Local Knowledge

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These posts are about the local people we meet, with insider tips we gather from locals, Q&As with locals, as well as great local spots and hidden gems we discover.

Local Knowledge: Vibol from Phnom Penh

Local Knowledge: Vibol from Phnom Penh

We met 18 year-old Cambodian waiter, Pheng Vibol, or ‘Vibol’ as he’s called, at the wonderful Romdeng restaurant in Phnom Penh. Romdeng had been recommended to us by several locals as Phnom Penh’s best restaurant with fine Cambodian cuisine and a lively atmosphere. It didn’t...
Local Knowledge: Audrey from Saigon

Local Knowledge: Audrey from Saigon

We met the delightful Miss Audrey Tran and her warm smile at her groovy shop, Saigon Kitsch, when I was scouting shops for the magazine story we were working on in Ho Chi Minh City. The 26 year-old French-Vietnamese Audrey told us that she had...
Local Knowledge: Chef Bo from Bangkok

Local Knowledge: Chef Bo from Bangkok

We first met Thai-born chef Duangporn ‘Bo’ Songvisava, better known as Chef Bo and her Australian chef husband Dylan Jones — protégés of the legendary master of Thai cuisine, David Thompson, at Nahm London — after eating a very memorable meal at their restaurant Bo.lan, just after...
Local Knowledge: Owen from Edinburgh

Local Knowledge: Owen from Edinburgh

We’ve resisted using mainstream guidebooks on our grand tour this year, choosing instead to rely on local people for advice. However, wherever possible we’ve sought out local guidebooks written by residents of the places we’ve visited. In Venice, we used the illustrated My Local Guide...
A local Guide to Berlin

A local Guide to Berlin

We met Berlin local Gerd Tepass in Buenos Aires about four years ago when we were writing a guidebook to the city. Gerd owned a funky boutique hotel there, with a good little restaurant and a bar. It was the kind of hotel we like,...
Local Knowledge: Kaska from Kraków

Local Knowledge: Kaska from Kraków

When we met Kaska from Crazy Guides, when she came to collect us from our apartment for the Communist Tour in Kraków, I felt like I’d met her someone else before… Later, on our drive, she mentioned that she had an additional job bartending to put herself through university....
A Local Guide to Budapest

A Local Guide to Budapest

When we first arrived in Budapest, we took to Twitter to get some local tips. One person really gave us the goods, as you can see below. @mhovorka@gran_tourismo Have you visited the Holocaust Memorial Center? It’s relatively new, very interesting and well done. @mhovorka @gran_tourismo...
Local Knowledge: Ayşe from Istanbul

Local Knowledge: Ayşe from Istanbul

In every place we’ve stayed so far this year, we’ve interviewed someone for our Local Knowledge series who we thought would offer great local insight and a special perspective on the place. In Istanbul, we sought insider tips from designer Ayşe Bali. Often our Local Knowledge candidates have...