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The Urbanist’s Guide to Tucson

Sonoran Desert chiles, full-moon-brewed beer, and grocery-store-heiress antiques.
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A Chef’s Guide to Sapporo

Spicy curry ramen, rare whiskeys, and a sky-high Japanese bath.
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A Stylist’s Guide to Gothenburg

A world-famous design store, decadent shrimp sandwiches, and a coastal day spa.
  1. the urbanist: cape town
    Penguin Beaches, Storybook Villages, and Other Ways to Escape Cape TownFive unique destinations within a couple hours’ drive of the Mother City, hand-picked by locals we trust.
  2. the urbanist: san juan
    Eco Goods and Guayaberas: Shopping Like a Local in San JuanPop-ups, concept shops, and the best boutique strip in the city.
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    Go Deeper: What to Read, Watch, and Download Before Visiting San FranciscoOur list of essentials includes a jailhouse podcast, a Harvey Milk documentary, and a 49-chapter love letter to the city.
  4. the urbanist: bogotá
    Five Archetypal Bogotán Drinks and Where to Order ThemIncluding Colombian coffee, craft beer, and low-alcohol Andean chicha.
  5. the urbanist: beijing
    Where the Locals Would Stay in Beijing If They Weren’t LocalFrom quirky options hidden down winding lanes to minimalist art-adorned hotels, the capital has superb — and superbly varied — options.
  6. the urbanist: bangkok
    You Can Do Better Than Khaosan RoadLeave the deep-fried scorpions to the backpackers. Here are five under-the-radar alternatives to Bangkok’s biggest tourist magnets.
  7. the urbanist: bangkok
    One Night in Bangkok? This Is How You Should Spend ItForget Soi Cowboy. Restaurateur Jason Lang crafts an after-dark agenda with gooey tiki drinks, live funk bands, and fiery Thai liquor.
  8. the urbanist: san francisco
    Where the Locals Would Stay in San Francisco If They Weren’t LocalThe city is home to the world’s most expensive hotel rooms. But there is hope for budget(-ish) travelers.
  9. the urbanist: barcelona
    Go Deeper: What to Read, Watch, and Follow Before Visiting BarcelonaOur list of essentials includes a Colm Tóibín book, a podcast about entrepreneurs, and Javier Bardem.
  10. the urbanist: london
    All the Galleries, Theaters, and Art Hubs You Should Know in South LondonHand-picked by Zoe Whitley, curator of contemporary international art at Tate Modern.
  11. the urbanist: barcelona
    Girona, Sitges, and Other Worthy Day Trips From BarcelonaWhen you’ve counted one too many fanny packs, head for the surrounding hills, or the sea, or a Game of Thrones–esque village.
  12. the urbanist: cape town
    Art, Art Everywhere: The Gallery Hopper’s Guide to Cape TownThe city has everything a burgeoning art capital could need: thriving art schools, a booming gallery scene, and endless sources of inspiration.
  13. the urbanist: honolulu
    Go Deeper: What to Read, Watch, and Download Before Visiting HonoluluOur list of essentials includes the Holoholo podcast, how-to pidgin videos, and some very enviable Instagram accounts.
  14. the urbanist: bangkok
    Handmade Lutes, Herbal Inhalers, and Other Souvenirs You Should Buy in BangkokPut down the snake whiskey. Step away from the elephant pants. Our sources have better ideas for what to bring home.
  15. the urbanist: san francisco
    Week Two: San Francisco Is the Most Dynamic City in America Right NowThe tech boom forever shifted the landscape, but old, radical San Francisco isn’t going down without a fight. Travelers can experience both worlds.
  16. the urbanist: bangkok
    Week 1: Bangkok, the Most Underrated City in Southeast AsiaTo give it a fair shake, you need at least five days — long enough that you won’t spend your whole trip sitting in traffic.
  17. the urbanist: london
    The Fashion Insider’s Cheat Sheet to Shopping in LondonWhere to begin in the city that produced names as renowned as Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen, while home to Savile Row.
  18. the urbanist: cape town
    Your Perfect Saturday Night — or Thursday — in Cape TownEat in a parking lot, take a full-moon hike, and throw back cocktails with major views of Table Mountain.
  19. the urbanist: beijing
    Say No to Beijing’s Superclubs and Yes to Its Underground NightlifeDJs from Lantern, Aurora, and Dada make the case for the city’s smaller, hipper venues.
  20. the urbanist: oaxaca
    The Urbanist’s Guide to OaxacaZapotec rap, blue-corn tetelas, petrified waterfalls.
  21. the urbanist: cape town
    A Top Sommelier’s Lowdown on the Western Cape WinelandsThanks to a temperate climate and fertile terrain, Cape Town is surrounded by distinct wine regions. Here’s how to tell them apart.
  22. the urbanist: beijing
    Where to See Art in Beijing (Beyond the 798 Art Zone)Our selects include under-the-radar hutong galleries and a mall dotted with Dalí sculptures.
  23. the urbanist: bogotá
    How to Avoid Other Tourists in BogotáAlternatives to Monserrate, La Candelaria, Andrés Carne de Res, the Museo del Oro, and the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá.
  24. the urbanist: honolulu
    Honolulu’s Best Beaches for Surfing, Snorkeling, and SunrisesThe hit list includes Diamond Head, Lanikai, Makapu’u, and of course Waikiki.
  25. the urbanist: bangkok
    Where to Rummage for Vintage in BangkokThree throwback obsessives share their lists of go-to scouting spots for military jackets, embroidered caftans, rare vinyl, and taxidermied ostriches.
  26. the urbanist: cape town
    Where the Locals Would Stay in Cape Town If They Weren’t LocalWhat constitutes a “budget” hotel room in the Mother City is often much nicer than it needs to be.
  27. the urbanist: bangkok
    Go Deeper: What to Read, Watch, and Download Before Visiting BangkokOur list of essentials includes a breakout short story collection, a street food doc, and a hand-painted city map.
  28. the urbanist: honolulu
    Mai Tais, Lava Flows, and Japanese Whisky: Where to Drink in HonoluluThe bar scene on Oahu is as diverse as the island itself, slinging polished cocktails and craft beers alongside neo-tiki concoctions.
  29. the urbanist: cape town
    What Travelers Should Know About Cape Town’s Water CrisisThe city is battling an unprecedented drought, but don’t cancel your vacation plans — just be more conscientious.
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    Introducing the UrbanistA new pop-up travel blog from New York Media, covering ten remarkable cities in ten action-packed weeks.
  31. the urbanist: honolulu
    The Insider’s Guide to Honolulu’s ChinatownHonolulu native Laurien “Lala” Nuss highlights the wet markets, galleries, restaurants, and performance spaces that make the area special.
  32. the urbanist: honolulu
    Poi Donuts and Other ‘Broke Da Mouth’ Desserts in HonoluluWe hope you packed your stretchy pants, because this city is delicious.
  33. the urbanist: barcelona
    Week 3: There’s No Better Time to Go to Barcelona Than Right NowIn spite of its political issues, visiting the capital of Catalonia is still as safe as ever. And a dip in visitors means there are deals to be had.
  34. the urbanist: bangkok
    An Insider’s Guide to Bangkok’s Underground Art SceneAs the capital gears up for its inaugural Bangkok Art Biennale, artists and curators gather the courage to speak out in new and subversive ways.
  35. the urbanist: honolulu
    What to Do in Kaka‘ako, Honolulu’s Hippest NeighborhoodWhatever you’re into right this hot minute — yoga, street art, karaoke, fancy toast — you’ll find a version of here.
  36. the urbanist: dubai
    The Best of Both Worlds: Dubai’s High and Low Food SpotsThere’s more to the city’s dining scene than Gordon Ramsay and Salt Bae.
  37. the urbanist: bogotá
    Bogotá’s Art Scene Is on Fire — These Are the Galleries to KnowA clutch of ambitious and experimental projects spread across town.
  38. the urbanist: bogotá
    How to Shop Like a Local in BogotáAchiote, Afro-Colombian vinyl, or all-natural soap — whatever you’re on the hunt for, here’s where to find it.
  39. the urbanist: cape town
    Week 4: Cape Town Is Crazy Beautiful — and Buzzing With Creative EnergyYes, there are mountains you must climb and beaches you must bask upon, but the beauty of the Mother City is not merely skin deep.
  40. the urbanist: barcelona
    How to Get Your Gaudí Fix in Barcelona — Minus the CrowdsUnder-the-radar alternatives to Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, and more.
  41. the urbanist: honolulu
    Hike a Volcano, Volunteer on a Taro Farm, and Other Ways to Escape WaikikiWhen you’re full up on Honolulu, head for the hills. And by hills we mean volcanoes.
  42. the urbanist: beijing
    Craft Beer Is a Big Deal in Beijing Now — Here’s Where to Drink ItAccording to Debbie Ma, a traditional Chinese medicine doctor and member of the Beijing Homebrewing Society.
  43. the urbanist: cape town
    10 Souvenirs You Should Buy in Cape Town, According to LocalsA proper haul includes Zulu ceremonial spoons, Kalahari salt, and buttery-soft leather bags.
  44. the urbanist: beijing
    How to Explore Beijing’s Historical HutongsThe true essence of the city is found in its traditional lanes packed with single-story houses.
  45. the urbanist: bogotá
    All Day and All Night in La Macarena, the Bushwick of BogotáIndie bookshops, innovative restaurants, and raging rumba discos — there’s something for everyone in this bohemian neighborhood.
  46. the urbanist: san francisco
    San Francisco’s Most Coveted Reservations — and Where to Go If You Can’t Get InThree foodie locals on the restaurants they always book in advance, plus their top alternatives when it doesn’t pan out.
  47. the urbanist: bangkok
    Where the Locals Would Stay in Bangkok If They Weren’t LocalIn a city as sprawling as Bangkok, where you sleep matters. Here, four locals share their picks for stylish hostels, luxe rooftop cottages, and more.
  48. the urbanist: bogotá
    Where Two of Bogotá’s Hottest Chefs Eat Every Meal of the DaySergio Meza’s and Álvaro Clavijo’s top picks for lamb ribs, two-handed sandwiches, and gin-and-salvia sours.
  49. the urbanist: beijing
    Go Deeper: What to Read, Watch, and Download Before Visiting BeijingOur list includes banned books, a pollution monitor, and a workaround for the Great Firewall of China.
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    Barcelona Is a Hotbed of Artistic Expression — Here’s Where to See ItThree curators on the trailblazing venues that keep them coming back for more.
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