City breaks: how to avoid the tourist traps and explore like a local

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Discover the best a city has to offer when you’re on a weekend break

If you’re thinking about your next trip away and want to avoid the tourist traps, it’s best to speak to people who live there.

That’s why Renaissance hotels are offering adventurous guests a more authentic, local experience – the kind that you won’t find in a guidebook.

Along with unique city settings, every hotel captures an essence of the wanderlust spirit – and even has dedicated urbanites on hand, known as ‘Navigators’ to recommend the best places to eat, drink and shop.

That means staying at a Renaissance hotel is a simple and savvy way to discover the hidden gems of a city, especially if you’re only there for a short time.

Plus, if you’re travelling solo and interested in networking with other creatives, then the ‘Navigator’s Table’ evenings are a must.

Each one is hosted by inspiring creatives such as Tom Sellers, the maverick chef famous for his Michelin-starred restaurant, Story, with the sole purpose of bringing like-minded people together to celebrate all the city has to offer…

Here’s what happened at the latest St. Pancras Renaissance London hotel event…

Planning a weekend getaway that’s further afield? Then take a look at our European hit list of cool and cosy spots that’ll take you off the tourist trail…

Hit up the delicatessens in Hamburg…

You won’t find mass-produced items at Mutterland, but specialities produced in small quantities that taste home-made. The flagship store by the Central Station can be a place of discovery, or just for a quick sandwich: many small snacks are available from behind the counter.

Explore the art-scene in Amsterdam…

Love photography? Then you should visit Amsterdam’s Foam gallery on the canal where you’ll find avant-garde works by established artists and fresh new talent. There are four major exhibitions each year, as well as 16 smaller showings. If you’re lucky you might stumble in on an interactive workshop or lecture. Alternatively, you can book yourself a guided tour. The museum also has a bookshop, cafe and a library – happy days!

Be wowed by architectural jewels in Barcelona…

Looking for the perfect Insta-photo opp? Stepping inside the Palau de la Música is a magical experience, as if you’ve entered a beautiful jewelled musical box. The stunning modernist architecture and brilliant colours and mosaic artwork will stay with you long after you return from this Spanish mainstay.

Drink delicious cocktails like a Parisian…

Craft cocktail culture is in full swing in Paris and one of the coolest places to sip them is Copperbay. Whether you want a classic cocktail, playful punch, modern twist or a bespoke creation, the mixologists are ready to create a drink to tantalise your tastebuds.

Whatever you want from a city break, Renaissance has got it covered. With more than 160 hotels in some of the most dynamic and inspiring neighbourhoods in the world, why not book your stay today?

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