Anyone with a smart phone can track down a Michelin-star restaurant in Paris or point you in the direction of the Forbidden City. But this slim, deeply researched line of guidebooks—don’t expect maps, illustrations, or any of the otherwise Google-able info you’d find stuffed in fatter versions—specializes in the type of locales known only to the natives. It’s the kind of unabashedly opinionated editorial advice that will send you happily flying solo. And it’s executed with so much brevity and class that the guides can fit comfortably into a pocket or your carry-on.
How to Use
For each of 33 destinations, a savvy local has distilled the essential places to sleep and eat, must-do activities, and practical information for you to enjoy on the fly. Every entry undergoes quality control by LUXE’s globetrotting editorial staff and print guides are complemented by online updates. In other words, you can plan your trip without worrying whether that pop-up shop or nomadic cocktail bar has already skipped town.