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Rome

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Why go

Rome is the epicentre of the Italian history. With an unparalleled artistic heritage, a unique culture and some of the world's most beautiful architecture, it's easy to see why a visit to Rome is an absolute must this summer. This cosmopolitan city features not just beautiful sights for the historian, but also countless delicious dishes for the gourmand. You can enjoy 24 hours in Rome but I promise, you will fall in love with the city.

What to eat

Although many would recommend eating an Italian pizza, I say skip the main and go straight for the gelato. If you love ice cream, then Italian gelato won't disappoint. Once you satisfied your sweet tooth, try Italian gnocchi with truffles and shaved parmesan. Learn more about Italian food you need to try in Rome.

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To properly experience Rome, ditch the map and indulge yourself in an aimless walk along those romantic Italian streets. Explore the urban maze and find the most amazing photo opportunities right off the beaten track. Read more about our favourite things to do in Rome.

Paris

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Why go

Paris is the city of lights, the city of love, the city of art. The French capital is rather mesmerising and chic. Although its spacious boulevards are always busy with tourists and locals alike, there is an air of romance which predominates the Parisian streets. Go beyond a trip to the Eiffel Tower and experience Paris like a local: visit a family ran restaurant tucked away from the touristy streets, buy cheese and wine from a local market and search for the small independent boutiques for a taste of the real French fashion. We spent 24 hours in Paris, to begin with, but loved the city so much that we visited three times since.

What to eat

You have a lot of food to choose from when visiting Paris. Start the morning with a French croissant, eat a myriad of cheeses for lunch and end the evening by indulging yourself in some of the world's best cakes. Between your meals, spoil yourself with delicious French macarons.

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Paris has long been famous for its artistic side and although the Louvre is a grand reminder of that, I believe modern art can make an even bolder statement. Take a trip to Pompidou to fully understand the evolution of art. And why not enjoy a romantic weekend in Paris?

London

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Why go

London truly is a city that never stops. The English capital city is an international economic, cultural and financial hub. Associated with its iconic Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) and the London Eye, this vibrant city has so much to offer, a lifetime may not seem enough to discover all its secrets. You can spend 24 hours in London, but you will very likely like come back for more.

What to eat

Although fish and chips are a must whilst meandering through the streets of London, break free from the usual stereotypes and venture into a British pub. Have a steak pie with a glass of ale or order a real British Sunday dinner. For a lovely afternoon, find a quiet tea house and have an afternoon tea which consists of British scones served with cream, jam and an English tea with milk.

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For the best panoramic views over London, head over to the Shard. An adult ticket is £30, hence a little bit expensive, but the views are truly worth it.

Budapest

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Why go

Budapest is one of the coolest and best European cities. It's cheap, incredibly beautiful and has plenty of really good food. Budapest is divided by the Danube into two parts: Buda and Pest. Buda is the old side where you can admire spectacular views over the city right from the Fisherman's Bastion. Pest is the more vibrant part, where people come to shop, eat and party. Spent at least 24 hours in Budapest, fall in love with the city, then move here for a few months. We sure love Budapest.

What to eat

When in Budapest make sure to try Hungarian Krémes (custard slice) and Hungarian Szilvás Gombóc (plum dumplings). Although both sweet desserts, they are so incredibly delicious you will want to skip lunch just to continuously eat more of these Hungarian foods.

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Walking next to the River Danube on the Buda side until you reach the iconic Hungarian House of Parliament. You can take some really good pictures, so make sure to grab your tripod. If you are lucky to visit during an overcast day, the building is guaranteed to look even more dramatic. Don't forget to also try a romantic cruise on the Danube.

Bucharest

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Why go

Bucharest is incredibly affordable and it continues to rise from its own ashes. Known as the Paris of the East, this vibrant capital features beautiful baroque architecture, chic mansion houses and some of Europe's coolest (and cheapest) bars. Although there are still obvious signs that communism once ruled over Romania, Bucharest is becoming yet again a flourishing city, with a lot to offer and quickly becoming one of the most beloved cultural hearts of Europe. And I promise, there so many things to do in Bucharest, you'll love it.

What to eat

Bucharest has plenty of eateries dotted all around the city. For an authentic taste, head over to Hanul lui Manuc located right in the city centre, and order tripe soup and a Romanian traditional dish called "sarmale" (spiced minced beef wrapped in pickled cabbage). It's actually one of the most delicious meals you can experience.

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No visit to Bucharest is complete without a walk around Herastrau Park, a massive green space full of trees and flowers, surrounding a huge lake. Here you can rent a boat and have a romantic ride with your loved one.

Copenhagen

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Why go

Copenhagen is one of the most culturally diverse cities in Scandinavia. For years, it has been voted one of the happiest cities to live in. In Copenhagen, everyone smiles all the time. People are very warm, welcoming and friendly and happy to accommodate you. It features plenty of amazing attractions but above all, Copenhagen is awesome for foodies. You can spend 24 hours in Copenhagen, but during our trip we decided to extend our stay to a week.

What to eat

Start your morning with an organic coffee and a Danish pastry. For lunch, eat an open sandwich (Smørrebrød) and for dinner head over to a Michelin starred restaurant and treat yourself to a culinary experience to die for.

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To end a great day in Copenhagen, you should head over to Nyhavn, the city's most colourful neighbourhood. There are plenty of bars and restaurants around the canal and there is nothing better than enjoying a cold beer during a hot summer afternoon in Copenhagen. Spark a conversation with a local and make new friends, as the Danes are so incredibly open to meeting new people.

Lisbon

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Why go

Lisbon is an absolute must during the summer time because it features both: historical culture, as well as a chilled lifestyle right by the beach. Known as the city founded on top of seven hills, expect narrow winding roads which will take you up and down throughout your Lisbon journey. Learn Lisbon's history and walk through the city's agitation, then take a break and head over to the beach and chill with a cocktail.

What to eat

Located by the sea, Lisbon has a variety of seafood dishes. Start by trying the octopus main cooked in olive oil and served with boiled potatoes, move over to a massive tiger prawn and finish your meal off with a delicious seafood salad. If there is room for dessert, treat yourself with a Portuguese custard tart (pastel de nata).

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The views from the Sao Jorge Castle are some of the best over Lisbon's rooftops. For a more authentic taste of Lisbon, stroll through the streets of Alfama, the oldest district of the Portuguese capital. If you spend only 24 hours in Lisbon, make sure you visit Alfama, one of the most interesting districts in the city.

Bristol

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Why go

No other British city combines city and country life as well as Bristol. A hilly city with colourful fishing houses, situated right by the harbourside offers a myriad of attractions and activities. Bristol features plenty of parks, woodlands and forested trails which makes this city into an outdoor lover's paradise. For a multicultural experience, head over to Gloucester Road, a long shopping road dotted with independent boutiques. I lived in Bristol for almost 10 years, hence, I can't recommend this epic city enough.

What to eat

Bristolians love organic, locally sourced produce. For a diverse culinary scene, Gloucester Road features many eateries which cook with fresh ingredients. Afternoon cream tea is a popular option amongst locals and tourists a like.

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Walk over the Clifton Suspension Bridge which is the result of Brunel's ingenious engineering. Linking two massive cliffs over the River Avon, you will enjoy epic views over the city of Bristol and it's forested sides.

Edinburgh

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Why go

Edinburgh is a beautiful medieval town with an extinct volcano which offers breathtaking views of the city. The Scottish capital has a gorgeous Georgian style new town as well as old streets with small independent boutiques and brick houses.

What to eat

For a real taste of Scotland, you need to try haggis, the national dish. This is a savoury pudding, containing meat, onion, oatmeals and spices. These are all encased in sheep's stomach or sausage casing.

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Edinburgh has long been associated with arts and culture and no time this is more obvious than during the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe Festival. During Fringe (the world's biggest art festival) expect many artistic performances spread over the course of many days. We also recommend the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh.

Nice

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Why go

Nice is a seaside city and the capital of the exquisite French Riviera. This sophisticated city is renowned for its Mediterranean climate as well as its proximity to the Alps Maritimes. Many choose to relax by the Nicean picturesque seaside, before embarking on a hiking adventure around its surrounding mountains.

What to eat

Being located right on the seaside, Nice will offer its visitors plenty of seafood options. Oysters are especially nice and fresh and can be found in some restaurants located next to the Nice Old Town.

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The morning flower and fruit market, Cours de Saleya. Located in the Old Town, you will find fresh and colourful produce. It's a great place to find a bite to eat for breakfast, before heading over to the Promenade des Anglais, a long pedestrian sidewalk by the seashores.

Vienna

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Why Go

The Austrian capital city is one of the most beautiful European cities. Full of culture, good food and gorgeous architecture, Vienna has it all. Vienna is a great city for those interested in a European city which can offer a variety of museums, shopping opportunities and fantastic eateries. We found so many things to do in Vienna, that we decided to move there for a while.

What to Eat

When in Vienna, you have to try the apple strudel, a traditional schnitzel and a lovely cake as dessert. Don't forget to visit a traditional coffee house and take your time people watching. Finish the day in a pub where you can enjoy a pint of Austrian larger. Hard not to love the culinary scene of Austria.

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If you love the outdoors as much as us, then take the subway towards Lainzer Tiergarten, a great park where you can hike for a day. It's so nice to have the option of a walk in nature in a place located just 20 minutes away from the city centre. And don't forget to check where to stay in Vienna before booking your accommodation.

Seville

Best European Cities

Why go

Seville is such beautiful place, we lived there for 6 months. There were pros and cons to living in Spain, but I promise, you will find Seville as one of the best European cities. It is warm, has orange trees all around the cities, it has a variety of large green spaces with gorgeous exotic trees and palms. I honestly can't imagine a more beautiful and photogenic city. Make sure you go during Spring to avoid the super hot Spanish summers which can get a bit unbearable.

What to eat

When in Seville, you should try as much tapas as possible. Get tapas and sangria and dance all start chatting with the locals. Seville is full of life and enjoying various platters of food with others is just how it should be done.

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Go to the Seville parasol just before sunset to enjoy the most beautiful views of the city. As I mentioned, Seville is beautiful year round and I can't imagine it looking more glorious than from above, during a colourful sunset.

Prague

Best European Cities

Why go

Prague is one of those incredible European cities which is a year-round destination. During summer, it looks glorious, green and warm, and during winter it becomes white and mysterious. Prague surprised me so much, with its beautiful architecture, innovative sculptures and interesting restaurants. Prague was colourful and brilliant. Besides, we found so many things to do in Prague, we loved it.

What to eat

Pretty much any restaurant in Prague will sell traditional food such as pork knuckle. We went to vegan restaurants and still enjoyed traditional dishes minus the meat and dairy. We also recommend pub crawling to discover all those incredible Czechish beers.

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Walk on the Charles Bridge during daytime but also during night time. During the day, it will be a nice and vibrant pedestrian bridge, full of vendors, artists and painters. At night, the bridge becomes mysterious and eerie, with its imposing statues and dimmed lights.

These are the best European cities we loved the most. Do you want to add your favourite city? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.

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