As the title gave away already, we have lined up our top ten most visited spots on the Spotted by Locals website in the last 365 days. Before we get to them, we would like to make it clear that while these might be our most visited spots, this doesn’t mean that they are ‘better than’ any of our other spots. We love helping travelers find those hidden gems you won’t find anywhere else and we love all our spots equally!
Now that we made that clear, we would like to present to you our top ten spots of the last year:
10. Pawilony in Warsaw
Pawilony is the area of little bars at the back of Nowy Świat street. Only a small gate divides this place from the touristy Royal Route.
Every little bar of Pawilony is cozy and has got the same structure but every single one’s a bit different. It’s a perfect place to go before clubbing or to have a beer with an old friend! — Ola Synowiec
9. The Sub Crawl in Glasgow
This is as much a warning as a recommendation. The Sub Crawl is a pub crawl with a difference – it takes place on the subway.
Sub crawlers get off the train at each stop and have a drink in the nearest pub. There are 15 stops on the subway. It gets messy. Buy an all-day ticket at the first station and work your way around the pubs with your pals until you give up, pass out, get arrested or all of the above! — Gill Davies
8. LX Factory in Lisbon
A new urban fragment has been born again in one of the most industrial abandoned areas of Lisbon.
LX Factory is a giant atelier full of galleries to discover with traditional restaurants, design shops, and even concert halls. What are you waiting for? Check their agenda and get on the tram to the LX! — Nuno Lopes de Paula
7. Tasca do Chico in Lisbon
Fado is the typical Portuguese song, born and raised in the streets of Lisboa and I can’t really think of a better place to listen to it all other than Tasca do Chico.
Few things in Lisboa can be more typical than enjoying an impromptu Fado singing session accompanied by a glass of red wine, roasted sausage, and good company, which is exactly what this bar delivers. — Raquel Dias
6. Partick Farmers Market in Glasgow
On the second and fourth Saturdays of every month, you will find all manner of Artisan gourmet fare bursting from Patricks Farmers Market in abundance.
Every month there are different stalls with vintage clothing, bric-a-brac, and comic books. During the summer you can also listen to live traditional music whilst you lay on the grass with a tasty snack! — Scott Walker
5. Sherut Taxis in Tel Aviv
The “Sherut taxi” are yellow minivans that operate as shared taxis. The sherut follow public bus routes in Tel Aviv. They have numbers on the front windshield indicating their routes.
A ride is flagged by raising your hand when you see them coming. And will cost you 7 shekels per person. — Ari Farber
4. Kyoto Garden in London
My favorite part of Holland Park is the peaceful Kyoto Garden, which is like a tiny pocket of Japan inside an English setting. The garden was opened in 1991 as a gift from Kyoto.
It is carefully designed to reflect key traits of Japanese gardens, including stone lanterns, tiered waterfalls and plenty of fish. — Peter Hoffer
3. Porta Portese in Rome
Porta Portese is the biggest market in Rome and the first time you’ll go there you’ll get lost… for sure! It’s an institution in the city, you must go there to experience this side of Roman life.
You can find almost everything in it: dresses, new and old, furnishings, bikes, old cameras, posters, books, stamps. If you love markets as I do, you can’t miss it. — Daniela D’Avanzo
2. Bahnhofsviertel in Frankfurt
Bahnhofsviertel is reputed to be dirty and dangerous at night – but the Red Light District has transformed a lot over the past years and somehow it attracts me and always means a fun night!
It’s these contrasts, the colors, the liveliness, the many people in the street, the unseen world of the city that makes it exciting for me. — Josefine Winkler
1. Rua Nova do Carvalho in Lisbon
Cais do Sodré, located near the old port along the riverside in downtown Lisbon, was once considered Lisbon’s Red Light District. Slowly, things started to change. Like a freight train, Cais do Sodré was renewed.
Everything has changed for the good. On top of that, Rua Nova do Carvalho was painted pink, so you can’t miss it! That’s the revenge of the ugly duckling. — Nuno Lopes de Paula
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