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I recently returned from a last-minute trip to Switzerland to visit family. Since my brother, sister and close family friends live near Geneva or Zurich, whenever I travel to Switzerland I’m lucky to get an insider’s take on where to eat, shop and play.
Where do you go when you need an insider’s guide to your destination’s top luxury design hotels, foodie hot-spots, designer boutiques and galleries? Obviously a Lonely Planet guide isn’t going to cut it. These four guide series skip the tourist traps and shortlist the best of the best for discerning travels. Whether you’re jetting off to Paris, Tokyo or Mexico City, don’t leave home without consulting one of these guides:
The Louis Vuitton City Guides: In homage to Louis Vuitton’s origins as a luggage supplier to royals, Louis Vuitton has launched a carefully curated selection of travel guides to the world’s hottest destinations. From Mexico City to Seoul to Cape Town, the guides traverse the globe, and highlight the best of the best in each city.
The LUXE Guides: The LUXE Guides are irreverent little booklets packed with insider information from a bevvy of It Girls (and guys) in the world’s top destinations for fashion, food, art, and entertainment. The guides are sorted not only by category, but also by neighborhood, with a perfect afternoon itinerary for each city plotted out by savvy locals.
Wallpaper City Guides: Published by the same discerning tastemakers who put out the cult favorite magazine Wallpaper, Wallpaper City Guides are a capsule of fashion, food, design and architecture destinations. Architecture buffs get the inside scoop on where that under-the-radar Frank Gehry house is and fashionistas dish on their favorite local designers. For foodies, Wallpaper City Guides offer skip the marquee names and highlight the spots serious local foodies love.
Condé Nast Traveler: Swank Condé Nast’s flagship travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, is the perfect digital resource for those looking to customize their trips. Ever-evolving city guides highlight the latest and greatest alongside old standbys, and entail everything from perfect day and weekend itineraries to collaborations with local insiders, who pull back the curtain on their favorite spots to roam and romp.
Do you have any suggestions or guides you’ve found truly helpful? Comment below. – Tony Sargent