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.
VYF: Our number 1. Scarf Brand
Are you fond of silk scarves just like we are? The spectacular pieces of the Hungarian brand, VYF always belong to a limited collection of one-off pieces, made with the greatest care and biggest heart. The creative team of three keeps juxtaposing elements and themes of the traditional and modern, and melt them into dreamy silky surface. Although the prints are digital, the original samples are pretty much hand-made and going through several steps before production from drawing, to paper cuts to direct photographs. Many times ending up in a humorous and striking balance of authentic traditional styles and the modern digital world, by blurring the find line between the two. Placing and old concept into a new environment with some nostalgic memories hidden on the fabric has always been the brand’s specialty. Read on to find our Tamas Szecsi’s thoughts on VYF’s future and their story behind.
In the mood for Summer
We all are in the mood for summer; care a bit less about work and more about our salty hair, yet we cannot express how moved we're by your feedbacks and support. We've reached 70 ambassadors on Local's Lore, which means 70 city guides, it's time to get a bit sentimental. Our ambassadors are the most inspiring collective of guides. All of them are local tastemakers in their own rights and have a unique view on their cities. From photographers, through designers, entrepreneurs, baristas and brand strategists joined our community to together support the notion of conscious and insightful traveling. They all are different yet have a lot in common. They most of all feel the desire to share a unique list of lush spots which we'd like you to discover as well. Local's Lore is an invitation to join our journey and to seize the mantra; live global, experience local.
TOP 10 cafes in Portland
We believe that the hardest choice you'll have to make in Portland, is about choosing amongst its wonderful coffee shops. Our ambassador, Marshall Steeves has given his love for coffee and Portland's incredible coffee scene, so we asked him about his TOP 10 coffee destinations in the city. Take for instance Coava, the popular coffee shop specializes in artisanal drinks using house-roasted beans, served along with light bites and pastries. The airy spaces feature blond woods, plenty of seating and roasted beans to go. Or Case Study Coffee, one of the best cupping spots. "Cuppings are always enjoyable! Being able to taste each one side by side in a pure brew is phenomenal!” We're sure that you'll only make the best choices, thanks to Marshall!
The lore of Portland: Meet Marshall Steeves
Finding our ambassador in Portland was nothing but love for first sight. Marshall Steeves’ account is dealing with some seriously beautiful content; minimalist interior details of the coolest cafes in town. Marshall has been influenced by many different surroundings, environments, people, and lifestyles. “Craving the city life again, I moved back to Portland and have chased the creativity and culture that has thrived here. As a photographer, designer, writer, and avid minimalist, I have pushed to bring Portland a sense of unique and radiant energy that will push the design world forward and ultimately expand the city to new and never-before-seen heights.” Discover the most aesthetic gems of the city through Marshall’s lenses, who’s not only a true coffee enthusiast but a great photographer too. Go no further if you want to get a glimpse of the city’s coffee scene, concept stores and restaurants. Read on!
Top 5 coworking spaces
Coworking is a shift from traditional 9 to 5 working schedule; a lifestyle you may call it. It often goes in line with traveling and relocating on a regular basis, yet many time it’s just a preferred way of working whether you are a digital nomad or not. It’s also a hub full of creative people like you and us, filled with innovative ideas. From start-upers, designers, IT gurus, independent entrepreneurs or writers you may find inspiring stories to relate to. We have now collected some of our favourite spaces design-wise in Europe to work your day away. When traveling, you may find us in the prettiest coffee shops and coworking spaces with our laptops wide open busy emailing. The cosy atmosphere, neat design has always been an aspect when picking our temporary work station. Luckily, coworking spaces are booming and many of them makes us feel like we are in a proper Scandinavian design store without the customers mingling around. Many times these buildings include a gym, drinks bar, library, meditation room and a roof terrace that provides a lush view – all for your comfort. It looks like that we are celebrating the renaissance of work!
Zhao Zhou: Modern Tea Shop, Ancient Tea Leaves
In the 21st century boundaries have been blurred; between countries, cultures, coffee-drinkers and tea-drinkers. It goes much beyond simple rules or generalization. We’re becoming more and more curious, aware and are in constant search of experiences and wow-effects. It might doesn’t sound obvious, but tea can give you one of the deepest experiences. Especially if you are consuming the right one in the right place; like a cup of puer tea at Zhao Zhou Tea Shop & Lab, in Budapest.
Rachel Saunders Ceramics
When was the last time you’ve read something truly honest, pure and inspiring? This was pretty much the case when we’ve received Rachel Saunders’ thoughts on the art of creating, sustainable living, failure and burnout, and her essential source of inspiration; the diverse landscapes of Mother Nature. Rachel Saunders is a multidisciplinary artist from the West Coast of Canada currently working with clay as her primary medium. She places value on simplicity, functionality, sustainability, and playfulness. In her work she aims to highlight the inherent characteristics of natural materials through self-taught technique and design. All pieces, both wheel-thrown and hand-built, are made by Rachel in her studio on the ever-so-magical Vancouver Island. Read on to figure out more where to go in Victoria, what are the everyday challenges Rachel is facing, and how she’s seizing her mantra through Gertrude Stein’s quote, ’in the morning there is meaning, in the evening there is feeling’.