We all know that the best travel advice comes from locals. But how many of us can claim a friend in Dubai or a cousin in Stockholm? Here’s where to turn for up-to-the-minute tips from residents of 10 cities:
1. Midnight Poutine
“Montrealers need Midnight Poutine.” So starts the blog’s mission statement, and so started our obsession with its mostly English event listings, restaurant reviews, and podcasts. After all, Montreal visitors need Midnight Poutine, too.
2. Snarky Tofu
Joshua Samuel Brown has been blogging from Taiwan while writing a Lonely Planet guidebook. He delves into cultural and linguistic curiosities, answers questions you always wondered about travel writers, and fills in the blanks with personal details that he calls “narcissistic” and we call “hilarious.”
3. Life in Dubai
An Australian living in Dubai for the second time, this blogger is a serious news junkie—the perfect personality for a city in a constant state of flux. He and his photos break down local stories for those of us who aspire to be visitors.
4. Forgotten NY
The editor explores “slices” of New York neighborhoods every few days, with longer entries every week or two, spotlighting hidden histories of the five boroughs. Offline, he offers tours, T-shirts, and more.
5. London Underground
The next time we visit London, we’ll mind more than the gap; we’ll pay special attention to this tube blog, which elevates its single underground subject. The blog covers other cities’ subways as well but keeps returning to London, much to our delight, for the “Fashion Victims on the Tube” feature.
6. Between Meals
San Francisco cooks up some of the best meals in the US, but where to start? Choose a recommendation from the blog of Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer to locate a delicious dish with industry gossip on the side.
7. The Local
Get your fill of Swedish news and views in English from trusted-yet-cheeky Stockholm locals who cover everything from toilets to Ikea, bikers, and booze.
Philadelphia man-of-the-moment Joey Sweeney heads a hip blog and events site that’s giving the more traditional Inquirer a run for its money.
9. The Paris Blog
Two dozen bloggers provide constant updates on what’s new in the City of Light, with a focus on the arts. They divulge what to see and what to say when you get there (aka “things your French teacher forgot”).
10. The Peking Duck
Since 2002, this “accidental expat” has blogged his way through Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, and now Taipei. His portrayal—or, as he calls it, his “dilettantish punditry and pseudo-philosophy”—of China’s political climate is enlightening and entertaining.