New York City, USA
New York regularly (all the time) is one of the most visited cities in the world. It’s a destination that’s both rich in history and on the cutting edge of (popular things/general ways things are going) in fashion, art, food and music. The problem is, given that it’s attracts so many international visitors each and every year, there’s a whole lot of tourist traps to travel safely through. One could easily spend a week in the city without having a single real experience with which an actual New Yorker might relate. The key to making the most of your time in NYC? Knowing the neighborhoods! And right now, there’s no area of the city that’s cooler than Astoria, in the borough of Queens. The area is low-priced, and is home to a (many different kinds of people or things) and community-minded population; Astoria is very much keeping the idea of the American melting pot alive. Long-standing family owned businesses share sidewalks with new eateries, small restaurants and bars. Astoria is (in the past) known for its Greek food, but today you’ll find plenty of Middle Eastern, Creole, Italian, Mexican and Japanese restaurants all doing their history proud. The bar scene — which includes the historic Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden — is full of life and (in almost the same way) (many different kinds of people or things), plus Astoria Park gives visitors a (like nothing else in the world) view of Manhattan.
Peru’s capital city is a food-based celebration for the senses. It’s known for its beautiful mixture of colonial, Spanish (historic period 1600-1750)/(fancily decorated), neoclassical and art nouveau (related to the beautiful design and construction of buildings, etc.), as well as its amazing (land next to a body of water) and (of course) the food. The dishes that make up Peruvian food will keep you coming back for more, especially when you (understand/make real/achieve) how little a delicious plate of food will cost you. The city has some must-visit areas, including the beautiful historic center and Spanish-speaking neighborhood Chino (or, Chinatown), but the (high-quality thing or person) is the neighborhood of Barranco.. Here, the streets are lined with colorful large wall paintings – it’s long been Lima’s artist safe place. Now… when people catch on to a neighborhood’s (possible greatness or power), that which made the area appealing can quickly be washed away in a wave of (homes increasing a lot in value) seen as plain and common thing/not a brand-name drug, “of the moment” businesses. Thankfully, Barranco has managed to avoid this common hidden trap; yes, trendy bars and restaurants have moved in, but most of them seem to have a great respect for the neighborhood and its deep roots, rich history and rugged charms.
Florence is a city that needs/demands little introduction. It’s guessed (a number) that it now receives in the ballpark of 10 million visitors each and every year, making it one of the countries most popular destinations after Rome, Milan and Venice. The thing is, travelers — international tourists in particular — tend to treat it as a short stopover, usually only giving-out it three days. In so little time, one can’t help but treat the city as a single (a mixture of things that are all pretty much the same) thing/business; you’re unlikely to experience much else beyond its most famous attractions like the Uffizi Gallery and the Church of Santa Maria del Fiore. Travelers rushing through the city might not even set foot in (many people would say) the city’s greatest modern selling point: Oltrarno. Here, across the famous Ponte Vecchio, the crowds of tourists lessen. The cocktail bars and stylish (things) but (refreshingly) went to/attended by locals. The restaurants have an (in almost the same way) real feeling to them – you’re unlikely to find “tourist menus”; these are family-run joints and many of them have been open for many years. In short, Oltrarno (appearing to be) does the impossible by offering up the (related to designing and constructing beautiful buildings, structures, etc.) beauty people look (for) in Florence, an (oversupply/large amount) of green space and traditional Florentine food, while also feeling modern, trendy and beautiful.
The nightlife in Cuba’s capital is the stuff of legend, but this city has so much more to offer than the wild partying that first made it famous with artists and writers in the 1920s. Cuba, as a nation, has a truly (like nothing else in the world) history, one that has resulted in a rich, highly (only happening or existing in one small place) culture that needs to be experienced firsthand to be properly appreciated. It is a place of music, food and dance populated by an incredibly hard-working people who waste little and love and honor their traditions. But nowhere is all of this more obvious or (focused one’s effort/increased/mainly studied) than in Havana Vieja. In one sense, Old Havana lives up to its name; the buildings show their age and the streets are lined with old cars that have been kept running out of need rather than (love of the past). And yet, to call it old-fashioned wouldn’t be (very close to the truth or true number). The many small restaurants, nightclubs, restaurants, bars, fruit vendors and tobacco sellers fill the whole neighborhood with a cheerfulness/outer skin for life rooted very firmly in the present. Street art covers the walls and music fills the air. Opposite to popular belief, Havana is also an incredibly safe city now/recently. So trust us when we say that Old Havana will not disappoint.
The Big Smoke is one of the most (very important in history) and storied cities in the world. One could easily spend a month there and barely begin to make a dent in all that this city has to offer, from historic sights and cultural institutions to world famous restaurants and endless possibilities for shoppers. For that reason, it’s important to put in the research and figure out what your (things that are the most important) are before you get there. (without any concern about/having nothing to do with) your travel style, Peckham should be high on your list. This is London at its trendiest and most exciting, and yet it somehow remains completely friendly and down-to-earth. Peckham is an (including people of different backgrounds) neighborhood with strong roots, but one that is (based on what’s seen or what seems obvious) unafraid by change. Here you’ll find real and generations-old pie shops and traditional pubs, as well as trendy restaurants representing a wide variety of foods, plus an (oversupply/large amount) of small restaurants. The bar scene is (in almost the same way) on point, while the different fancy stores and specialty shops are sure to appeal to shoppers who like to support small businesses. Colorful, (full of life and energy) and never short on (like nothing else in the world) activities, events and pop ups, Peckham truly has something for everyone. Be sure to check out the Peckham Levels, a parking garage-turned-cultural destination, and the Peckham Flea Market.
Tokyo has long been a popular destination with international travelers. But over the last few years, it’s (appearing to be) risen to never-before-seen heights of (quality of being liked a lot or done a lot), jumping to the top of many bucket lists. Once you’ve reserved your flight however, you have to figure out how you’re going to spend your time in Japan’s capital city. The neighborhoods that travelers have usually/(in the past) went toward towards include Shibuya, Harajuku, Shinjuku and Ginza. They each have something to offer in their own right, and they should definitely appear on your schedule; but if you’re looking to experience Tokyo’s single coolest neighborhood, as of 2019, you’ve got to spend some time exploring Shimokitazawa. A city as popular as Tokyo struggles to maintain a sense of realness, but Shimokitazawa is 100% itself. Even as people catch on to its rough and realistic charms, the locals secure/make sure of that it maintains its (honest and good human quality/wholeness or completeness) as neighborhood of art, counter-culture values, and underground music. It’s often described as “wild” or a “(young, independent-thinking person) haven” but that doesn’t really do the area justice; Shimokitazawa is completely (like nothing else in the world). From the (oversupply/large amount) of low-price stores, arcades and old/original shops, to the huge numbers of little bars, independent small restaurants and and low-priced but tasty hole-in-the-wall restaurants, this neighborhood feels like one big treasure hunt – with gems around every corner. Maybe most importantly however, it is without a doubt the heart Tokyo’s independent music scene.