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In this post, you will learn about many amazing Instagrammable places in Bogota, Colombia!

Many people assume that there’s nothing to do in Bogota and the city is not pretty. Well, I just came back from Bogota and can tell you that the city is actually amazing and moreover, it’s very photogenic and has so many Instagrammable places! Before visiting the city, I created a list of the places I wanted to visit and tried to follow it all the time. Unfortunately, as I only spent two days in Bogota (read my post about the weekend itinerary for Bogota), I haven’t had a chance to visit all the most beautiful photo locations in Bogota by myself, so I’ll feature the work of some fantastic Instagrammers from Bogota at the end of the post as well.

From Bogota, I headed to Puerto Rico and San Juan surprised me with so many fabulous places. If you’re planning to visit Puerto Rico as well at some point, check my post about the Instagram guide to San Juan here >>>

So well, are you ready for the best Instagrammable spots in Bogota? Let’s get started!

Instagrammable places in Bogota, Colombia & the best photo locations

Plaza Bolivar

The best photo location in Bogota is, undoubtedly, Plaza Bolivar – the main and the most important square in Bogota. Located between Santa Fe and La Candelaria, Plaza Bolivar is a highlight for all the tourists and it’s also a place where couples take wedding photos. It’s better to come in the morning, as the square is not so busy and there are only sellers and thousands of pigeons around. It took me a while to get this photo, as I had to wait for the pigeons fly, but it was totally worth it.

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Streets of La Candelaria

The district where all the Colombian bloggers go for photos is called La Candelaria. La Candelaria is a vibrant, lively and colourful district and it’s home to a couple of universities, hence, it’s always full of students at any time of the day and night. However, wandering in La Candelaria at night might not be the best choice due to safety concerns. But during the day it’s absolutely fine. Head there for some amazing Instagrammable spots in Bogota including beautiful streets, exciting street art and colourful houses.

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Andres – Carne de Res

One of the unique places in Bogota is the restaurant Andres. Andres DS in the North of Bogota (don’t worry, North – is where you want to be in Bogota, it’s the nicest and the safest part of the city) is the biggest restaurant I’ve seen in my entire life.

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Hotel Estelar Parque 93

As I already mentioned before, we stayed at Hotel Estelar Parque 93 (check the availability now) and one of the reasons why I picked this hotel was that it has a fantastic rooftop terrace overlooking the entire Bogota. There’s also a swimming pool on the top of the terrace, but unfortunately, it was closed, so I didn’t get a chance to swim there, but it looked great.

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Monserrate

One of the best photo locations in Bogota is definitely Monserrate. If you think Bogota is elevated, well, Monserrate is DEFINITELY elevated. If you take either funicular or a ropeway up to Monserrate, you’ll reach 3.1 km above the sea level. I’m pretty sure, you won’t be able to run there. Even walking fast can cause difficulties. However, the views are well worth the pain – if you’re lucky with the weather and the air condition, you will be able to see the entire city. And on top of that, even the journey in the funicular is already worth going to Monserrate (spoiler alert – it looks dangerous, but it isn’t).

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El Chapinero

El Chapinero is a beautiful neighbourhood located between Parque 93 and Santa Fe (closer to the Parque 93). It’s a very diverse district – some parts look very busy and crowded, full of people, cars and various shops, while the other parts are quiet and empty – these are the parts with some posh restaurants and hipster cafes. El Chapinero is one of the most expensive districts in Bogota to live – hence, there’s a lot of purchasing power.

If you’re tired of Instagrammable cafes in El Chapinero, you can just walk around and enjoy seeing beautiful houses like these ones. There are so many beautiful photo locations in Bogota that are located in El Chapinero, so you won’t leave the area without plenty of photos!

Chapinero, Bogota

Restaurant La Fragata Giratoria

Have you ever been in a restaurant that is located on the last floor of a skyscraper and it turns 360 degrees, while you’re eating, so you can see the entire panorama of the city? Well, La Fragata Giratoria on top of the World Trade Center in Bogota is just like that! You can also take some breathtaking photos on its terrace. Definitely a must-visit place for a special occasion in Bogota!

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KOKOA & CO

KOKOA & CO is a lovely breakfast / brunch / hot chocolate spot located around Calle 82 in Bogota. Head there for beautiful flatlays and delicious treats!

Shakeyard

One of the most unusual and also photogenic spots in Bogota is Shakeyard. If you want a killer milkshake and you don’t worry how many calories there are inside – it’s a place for you! Alternatively, you can also share one with your friend or boyfriend / Insta-husband.

I hope you enjoyed this post about the most Instagrammable spots in Bogota, Colombia. In case you have any suggestions, don’t hesitate to write them in the comments.

Interested in other Instagrammable locations? Read my posts about the most Instagrammable places in London, Tokyo and Paris.

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Hi guys, in this post, I would love to share with you my detailed instruction on how to get to Peterhof from St. Petersburg city centre. I know that getting around Russia can be quite frustrating, especially if you don’t speak the language. As a person, who was born and lived in St. Petersburg for 22 years, I really like helping my fellow travellers out, especially when it comes to travelling to Russia.

Saint Petersburg is definitely the most beautiful city in Russia and one of the prettiest cities in Europe. Lavish imperial palaces, amazing museums, ballet and affordable prices (as well an easy way to visit the city without having to get the Russian visa) make St. Petersburg also a very desirable tourist destination.

Read my post about where to see opera and ballet in St. Petersburg >>>

Some of the best landmarks like Peterhof are located outside the city centre, so it’s not very obvious how to get there, especially if you don’t speak the language. Let’s talk about all the different ways to get to Peterhof Palace and Fountains from St. Petersburg city centre and St. Petersburg airport!

Please note that the fountains in Peterhof work only from the end of April (each year the date is different, but it’s roughly the 27-29th of April) until the mid-October.

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How to get to Peterhof from St. Petersburg city centre or Pulkovo Airport

Let’s talk about getting to Peterhof from Saint Petersburg city centre first. I will rank the ways from the easiest to the most complicated and time-consuming.

The easiest way to travel to Peterhof: Buy a tour to Peterhof

The easiest and the most painless way is definitely to buy a quick tour to Peterhof. You can either get this tour online or you can get it in one of the tour stalls near the Gostiny Dvor (the main downside – they are rarely in English there opposed to the tours bought online).

There are plenty of tours to Peterhof that you can book online, however, I would recommend either this affordable private tour with a guide (check the prices and availability here).

Benefits: no communication needed, all the tickets will be sorted for you and you won’t need to queue for tickets (during the high season it might take an hour or so).

Downsides: your bus could get stuck in the traffic jam, you can’t really explore the park and the palace on your own and you can’t leave earlier or stay longer (well, if it’s a private tour, you can).

Read my post about the best bars in St. Petersburg than locals love >>>

How to get to Peterhof

Take a speed boat to Peterhof from the city centre

Not many people are aware of the fact that you can actually take a speed boat from St. Petersburg to Peterhof. The cost is 850 Rub (900-950 at the pier) for a one-way ride and 1600 for a return one and the journey time is about 45 minutes.

You can take the speed boat to Peterhof any time from 10:30 (11:00) until 14:30 (they depart every hour). The return boat goes from 14:30 to 18:30 every hour as well. I took this boat 4-5 times and it was the absolute fastest way to get to Peterhof. However, I prefer going to Peterhof by public transport and going back by the speed boat. You can buy the tickets online or in the ticket booths located at the pier. During peak times, the speed boats get sold out quickly, so I recommend buying tickets online. If you buy tickets online, you need to head to the different pier – Central Pier (near the Palace bridge) on Admiralteyskaya emb., 2.

The shuttle boat pier to Peterhof is located at the Palace Pier (Dvortsovaya embankment 36 – right in front of the back side of the Hermitage museum. Here’s the exact location on the map.

In Peterhof, you will arrive straight to the pier that is right at the entrance to the park, so a perfect location again.

Benefits: the fastest way to get to Peterhof.
Downsides: a bit pricey, especially if you’re backpacking.

Read my local’s guide to St. Petersburg here to find out everything about the tips, things you need to know before going, weather and more >>>

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Take a taxi to Peterhof

Taking a taxi from St. Petersburg city centre to Peterhof is actually not a bad idea at all. Make sure to download the Yandex Taxi or Gett app and only get a taxi that has a fixed price for your ride. A taxi ride from the city centre would cost you around 900 or 1000-1200 rubles, which is really affordable for an hour-long ride.

Benefits: travel with comfort, get it any time you feel like going to Peterhof. A great and affordable way to get to Peterhof for a family.

Downsides: you need the internet to ask for the taxi and you need to download one of these apps. I wouldn’t trust catching a random taxi on the road, so please only ask for taxis though Gett or Yandex taxi apps! Uber was bought by Yandex taxi in Russia, so most probably, the app won’t work anymore.

Read my post about 15 best museums to visit in St. Petersburg for any taste >>>

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Take public transport to Peterhof Palace and Park

Okay, the last and the most affordable way to get to Peterhof from Saint Petersburg city centre is by public transport. It’s not really as complicated as it seems. From wherever you’re staying get to the Avtovo metro station in the South of the Red metro line. The one-way token costs 45 rub. Avtovo is also one of the most beautiful metro stations in the entire city.

Gorgeous metro stations in St. Petersburg, Russia. Find the list here >>>

Exit the metro in Avtovo and cross the road through the underground passageway. On the other side, there will be a bunch of minibuses that say Peterhof (sometimes in English as well) or Петергоф, Фонтаны in Russian. If it’s easier for you, the minibus numbers that go to Peterhof are the following: 424, 300, 224. There’s also a regular bus 200 that goes to Peterhof, however, it takes longer, as it stops at every stop, while the minibuses stop at the request only.

Tell the driver that you’re going to Peterhof (just say Peterhof – you can pronounce it Pye-tyer-gof and pay your fare (usually about 70 rub). The drive takes about 35-40 min depending on the traffic and you will be brought to the bus stop right in front of the entry to Peterhof state museum.

The return ride is exactly the same.

How to get to Peterhof

Benefits: really the cheapest way to get to Peterhof. You’ll spend around 120 rub one way. You’ll see the most beautiful metro station in the city as well. You can go and leave whenever you want.
Downsides: some people find it complicated.

There are a couple of other ways to get to Peterhof, e.g. a minibus from Baltiyskaya metro station or a minibus from Prospekt Veteranov station. You can also take a train from the Baltiyskaya railway station, but that’s the worst way to get to Peterhof, as you will have to walk for 20 minutes to the entrance to the State Museum (Palace and Park) and well, it’s not easy to understand, where on Earth do you need to go, so better leave it for the locals.

Saint Petersburg to Peterhof

Now let’s talk about getting to Peterhof from St. Petersburg airport

If you’re planning to travel to Peterhof from St. Petersburg airport, there are two simple ways.

Take a taxi

Download the app Gett or Yandex Taxi (Pulkovo airport has free WiFi) and ask for a taxi to Peterhof. It would take around an hour and will cost you about 900-1000 Rub. DON’T take unauthorised taxis from the airport as they can easily inflate the prices.

Peterhof getting there

Curious how expensive is Russia and St. Petersburg? Read my post about the prices in Russia here >>>

Go by public transport

From the airport, take a public bus to Moskovskaya metro station. From there, take a bus 30 to Leninsky Prospekt and then hop on a minibus 103 to Peterhof.

What to see in Peterhof?

If you’re wondering, what to see in Peterhof and whether it’s worth the hassle to travel there, I must assure you, that it’s worth it, however, if you only visit it from the end of April to end of September, when the fountains are on.

The palace is absolutely stunning, it’s very luxurious and lavish, so I definitely recommend going inside. The park with the fountains is huge and you need a map to see the highlights and the most famous fountains that are a must in Peterhof.

Okay, hopefully, now it’s more clear for you how to get to Peterhof from St. Petersburg. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

Also interested in visiting Moscow, but now sure how? Don’t worry, in this post, you will find all the information! >>>

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If you’re planning to visit the Northern Capital of Russia and you’re interested in art, culture and sightseeing, this post is for you. In this post, you will learn about the best museums to visit in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Why Northern Capital of Russia? Isn’t Moscow the capital of Russia?

Did the beginning of this post confuse you? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many people get confused when they hear about the Northen capital of Russia because to them, it doesn’t make sense. Well, let me explain to you where did this phrase come from and why St. Petersburg is often referred to as to the Northern Capital of Russia. St. Petersburg is an imperial city that used to be the capital of Russia for more than 200 years. St. Petersburg was built to be the capital. Even though Moscow regained its capital status in 1918 (and it used to be the capital for almost 350 years before St. Petersburg), Saint Petersburg still plays a very important role in Russia. It’s the second biggest city and well, President Putin is also originally from St. Petersburg.

Other nicknames for Saint Petersburg include “the Venice of the North” – St. Petersburg was originally intended to look like Venice, in some parts at least; Piter (just short for Saint Petersburg), SPB – you might see it a lot on the Internet.

Read my guide to St. Petersburg, Russia – best tips from a local >>>

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Where to stay in St. Petersburg, Russia?

I’ve got a separate post about the best areas to stay in Saint Petersburg. The city is not small at all (hey, the population is more than 5 Mio people, that makes St. Petersburg the 3rd biggest city in Europe). There are plenty of properties available all around the city and it’s worth mentioning where to stay and where not to stay. So if you’re looking for a good hotel/apartment in St. Petersburg and not sure, where to stay, head to THIS post.

Are you visiting St. Petersburg without a visa for 72 hours? Check this proposed itinerary! >>>

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The best museums to visit in St. Petersburg, Russia

Before we start with the best museums in Saint Petersburg, I just quickly wanted to mention my post about the best places to see ballet (and opera) in St. Petersburg and Moscow. Read it here if you’re interested. I really recommend you to watch a ballet in Russia, as it’s a unique experience. Read my post about where to see ballet in Saint Petersburg here >>>

Also, if you are interested in learning more about the history of the city, I recommend taking this tour of St. Petersburg (check the availability and prices here) >>>

Okay, without further ado, let’s start with the best museums to visit in St. Petersburg:

1. Hermitage Museum

Okay, I won’t reinvent the wheel here and tell you something you haven’t known before (probably), but the absolutely best museum to visit in St. Petersburg is the Hermitage museum. The Hermitage museum is one of the biggest and also the most famous museums in the world. The main exposition is located in the gorgeous Winter Palace building located on the main square of St. Petersburg – Palace square. Sometimes the queues are quite long, so you can skip the queues and buy the ticket online instead. The tickets are sold on the official website of the museum and you can access it here.

What’s remarkable about the Hermitage? The Hermitage has a huge collection of paintings (featuring some famous works of Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Velasquez, Monet, Renoir, Raphael and more). Moreover, Hermitage has a lot of sculptures, furniture, ethnographic collections (e.g. the one of the Scythians is particularly impressive), the famous peacock clock and overall, incredibly beautiful rooms that are worth visiting on their own.

Would you be interested in taking a tour / excursion in St. Petersburg? Check my post about the best tours to take in St. Petersburg >>>

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2. The Russian Museum

One of my favourite museums of St. Petersburg and the one I visited more than 20 times (not always voluntarily though, but I was 10-13 years old back then, you’ve got to understand). If you’re interested in the art of different eras and you would be interested in knowing and seeing more of Russian art, definitely head to the Russian Museum. It’s located in the heart of St. Petersburg on the Square of Arts and there’s always a queue for visiting the museum, although not as long as the one for the Hermitage. The museum is also very beautiful and impressive inside.

Head there to see some of the best artworks of the best Russian artists including Aivazovsky, Vasnezov, Bryullov and Repin.

If you want to visit both St. Petersburg and Moscow in one trip, here you can read about the best ways to get to Moscow from St. Petersburg and vice versa >>>

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3. Petrovskaya Akvatoria

If you’re looking for an interactive museum and would like to learn a bit more about the history of St. Petersburg, I’ve got a perfect museum for you. Petrovskaya Akvatoria is located in the heart of St. Petersburg, near the Admiralteyskaya metro station. Basically, it’s a miniature view of how St. Petersburg looked in 1720-1740 and why was it built like it was built. This museum was interesting even for me, as I thought I knew all about my hometown. It turned out, that there were quite a few things I didn’t know. So well, I definitely recommend you visiting Petrovskaya Akvatoria if you have a couple of hours of spare time.

Did you know that many metro stations in St. Petersburg are gorgeous! Read my guide to the best metro stations to visit in St. Petersburg >>>

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4. Peter and Paul’s Fortress

Yes, there is a fortress in the city centre of Saint Petersburg. However, not sure if it’s fortress you just imagined (nothing like a proper medieval fortress, you know). Peter and Paul’s fortress is a place where St. Petersburg was founded in 1703. You can now enter the fortress and wander around visiting the first church in St. Petersburg and also the first boat the Peter the I (the first emperor of Russia) built himself (it was his hobby).

And of course, every day at 12 pm a cannon fires (be prepared, as it’s really loud and some tourists get pretty scared).

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Photo by Andrey / Pixabay as I don’t have a decent photo

5. Russian vodka museum

The Russian vodka museum is all about vodka (as you could have guessed). I haven’t visited this museum myself, but I know quite a few people who did and the majority found it interesting. The most popular part of the museum is probably the sampling room and that’s why most foreigners actually visit this place. Russian vodka museum is a great place to learn more about vodka and try a couple of vodkas that you won’t see abroad.

Interested in trying Russian food as well? Here’s a post about 10 Russian dishes that you should definitely try in your life >>>

6. Peterhof Palace and the Fountain Park

My favourite place near St. Petersburg and the place I recommend to visit in summer is definitely the Peterhof Palace and its marvellous fountain park. Located outside St. Petersburg, in the suburbs, the Peterhof museum can be easily reached by a combination of metro & minibus (would take 1h 15 to 1.5 hours depending on where you’re departing from). I recommend visiting this place in late spring – all summer simply because the fountains are only open in summer. St. Petersburg is a Northern city and has pretty unpleasant weather (8 months of snow, who would like that?), but it’s usually lovely in summer (not always, though, we had summers when the average temperature was around 15 degrees Celsius).

The palace, however, is beautiful all year long. The Peterhof Palace is a typical Imperial palace and inside you can see the actual interior of the rooms, where the Tsars and their help lived. The interiors are very well preserved, so there’s a lot to see and admire.

Read my post about 1/2 day trip to Peterhof: how to get there >>>

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7. Catherine Palace

My second favourite palace in St. Petersburg is the Catherine Palace, located in Tsarskoe Selo. Tsarskoe Selo or Pushkin is a small town outside St. Petersburg, just about 20-30 minutes driving from Moskovskaya subway station. The city is rapidly expanding, so soon Tsarskoe Selo will become just one of the districts of the city (I suspect). If you watched the animated movie “Anastasia” about the princess of the Romanov Tsar family, this was the palace where the ball took place. The interiors of this palace are really impressive and it’s the most lavish palace I visited in my life. So if you like visiting palaces and admiring what’s inside, this place is for you.

The part outside the palace is also very beautiful, so Catherine palace is perfect for a half a day trip from St. Petersburg.

Catherine Palace, St. Petersburg in winter

8. Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

Okay, enough classic museums for now, let’s talk about something fun for a second. A great and “cool” place to visit in St. Petersburg is the museum of Soviet Arcade Machines. The arcade machines are there not only to look at, but you can also actually play yourself and have a lot of fun. At the entrance, you get something like 15 old Soviet coins and you can use them to play. It’s not like a proper museum per se, but it’s definitely fun to visit with friends.

Looking for a good and cheap place to eat in St. Petersburg? Here are five great places where you can eat in St. Petersburg >>>

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9. Faberge Museum

Okay, back to classics. Another one of the museums you should definitely visit in St. Petersburg is the Faberge museum. Have you heard of the famous Faberge eggs? Well, you can see plenty of those in the Faberge museum and on top of it, some really beautiful glassware, cutlery and more. The museum is also open until 9 pm (except for Friday), so it’s a good place to visit if everything else already closed or you don’t want to travel far.

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10. Isaac’s Cathedral

The Isaac’s Cathedral is one of the most important landmarks of the city and even though it’s a Cathedral, it’s not a functioning one (though it does hold some masses, e.g. on Christmas eve). Inside the Cathedral there’s actually a museum, but it looks just like a normal Cathedral. Russian Orthodox cathedrals are generally very impressive with drawings all around the walls. While Isaac’s Cathedral is not as impressive as the Main Cathedral in Moscow (The Cathedral of the Christ the Savior – read my post about the best itinerary for Moscow in 2 days), it’s definitely the most beautiful Cathedral of St. Petersburg.

You can also purchase a separate ticket for the Colonnade of the Cathedral. You will need to climb more than 200+ steps, but the view is definitely worth it.

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11. Pushkin Museum (Former apartment of A.S. Pushkin)

If you’re familiar with Russian literature, you know, that A.S. Pushkin is one of the most important figures of the Russian poetry and prose. Pushkin was originally from Moscow, but he studies in St. Petersburg (Tsarskoe Selo) and later moved to St. Petersburg. The museum of Pushkin is located in his former apartment, where he lived until his death from a shot gotten in a duel.

12. Dostoevsky Museum

Another literary museum that you might be interested in visiting is the Dostoevsky museum. Fyodor Dostoevsky is one of the most famous writers in Russia and the entire world and he lived and worked in St. Petersburg. Dostoevsky used to rent this apartment (where the museum is currently located) twice and lived there for quite a while. The interiors of the apartment changed since the death of the great writer, however, the flat was recreated according to the memories of the friends and his wife.

13. Yusupov Palace

This gorgeous palace is worth visiting on its own, however, I visited it as part of a mystery of Rasputin death tour. We also had a short ballet performance in the small theatre located inside the palace. (What a palace, right?). Overall, I really liked the palace from the inside and would definitely recommend visiting it, however, it’s probably not one of the top things to do in St. Petersburg for a first timer.

14. The Church on the Spilled Blood

Just like in case with Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church on the Spilled Blood is not a functioning church, but rather a museum. It looks better from the outside than inside and if you went inside the St. Basil’s Cathedral on the Red Square in Moscow, there’s probably no need to go inside this one as well.

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15. Russian Museum of Ethnography

If you’re interested in the way different folks and nations live and used to live on the territory of Russia, head to the Russian Museum of Ethnography. I’ve been there ages ago, so my memories are somewhat vague.

There are more interesting museums in Saint Petersburg, however, they are designed for locals rather than tourists. There are plenty of museums dedicated to science, hygiene, water, manufacturing and so on. In case you’d like to visit some of them too, you can check some other museums on Tripadvisor, for example.

If you want to read more about St. Petersburg and the best things to do, head to my Russia category >>> – I’ve got a lot of posts there. Should you have any questions about the best museums in St. Petersburg, Russia, don’t hesitate to ask!

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If you can only visit one city in Russia, what would it be? People usually pick between Moscow and Saint Petersburg and in this post, I wanted to compare Moscow vs St. Petersburg and will tell you what to expect from either of them.

Read my post about the things you should know before travelling to Russia here >>>

Okay, without further ado, let’s get started!

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Moscow – the capital of Russia and the place, where all the money goes

Let’s start with Moscow – the infamous capital of Russia and the place, where all the money gets invested. Moscow isn’t really like any other place in Russia, as the country has a pretty centralised economic system. That means, that all decisions are made in the capital and all the money gets distributed from there. And of course, most of it stays there as well. While some of the cities of Russia are still waiting for their main avenue to get repaired, so the road isn’t that bumpy and buses can freely drive there, the government of Moscow is building the third metro ring road. I’m telling you this, so you understand that Moscow is really different from the rest of the country and of course, the prices are also way different in Moscow compared to the rest of the country.

That also means, however, that the infrastructure in Moscow is excellent. The metro is working great and looks incredible (many stations are like palaces); Moscow city is rapidly expanding (the financial centre of Moscow with the first skyscrapers in the city); the city gets decorated for Christmas really well. Christmas time in Moscow is pretty great – Moscow is one of the best-decorated cities I’ve seen in my life.

Read my post about Christmas in Moscow – the decorations and what to expect >>>

Christmas Market in Moscow
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Moscow also got the main landmark of Russia – the Red Square. The Red Square is impressive in real life as well and it’s a place you should definitely visit in Moscow. Apart from Red Square, the Christ the Savior Church and a couple of nice parks / Izmaylovo Kremlin and a couple of museums, there is really not much to do in Moscow.

Read my itinerary for a weekend in Moscow: best things to do >>>

As I already mentioned before, Moscow is not cheap. However, it’s definitely not as expensive as the main European capitals like London and Paris. Accommodation prices are pretty decent and transport is actually very cheap. Food, however, is not very cheap, especially trendy restaurants.

Read my post about prices in Russia: how expensive is Moscow and St. Petersburg here >>>

Moscow is also huge. It’s the biggest city in Europe (if you don’t count Istanbul which is split between Europe and Asia) with over 12 Mio people living there. According to the unofficial data, the population of Moscow exceeds 15 Mio people. Traffic in Moscow is absolutely terrible, so it’s often better to take the metro rather than catch a taxi.

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Moscow City
Moscow City

Now.. What about Saint Petersburg?

Saint Petersburg is a very European city. Some people say it looks like Paris, while the others say it reminds them of Vienna. Saint Petersburg used to be the capital of Russia for over 200 years and was built to be the capital of a mighty Empire. The Tsars wanted the city to look better than any other European capital and thoroughly planned the new city from scratch. They also invited the best European architects of the 1710s-1850s and so, together with the help of Russian architects, the city of Saint Petersburg was born.

Saint Petersburg, just like Moscow, is not similar to any other Russian city. Saint Petersburg is quieter, less hectic and it’s definitely the most beautiful city in Russia. There are so many museums, palaces, canal cruises, excursions and other things you can do in Saint Petersburg, that you will find what to do within two weeks for sure. However, you will need at least 4-5 days to see all the basics.

Interested in reading more about St. Petersburg? Read my local’s guide to St. Petersburg here >>>

Moscow vs St. Petersburg - if you can only visit one city in Russia...
Moscow or St. Petersburg

There’s an opportunity to visit St. Petersburg without a visa for 72 hours, if you come to Saint Petersburg by ferry from either Helsinki, Finland or Tallinn, Estonia. No matter which passport do you hold, all you need to have is a return ferry ticket, ferry transfer and the hotel confirmation.

If you want to know a bit more about this visa-free visit to Saint Petersburg, read this post >>>

Moscow vs St. Petersburg – which one is better?

As you can see, Moscow and Saint Petersburg are really two very different cities. Even people from both cities are different (people in St. Petersburg are friendlier). Moscow is really all about Red Square and social inequality. You can see all the Russian celebrities, oligarchs and all sorts of rich people in the trendy places in the capital. St. Petersburg is way more peaceful. It’s a bit cheaper than Moscow (especially the restaurants) and it’s the best place to see a ballet in Russia.

Read my post about the best places to see opera and ballet in St. Petersburg >>>

If you’re choosing between Moscow or Saint Petersburg, you need to decide, what do you want to see. In case you really want to see the Red Square, see Lenin in the Mausoleum, experience Russia and see these Dome-shaped churches, head to Moscow. If you want a quiet and a longer break visiting lavish Imperial palaces, cruising the canals in a boat and enjoying the famous White Nights, head to Saint Petersburg.

I have friends, who liked and enjoyed Moscow vs St. Petersburg, but I also have other friends, who prefer Saint Petersburg way more. It’s really up to you and you will never know, which one you will like more unless you visited both. It’s always best if you can see both cities instead of one. Moscow and Saint Petersburg are actually just 4 hours away from each other (by speed train) or only 55 minutes apart by flight.

If you want to read, how to get from St. Petersburg to Moscow or vice versa, head to this post >>>

Moscow or St. Petersburg

I have plenty of other posts about Russia! Head to my Russia category to see them all >>>

I hope you enjoyed my post about Moscow vs St. Petersburg – which city to choose. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

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If you’re coming to London for a few days and looking for the best tours to take in London, you’re in the right place. If you’re new to this blog, my name is Liza and I currently live in London. However, before I used to live in Edinburgh, St. Petersburg, Russia and even Hong Kong. I visited London as a tourist many times before I moved here as well. I absolutely love London! It has so many unique places and it has attractions for literally any taste.

London is extremely photogenic. If you’re interested in the best photo locations in London and the most Instagrammable places, head to this post. Wondering, what are the top off-the-beaten-path spots in London – here’a post for you. Finally, are you looking for some great brunch spots in London? Look no further, I’ve got a post for you!

Best tours in London

Let’s get back to the best tours to take in London:

Some of the tours I took myself, my family and friends recommended the others and finally, some of the tours I picked based on their itinerary and reviews online, so these tours you’ll see are really the best tours to take in London! Without further ado, let’s get started.

Best walking tours in London:

Changing of guard + walking tour in London

One of the most popular tours in London is the changing of guard + walking tour in London that lasts for 2 hours and covers the main highlights of London and you get a chance to see the remarkable change of guards.

Check the prices and the availability of the tour here.

Alternative London 2-hour Street Art Walking Tour

If you’re into street art and would like to see some famous works of Banksy and other street artists, you should totally book an Alternative London 2-hour Street Art Walking Tour (check the availability now).

Another great street art destination in England is Bristol, where you can see even more works of Banksy. Read my post about Bristol and the street art there for more details.

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London historical pub tour

Another interesting tour to take in London is the London Historic Pub tour. It lasts for 2 hours and you’ll get a chance to see London’s most famous historical pubs. Book it online here.

Best tours to take in London for any budget and interests

Best bus tours in London:

The original Hop-on Hop-Off tour of London

If you’re looking for a basic bus tour in London, that’s definitely the Hop-on Hop-Off tour of London. It’s especially convenient when you don’t have THAT much time in London and you’re planning to see as much as possible in 1-2 days. You can literally stop at any landmark and head to see it and then hop back on the bus and continue the excursion.

You can buy the tickets online here >>

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Comedy Horror Show: London Ghost Bus tour

Another interesting bus tour in London is the Comedy Horror Show: London Ghost Bus tour. If you like creepy and scary stories, this one is for you! Check the availability here. h

Best themed tours in London:

London has a vast amount of great themed tours as well. So many famous people had lived in London and so many books and movies took places in London, that inevitably, London is one of the best places in the world for taking a themed tour. Let’s take a look at which themed tours are trending in London these days:

Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

Are you a Harry Potter fan? You’re not alone. Almost everyone is. That’s why the Harry Potter Guided Walking tour is one of the most popular themed tours in London of all times. Check the availability now here: the spots sell out super quickly, especially during the high season.

harry potter tour in London

Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour + Oxford University

Another great Harry Potter-themed tour is the tour to the Warner Bros Studio, where Harry Potter was filmed. The studio is honestly, amazing and it gets sold out months in advance, so I recommend you booking far in advance if you’re booking directly or book a tour with a provider like the one below (can be done only days in advance, however, it’s always better to have everything sorted in advance).

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Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour

Another great tour to take in London is the Sherlock Holmes walking tour that lasts for 2 hours and brings you to the most iconic spots from the famous Sherlock Holmes books. Check the availability now.

The Beatles Walking tour

Another of the themed tours in London is, of course, the Beatles Walking tour which is a great activity for all the Beatles fans and music lovers. You will head to the famous Abbey Road and so much more! Check the prices & availability now.

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Doctor Who London Walking tour

And the last, but not least of the best themed talking tours is the Doctor Who walking tour. Visit the most famous spots from Doctor Who and learn a bit more about London at the same time.

Other great tours in London:

London Football stadiums tours:

If you’re passionate about football, well, you’ll enjoy visiting London. You can visit pretty much any famous stadium in London (not free of charge, I’m afraid) and here are some of the tours you can take:

Wembley tour

Emirates (Arsenal) stadium tour

Chelsea Stadium Tour

Best tours in London

Buckingham palace entrance ticket

Buckingham Palace is pretty much always sold out and you need to book weeks in advance. However, sometimes tour operators pre-buy tickets and you can get them from there. This one is a good example: check here.

Best tours to take in London for any budget and interests

River Thames Sunset Cruise

What can be better than a lovely sunset cruise on a warm summer day? You can also get a glass of Prosecco for a better start of the tour. Check the prices and availability here.

Best tours to take in London
Yes, it’s like this cruise in the background

Westminster Abbey and changing of the guard 2.5-hour tour

Another great tour will allow you to cross 2 of the main things to do in London – visiting Westminster Abbey and witness the famous change of guards. You will also learn more about the history of London. Check the prices and availability here.

Best day tours from London

Stonehenge & Bath tour

Stonehenge is a legendary landmark that pretty much everyone has heard of. It’s not that easy to get there by public transport and as a bonus, you will get to see the beautiful city of Bath and some charming villages in Cotswolds as well. I took a similar tour in 2011, however, Cotswolds wasn’t included, so this one is a really great (but tiring) day tour from London. If you could only take one day tour from London, I’d recommend this one.

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Oxford, Stratford and Cotswolds Tour

A great alternative to the Bath & Stonehenge tour is the tour to Oxford, Stratford and Cotswolds. Oxford is an incredibly beautiful university city, Stratford Upon Avon is a birthplace of Shakespeare and one of the most beautiful cities in England and Cotswolds is just dreamy.

rent a car and go to Cotswolds and Stratford for a day (you can check my road trip itinerary for a trip to Cotswolds here).

White Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day trip

The last of the best day trip tours from London is the White Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day tour. You might have seen the White Cliffs of Dover in the Atonement movie – it’s a wonderful place. Moreover, Dover has a Dover Castle which is very beautiful. Canterbury is one of my favourite places in England – it’s just worth visiting and I would definitely recommend you to do so! Check the prices of the tour here.

Day trip idea from London: explore medieval Canterbury in Kent

I hope you found this post about the best tours to take in London useful! In case you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

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If you’re wondering, what’s the nightlife like in Russia and what are the best bars in St. Petersburg, you’re in the right place. In this post, I will tell you where to drink in St. Petersburg and what are the best nightlife spots in Saint Petersburg for any budget. I was born and lived in St. Petersburg for 22 years, so I’m pretty much an expert in all things related to my hometown.

If you’re interested, here’s my the price of travel in Russia >>>

Best bars in saint petersburg

Without further ado, let’s get started with the best bars in St. Petersburg, Russia:

El Copitas

One of my absolute favourite bars in St. Petersburg is El Copitas- a secret Mexican-inspired bar. I discovered it and fell in love with the place before it even became trendy 4 years ago (it was included in the list of the best bars in the world in 2018). Why secret? The bar is located in a typical for St. Petersburg “well” courtyard near Vladimirskaya metro station. There’s no sign and it’s hard to find this bar. Moreover, it’s only open 3 nights a week – from Thursday to Saturday and you need to call in advance to book a table. How in advance? Well, I’d say 2 weeks. Also, when you reserved a table, you would need to call them again, once you reached the address and a bartender would exit the bar and let you in. Truly a unique experience.

The best bars in St. Petersburg according to a local | Party like a Russian

Imbibe Bar

Another of the best bars in St. Petersburg is the Imbibe bar. This trendy bar looks like a parlour of a very posh house and the bartenders are really friendly (and speak some English too). The cocktails are great and pretty unique, so don’t expect to find your favourite classics there. You’ll have to try something new.

Dead Poets Bar

Another great bar in Saint Petersburg is called Dead Poets bar. It’s a typical local’s bar and it’s located just steps away from Imbibe bar on Zhukovskogo street. Actually, Zhukovskogo street is one of the two best bar streets in Russia (second being Rubinshteina street) and there are plenty of great bars there, in case you decide to go for a bar crawl. Dead Poets is not very impressive inside, however, it has this unique Matryoshka cocktail in case you want to try (and take a photo with it).

Cantina Paloma

Another Mexican bar from the founders of El Copitas that is way easier to visit is Cantina Paloma. It only opened 3 months ago and already became pretty popular. I would advise booking a table in advance, as there are not that many tables. The service is excellent and the drinks are amazing as well.

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Apotheke Bar

Another secret bar to visit in St. Petersburg is Apotheke Bar. It’s not so easy to find, however, it’s definitely worth it. It’s located on Lomonosova street 1 (in case you need to find it and having a hard time) and there’s no sign. The only thing you can see is the red cross that looks like a typical pharmacy cross and hence the name “Apotheke”. In order to get in, you need to press the button (ring the bell), so a person would come out to let you in. The bar is tiny and intimate and it’s a pretty unique experience as well.

Bloody Mary Bar & Grill

A place where you can not only drink well but also eat very well is Bloody Mary Bar & Grill. As all the other spots mentioned in this post, it’s also located in the city centre (very close to the university, where I have studied). The prices are super fair, food is delicious and the cocktails are great!

Gypsies and Jews

A bar with a bizarre name “Gypsies and Jews” is located on Lomonosova street 16. It’s brand new (it only opened 6 months ago), but already became trendy. It looks like an old school American bar and the cocktails are great!

Best bars in saint petersburg

Ketch up burgers

It’s very strange to include a burger joint in this list, but actually, some of the best cocktails I’ve tried in Saint Petersburg were in Ketch up burgers. If you’re craving fast food and looking forward to combining it with some good cocktails, you can head there.

If you’re interested in more posts about Russia and St. Petersburg in particular, check my Russia blog post category here >>>

I hope you liked this post about the best bars in Saint Petersburg, Russia! Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

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If you’re planning to travel to Russia and looking for the best areas to stay in St. Petersburg, Russia, you’re in the right place. In this post, I will share with you the best neighbourhoods and metro stations in my hometown, Saint Petersburg. I was born and lived in St. Petersburg for 22 years and I sill regularly come to visit my family and friends at least 3 times a year, so I still stay updated with the recent changes and developments in my home town. Some people are also wondering, whether St. Petersburg is safe and I’ll try to answer this question in this post as well.

Read my full local’s guide to St. Petersburg, Russia >>>

Weekend break or a longer stay in St. Petersburg?

Let’s talk about the type of your holiday first, as you might enjoy different areas more or less, depending on your holiday type. If you’re coming for a weekend to St. Petersburg or on a 72-hour break with a cruise (you don’t need a visa for that if you come by cruise – read my post to find out more), you might want to stay in the city centre. If you’re coming for longer, e.g. a week or perhaps 2 weeks or a month – you might want to stay in a lovely quiet and well-connected place instead.

Read my post about the best itinerary for St. Petersburg for 72 hours (when you don’t need a visa) >>>

Best areas to stay in St. Petersburg, Russia recommended by a local

The districts of St. Petersburg explained

St. Petersburg consists of 18 districts or boroughs. Hence, you are likely to see the name of the district next to the street / hotel name when looking for the accommodation in St. Petersburg.

Where not to stay in St. Petersburg, Russia:

Following districts are purely residential – there is nothing to see and to do and the location is far from perfect:

  • Krasnoselsky
  • Kirovsky (the areas of Prospekt Veteranov, Leninsky Prospekt, Avtovo, Kirovsky Zavod)
  • Kolpinsky
  • Petrodvortsovy (that’s where Peterhof palace is located, it’s just too far)
  • Pushkinsky
  • Frunzensky
  • Nevsky (don’t confuse with the main avenue – Nevsky Prospekt)
  • Kurortny
  • Vyborgsky
  • Primorsky (some areas are good though)
  • Kalinisky
  • Krasnogvardeysky

All of these areas of Saint Petersburg are safe, so no worries, if you decide to stay there in the end. Let’s talk about the safety in St. Petersburg and then I will tell you where to stay in Saint Petersburg – about the best areas and neighbourhoods in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Best areas to stay in St. Petersburg, Russia recommended by a local

Is St. Petersburg, Russia safe? Areas to avoid in Saint Petersburg, Russia (no-go zones)

None of the areas are dangerous (in case you’re asking whether St. Petersburg is safe or dangerous), however, some areas might look quite rough. I would avoid staying near metro stations like Kupchino, Rybatskoe, Prospekt Veteranov, Prospekt Prosveshenya, Devyatkino, Udelnaya, Prospekt Bolshevikov. However, I wouldn’t say that Saint Petersburg has some no-go zones, where you can’t go. Not at all. So yes, I would say that Saint Petersburg is safe, however, like everywhere else, you need to be cautious. For more tips on what to do and not to do in Russia, head to my post about the Russia travel tips >>>

Best neighbourhoods to stay in Saint Petersburg

Let’s talk about the good areas to stay in St. Petersburg for a tourist. As promised, I will tell you a bit more about each area.

  • Tsentralny district – this would be my preferred choice for a short stay in St. Petersburg. Tsenstralny district means “City Center Area” and literally spreads all over the main touristic spots in Saint Petersburg. One of my favourite areas in St. Petersburg is the area around the metro station Nevsky Prospekt / Gostiny Dvor, Vladimirskaya and Chernyshevskaya. Also, Admiralteyskaya is great – you’ll be just minutes away from the Hermitage.
Best areas to stay in St. Petersburg, Russia recommended by a local

My favourite opera and ballet theatre in St. Petersburg, Mikhailovsky Theatre is located steps away from the Nevsky Prospekt metro station as well.

Read my post about where to see opera and ballet in St. Petersburg >>>

  • Petrogradsky district is charming in terms of the architecture and the location is also great. There are plenty of things to do in the area including Peter and Paul’s Fortress and the district is pretty walkable. Some of the best stations to stay next to: Gor’kovskaya, Petrogradskaya, Sportivnaya. You will need to take the metro to get to the main landmarks, however, that won’t take more than 10-15 minutes. Also, the new stadium (where the World Cup in 2018 took place and where Euro Cup in 2020 will take place as well) is located on the same metro line as Sportivnaya, for example, so it’s quite easy to get there.
  • Admiralteysky District – another of the best areas to stay in St. Petersburg, where you’ll be staying walking distance (although, around 20-30 min walking) from some of the main landmarks. Some areas near Pushniskaya metro station as well as Sennaya Ploschad are good.
Best areas to stay in Saint Petersburg Russia
  • Vasileostrovsky District is another area to consider, however, I would recommend it for longer stays. This zone of St. Petersburg is less touristy, however, it’s very very beautiful and I love coming there in summer and just walking around. If you stay next to the Vasileostrovskaya metro station, you can get to the city centre in 10-15 minutes as well.
  • Moskovsky District – the last area to consider and for a longer stay again. However, if you’re looking for a budget-friendly accommodation in St. Petersburg or for a place close to the airport, Moskovsky district is your best bet. The airport bus comes directly to the Moskovkaya metro station (the ride from the airport takes 15-25 minutes depending on the traffic) and then you can jump into the metro and be in the city centre in another 20 minutes. Since it’s not the city centre anymore, the property prices are way lower there. Also, this area of St. Petersburg is very different from the city centre, as it looks very communist – the monument of Lenin, huge squares, Stalin-type buildings. You might actually like it. You can also easily hop on the minibus to the Tsarskoe Selo to visit the famous Catherine Palace (only if you stay close to the Moskovskaya metro station).
Where to stay in St Petersburg Russia

Read this post about the 15 best museums in St. Petersburg >>>

Where to stay in Saint Petersburg, Russia? Well, I hope you now more or less realise, which are the best places to stay in St. Petersburg. However, if it’s easier for you to see things on the map, you can see one below. The spots within the circles are the best areas to stay in Saint Petersburg.

Where to stay in St Petersburg Russia

Best place for a short stay in St. Petersburg, Russia

I hope you have a bit more clarity now and know a bit more about the districts in Saint Petersburg. If you’re looking for the best place for a short stay in St. Petersburg, you might want to look at the hotels / apartments next to these stations: Nevsky Prospekt, Admiralteyskaya, Vladimirskaya, Ploshad Vosstaniya.

Some of the hotels to look at:

Luxury hotels in St. Petersburg: So Sofitel, The State Hermitage Museum Hotel

Mid-range hotels in St. Petersburg: The Faces Historical Center, Baltic Boutique Hotel

Affordable accommodation in St. Petersburg: Rubinstein 24, F12 Apartments

If you’re looking for an apartment, Airbnb works very well in Russia. If you haven’t booked with Airbnb before, you could use my link to get some free credit for your first booking.

Where to stay in St Petersburg Russia

Best area for a longer stay in Saint Petersburg:

If you’re coming to St. Petersburg for longer, perhaps a week or even a month, you might want to find an area, where the properties aren’t so expensive, but at the same time, it’s a beautiful and quiet (and safe) area to stay in Saint Petersburg.

For this purpose, I would recommend staying near metro stations Vasileostrovskaya, Ploshad Alexandra Nevskogo, Chernyshevskaya and, perhaps, Petrogradskaya as well. There are lovely quiet but at the same time central areas that are great for a longer stay in Saint Petersburg.

I hope that now it’s easier for you to understand, where to stay or not to stay in Saint Petersburg, Russia and whether St. Petersburg is safe or not. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

I have more posts about Russia and you can find them all under this Russia posts category here >>>

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If you’re planning to visit Amsterdam for your second, third or x-th time, you might be interested to see some amazing lesser-known spots in Amsterdam. The city centre is so crowded that sometimes it’s great to take a break and explore some amazing areas outside Amsterdam city center.

I just got back from my 4th visit to Amsterdam, and I loved the city even more (so much that I would probably even move there, but who knows what will happen in the future). This time, unlike other times, I was on a mission to explore some of the best districts to visit in Amsterdam outside the city center, and I was especially focusing on Amsterdam Oud-West. We were on a mission with I Amsterdam, who kindly sponsored some of our meals and provided us with Amsterdam City Passes and, of course, a lot of useful information about Amsterdam, so big thanks to I Amsterdam and especially Pema.

So without further ado, let’s get started!

Amazing places to visit outside Amsterdam city centre:

De Hallen (Foodhallen, Maker’s Market and more)

My number one recommendation and the must-visit place outside Amsterdam city centre is De Hallen. It’s a relatively new place in a beautiful historical building. Looking at it now, it’s hard to believe, that some time ago it was in ruins and occupied by squatters. Right now it’s a thriving spot where you can buy some design objects, artisan art, clothes, food and even souvenirs.

If you want to buy something unique and useful from Amsterdam for yourself or your loved ones, head to the Maker’s Market inside De Hallen, where you can buy things made in Amsterdam. The prices aren’t low, but you won’t be able to find these unique things anywhere else.

If you’re hungry, head to Food Hallen – a massive food market inside De Hallen. You can find anything there, from fusion hot dogs to Vietnamese food and Mexican tacos. The place is seriously crowded on the weekends, but that’s because locals know what’s the best place to eat in Amsterdam!

Non-touristy Amsterdam: Best things to do in Amsterdam Oud-West

Have brunch in one of the Instagrammable brunch spots in Amsterdam

Many of amazing brunch spots in Amsterdam are located outside the city center, which is great (not the same in London, where you always need to travel to Soho or South Kensington for the best brunch spots – btw if you’re interested, you can read my post about the 10 best brunch places in London).

In Amsterdam, you can head to the Scandinavian embassy for granola and great coffee in De Pijp neighbourhood, eat eggs and sandwiches in the Corner Bakery in Oud-Zuid or enjoy a dish of your choice in gorgeous Rootin in Dapperbuurt. We also had a brunch/lunch in Kanaries Club located inside De Hallen (which I described above), and it was great (though a bit pricey).

Most Instagrammable places in Amsterdam

Read my post about the most Instagrammable spots in Amsterdam here >>>

Explore one of the neighbourhoods of your choice thoroughly.

Even outside the city centre, Amsterdam is very beautiful. There are plenty of great neighbourhoods with an amazing history, where you can spend a couple of hours just wandering around and exploring what they have to offer. My favourites were De Pijp, De Plantage, Oud-Zuid and Jordaan – they are still very central and not hard to get to walking or taking a tram or metro.

I also have a separate guide to the best things to do in Amsterdam Oud-West, so that could also be one of the neighbourhoods of Amsterdam for you to explore.

The guide to the best things to do in Amsterdam Oud-West >>>

Watch a movie in LAB 111

If you’re into cinema and unusual movies, head to the LAB 111 located in Amsterdam Oud-West. LAB 111 is a former school lab transformed into an indie cinema that shows local and international movies. You can find a lot of movies in English or with English subtitles as well. However, it makes sense to check the schedule in advance and see if there’s anything that interests you in English live in the cinema that day. You can find the schedule here.

Visit some unusual/quirky museums

There are plenty of nice museums and attractions located outside the Amsterdam city centre. For example, you can head to the Molen Van Sloten & Kuiperij Museum to see the only functioning polder mill or visit the Geelvinck Pianola Museum. You can also head to the Dutch Resistance Museum or visit The National Maritime Museum. There are so many interesting museums to explore in Amsterdam outside the city centre, you will definitely find what to do and visit.

Amazing places to visit outside Amsterdam City Center: De Hallen & more

Cross the IJ river and head to the A’DAM lookout

Did you know that you can take a ferry free of charge and head to Amsterdam Noord from the ferry stop next to the Central Station? Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the different side of Amsterdam – a very modern one. Amsterdam Noord is developing very fast with new buildings and districts being constructed every year. However, there are also a couple of things you can do in Amsterdam Noord – head to the A’DAM lookout observation deck for the views of Amsterdam or visit the Film Museum, it’s up to you.

Find your new favourite coffee spot in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has so many amazing coffee spots and luckily, most of them are located outside the city centre. Amsterdam Oud-West has an incredible amount of great coffee places as well as De Pijp. Here are only a tiny fraction of great coffee shops that you can visit in Amsterdam outside the city centre:

  • Loft Sixty One
  • Coffee Roastery Oud-West
  • Anne & Max Oud-West
  • Koffie Academie
  • Berry Amsterdam
  • Coffee Room
  • Scandinavian Embassy
  • STROOM in De PIjp
  • Caffenation

I hope you enjoyed this post about the best places to visit outside of Amsterdam City Centre! Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below.

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Hey guys, in this post, I’ll continue the series of instagrammable locations around the world (check the entire series here) with this new bloggers guide to Amsterdam. Learn where to find the most Instagrammable places in Amsterdam as well as the best photo locations for a photo shoot in Amsterdam. As always, this guide is composed by me (@lizatripsget) and if you like my photos, make sure to check my Instagram out here >>>

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Amsterdam is a very photogenic city. Even though it’s a capital, it’s a relatively small city, so you don’t need to spend half a day just to get from one location to another one (like you would in London – btw check my post about the most Instagrammable locations in London). Amsterdam is a beautiful city that also has so many things to do – make sure to visit some of the best museums and attractions in the city. In case it’s not your first time in Amsterdam, you can also explore some of the off-the-beaten-path places in Amsterdam, e.g. districts like Amsterdam Oud-West, De Pijp or De Plantage. I wrote a post about the best things to do outside the city centre in Amsterdam, so feel free to check it out here.

Amsterdam city centre is very compact and incredibly crowded, so sometimes it feels great to escape the crowds and explore lesser-known but still charming areas. Luckily, some of the most instagrammable places in Amsterdam are located outside the city centre.

Before we start, here are some Instagrammable hotels in Amsterdam (in case you’re living in Amsterdam and coming to visit)

Sir Albert Hotel Amsterdam

Without further ado, let’s get started.

Most instagrammable places in Amsterdam (with exact locations!)

Mama Kelly

Olympisch Stadion 35, 1076 DE

Mama Kelly is probably the Peggy Porshen or Elan Cafe of Amsterdam. In case you have never heard of Elan or Peggy Porshen – basically, these two places are the two most photographed cafes in London. The Amsterdam version of a pink blogger’s paradise would be Mama Kelly. This restaurant is located near the Olympic Stadium (allow yourself 30-40 min for getting there depending on the transport. It’s definitely too far away to walk to).

Mama Kelly has three beautiful floors, and my favourite is the ground floor with the bar area. Head there for lunch to avoid crowds and queues of girls taking photos of everything – from pink chairs to pink photo booths. I also recommend making a reservation (you can do it online here).

Scandinavian Embassy

Sarphatipark 34, 1072 PB

Another of the Instagrammable spots in Amsterdam is a coffee /breakfast place located in my favourite area of Amsterdam – De Pijp. Scandinavian Embassy serves a perfect coffee and pastries and also has a selection of granolas if you want something more substantial. It’s very compact and is decorated and white and brown tones. The best table for photos is the sharing table next to the window as the light is excellent there. However, the place is usually very crowded, so it’s best to visit it on a weekday.

Instagrammable Amsterdam

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Van Wonderen Stroopwafels

Kalverstraat 190, 1012 XH

The photo was taken at Rokin 174

Stroopwafels are the traditional caramel waffles that are very popular in the Netherlands among the locals and the tourists. However, Van Wonderen Stroopwafels took them to the next level. It’s surprising how this simple idea didn’t come to anyone else before, but basically, this place serves the traditional Stroopwafels with a topping on top. This could be marshmallows, crushed nuts, chocolate or one of the other toppings offered. It’s the topping that makes the waffles so photogenic, so people queue to get these waffles for nearly an hour and then take photos of them in front of the canals (like we did).

It’s a very cliché photo idea, however, it makes the photo really pretty, so why not, especially if you have time to queue. Alternatively, you can just buy simple stroopwaffles from any shop and take a photo of them.

Blogger's guide to Amsterdam

The Square in front of the Rijksmuseum

Museumstraat 1

One of the most photographed spots in Amsterdam is the square (and the fountain) in front of the famous Rijksmuseum. The famous Amsterdam letters were permanently removed, so now it’s less crowded there for sure. (At some point it got ridiculous). Don’t skip the Rijksmuseum as it’s one of the best museums to visit in Amsterdam. If you get the Amsterdam city card, you’ll be able to jump the queue and head right inside the museum.

However, if you want to see the temporary Rembrandt exposition, even with your Amsterdam pass, you need to get a time slot to visit it. We got the cards for free in collaboration with I Amsterdam, however, I wouldn’t recommend you something I didn’t like. We found the I Amsterdam city cards really useful, so we would recommend them.

Best photo locations in Amsterdam

Bloemenmarkt

Singel, 1012 DH

If you want to buy some tulips or just take a photo of the colourful tulips, head to the Bloemenmarkt. There are seasons when you can get Tulips, of course, and that’s April to June (approximately).

Amsterdam Bloemenmarkt

De Plantage Cafe and Restaurant

Plantage Kerklaan 36, 1018 CZ

If you want to stay away from the crowds at least for a while, head to the beautiful district of De Plantage, it’s a pleasure walking around there, and you can visit the small botanic garden that is located in the heart of the district. However, it’s the De Plantage restaurant that is picture perfect and attracts tourists and locals alike. Located just next to the zoo, it shared a part of the garden with the zoo, and while I don’t encourage you to visit the zoo (it’s a personal choice), the restaurant is undeniably pretty. It’s especially beautiful in the summer evenings when the lights in the park are on.

Corner Bakery

Johannes Vermeerstraat 40

Amsterdam has a lot of very instagrammable brunch places, and Corner Bakery is one of them. Space downstairs has a lot of colourful wallpapers, however, just not enough light for a good photo, but the area on the ground floor is definitely better. Make a reservation in advance to make sure you’ll get a seat. The corner bakery is famous for its Instagrammable drinks, so make sure to order one if that’s why you decided to visit the place. I can’t say that good is good, but at least you can get a drink!

Most Instagrammable places in Amsterdam

Polaberry

Prinsengracht 232 H, 1016 HE

One of the most prominent bloggers in Amsterdam, Polina @polabur recently opened a chocolate store that sells fantastic coated strawberries and beautiful chocolates. Make sure to visit it and try some of the beautiful and delicious treats!

Most Instagrammable places in Amsterdam

Rootin

Linnaeusstraat 16, 1092 CK

Another place from this blogger’s guide to Amsterdam is a lovely brunch spot called Rootin. You can get some really pretty and colourful toasts and pancakes there.

Ree 7

Reestraat 7, 1016 DM

A very similar place to Rootin, Ree 7 is trendy among bloggers in Amsterdam and is one of the most Instagrammable spots in Amsterdam. The reviews are not great, but the dishes are undeniably photogenic, and if it’s the photos you’re planning to come here for, you’ll get one.

The beautiful canals of Joordan

Joordan is one of the bohemian districts on Amsterdam, and it also has some of the prettiest canals. Head to the Westerkade street to take a perfect photo in front of some beautiful buildings.

Anna + Nina store

Gerard Doustraat 942, 1072 VX

Another of the most Instagrammable and photogenic places in Amsterdam is Anna + Nina store located in De Pijp. Storefronts in Amsterdam are usually very photogenic, and this one is not an exception. Sometimes it even has flower decoration that makes it even more beautiful.

Coffee shops and cafes of Amsterdam Oud-West and Oud Zuid

There are plenty of beautiful cafes and coffee shops around Amsterdam Oud-West and De Pijp. Some of the cafes worth visiting include: Anne & Max Oud West, Loft Sixty One and Koffie Academy.

Non-touristy Amsterdam: Best things to do in Amsterdam Oud-West

Check my guide to Amsterdam Oud-West to find out what to do in the district

The streets of Amsterdam Oud-West

If you’re looking for a place to do a photo shoot in Amsterdam that is not crowded, but looks great, head to Amsterdam Oud-West. Here’s my guide to the best things to do in Amsterdam Oud-West, feel free to check it out if you’re interested.

Some areas of Oud-West are very green and unique, and some others have gorgeous houses. Most importantly, the area is not full of tourists, so it’s easy to have a photo shoot there and take as much time as you want. And later you can head to Foodhallen for lunch.

De Kanarie Club

Bellamyplein 51, 1053 AT

De Kanarie Club is a unique brunch/lunch spot in De Hallen in Amsterdam Oud-West. It has a minimal menu, though the dishes are very photogenic and also the place itself is excellent. There is even a swimming pool on the second floor of the restaurant, so you can definitely unleash your creativity there.

Cafes in Amsterdam Zentrum (Kalverstraat)

And the last, but not least of the Instagrammable locations in Amsterdam is the beautiful cafes located in the city centre, e.g. Kalverstraat. I just fell in love this gorgeous storefront and couldn’t NOT include it in this blogger’s guide to Amsterdam.

Photo Locations in Amsterdam

Hope you enjoyed this post about the most Instagrammable places in Amsterdam and added some spots to your itinerary.

Check some of my other posts in the category of the most Instagrammable places around the world:

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If you’re planning to visit Amsterdam for your second or even third time and thinking of exploring some non-touristy or less touristy spots in Amsterdam, this post is for you. In this post, you will find out all about the up and coming neighbourhood Amsterdam Oud-West and learn about the best things to do in Amsterdam Oud-West in a half day or even a full day if you decide to stay there for long.

So without further ado, let’s get started!

Where is Amsterdam Oud-West and why is it worth visiting?

As I already mentioned before, Amsterdam Oud-West is a great up and coming neighbourhood in Amsterdam. It used to be not a very remarkable residential area of the city; however, in recent years it changed a lot. Since the opening of De Hallen in 2014, Oud-West started to attract way more locals and tourists alike, and it helped Oud-West a lot. Now Amsterdam Oud-West is on its journey towards becoming a very trendy and hipster area of Amsterdam. We teamed up with iAmsterdam in order to explore the are and tell you about the best things to do in Amsterdam Oud-West. Amsterdam is more than just canals and a beautiful city centre, so if you want to see more unusual, unique and non-touristy places in Amsterdam, look for the hashtag #morethancitycenter. Alternatively, I also tried to sum up the best spots outside the city centre of Amsterdam that I managed to explore in just two days. You can find and read this post here (to be published soon).

As for the location, Amsterdam Oud-West is located close to the city centre of Amsterdam, and you can actually walk there in 30 minutes. However, if you prefer other means of transport other than your legs, you can also take a tram. Amsterdam Oud-West is located between Oud-Zuid and Jordaan, and if you’re planning to explore the Vondelpark as well, you will really be just minutes away!

Non-touristy Amsterdam: Best things to do in Amsterdam Oud-West

Where to stay in Amsterdam Oud-West?

In case you’re planning to stay in the area as well (which is probably a great idea), I have a couple of suggestions for you. It’s a great idea because prices for accommodation in Oud-West are way lower than in the city centre. Nonetheless, there are quite a few really nice hotels and flats in Oud-West. Just take a look at these great hotels, for example:

Conscious Hotel Vondelpark and Pillows Anna van den Vondel.

Or these two flats on Airbnb just stole my heart as well: this one or this one

Have you never booked with Airbnb before? You’re lucky because you can get free credit if you use my link to sign up!

Non-touristy Amsterdam: Best things to do in Amsterdam Oud-West

Finally, let’s get started with the best things to do in Amsterdam Oud-West:

Have a coffee in one of many coffee places of Amsterdam Oud-West

Amsterdam Oud-West has a lot of photogenic coffee places, where you can stop for a while, drink a delicious coffee and even work for a while (in case you’re doing a bit of freelance or working remotely). Some of the coffee places I liked a lot were: Lot Sixty One and Coffee Room.

Have a photoshoot in one of the beautiful empty streets of Oud-West

Oud-West is a perfect place for a photoshoot! Why? Because its streets are charming and surprise, surprise, they are quite empty. That makes them a perfect place for a photoshoot (especially if you have your photographer in mind / or you are a photographer). Or, perhaps, you could bring a tripod and take some great shots using the tripod. If you’re not into taking photos, perhaps, you could just walk around hunting for beautiful houses and streets.

Have a brunch in De Kanarie Club

Amsterdam Oud-West has a great spot for a nice lunch/brunch – De Kanarie Club located at the end of De Hallen. This restaurant is really unusual, as it doesn’t look fancy or pretentious, however, it has two floors and even a swimming pool. Moreover, you can still see the railroad on the floor, as De Hallen used to be a tram depot like I already mentioned before in the post. We had a lovely lunch in Kanarie – I had a pumpkin salad and Pepe had a burger and overall, the food was nice! The prices aren’t that low, however, they are very similar to other brunch spots in Amsterdam.

Brunch in De Kanarie Club

Buy your souvenirs in the Maker’s Market

Maker’s Market is one of the best places to buy souvenirs in Amsterdam. You can buy some really unique things made in Amsterdam that you can buy for yourself or your friends / significant others. Some of the items are more serious while the others are fun or even a bit vulgar. Whatever you pick – it’s up to you.

Stroll around De Hallen and check what’s on sale there

Okay, now let’s finally talk about De Hallen. As I mentioned before, it only opened in late 2014 and started working in 2015. It’s hard to believe that this place was an abandoned tram depot and was once in ruins and occupied by squatters. Amsterdam actually has an interesting measure against squatters – you can move into an empty property (e.g. former school or church) and live there using the government anti-squatting scheme. You don’t pay rent, but you still need to pay for the utilities. However, it’s a cheap alternative for those, who find the rent prices in Amsterdam really high.

De Hallen is split into 2 parts – one is just small nice shops, while another one is massive and contains the Maker’s Market, Foodhallen (we will talk about it later) and an art gallery / cinema.

There are plenty of things to do in De Hallen and you can easily spend there half a day if you want.

Foodhallen

Foodhallen is another place worth mentioning because it’s an absolutely amazing buzzing food market located inside De Hallen. I must admit that on Saturday it was already extremely crowded and probably doesn’t need more advertisement. However, I must admit, that Foodhallen is probably one of the best places for lunch in Amsterdam, especially with friends. Everybody will be able to find whatever they like, from hot dogs to Vietnamese food and tacos. Everything is affordable and delicious, so well, definitely give Foodhallen a chance!

Non-touristy Amsterdam: Best things to do in Amsterdam Oud-West

Visit a couple of designer stores in Oud-West

Oud-West is quite an unusual shopping destination, as most people/tourists shop in the city centre or in De Pijp (that has a lot of amazing small clothing and accessories stores). However, Oud-West also has a couple of amazing stores that are worth visiting. For example, you can check out the plant store Wildernis or the furniture stores (for some design inspiration) in Overtoom or check out some clothes in Following Lucy or Gesponnen Suiker.

Have a vegan or vegetarian burger in The Dutch Weed Burger joint

The Dutch weed burger joint has an extraordinary name, but don’t worry, it has nothing to do with drugs. There, however, you can get one of the best vegan or vegetarian (depending on your food preferences) burgers in your life. So if you prefer plant-based food, definitely give this place a try!

Check my post about a vegan Afternoon tea experience in London, UK

Have a modern dinner in Dikke Graaf (De Graaf)

In case you’re staying in Oud-West for a while or just looking for a lovely place to have dinner, head to Dikke Graaf. This is a small cosy restaurant located in Amsterdam Oud-West in part close to Overtoomse Sluis. There are very few tables, so it makes sense to book in advance if you don’t want to end up hungry. The menu is minimal and simple, but the ingredients are amazing and everything we ordered tasted absolutely delicious.

I hope you enjoyed this post about the best things to do in Amsterdam Oud-West and exploring non-touristy Amsterdam.

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Okay, this is the news we all were waiting for – and for a long time. Saudi Arabia is finally opening up to tourism and it’s doing it in a big way. Read this post to find out about how to apply for a tourist visa to Saudi Arabia and all the information about the new Saudi Arabia eVisa.

So let’s get started!

Saudi Arabia – one of the hidden gems for tourists

Not more than a year ago your holidays in Saudi Arabia were virtually impossible (they still are, but that’s going to change soon and that’s what this post is about).

The fact that there were no tourist visas available (AT ALL) meant that the only feasible way of visiting the county for a foreigner was getting a transit visa and exploring as much as possible in 72 hrs. These transit visas, however, were quite hard to obtain and had a lot of restrictions, so very few people took advantage of the transit visas. Another way to visit Saudi Arabia was through the business or event visa or by visiting relatives or friends. Both of the options were applicable to only 1% of people willing to travel to Saudi Arabia, and weren’t helping most. That means, even though you wanted to visit Saudi Arabia as a tourist, it was nearly impossible to do so.

So we all had to sit and wait until the tourist visas become available and finally it’s happening! And very soon.

How to apply for the eVisa to Saudi Arabia and who is eligible?

The new eVisa to Saudi Arabia: what is it and how to apply?

In order to open up for travellers and invite them to visit Saudi Arabia in an easy way, the government decided to introduce eVisas to Saudi Arabia. That means that you won’t need to go to the Embassy, Consulate or a Visa Centre. Instead of that, you can apply online. In order to apply for the Saudi Arabia eVisa, you would need to follow these very easy steps. So how to apply for a Saudi Arabia visa?

a) Go to this website

b) Fill the application form

c) Pay visa application fee online

See, it’s no different from most of the eVisas you had to obtain before. The only caveat is that the eVisa to Saudi Arabia will be initially available to the citizens of the following countries only. (See below who can apply).

Eligibility for the Saudi Arabia eVisa:

Unfortunately, this amazing scheme won’t be available to everyone. The Saudi Arabia eVisa scheme will be available for the citizens of the following countries:

  • EU Schengen
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Brunei
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • USA
  • Malaysia
  • South Africa

More countries will be added to the list, so make sure to monitor the updates on the official website (that you can find above). If you’re not from one of the countries listed above, sadly, you won’t be able to visit the country on the eVisa. You will have to either wait or consider other options.

Once your application is submitted, the Saudi Arabian immigration office will assess your case and grant you an eVisa, if you meet all the basic requirements. The government promises that it won’t be hard to get this visa, as the entire point of the new Saudi Arabian eVisa is to make the country easily accessible for tourists of selected countries.

How to apply for the eVisa to Saudi Arabia and who is eligible?

When will the eVisa to Saudi Arabia become available?

If you’re wondering when will the eVisa to Saudi Arabia become available, there is no certain date announced yet. It’s likely to happen very soon. You can check the official Saudi Arabia visa page for the latest updates on the topic.

How to apply for the eVisa to Saudi Arabia and who is eligible?

What to check before going to Saudi Arabia? Saudi Arabia visitor rules

Even though Saudi Arabia is opening up and allowing tourists to visit their beautiful country there are still a set of rules that you should be aware of if you are planning to go.

As a female, you need to dress modestly and wear loose clothes and also wearing abaya is encouraged. (As well as the headscarf in some places). As for the men, wearing shorts in public is not allowed. You can’t bring any alcohol into the country (you could go to prison for that). You can’t take photos of the government and military buildings and should abstain from taking photos of locals as well.

Hopefully, you found this post useful and should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask them in the comments. I will try to answer them or at least point you in the right direction. All the information in this post is correct as of the 24th of May 2019, however, I intend to update this post for major news.

This is a collaborated post.

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Hey guys, in this post, I wanted to talk about ETIAS visa waiver and how it will change your future travel to Europe. I will discuss, what is ETIAS, when will be it introduced and who is ETIAS for. Moreover, you will learn about the ways of obtaining ETIAS to make your travels smooth and painless in the future.

So without further ado, let’s get started.

Best Instagrammable spots in Bordeaux, France + amazing photo locations
Beautiful Bordeaux in France

What is ETIAS and how it will change your future travels? Detailed overview

What exactly is ETIAS visa waiver and how it is important for you?

Well, if you landed on this post, you either already heard something about ETIAS (in other words, the word ‘ETIAS’ rings a bell) or you haven’t heard of it, but you’re just curious what it is and whether it will affect you when traveling to Europe.

ETIAS is European Travel Information and Authorization system that will be introduced in 2021 (the date is to be announced) and will affect everyone traveling to the Schengen countries, who currently doesn’t require a visa. If you’re not planning to go to Schengen are after 2021 (or ever) or need to obtain a visa to travel there beforehand (e.g. if you’re from Russia, Belarus, India etc.), this post won’t tell you anything life-changing, and you won’t be affected by ETIAS at all. Unless, of course, the visa requirements for the citizens of your country will change and you won’t need a visa to visit the EU anymore.

If you’re still unsure what this all is about, think about ESTA – the electronic authorisation system that is currently in place if you want to visit the USA, but you don’t need to obtain a visa and pay $120 or even more.

Brera, Milan
Brera, Milan, Italy

So who will need to get the ETIAS visa waiver?

If you currently don’t need a visa to visit Europe (the Schengen area), then it is very likely that you will be affected in 2021, when the system will be officially introduced. If you’re from the USA, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Japan and other 52 countries, yes, you are affected, and this post will be handy for you, as you will know what to expect soon and how to travel to Europe after 2021 on ETIAS.

Here’s the full list of the counties, whose citizens will need to apply for the ETIAS visa waiver to visit the Schengen Area.

Countries eligible for ETIAS
Wroclaw, Poland
Wroclaw, Poland

Why is there a need for ETIAS?

The main reason for the ETIAS introduction is security. You might think at first, that ETIAS is just making things more complicated, but it’s very important. Due to the increasing number of incidents and even terrorist attacks, Europe wants to ensure that people coming in have no story of serious criminal convictions and their primary and only purpose is travelling/visiting relatives or business.

Is it hard to obtain ETIAS?

If you’re wondering whether it will be hard to obtain ETIAS, well, it won’t be, or it at least shouldn’t be. The official website is promising that the process won’t take longer than 10 minutes online and it will speed up the process at the border when entering the Schengen area. So in the end, it will actually save you some time. The only caveat is that you will need to pay something like 7 euros to apply. The ETIAS you’ll receive will be valid for three years or until your passport expires (standard is three years though, but if you’re lucky, you can get a longer duration of ETIAS). Once awarded ETIAS, you can stay in the Schengen Area up to 90 days in one trip.

So how to apply for ETIAS? You will be asked to provide your full name, address, passport number and details and your date of birth and you will also need to answer a couple of security, health and occupation questions. And of course, there will be a question about your travel plans, so you need to be aware of your itinerary when applying for the visa waiver ETIAS.

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Sunset in Santander, Spain

How long does it take to get ETIAS approved?

Since ETIAS is not in place yet, the information is not very practical; however, the official website promises that it will mostly take minutes. However, there might be cases, when the application takes longer, mainly if it triggered some internal alert. In case your ETIAS was declined for some reason, you will have a chance to appeal.

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Summary

To summarise, if you’re from one of these 60 countries and you’re planning to keep visiting the Schengen area after 2021 (the exact date will be announced soon), you can’t do it without applying for the ETIAS. ETIAS will be very similar to American ESTA, so if you ever had experience with ESTA, you won’t have any problems. ETIAS will cost only 7 euros, and it will make traveling to Europe more efficient and most importantly, safer.

Planning a trip to Europe? Read my post about the itinerary for Europe in 16 days! Alternatively, here’s a post about the most underestimated cities to visit in Europe. If you’re interested, give it a read!

This post is written in collaboration with ETIAS.

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Revealing the best bubble tea in London after testing 9 different bubble tea stores https://tripsget.com/2019/03/revealing-the-best-bubble-tea-in-london/ https://tripsget.com/2019/03/revealing-the-best-bubble-tea-in-london/#comments Wed, 20 Mar 2019 21:04:52 +0000 https://tripsget.com/?p=6361 Hey guys, if you’re looking for the best bubble tea in London, look no further! I created this list of the best bubble tea stores in London, so you know…

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Hey guys, if you’re looking for the best bubble tea in London, look no further! I created this list of the best bubble tea stores in London, so you know where and what to try of the best bubble teas in London. None of the places I mentioned sponsored this post and I’m creating it just because good bubble tea is hard to find and I want to help people who like bubble tea as much as I do! You will also learn where to find the famous Tiger Milk Tea in London (or brown sugar tea / Mudflip tea), so keep reading. I will start by testing 15+ different bubble teas from 9 different bubble tea stores in London and in the end, I will reveal my winner!

Getting used to the authentic bubble tea

I first tried real Taiwanese bubble tea about 3-4 years ago, and I didn’t like it at first. My problem was, I didn’t know what to ask for and didn’t know yet what I would like. So I asked for an extra strong Oolong tea with Tapioka pearls and guess what… I hated it. Many months have passed until I gave bubble tea another chance and fell in love with it. Now I’m lucky to call London home and be able to order delicious authentic Taiwanese bubble teas in London!

Do you like Ramen? Check my guide to the best ramen in London! Or go straight to the guide to the best brunches in our favourite city (London, of course)! I also specialise in Instagrammable locations around the world. Here you can read the London edition of the most Insta-worthy places for 2019!

Without further ado, let’s get started! Let’s taste the major bubble tea shops in London and check which one is the best!

Where to find the best bubble tea in London? (2019 edition). Trying 9 bubble teas in London.

Coco Fresh Tea and Juice

The first place that I decided to test is Coco Fresh Tea and Juice. Coco Tea and Juice is one of the biggest bubble tea and juice bar chains that originated in Taiwan. It has two bubble tea and juice stores in London and oh, my, they are very crowded. One of the stores is located in China Town, very close to the Les Miserables theatre. That one usually has the largest queue – once I spent 45 minutes there queuing for my favourite bubble tea in the entire London.

When the queue is too big, I head to another Coco Tea and Juice bar located just in front of the British Museum – this one is usually emptier especially when the museum is already closed.

What did I order:

The pearl milk tea with jelly and tapioca.

Did I like it?

I loved it!

Why is Coco Tea and Juice so great? Well, first, not only it is very authentic, and most probably, you’ll be the only non-Asian person in the queue, but also the ingredients and the taste of the drinks is fantastic. I’ve tried 5-6 versions of tea and one juice, and they were terrific. Moreover, they never get my order wrong despite the massive queues and so many people!

On a hot summer day, you can get yourself an ice fruit tea (e.g. peach) or even a smoothie with tapioca pearls and even jelly etc., and on a cold winter day, there’s nothing better than a hot milk tea with some tapioca and coconut jelly!

Coco Tea and Juice bar also serves the famous Tiger Milk tea or brown sugar bubble tea in London, however, in the evenings, it’s always sold out, so head there in the morning, if you want it!

My verdict: go there and try everything! 10/10

Best bubble tea in London 2019

Yifang Fruit Tea

104 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 5EQ

The second store I decided to test was Yifang Taiwan Fruit Tea. Just like Coco Tea and juice bar, Yifang is an authentic Taiwanese place, and it also offers the Tiger milk tea in London at two times on the first come – first serve basis. I recall the times being something like 12 pm and 6 pm, but it makes sense to double check with them, as they could have changed.

I also tried their Brown sugar milk tea (they call it Mudflip Milk Tea), and it’s my favourite Tiger Milk tea in London!

Yifang is located just across the street from Coco in China Town, so in case the queue is too long, you can head there instead.

My verdict: even though the menu is somewhat limited, there are some great teas you can try. I liked Yifang Fruit Tea a lot and would recommend it. 9/10

Best bubble tea in London 2019

T4 (Tea For You)

Another sweet spot for a bubble tea in London is T4. Located in two busiest shopping malls in London, Westfield White City and Stratford, T4 also has massive queues.

What did I try there?

A couple of drinks including a frozen mango juice (it wasn’t a bubble tea. Hence I will not evaluate it in this post, but I can mention that it wasn’t one of my favourite drinks).

I also tried the classic milk tea with tapioca pearls, and I tried a black milk tea with the coffee jelly.
They did mess up my order just once – I asked for no sugar, but my drink had at least 1/2 sugar. But I loved the milk tea with coffee jelly – something I would order again. And it’s great for cold weather, so definitely give it a try.

Summary: not bad and a huge variety of different tastes. It’s a large chain with bubble tea spots all around the world, so they know what they are doing. Also, you don’t need to travel far to try T4 – if you go shopping at Westfield, you can buy the tea on the same day. 7/10

Best bubble tea in London 2019

Gonuts boba tea

Holloway Rd (opposite the tube station)

Located just outside the Holloway Road tube station, Gonuts boba tea mostly attracts local students from London Metropolitan University and the student accommodation right in front of it. I was very curious about this place for a while because this is the best-rated bubble tea in London (based on Google reviews).

We must have visited Gonuts on a bad day because a) the entrance door was broken and was making horrifying noises every time somebody tried to open it.

b) They ran out of lids for hot tea, and we received our drinks open – that was so unusual that my brain was confused and couldn’t perceive this tea as all.

c) They messed up my order – instead of a crown tea I got a normal one.

Pepe also got a boba tea – the brown sugar milk tea. To be completely honest with you, it didn’t taste like a typical tiger milk tea, but it didn’t taste bad either.

Summary: So, overall, my experience wasn’t the best with Gonuts, but the tea definitely wasn’t bad. However, I don’t think I will come back. 5/10

Best bubble tea in London 2019

Cuppacha

Multiple locations

I have a love-hate relationship with Cuppacha. Once I got a terrible drink from there – something I couldn’t drink at all, and it had something to do with lychee. I was really upset and tagged them in the stories – they never replied anything. However, a couple of months later they messaged me on Instagram and invited to nominate them as a best “sweet treat” in some competition. LOL

However, for the sake of this post, I decided to give Cuppacha another try. And you know what, it wasn’t bad. This time, I opted for a classic milk tea with tapioca and jelly in warm with no sugar.

My verdict: It was a good tea, and I guess if you stick to basics, you can buy your tea in Cuppacha. Don’t ever ask for that lychee thing though if you don’t want to throw your drink away after one sip. 5/10

Happy Lemon

China Town

While I was buying my bubble tea in Cuppacha, Pepe got to Happy Lemon that is next door. I don’t know how two bubble tea stores survive next to each other, but Cuppacha definitely has more people inside and larger queues. I probably passed Happy Lemon 10 or 15 times, and I have never even seen people inside. Perhaps that is why they introduced Brown Sugar (Tiger Milk tea) like some of the popular bubble tea places in London, and it made it slightly more popular. At least, there were people inside.

My verdict: I didn’t drink the entire tea from there (Pepe did), but I did try a couple of times to make my mind. Again, it wasn’t my favourite tea, but it wasn’t bad either, and it’s way better than many bubble tea shops in London. If you like trying something new – head to Happy Lemon. 6/10

Best bubble tea in London 2019

Biju Bubble Tea

Biju positions itself as fresh bubble tea that uses organic milk instead of traditional powder milk that we are used to seeing in bubble teas. I went to the store in Westfield Shepherd Bush, and I would like to share with you my opinion.

My verdict: I asked for a Roiboos milk tea with jelly and well… Apart from the jelly, it was no different from the tea from Pret for 1/2 the price (I paid £5). It didn’t take like a bubble tea AT ALL, but it wasn’t bad. However, if you want just a regular tea, head to Costa, Pret or Starbucks that does nice Teavana tea latte with Roiboos and save some pounds. 4/10 (all the 4 points for the organic milk).

Best bubble tea in London 2019

Chatime

One of the least traditional places to try bubble tea in London is Chatime. It’s also one of the biggest chains (completing with Bubbleology). I’ve been to Chatime twice – once in the store in Soho, another time I tried a tea in Chatime Shoreditch. Once it was a traditional Oolong tea with pearl (cold), the second time it was a peach fruit tea.

Summary: both times I didn’t like my order and couldn’t finish my drink. Perhaps a classic milk tea would be worth trying, but I just gave up after two unsuccessful attempts! 2/10

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Bubbleology

And the last, but not least of the bubble tea shops in London is Bubbleology. At some point, there was a bubbleology around every corner. Bubbleology also has nothing to do with a traditional Taiwanese bubble tea, and in the queue, you will mostly see locals or tourists. And that’s for a reason. All the tastes are adapted for Europe, and it’s just not an authentic Taiwanese bubble tea at all.

However, at some point, I really liked the coconut milk tea, however, I could only get it right in about 30% of the cases – I was asking no sugar or 10% sugar, but always ended up with AT LEAST 100% sugar in it, as the store assistants just simply disregarded what I asked for.

Bubbleology has some problems with the service – once a store assistant was really rude to us for no reason and refused to sell us tea even though it was 35 minutes before the store was supposed to close. He said that he already cleaned all the store and won’t do it again just to serve us a tea. No comments.

Summary: overall, I had hits and misses in Bubbleology – I’ve tried bubble tea from different Bubbleology stores (South Kensington, Angel, Tottenham Court Road (now closed), Soho and more) and I liked my order in 40% of the cases. 4/10.

Best bubble tea in London 2019

I hope you found this post useful and now made your mind, which bubble tea in London to try next! If you were looking for Tiger Milk (Brown Sugar) Tea in London, I told you about four places that serve it, but I’m sure, more will come. Share your favourite bubble tea places in London in the comments below!

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How Expensive is it to Travel in San Francisco: A detailed overview of the costs https://tripsget.com/2019/03/how-expensive-is-it-to-travel-in-san-francisco/ https://tripsget.com/2019/03/how-expensive-is-it-to-travel-in-san-francisco/#respond Tue, 19 Mar 2019 22:07:45 +0000 https://tripsget.com/?p=6344 Last updated on March 25th, 2019 Planning to travel to San Francisco and not sure what to include in your travel budget? Look no further! In this post, you will…

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Planning to travel to San Francisco and not sure what to include in your travel budget? Look no further! In this post, you will find out how expensive is it to travel in San Francisco with a detailed overview of different travel costs: from accommodation to sightseeing prices in San Francisco.

This is a guest post submitted by the amazing travel blogger Mimi from The Atlas Heart, who knows everything about San Francisco.

Why is San Francisco expensive?

Having lived in the Bay Area for most of my life, and San Francisco, specifically, most recently, I’ve seen prices increase pretty dramatically within the last 10 years.

The Silicon Valley boom is one of the main drivers of increased prices in the Bay Area. With Fortune 1000 companies and countless startups making their headquarters in the region, so are thousands of new residents.

That’s not to say that you can’t still enjoy a visit to this incredible city! You just might want to save a bit more before you make your way over here, especially for longer stays.

San Francisco Victorians
Credit: Mimi McFadden

Of course, San Francisco has always been a little on the expensive side compared to other places in California, but I think you’ll find that to be the case with any big city. Despite the prices, San Francisco should 100% be included on a visit to Northern California.

For starters, it’s smack-dab in the middle of the state and has so much packed into one, 46 square-mile city.

It is also one of the most culturally diverse cities with incredible food, nightlife, art, music, and tourist attractions.

So, let me help you break down how much you can expect to spend on a trip to San Francisco, from transportation to shopping, accommodation, food, and more!  

San Francisco travel budget: how expensive is it to travel in San Francisco?
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San Francisco travel budget: how expensive is it to travel in San Francisco?

Transportation costs in San Francisco

Luckily, when it comes to making your way around the city, you can travel as cheaply or as luxuriously as you like.

Haven’t bought a flight to San Francisco yet? Check the prices and availability on Skyscanner.

Affordable ways to get around San Francisco

The most cost-effective options for getting around San Francisco are the public transportation systems: BART and MUNI.

BART is the trans-bay railway system that has multiple stops in SF and the surrounding Bay Area cities. If you’re staying within the city, your travel costs will be pretty minimal, around $3 for any one-way ride. If you’re going to the East Bay, costs vary because it’s based off distance traveled.  

MUNI is the city’s bus system – fairly reliable, and, unlike BART, has predictable flat-rate fares that are $2.50-$2.75 each way. The MUNI system covers much more of San Francisco compared to BART, and will certainly get you to where you need to go. Just know that you might need to hop on one or two different lines to get there.

San Francisco start-up company, Scoot, has placed vespa-like scooters all over the city and it is another affordable way to get around San Francisco. Most rides are priced between $4-6 for the first 15 minutes and then they tack on another $0.10 for each additional minute. Just download the app, save your feet, and zip up and down those hills!

San Francisco travel budget: how expensive is it to travel in San Francisco?
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Ridesharing prices in San Francisco

Lastly, Lyft and Uber ridesharing apps are readily available at anytime in San Francisco because it’s the city where they were born. If you opt for the economy ‘pool’ option for either one, it’s usually pretty affordable to get to most parts of compact San Francisco. I usually don’t pay more than $10 one way if I’m doing pool rideshare, even when I’m heading across the city. Ridesharing prices in San Francisco for private rides might cost you closer to $15-$20+.  

For the rideshare options, just make sure to watch out for surge pricing that usually happens on weekend nights and during weekday rush hours.

Accommodation costs in San Francisco

In terms of where to stay – whether it be for a weekend or an extended period of time – there are quite a few price options available in San Francisco.

If you’re looking to really pamper yourself during your visit, districts like Union Square and Nob Hill will certainly have you living in the lap of luxury. These districts are home to famously-nice hotels like The Mark Hopkins, The Fairmont, and the Westin – all with nightly stays starting around $200 per night and going up to $1,000+.

You can find more affordable hotels in the city too, and most are still located in or near a central location. Hotel Zephyr, located in Fisherman’s Wharf area, is a fun boutique hotel with rates starting around $100/night. Similarly, the Villa Florence Hotel in Union square has rates around $135/night.

On a tight budget? There are plenty of hotels in the city that fit a tighter budget too! Airbnb or VRBO are also great options for pricing a little more affordable than the hotels and a little more homely too. They’re certainly a fun way to experience those traditional San Francisco Victorians first-hand!

Keep in mind that even the nicest of hotels offer special deals so you could still find yourself “livin it up in the city” without totally emptying your wallet. If you’re booking last minute, you can find significant discounts on Hotwire.

San Francisco travel budget: how expensive is it to travel in San Francisco?
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Food and drink prices in San Francisco

As far as drinks and dining go, you’ll find most things to be more expensive than cheap in San Francisco. It certainly isn’t uncommon to find a burger to be $15+ in the city (and that might not even come with fries).

At the nicer restaurants (usually 4- or 5-stars), you’ll be lucky to get a meal for two that’s under $100.

On average, most restaurants in San Francisco are around $15-20 per plate for lunches and dinners and tack on roughly $8 for a beer and $11-14 for a cocktail. Also, don’t forget to include the 8.5% San Francisco sales tax in your budgeting that’s put on the bill at the end of your meal.  

San Francisco travel budget: how expensive is it to travel in San Francisco?
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Sightseeing and activity prices for San Francisco

If you’re out and about exploring San Francisco you can find both fun free things to do and more touristy or “cost for entry” activities. The city has literally everything!

Certainly something to check out while you’re in town are one (or a few) of the many museums located in the city. Most entry fees are around $20/ticket (give or take $5).

Here are a few other typical costs you might see for a tourist activity:

City Bus/sightseeing tours – $75 pp

Alcatraz Tour – $46 pp

San Francisco Ballet or Opera – $140 pp

San Francisco travel budget: how expensive is it to travel in San Francisco?
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Cost for packing essentials – what to buy before your trip

San Francisco has a pretty temperate climate year-round. Winter and spring are a bit cooler and wetter, summer tends to be a bit on the foggy side, and fall is usually the most pleasant time to visit the city. The best temperatures usually come out in September and October.

That being said, really the only thing you might want to purchase before heading to San Francisco (at any time of year) would be a windbreaker and a warm (preferably down) jacket. That’s pretty much like Scotland – have you ever been?

Not so bad! Windbreakers aren’t usually too costly and a good down jacket is sure to come in handy again at some point during your travels so you can feel good about splurging a bit for a nice one for San Francisco.

Shopping in San Francisco

San Francisco has countless nice high-end boutiques, large department stores, as well as some of the best thrift and consignment stores you’ll find on the West Coast. With this variety in shops there is certainly something there for every style and budget.

If you’re looking for high-end shopping, head over to Union Square and Nob Hill. For budget-friendly thrift stores, the Haight is the best neighborhood. And, for something in between, the Mission and the Marina districts are your best bet for cute local boutiques.

If you’re looking for those classic kitschy San Francisco souvenirs, Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 will be the best place to find them.

San Francisco travel budget: how expensive is it to travel in San Francisco?
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Summary: how expensive is it to travel to San Francisco?

San Francisco tends to get a bad rap for how expensive of a city it is to live in, mostly due to astronomical rent prices, but the good news is that it can actually be a relatively budget-friendly place for travelers.

San Francisco on a budget: is that possible?

If you’re looking for a low-cost trip to San Francisco, take public transit everywhere, take advantage of all of the free things to do around the city (i.e. walking across the Golden Gate Bridge, exploring Golden Gate Park, hiking to the top of Twin Peaks or to Land’s End), eat in more budget-friendly neighborhoods, such as the Mission and the Haight, and stay slightly outside the central districts.

If you’re looking for a luxurious stay, San Francisco has plenty of options for that too. I truly believe that San Francisco can be enjoyed by all budgets, it’s just about being smart about how you spend your money in the city.
If you’re looking for more ideas of what to do in San Francisco and California as a whole, make sure to check out my recent bucket-list post I put together about the top 101 things to do in California.

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Travel blogger at The Atlas Heart

Originally from California, Mimi has been slow travelling the world since 2013. When she’s not writing, you can probably find her sipping on a pint of craft beer, chasing waterfalls, or planning her next adventure in a foreign land.

After living abroad for five years in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Greece, and Portugal she has finally found a home in San Francisco, California. You can find her on Instagram, Facebook, and her blog!

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