Over the years, I’ve done my fair share of travelling. I’ve ate croissants in Paris, drank English tea in London and even sampled some of Shanghai’s unusual delicacies. My personal and professional adventures have led to me seeing some of the most breathtaking views in the world, breaking bread with some strange and wonderful characters and having a hell of a lot of fun. So I thought I’d share 5 of the my favourite cultural-filled cities.
1. São Paulo, Brazil
Culture isn’t just about how many theatres a city has or which one offers a wide and interesting history. Culture is different things to different people. It’s about interesting experiences that are unique to any other – and that’s exactly what São Paulo offers.
You can trust you’re in for memorable time when you visit largest city in Brazil, which offers over 2,000 nightclubs – no other city in the world offers that many! It’s also the host of World Cup 2014, so there’s never been a better time to visit!
2. New York, USA
New York had to be on this list, right? I defy anyone to visit this city and not fall in love with it. It offers the highest number of theatres in the world, has the biggest amount of film festivals and has 126 museums! There’s always something go on in the city, with film crews constantly seen on the city streets filming movies, music videos and TV programmes. Not to mention that their pizza is the best in the world – if that’s not a reason to visit then I don’t know what is!
3. Liverpool, England
When people think about England, their minds probably automatically go to London – but there’s so much more to this country than their capital city. Liverpool is without doubt one of the most cultural cities in the UK, offering two cathedrals, a rich maritime history and it is also the birthplace of all 4 members of The Beatles.
Liverpool is also filled with some of the friendliest characters you could meet, who are proud and protective of their city and its culture – which is why they were awarded Capital of Culture 2008 and showcase their history in different ways, such as the new Titanic themed hotel 30 James Street, the interesting Beatles Magical Mystery Tour and the Mathew Street Festival.
4. Beijing, China
Beijing is a must when visiting China. Not only does it offer great attractions such as Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven, but it is currently reinventing its culture with modern features to make it the perfect destination for travellers.
Aside from all the popular attractions, you should most definitely check out some of the city’s hidden gems, such as the Gulou neighbourhood an, north of Qianmen, which is the home of the Drum and Bell Towers, which have been integral to helping the city mark the time of day for many centuries. It is little finds like this that make Beijing a truly unforgettable experience.
5. Edinburgh, Scotland
Whether you’re a lover of arts, architecture, history or stunning views, Edinburgh is a must! Offering a rich history to the UK’s royal family, you should definitely visit Edinburgh Castle, which was captured on-and-off by English Kings since as far back as 1174, and is now the host of the annual Edinburgh Military Tattoo that showcases a variety of international military forces.
You can also pay a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, which is the official resident of Her Majesty the Queen when she visits Scotland. The annual Edinburgh Festival also welcomes some of the biggest and best performers and entertainment shows every August – with many high profiled comedians and theatre productions getting their big break at the event.