With travel so easy nowadays, it’s high time we pack our bags and flay away in search of adventure. Here are the top 10 cities every gentleman should visit.
1. NEW YORK
New York City is certainly a destination of gentlemanly magnitude. Well famed for its enormous list of sites and attractions, it not only boasts the highest magnitude of scenic wonders, from the Statue of liberty and the Empire State Building, to Central Park and Times Square, but also has a vibrant underbelly hosting everything a gentleman could need. For culture, try one of NYC’s many museums, especially the Museum of Modern Art (www.moma.org) or it’s lively jazz music scene at Smoke Jazz & Supper Club (www.smokejazz.com) For sartorial flair, head to Michael Andrews Bespoke (www.michaelandrewsbespoke.com) and for a room with a view try NOMO SOHO (www.nomosoho.com) Simply put, New York has you covered.
Head to cooler climes – the city of Stockholm has risen to the top as a must see destination. Considered the centre of culture for Scandinavia, the wide array of stunning architecture, views and open spaces, which take up one third of the city, make it a calming environment to explore. For night time activities try Debaser Hornstulls Strand (www.debader.se), where you can enjoy the frivolities of Sweden long into the night. Wander over to Millesgården (www.millesgarden.se) to gaze at the magnificent sculptures or Nyfiken Gul (www.nyfikengul.se) for delicious alfresco dining. A city with historic yet contemporary magnitude, Stockholm is a place for all gentlemen to visit.
Although Paris is a city well visited by the British, it still holds a place as one of the greatest cities in the world. The impeccable might of this city has been a hub for creative’s for hundred of years, inspiring some of the most famed art, literature and music known today. Of course, the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and the Notre Dame de Paris all offer scenic beauty, but it’s the hidden treasures that are most spectacular, like the Albert Kahn Musée & Jardins (www.albert-kahn.hauts-de-seine.fr) and the Musée Zadkine (www.zadkine.paris.fr). For gentlemanly nightlife, head to the Experimental Cocktail Club (www.experimentalcocktailclub.fr) voted one of the best bars in the world, it is a must visit spot. From a cultural metropolis to a modern playground, Paris has every imaginable activity to offer.
4. HONG KONG
On the cusp of China lies Hong Kong, the former British colony that packs a host of cross-cultural activities for all intrepid gentlemen. The plethora of historic landmarks, including the Man Mo Temple and the Po Lin Monastery offer an insight into Chinese religious foundations, whilst the thriving contemporary hub shows Hong Kong’s 21st century dominance. Visit the Armani/Privé (www.armaniprive-hk.com) rooftop bar for luxurious parties, or plan your trip around the Hong Kong Sevens (www.hksevens.com) for a fabulous sporting spectacle. When it comes to finding somewhere to stay, Hong Kong presents some of the finest hotels and boutiques the world has to offer, especially The Luxe Manor (www.theluxemanor.com) where contemporary interiors offer inspiration to all who visit. Gentleman, it’s time to pack those bags.
Step back in time and visit a city dripping in cultural nobility. Havana is not only one of the most talked about cities, it’s one of the most beautiful too. Visit the Museum of the Revolution, residing in the former Presidential Palace, or take a long drive along the Melacón, an 8km thoroughfare boasting wonderful visual delights. For a touch of decadence, try visiting El Floridita (www.floridita-cuba.com) Ernest Hemingway’s favourite drinking spot – a must see for all gentlemen. La Zorra y El Cuervo is famed for offering the rawest live jazz in the city, whilst the Tropicana Nightclub (www.cabaret-tropicana.com) displays traditional cabaret in a fantastically vibrant way. For true cultural pursuits, Havana is a must see for adventurous gentlemen.
Vancouver is Canada’s bona fide playing ground. Not only does it demonstrate Canada’s formidable scenic wonders; from Stanley Park to the Capilano Suspension Bridge (www.capbridge.com), skiing is also readily available, as well as numerous sea planes to discover Vancouver by air. Heading downtown, try L’Abbattoir (www.labattoir.ca) for delectable cuisine and cocktails, or The Keefer Bar (www.thekeeferbar.com) for vibrant nightlife. A city densely packed with superior cultural identity, Vancouver is a gentleman’s hotspot.
7. BUENOS AIRES
As the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires showcases the very best of South American culture. The Casa Rosada (www.casarosada.gob.ar) is a vestige of Argentinean political history, whilst the Teatro Colón (www.tertrocolon.org.ar) offers beautiful architecture and sensational operas. Head to The Harrison Speakeasy for ultra-exclusive night time activities, and Don Julio (www.parrilladonjulio.com.ar) for mouth-watering steaks. Wander the streets, get lost and delve straight into Argentinean life with a trip to Buenos Aires.
Yangon is one of the fastest rising cities in the world. As the capital of Myanmar (formerly Burma) it is on the very cusp of modern adventure. Outstanding landmarks, such as the Botatoung Pagoda and the Shwedagon Pagoda offer sensational visual delights, whilst the host of live theatre performances take you back in time. The Sky Bistro (www.sakura-tower-yangon.com) offers monumental views and traditional cuisine, and the Captain’s Bar (www.savoy-myanmar.com) is a must for cocktails and relaxation. If you want to visit a city that’s off the beaten track, Yangon is the city for you.
9. CAPE TOWN
Cape Town is South Africa’s most metropolitan city, and a place where there is a seemingly endless list of things to do. Of course, Table Mountain is a must, especially via the Aerial cableway (www.tablemountain.net) and the District Six Museum (www.districtsix.co.za) takes you on a touching journey through South Africa’s destructive apartheid past. For nightlife, try Asoka (www.asokabar.co.za) for stunning beverages and atmosphere, or the Tjing Tjing rooftop bar (www.tjingtjing.co.za) for a cosy, refined night out. For places to stay, the award winning Cape Grace (www.capegrace.com) is your destination, where access to the hotel’s luxury yacht comes as standard. For sun, culture and diversity, Cape Town is a city every gentleman should visit once.
Australia, the land of golden beaches, clear blue water and friendly people is a travel destination for almost all, and Sydney is it’s buzzing king. With Bondi beach tantalisingly close, and the Sydney Opera House (www.sydneyoperahouse.com) a must visit landmark, Sydney offers an endless array of drastically differing experiences. Recently voted the best bar in Sydney, Earl’s Juke Joint is well worth a visit, whilst Acme (www.weareacme.com.au) hosts some of the finest cuisine in Sydney. For activity fuelled gentlemen, Sydney is a true hotspot – learn to surf, listen to live music and sip on a cool beverage for serious good vibrations.