If you’re like me when you travel to a new city in an exotic part of the world, you like to find the really special, off the beaten path treasures that only a native would know about. Especially, if you’ve only got a few days to discover them, you need some considered help. Wall Paper* City Guides are really indispensable. Each one is a tightly edited selection of city highlights for a design-conscious visitor by writers who live in those cities. The insider information aspect is appealing when it’s your maiden voyage. Phaidon states it perfectly:
“Each Wallpaper* City Guide unearths the most happening restaurants and nightlife, the buzziest hotels, the most influential art galleries and enticing retail, the very best in local design, and the historical styles and contemporary architecture that define a destination. Local writers have delved deep into the urban psyche to enable you to come away from your trip, however brief, with a real flavour of the creative scene and the satisfaction you’ve seen all that you should.” [Phaidon publisher]
We first tried a guide for Berlin and Budapest. The information was invaluable. I just got the guide for Istanbul where we’ll spend a few days at the end of the trip. The Grand Bazaar and the Topkapi palce are fantastic attractions. I’m sure there will be many many other places and things to absorb our curiosity. I’m always curious to see old and new architecture, find interesting design in fashion and objects and great cafes and restaurants that are unique to the city. Wallpaper* City Guides consistently deliver that information. The publisher Phaidon has a good site with a list of 106 guides. That should take you just about anywhere in the world. On their site each guide can be purchased as a 6 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ paperback or as a downloaded version for your smartphone or tablet. We’ll consult it when we get to Istanbul near the end of the trip. It’s going to be really cool!