanist: san francisco
    A Day Out in Divisadero, San Francisco’s Epicenter of CoolOnce a sleepy residential neighborhood, it’s now one of the city’s best places to eat, drink, and hang out. The Mill’s Josey Baker explains.
  47. the urbanist: london
    Now and Then: Two Ways to Experience the Architecture of LondonThis is an old city, and over the millennia has been built on top of itself by generations, each bringing with it its own design ideals.
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    San Francisco After Dark: The Perfect Night Out for Every PersonalityAn event planner, two chefs, and a drag queen lay out their multi-stop itineraries for an unforgettable evening.
  49. the urbanist: san francisco
    The Best Day Trips From San FranciscoHalf the joy of living in the Bay Area is leaving it behind. Here’s where the locals go when they need to get away.
  50. the urbanist: london
    My Favorite End: A Rapper’s Guide to East LondonJammz, a grime emcee and producer, makes the case for the area where he was born and raised.
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