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500 Hidden Secrets | Inside Your Favourite Cities

Schools almost out and the summer holidays are so close we can taste it. Whether you're a staycationer or a globe trotter, we have the ultimate travel guide, unleashing some of the best hidden secrets. Our Travel guides invite you to leave behind the beaten track and explore the unknown. As you leaf through and discover more about your chosen city, you will find intimate restaurants, unusual stores, secret passages as well as your favourite haunts. Discover something so much more than what you could find in a quick google search.

If you're a shopaholic, a complete foodie or want to know the best bar to enjoy a cocktail, we have the insider knowledge from our' 500 hidden secrets' sequence. From Copenhagen to New York, London to Paris. Written by locals and travel enthusiasts, telling us about the biggest do's and don'ts, where to get the best views, and a quiet step away from the hustle and bustle. You will find out the best places to drink, shop, discover and random facts that just might come in handy.

The 500 hidden secrets of Paris - The Top 5 Parisian Bistros

  • Au Petit Fer Á Cheval – The menu features traditional staples of classic French cuisine, including iconic desserts like tart tattan, people have been known to strike up a conversation, creating lasting friendships with neighbouring tables!

  • Le Square Trousseau – This art/deco menu has succeeded in maintaining its classic aesthetic while keeping up with contemporary tastes. Sit back, relax and enjoy the large sunny terrace away from the busy cars, this location happens to be very popular with the local crowd in the morning.

  • Le Bar du Marche – This perfect location is on the corner of Rue de Siene and Rue de Buci have made it a great local institution, although it is difficult to score a place on the terrace in this vibrant bar, once you do your patience will be rewarded by the beauty.

  • La Palette- The façade of this iconic bistro is now listed as a historical monument, the bistro is simply timeless because of it's an infamous terrace, students from the art schools can be found here at all times of the day as well as art gallery owners who claim this bar as their headquarters.

  • Le Pure Café – With tiles on the floor and mirrors on the wall, the café owners have mastered the aesthetic of the neighbourhood while maintaining their own interior

Discover more of Paris's hidden secrets here

The 500 Hidden Secrets of Copenhagen - The 5 best day trips from Copenhagen

  • Dragør, Denmark – Located just outside of Copenhagen, this historic fishing village is a photographers dream. Yellow thatched-roof cottages, crooked streets and hidden passageways, quaint seaside cafes and a scenic harbour, dating back to at least the 14th Century.

  • Hven Sweden – Only one hour from Copenhagen by ferry, Hven is a small and isolated Swedish island crisscrossed by bike paths and dotted with quaint seaside villages, churches and lighthouses, rent a bike, tour the villages and stop by the exquisite Backafallsbyn whisky bar before taking the evening ferry back to Copenhagen

  • Mons Klint, The Island of Mon Denmark – Steep, Stark white and impressive, Mons Klint is a highlight of the otherwise subtle Danish landscape. These chalk cliffs stand as one of the highest points of elevation in Denmark and their environs are protected as a nature park, popular with cyclists, hikers and campers as well as amateur geologists. In the summertime, visitors can access Mons Klint via bus from Copenhagen.

  • Bornholm, Denmark – Known to many as the sunny island, Bornholm is probably best experienced as either a two or three day trip from Copenhagen but technically it can be done in one day. Known for its lovely weather, water sports, artisanal boutiques and laidback lifestyle. Bornholm is a popular get aware destination for Copenhageners.

  • Louisiana Museum of Modern Art - A short train ride up the coast of Copenhagen is the small seaside town of humlebæk home to Louisiana Museum of Modern Art since it's opening in 1958, Louisiana has been almost as famous for its scenic views as it is for it's a collection of modern art.

Discover more of Copenhagen's hidden secrets here.

The 500 Hidden Secrets of Venice - 5 Things you should never say to a Venetian

  • Where Can I get a Bus? Beware: The only area of Venice's historical centre where vehicles (and this includes bicycles) are allowed is Piazzale Roma. From there on you must rely on the cities transportation. Ie. The water buses and water taxis, when planning your arrival bear in mind that while the water buses run all night, they are less frequent later on.
  • Where can I find a Shopping Centre? The very nature of this one-of-a-kind city is incompatible with the hectic activity and large scale of a shopping centre, the closest thing perhaps to a shopping centre is the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, in any case, there is no shortage of shops in Venice, and they are all of excellent quality.

  • Can I have a Cappuccino (after lunch) This may sound fussy, but Venetians and Italians would never drink a cappuccino after lunch, consider alternatives such as macchiato.

  • When the next high water? This depends on a combination of winds and tides, so it is impossible to work out exactly when the next high water will be, you can always check weather apps to get an idea. When the next high tide is imminent alarms will go off and the population will be warned.

  • Where Can I eat lasagne? The correct answer is Bologna, while lasagne is delicious it is not part of the Venetian tradition, if a restaurant lists it on its menu along with pizza, you can be sure this is not traditional cuisine.

Discover more of Venice's hidden secrets here

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