Salt Burger truck at Kite Beach
An old-school metallic food truck on the beach, Salt offers just three types of burger – Original (with pickle), Hook (with jalapeno) and Chicken Cheetos, which as the name suggests is a fried chicken burger with melted cheese loaded with Cheetos.
You get two in each serving (slightly larger than a typical slider) in a buttery bun with melted cheese.
The place is always packed with locals, but it’s open until 2 AM every night. Go early evening or late night, and order as many burgers as you think you can manage!
Abra crossing of Dubai Creek
There aren’t many things you can get in Dubai for one dirham, but a ride across Dubai Creek on an abra boat is one of them. You could spend all day shuttling back and forth, watching the painted wooden dhows taking their cargoes of refrigerators, household goods and occasionally cars across the Arabian Gulf to Iran.
Hop on board, pay the driver, smile at your fellow passengers, and sit back as you watch the skyline of the historical Al Fahidi district, with its mosques and wind towers, glide by.
Bu Qtair Fried fish shack at Umm Suqeim
Hundreds of people line up at Bu Qtair nightly for mouth-watering plates of Keralan fried fish and spicy prawns.
Nothing more than a Portakabin in a vacant lot, you stand in line under the fluorescent lights to order your meal (fish, prawns, rice, chapatti and curry sauce being the sum total of what’s on offer), and then stand in line to wait for a plastic table and stool to open up. The place will be packed and if you leave it too late they may run out of prawns, so come early, soak up the atmosphere, and enjoy this Dubai experience like no other.
Mercury Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel
An amazing rooftop bar; from one side you have the sea with a beautiful sunset every night, from the other the crazy Dubai skyline. Really gorgeous.
12. Hong Kong
Cultural Trail and Gallery Scene
Explore thought-provoking or quirky exhibitions by global and local artists at Hong Kong Island’s latest art hub: Wong Chuk Hang.
Try Art Statements Hong Kong (Gee Chang Hong Centre, 8/F, 65 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen), and Spring Workshop (3/F, Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen).
Go shopping, of course!
For local designers try PMQ (PMQ 35 Aberdeen Street, Central), a new address for the design and creative community at a location that used to be the former Police Married Quarters.
At PMQ, you can find fashion, jewellery, furniture, household products and galleries run by local designers. For antiques, take a stroll on Cat Street and discover mailboxes from the 1950s, vintage perfume bottles and a lot more (Upper Lascar Row, Central).
For one-of-a-kind fabrics visit Yau Fat Fabric Company (1/F Western City, Sheung Wan).
Kowloon City Explore the streets between Fuk Lo Tsun Road and Nam Kok Road. Kowloon City offers an exciting vibe and is one of the best areas to get a taste of the locals’ lifestyle.
Boasting one of the best wet markets, you will see chauffeur-driven cars lined up outside, waiting for the wealthy tai-tais while they hand-pick the very best ingredients for the family meal.
Eat at Cha Chaan Teng
Found on almost every corner of Hong Kong, these fast-food eateries offer delicacies that are extremely popular for afternoon snacks such as HK-style French toast, red bean ice and scrambled egg sandwiches. Not to be missed!
Dragon’s Back Hiking Trail
Start hiking at Wong Nai Chung Gap, where the road from Central to the south side of the island cuts through the mountains.
The hike runs through the popular village of Stanley on the southern coast, with its many restaurants, bars and the famous Stanley Market.
The trail follows the western edge of the Tai Tam Country Park and provides spectacular views over Deepwater Bay and Repulse Bay.
When you arrive at Shek O beach after a three-hour hike, reward yourself with Black Sheep’s freshly baked pizza and seafood (G/F, 330 Shek O Village).
SoHo and PoHo Walk
Explore PMQ, Hong Kong’s hottest destination for home-grown brands, and visit the young, creative hoods of PoHo and Tai Ping Shan Street, which also boast a colourful history.
Hong Kong, China
World-class 360° views are your reward for a three-hour climb up Ben Lomond Peak. There is nothing like climbing mountains.
Have a Thai Margarita and appetisers at The Blue Door. This 1870s bar takes you back to the Otago gold rush.
Whether dining for two or 20, ask for a private room at Botswana Butchery.
Delicious, intimate, and top-quality locally sourced ingredients.
Queenstown, New Z
Best known for:
Its canals, its gondolas, churches, and romantic history.
Did you know?
Apart from a gondola on the Grand Canal, the best way to get around Venice is on foot, turning this way and that down any number of skinny, cobblestoned streets.
This is how you discover places like Dal Moro’s, a hole-in-the-wall selling just about the best fresh pasta in town for next to nothing.
Choose the pasta and sauce you want, pay and then head to a little window in the side where your order will appear steaming hot in a neat take away container.
Hard to find but well worth it.
15. Cape Town
SMITH Gallery is one of the most exciting new additions to the city and all the galleries in town stay open late on the first Thursday of every month.
This cultural evening has turned into something of a party night.
Cape Town’s markets have to be among the best in the world. Don’t miss the charming Old Biscuit Mill and Oranjezicht City Farm. South African Market on Bree will help you get non-touristy tourist things.
Eat and drink
The Power & The Glory in Tamboerskloof; it’ll keep drawing you back. A new taco place, El Burro Taqueria across the road is another reason not to leave the area.
If you do, you’ll find all you want on Bree Street, with new places popping up weekly. For peanut butter, syrup and bacon croissants that have the locals flocking, try Jason’s.
Climbing Lion’s Head is an institution, especially when you can see the sun set and a full moon rise at the same time; Kloof Corner on the slopes of Table Mountain is a shorter walk on a better path, allowing you to haul up more sun-downers; and Kaskazi Kayaks do guided trips.
Although they can’t guarantee sightings of whales, dolphins and penguins around your boat, it is extremely common.
Cape Town, South Africa
16. Los Angeles
West Hollywood is a walker’s paradise and the perfect place to enjoy a few car-free days in the heart of LA. It’s a real kicker to start the day with a cold-brew coffee from Alfred Coffee 2 Go.
Strolling down Melrose also gives you the chance to check out some of the cool stores in the West Hollywood Design District like Kitson and Rag & Bone.
You can end your day at E.P. & L.P. is a great way to unwind and enjoy some Asian fare with one of the best views of WeHo and the Hollywood Hills.
Los Angeles, USA
The Vancouver Art Gallery’s Cafe
At this delightfully tranquil cafe, you can relax among greenery and flowers while classical music plays in the background and, in summer, local acts take to the stage.
Rennie Collection at Wing Sang
An ultra-cool gallery in historic Chinatown’s oldest building.
Hands-down the city’s best brunch spot, Medina dishes up killer Mediterranean-inspired fare, including melt-in-your-mouth Belgian waffles with equally drool-worthy toppings.
Main Street separates trendy Gastown from Railtown’s old-school warehouses and train tracks – the hood is fast transforming into a thriving scene for creative professionals.
Former warehouses and factories are giving way to hot restaurants, fashion studios and offices for high-tech firms, and the area is only becoming cooler by the day.
Barcelona’s charm and culture can be found in its many markets, from fresh food to flea. Some of the best are:
Full of colour, flavours, texture and fun, there are a lot more locals here (and fewer tourists) than Mercado de La Boqueria on Las Ramblas.
Concepció Flower Market
One of the oldest markets in the city, built in 1888 in the lovely Eixample District, Concepció overflows with lush greenery and heady blooms day and night.
Filled with locals, this is one of the biggest markets in the city where you can buy all kinds of collectables and second-hand goods in the outer ring and fresh produce at its heart.
Mercat dels Encants
Beloved of Barcelonès, everything is sold here: new to old; second-hand and antique; clothes and food.
Shangri-La Museum of Island Art, Culture & Design
Doris Duke’s ocean-front palace is the most incredible museum you will ever visit. Even if you are not interested in Islamic Art, the serene location alone is worth it.
The best spot on the island to grab a flat white and have lunch away from the bustle of Waikiki.
If you’re looking for a cocktail, head to the former red light district. Hotel Street is packed with bars and diners. Try Manifest, Lucky Belly, and Livestock Tavern.
A 20-minute drive from Waikiki, Makapuu is surrounded by sea cliffs and is one of the most gorgeous beaches on Oahu.
Best known for:
Prague got its nickname the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’ back in the 19th century from Czech writer Josef Hormayer. Allegedly, mathematician Bernard Bolzano wanted to check this statement and counted up to 103. But a more recent count came to more than a thousand.
Did you know?
Prague was the only Central European city that largely escaped bombing during WWII because Hitler loved its beautiful architecture and had it in mind for Nazi Europe’s art capital.
However, towards the end of the war, on 14 February 1945, US bombers mistook Prague for Dresden and inadvertently bombed it.
Prague, Czech Republic