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Canada’s third-largest city is a haven for culture vultures and as the country marks its 150th birthday, there’s never been a better time to go, says Catherine Van Brunschot Why go? When it comes to sheer physical character, Vancouver has everything you could want from a city...  Read More »

San Francisco

Fifty years on from the Summer of Love, the hippie city has blossomed into a thriving tech hub. Start planning your escape to visit the home of Alcatraz, says Lizzie Frainier Why go? San Francisco is a city that incubates innovation, radical thinking and progress. Residents are...  Read More »


This Basque beauty has impactful architecture, brilliant beaches, one of the best museums in the world and a unique gastronomic identity, says Imogen Lepere Why go? Famously passionate and proudly independent, the Basques are an enigma. Although their unofficial country straddles...  Read More »

The Codfather

A city resisting revolution, Lisbon is sticking to its culinary guns. Alex Harris crisscrosses the city for custard tarts and cherry brandy, but can’t slip the man whose family has salted cod for generations. Lisbon is a capital experiencing ‘the change’. In an age of city uniformity, with...  Read More »


Fuelled by caffeine and the buzz of industry, this steamy metropolis has culture in spades and is the ideal staging post for exploring Asia, says Blossom Green. Why go? Think of Indonesia and you’ll likely conjure up an image of tropical beaches, jungles and rice paddies punctuated by mildly...  Read More »


Japan’s ancient capital serves up an impeccable slice of the past with classic cuisine and the breathtaking beauty of pastel pink cherry blossoms, says James Williams Why go? Buddhist shrines, wooden houses, tea served in tatami (rice mat) rooms – Kyoto is an unabashed keeper of traditions. It was Japan’s...  Read More »


Be seduced by myths, meze and Mediterranean scenery in this seaside city – not least as it has been named a European Capital of Culture 2017, says Imogen Lepere. Why go? Throughout its history, Cyprus, and Paphos in particular, has charmed the most unlikely people. Mark Antony gave it to Cleopatra...  Read More »

Love Chocolate…

If there was ever a heaven on earth with an endless array of chocolates to satiate your every desire, then Confiserie Sprüngli must be its spiritual home. It has been almost two centuries since Sprüngli first opened its doors and it is perhaps befitting that the first Boutique & Café to...  Read More »

Caspian Pearls

For almost a century Petrossian of Paris has supplied some of the world’s finest caviar; Food and Travel Arabia went for a visit. As you step into the Petrossian shop on Boulevard de Latour Maubourg, in Paris, not far from the Eiffel Tower, you can’t help noticing a subtle smell of the...  Read More »

Daniel Boloud

Gourmands are spoilt for choice in a city like New York, but if there’s an A-list of restaurants that privileged diners and in-the-know foodies make a beeline for when in the city, then Daniel – the flagship, eponymous two Michelin-starred restaurant by Daniel Boloud – is easily one of the...  Read More »