What are the best cities in the world for walking, arting, and eating?
August 19, 2014 10:31 AM Subscribe
My husband and I have realized that our ideal form of travel is to get an apartment in another city for a week or two and spend the entire time walking around the city, eating, and visiting museums. What are the best cities in the world we can do this in where we can also get around speaking English, Spanish, or German?
posted by EmilyFlew to Travel & Transportation (74 answers total) 132 users marked this as a favorite
-Must be a dense-enough urban fabric that it's consistently interesting to walk around, and large enough that we won't exhaust its sights too quickly
-Must have highly functioning public transportation and/or easy to use taxis for when we get tired of walking
-Must have great, diverse food, especially street food/cheap eats/hole in the wall restaurants
-Must have at least a handful of worthwhile museums. We love contemporary and encyclopedic art museums best, but also like funky specialized museums like the Museo Naval in Madrid. We are less interested in galleries or in historic sites.
-(the hardest) It should be possible to get around and order things, and ideally to have simple conversations, in English or in our rudimentary German and Spanish and our extremely rudimentary French. I hate being the people who expect the world to speak English, and I am happy to learn basic greetings and such in the local language, but realistically we are just not going to spend three years learning Thai to go to Bangkok if it turns out that is necessary.
We live in New York and love it, of course, and other places we've really enjoyed traveling to in the past have included Tokyo, Paris, Mexico City, Madrid, Dubai (surprisingly walkable!), and London. Places we have not enjoyed as much have included Bruges (too small), Santo Domingo (not walkable and not great food), San Juan (not walkable), and Valencia (too small).
Places we have not been to yet but that I assume we will also enjoy (but feel free to correct me!) include Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, and Istanbul. Please pile other suggestions on me!