5 Cities – 5 Locals – 5 Unique tips (5)

Genesis Gallery Athens (by Aigli Andritsopoulou)

Genesis Gallery Athens (by Aigli Andritsopoulou)

Our regular followers will know we share a nice and unique local’s tip on our social media channels every day. Tips and local recommendations that are special in their very own way, places you might not find in other cities. We’ve covered quite a few by now, so how about touching on some of the best insider knowledge that we have?

Genesis Gallery – Athens

This time, we will start our unique trip in Athens. We are sure that you’ve already conquered Acropolis, released your spirit at Parthenon and had a big smile on your face while eating divine Greek food. Now it’s about time to discover another – a unique – side of Athens. And Genesis Gallery will be a perfect start. If you have some doubts about contemporary art or you are sure that everything has already been created and artists are merely copying each other nowadays… Well, think again. Our local Aigli claims that the gallery “challenges the modern skeptics and presents local and international artists who grapple with new forms of art by using a wide range of media.” Genesis collects various pieces of art from emerging artists all around Europe and presents them to the Greek audience. All works have the pulse of idiosyncrasy and novelty. So, if you want to be pleasantly (or awkwardly) surprised, Genesis Gallery is a top-spot.

Peatus – Tallinn

Peatus Tallinn (by Peatus owners)

Peatus Tallinn (by Peatus owners)

Most of us, every now and then, enjoy hanging out at bars that usually have the same package: a cozy atmosphere, loud people and a wide range of booze. If you decide to visit Peatus in Tallinn, you will definitely find everything that you need for a memorable night-out, only in a non-traditional form. So, here is a short background history: the owners of Peatus were searching for an unusual place to establish a bar, and they somehow found two Soviet train wagons, renovated them and turned it into one of the most hip areas/bars in Tallinn. Between those two wagons they built the outside terrace, which became a popular chillin’ spot amongst locals (especially during sunny days!). Peatus has quite a short menu of food and drinks, but hey, quality over quantity, right? During the weekends, various parties take place and local DJs spin their best records. Unique and memorable? Peatus it is!

Dobberend Bos – Rotterdam

Dobberend Bos Rotterdam (by Anne-Marie Ros)

Dobberend Bos Rotterdam (by Anne-Marie Ros)

Don’t step into THIS forest, it floats! It might sound a bit delirious, but we are not even joking. Dobberend Bos (which means Bobbing Forest) is a forest on the water, located in Rotterdam. It is an innovative urban project by a visual artist Jorge Bakker. A nice idea emerged, only it turned out to be more complicated than it looked at the beginning. The main challenge was that trees don’t really like a brackish water and some of them even get seasick. Eventually, the group of the project found out that The Dutch Elm is strong enough to tolerate a small amount of salty water and, of course, to grow and thrive. Our Spotter Anne-Marie hopes that trees will grow and become a new icon of the city. We hope so too, so be strong, the Dutch Elm!

Beerstorming – Brussels

Beerstorming Brussels (by Beerstorming)

Beerstorming Brussels (by Beerstorming)

Enough brainstorming, let’s go beerstorming! You probably have no idea what we are talking about, but we are sure that you noticed the word ‘beer’. Yes, now we are heading to the capital of Belgium (and beer?) – Brussels. The city has a perfect attraction for all devoted beer lovers and it’s called Beerstorming. It isn’t another craft brewery whose main purpose is to make another top-notch beer for the market. The concept is completely different and it’s all about creativity. Your creativity. You can gather your friends together (or just find some people who would like to be a part of the whole process) and create your own beer. Under the guidance of an expert brewer, you will be introduced to some of important brewing details and specifics in order to create something special!

Coffee Tower – Riga

Coffee Tower Riga (by Linda Vecvagare)

Coffee Tower Riga (by Linda Vecvagare)

Want to enjoy a cup of coffee in a 2.62 square meters large cafe? You can find one in Riga which is simply called Coffee Tower. The cafe is established in one of the towers (built in 1927) that surround the entrance to Vērmanes garden. Although Coffee Tower is super tiny, it has everything you need: high-quality coffee, a professional barista and a cozy atmosphere. If you are not a huge coffee fan, you can also get smoothies, tea or cocoa. Our local Linda says that sometimes the coffee is served by the owner of the Coffee Tower and you will definitely notice him since he often wears a cylinder hat and has a huge beard. So, if you are looking for an exceptional experience, the Coffee Tower is waiting for you!

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