If you for some reasons haven’t noticed, Georgia is rising. Have you had the experience that whenever the topic comes to Georgia it turns out that either everyone has already been there, or it’s on the very top of the bucket list of the rest? This tiny Caucasian country with a total population just under four million has its special charm indeed. And it finally turned out that they’re not only aware of it, but proud of it. We’d no longer call the landscape of Georgia untouched (except a few villages), but it indeed has an authentic vibe in the crosspoint of Europe and Asia right between the Black Sea and the Caucasus. No surprise, that not only Tbilisi but the whole country has recently become a very desired destination of travellers of all kinds thanks to it’s diversity. It’s not quite European, nor it is Asian. One needs to go there to understand where its biggest allure lies. Well, it could be the stylish new hotels – just think of Rooms or Stamba, its bars and new wave cafes that have popped up in the city within a second. Or the country’s pro-Western mentality that has moved the population (or at least a part of it) in a more global direction (Georgia is a member of the UN and the Council of Europe), even leading to the recent legalization of the consumption of marijuana. Tbilisi prides with Bassiani, which is currently one of the most famous underground clubs in Europe. It could be their 8,000-year-old winemaking techniques, the sulphur baths or the unbelievably delicious cuisine and not least the unconditional hospitality we have also experienced ourselves – the reason behind Tbilisi’s magical vibe. There are plenty of places and things to do in Tbilisi, especially a few of its newly-opened hidden gems worth a visit of this under-the-radar Caucasus jewel, Tbilisi.
MY MAPS for Local's Lore
Have you tried MY MAPS for Local's Lore yet? We’ve created a guide that supports both the pre-arrangements and post-arrangements of a trip and is handy on spot as well. We envisioned a digital guide that can be updated whenever and wherever, and is with you at all times. This way we wish to seize the benefits the social media era, the end of roaming data within EU, digitalism at large, and sharing economy in order to support conscious traveling through a community of locals and tourists. Also to bridge the gap between the two, in order to support local businesses and maximize the dialogue between certain cities and both its inhabitants and visitors. We’re moving forward to en era where recommendations on Instagram come before browsing comments on the Internet. For these inspiration-savvy, conscious travelers have we created a tool, called Local’s Lore. We've created a step by step tutorial for you in order to make the most out of MY MAPS! Follow the steps and create amazing guides with our new tool, called MY MAPS for Local's Lore!
We’ll try not to make it too sentimental, BUT we’ve got amazing news. We are introducing our brand new feature, called MY MAPS, which we believe to become a handy company when travelling. Our aim is to provide a tool for everyone, where you can collect your memories and save it to the future, so can you share it with your friends, family and business partners. We believe that it’s not only for the Instagram community, hence our MY MAPS function is available with email login as well, and the maps cannot only be shared via social media platforms but as well can be sent via email. This way all of our users could create their own maps and customize the ambassadors’ recommendations based on their very own preferences. To seize the occasion just right, an amazing soulmate of ours has joined our journey in Budapest to test her Budapest Map and show us around. Julia Brenner is a Russia-born, Portugal-based influencer with a wonderful sense of style, fascinating amount of energy and the greatest smile. The choice of location was Budapest as the city is truly having its heyday, thanks to its astonishing cityscape, flourishing gastronomy scene and booming creative industry; just think of famed brands like Nanushka or the oh-so-coveted Hotel RUM and TOPRUM. We brought on board upcoming local brands too; VYF, Thinwood and Mama Kin completed Julia’s stylish look just mighty fine.
Espacio Nueva Carolina
On the occasion of our Madrid trip we dag deeper in the city’s creative scene. That’s when we came across Espacio Nueva Carolina; a super trendy multifunctional space managed by two photographers; Maria de Miguel and Nerea López and an interior designer; Sara Uriarte. We’ve talked with Sara about ESN’s vision, long-term plans and dreams and of course of places where locals hang out.” Madrid is a melting pot full of creative young people from all over the world. It has the advantage of not being a real reference for any of this fields like London, New York, Paris and Milan. This is an advantage for young creators because they feel more free to not follow trends and can even add some humor to what they do. Madrid in three words is open, crazy and fun.” Read on for insights to ESN’s future and the girls guide to the best of Madrid’s hidden gems.
Copenhagen is a true epitome of Scandinavian style; a set of designer furniture in almost every space you enter, fashionable cycling commuters, hidden waterways, new-wave coffee shops filled with hygge and breath-taking design hotels, such as Nobis Hotel. The latter is known for its love for contemporary design and architecture, but also for the classic and the timeless in contrast. With a prime location next to Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen Central Station, City Hall Square and the internationally renowned Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum, guests can easily enjoy the comfort of being within walking distance to all the delights that the capital has to offer. But thet are also welcome to stay in and discover the Scandinavian architecture in this historic building from 1903. We just had our ambassador, Andreia from Lisbon enjoy Nobis’ world-famed hospitality, attentive service and prime design. And so she did.
When we’re asked to suggest a boutique hotel in Budapest, Hotel RUM pops immediately to our minds. This is the hotel that appeals the most to modern urban explorers, like us, like you. The hotel is perfect for those who are looking for a cozy, fun and vibrant hotel in the heart of the city. Each 40 rooms are different; furbished with Budapest-based designers’ and artist’s pieces, they made sure to have an authentic Budapest experience. The hotel brilliantly juxtaposes local furniture pieces with contemporary artworks and designer goods. Our favourite room called “Peacocks” is equipped with a fun peacocks-patterned carpet, highly coveted Position vases, a freshly painted art piece from Zsofi Barabas and a vintage dresser of our dreams. Wondering what’s the cherry on top? Hotel RUM’s Skybar, TOPRUM offers a scenic view over the city while serving you the best of the flavours in terms of cocktail- and dinner choices. Let’s take a tour, shall we?
Craving a trip to a sunnier part of the World? What about Valletta? Valletta is the tiny capital of the Mediterranean island nation of Malta. It’s best known for its beaches, museums, palaces and grand churches, yet in recent years many great coffee shops and bars popped up on the baroque landmarks of the city. Alchemy Bar is one of them. It's located on the Strait Street, which is the most famous street in Malta. Known as Strada Stretta in Maltese, the street used to be the very centre of nightlife amongst American and British military and Maltese frequenters between the 19th and mid-20th century. Today, the street is filled with the coolest new initiatives such as Alchemy Bar. The bar is said to invite you for a unique mixology experience, never seen before in Malta. At Alchemy Bar one can experience the mystical blend of high-end cocktail creations, tasty bites, dedicated quality service and outstanding design in the historic but totally revamped part of Strait Street, formerly known – also by the Mediterranean sailors -, as “the Gut”. Cocktails are presented by the talented and passionate bartenders. Besides an exclusive bar area, Alchemy Bar also provides a special, fully separated, private room, dedicated to those who prefer privacy while enjoying some of the most amazing flavour combinations. Since Alchemy Bar features an exclusive and cozy ambience designed by a renowned, international, award winning designer, the interior and identity is not any less striking. Miklós Kiss created a visual identity build it upon the history of alchemy. The inverse ‘A’ letter in the logotype is a reference to the inverse triangle what means water and liquids, the letter ‘L’ is an inverse number seven, which has a secret meaning: this is the seventh unit on Strait Street. So the logotype for instace is a playful code.
The best bars in Granada
On the occasion of our BAR category launch, our ambassadors have gathered their cities’ hotspots in terms of BARS too. You may finally have a fancy night and dive into vibrant bars or try the cities' best wineries, artisan beer places depending on your mood based on the Local's Lore guides. Our ambassadors handpicked you the finest bars and the most authentic pubs so you get to sip a lavish cocktail in stylish surroundings or take a locally brewed beer on a sunny terrace, as you please. But let's first focus on one of our favourite cities; Granada. Granada is a city in southern Spain’s Andalusia region, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It's known for grand examples of medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation, especially the Alhambra. This sprawling hilltop fortress complex encompasses royal palaces, serene patios, and reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty, as well as the fountains and orchards of the Generalife gardens. Our local ambassador, Ismael, will make sure that you’ll not only find the view astonishing, but will take to to the best hidden bars where locals gather to socialize after a long day at work. Paripe and Sarao both belong in the same building and they are famous for their tropical atmosphere, live music with local musicians, and amazing cocktails. San Matias 30 is best known for its gin and beer selection both among locals and travelers, while Rosario Varela is a place to visit for a real Spanish treat; tapas. By the way, don't miss the bar called, Check-in, which looks like old train wagons either!
Finding Summer in Autumn
Are you not ready to let summer go? Well, if it goes anyway you have no choice left; follow it! Luckily Local’s Lore prides with amazing local guides who call magical places their homes and Summer the eternal season and a state-of-mind. When it comes to Europe opt for Granada or Biarritz to enjoy the sunrays in lush surroundings. If you’re craving a proper getaway, Sri Lanka is truly an untouched piece of magic. Natasha, our local ambassador will make sure that you will dine and surf well throughout your Autumn escape. Bangkok is a whole different story yet today’s Bangkok-experience goes much beyond it’s fascinating monuments. The new-wave of coffee culture and gastronomy scene is booming. Last but not least we’ve got Cape Town, our one and only African city for now. It’ll be love for first sight.
Eleven Madison Park
Looking for an exceptional dining experience in a lush surrounding during Labor Day Weekend in New York? We might have found one! How about an upscale American tasting menu from chef Daniel Humm served in a high-ceilinged Art Deco space? If it’s a special occasion, why not seize it? It’ll be a total indulgence of flavors, service and atmosphere, indeed. No surprise that the ever-so-famed Eleven Madison Park ranked third among The World's 50 Best Restaurants in 2016, and topped the list in 2017.