2019's Travel Wish List
We’re living in an era where recommendations and inspirations come before browsing comments on the Internet. For these inspiration-savvy, conscious travelers have we created a tool, called Local’s Lore. To discover cities and cultures from different perspectives, just like we do. Upon every arrival, you should stop for a moment, open your heart and appreciate what surrounds you. Whether it’s a room filled with art, the greenest forest of your dreams, or the familiar cities of your hometown, you may take a moment to look around and enjoy the view. Let’s travel together in the New Year, connect, reflect, get lost and write our journey in some beautiful places. We have so much more to discover in 2019! So let the countdown begin. Here comes 2019's wish list with five of our lovely ambassadors and their recommendations.
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.
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.
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 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.
25hours Hotel - Zürich
Which one is the coolest hotel you've ever been to in Zürich? Could you guess which one is ours? On the occasion of Forward Festival, we’ve stayed at the oh-so-hip 25hours Hotel Langstrasse (there is another one in Zürich West too), which really is the ultimate nest if you are in for anything that's cool, modern and stylish. Oh and if you love sharing things like work space, good food and your stories with like-minded creatives it’s also your place to be. It's a hotspot where Zürich natives and urban explorers can meet, work, chill or create. The little universe right beside the central station, with oriental world cuisine, artist residency program, co-working space and design shop is a completely new form of hospitality. You are welcome to stay in and enjoy all the facilities, events and different types of experience the hotel is ready to offer. 25hours is a young hotel idea characterised by personality and a charming and relaxed service, which seeks to find contemporary answers to the demands of urban, cosmopolitan travellers. The brand focuses on individuality, authenticity and character, and designs each of its hotels in partnership with various designers and in a unique style, under the motto 'Know one, know none'. If you are into fresh initiatives, cool typography and colorful interior, you will love staying there, we promise! Are you loving it already?
Hi, I'm Melody, and I'll share with you my Tulum experiences. Hope you are ready! To me, and I believe I can speak for many, Tulum is a magical place. Magical not only because there is no one word that perfectly describes the place. It is boho, chic, spiritual, boutique, rich in culture and also has the best food, ever. But, once you enter the pearly gates that brings you into Tulum, you immediately feel cleansed, as though you’ve entered this utopian world where all your stress and worries immediately melts away. Your body is re-wired to ‘chillax.’ What you once thought was essential in life, wifi, email, text, social media… no longer exists. What is natural is finding yourself waking up for yoga class, enjoying the freshest fruit smoothies and munching on tacos on the beach.
Guide to Budapest during Sziget Festival
If Budapest isn't on your travel bucket list yet, we'll help you pin it to the top. First of all, it's soon Sziget Festival, and secondly, it's an awesome city. Craving proof? Let our lovely ambassador, Adrienn showing you around in the city she calls home, despite of being a globetrotter. Since a few years now, Budapest is having its heyday, thanks to its flourishing gastronomy scene, ruin pubs, thermal baths and creative industry; just think of Mák, Zona or Szimply and famed brands like Nanushka. Adrienn is a digital nomad commuting between New York and Budapest, yet she loves seizing every moment of her time spent in the Hungarian capital. She knows well where to get the best coffee or grab a take-away snack and also where to go when you wish to refresh your home or wardrobe. Being a hospitality- and design expert allows her to recommend you places that are real visual treasures too, such as Hotel Moments Budapest, or your breakfast plate at Szimply. On the occasion of Sziget Festival, we've collected you some must see and try hotspots for your stay. Walk along, guys!
Where to stay in Münich: Louis Hotel and Cortiina
For those that are traveling frequently, finding a home away from home is essential. Do you all know the moment when after an exhausting day filled with meetings and traveling you enter your hotel room with great curiosity? We guess you are, and so are we. Though the magic does not happen everywhere instantly! Yet it did happen both in Cortiina and Louis Hotel throughout our stay in Münich, our newly discovered treasure destination. Actually the magic immediately happened when checked in at Cortiina; just hardly stepped in the door when the receptionist called our names already, with the cards in his hand. How did he know? - we’re wondering, but just let it go and kept the wow-effect for ourselves and rated the service as excellent already. If you are keen on prime service, eternal kindness, fresh design and great food, both Cortiina and Louis Hotel are the hotels to check-in. Not least they both have the best location in town, located only five minutes of walking from each other. Apparently we’ve been praising Münich since three lores now and won’t stop. Read on for our best memories in our temporary homes in Münich.
The lore of Sri Lanka: Meet Natasha Sand
Let us introduce our beloved ambassador for Sri Lanka, Natasha Sand whom we'd follow everywhere. And we guess so do you. In our interview with this wonderful person we touched topics like the future of tourism in Sri Lanka, secret surf spots, her roots, and seizing easy way of life. Born and raised in Norway until the age of 12, her family decided to move to Sri Lanka. Since two years, Natasha calls Sri Lanka her number one home; an untouched piece of magic. In Sri Lanka, everything moves in a slow pace, meaning there is no rush to get anywhere or get anything done, in other words it's proper island living. If you just travel from 30 minutes to 6 hours within the island, you can change the scenery completely. You've got the classic picture perfect beaches, the paddy fields, then there are the deep lush jungles with endless waterfalls, and all of a sudden you are climbing a mountain with epic views. Follow us to the paradise with Natasha, we've gone surfing!
Das Triest Vienna
Sleeping in a coach station can only bring mixed feelings we suppose; or even call them negative ones. But there is an exception, trust us; a former coach station turned into a luxurious design hotel called, Das Triest in one of our very favourite cities, Vienna. It got its name quite rightfully; it goes back to the days of Archduchess Maria Theresia, when the mail coach service between Vienna and Triest used to stop there to change horses. The former stables with their vaulted ceilings have been turned into spacious lounges, suites and seminar rooms with a very special flair. The hotel's name choice pays homage to the era of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the beautiful town in Italy. Created by the famed British designer, Sir Terence Conran + Conran & Partners, the hotel is an outstanding example of how to successfully incorporate modern elegance in a traditional building. A few steps from Karlsplatz, it was the first design hotel opened in 1995 in the Austrian capital featuring 72 rooms including 16 suites. We're lucky enough to enjoy the hotel's warm hospitality and timeless elegance the other week. The two garden suites provided us the perfect nest throughout the hectic days at Forward Festival in Vienna. Curious about our impressions?
GLAMPING EXPERIENCES IN UBUD, BALI
Ubud, Bali is a peaceful, picture-perfect place for a dreamy holiday in the midst of the tropical paradise. A great escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Dig a little deeper, while it seems like there are never ending activities and sights to see in Bali island, glamping – a portmanteau of glamour and camping – is where amazing Ubud’s nature meets the true luxury, might be a new, unfamiliar thing to try. It's a way to experience completely unique parts of Ubud without having to sacrifice creature comforts. There are two amazing places in Ubud to experience it, you can stay for one or more nights at Sandat Glamping Tents or you can do a riverside royal high tea at Escape Nomade Sanctuary. Are you ready for a tropical getaway far away from home?
Dining in Soho: Le Coucou
The vibrant Soho district’s famed culinary gem, Le Coucou has been on our list for a long time, apparently even before our stay at 11 Howard last year. And so good it was; both the level of excitement and expectations were sky-high. Speaking of experience, the restaurant has quickly become one of the hardest tables to get in the city, but we’ve got lucky. Coincidence or destiny? You decide. In a lavish and enthusiastic manner, we’ve finally visited Le Coucou the other week, craving classic French cuisine the restaurant is renown for. The menu reflects the chef, Daniel Rose’s personal vision of classic French cuisine aimed at bringing great food and conviviality to the table. An exceptional menu, the lush list of wines and cocktails, paired with the utmost of hospitality, takes dining at Le Coucou to the next level.
The lore of Cambridge: Meet Gina Wong
What do you associate Cambridge with? Historical university buildings, mysterious libraries, huge gardens, don’t you? Like in a fairy tale. Well, you are not far. Cambridge is amongst others home to the world-renowned University of Cambridge, which was founded in 1209. Only 22, Gina, a Cambridge graduate and our ambassador is living a real cosmopolitan lifestyle, yet she’ll always feel home in Cambridge. She's just recently moved to London yet she knows every corner of Cambridge by heart, but most of all its coolest brunch spots and architectural gems. She calls herself quite lucky as she has visited 26 countries, thanks to her parents' love of travelling, which they have passed on to her. Curious about her favourite places in Cambridge or maybe her three-months road-trip to the US? Read on and start using her guide!
Top 5 restaurants to visit during MFW by Mary
No matter if you are in Milan for the Fashion Week, MIDO, Salone del Mobile or MIA Photo Fair in between shows and fairs one only has the time to grab something quickly. Therefore, we have collected you Milan's top restaurants to dine in according to our local ambassador, Marianna Zuliani aka Mary. We suggest you to book your table in advance as each place gets quite busy especially when the city is packed with visitors. Local's Lore's team is striving to discover local niche places, restaurants with a story, places that are blurring the line between fine dining, traditional local cuisine and new-wave cuisine. Some days we prefer restaurants that are hip, on others that are luxurious and delicate, some days we are chasing the best local street food spots. We are in for every type of culinary experience as long as it's delicious. Let's see the 5 best one in Milan according to Mary. To be precise 5+1 which is our Local's Lore pick and currently our most desired place to eat out! Find out which one it is on the bottom of our list.
The lore of Milan: Meet Marianna Zuliani
There are so many reasons to hit Milan apart from its beauty and refined cuisine in the upcoming weeks; first of all Milan Fashion Week is approaching, so as MIDO and let’s not forget Salone del Mobile. The city has long been named fashion capital of the world and the world's design capital, thanks to several international events and fairs, including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair, which are currently among the world's biggest in terms of revenue, visitors and growth. If you’re up for discovering Milan beyond its creative fair scene, the very best of Milan, let us introduce our wonderful ambassador: Marianna Zuliani. She’ll be your guide throughout your stay. Use the Milan guide in order to experience real Milanese vibes through a local’s senses in this fast-paced Italian city. Read our interview and get to know more about your guide, Marianna and Milan's thriving gastronomy scene that goes much beyond traditional Italian cuisine; pizza and pasta.