ORIGINAL PENGUIN PRESENTS City Break
Follow Original Penguin on a journey around the most beautiful cities exploring culture, music and arts.
Discover the best places to go for a trendy and original break as recommended by a local influencer from each city.
TJEERD BRAATInstagram : @brvvt
Dutch Influencer Tjeerd Braat shows us around his city of Amsterdam and the best places to visit during November.
Start of your morning off with a good breakfast at Louie Louie in the east of Amsterdam and then walk it off by taking a walk in the nearby Oosterpark. Furthermore if you're into Art, check out one of my favourite museums in Amsterdam; FOAM. A photography museum, The current ‘Mirroring Life’ exhibition from photographer André Kertész is on until January and a great one to visit if you are in town.
It can get fairly cold in the evenings so to stay warm get your whisky game on at J.D. Williams at the Prinsenstraat 5. There is a huge collection of Whiskeys to choose from whether you prefer it straight or in a cocktail. You can also enjoy gourmet Asian Food here. If you want to continue the party after, head to The Claire or De School for dope techno vibes.
Tjeerd's picks on what to pack for a weekend in Amsterdam
Don't know where to sleep? Rent the master suite in the Art Otel near the central station.BACK TO TOP
Hanan MamanInstagram : @hananmaman
Israeli footballer takes us on a trip to his favourite places in Tel Aviv
Concierge Cocktail Bar
For luxurious cocktails I go to Concierge Cocktail Bar and Chef’s Kitchen, set in Dizengoff Square it is a central location where you can sit outside and watch the hustle and bustle of the city, or sit inside and forget that you right at the city’s centre.
Port Said is a restaurant and bar run by iconic Israeli chef Eyal Shani serving innovative Israeli small dishes. With a huge vinyl collection and beautiful outdoor seating, this is a great place to relax under the stars, with great food and record collectors playing music from the library of vinyl’s from around the world on a traditional record player. It is a great place to go for authentic Israeli food and to meet the locals.
Hanan's picks on what to pack for a weekend in Tel Aviv
If you are a meat lover then Meat Bar is a must see for an uncompromising meat experience! The buzzy atmosphere and of course the quality of the meat attract a wide variety of diners. The staff are very experienced and great at recommending dishes however I would recommend thefillet steak and goose liver.BACK TO TOP
Peter VivesInstagram : @petervives
A walk through Les Rambles with Peter Vives.
Walking through the Ramblas of Barcelona is a must for anyone visiting the city. It is a bustling walk, unique, full of colors, smells, architecture and spontaneous artists. However, let me take you on a journey off the beaten track and discover its hidden gems…
A visit to the Market of Boqueria is recommended to enjoy an incredible contrast of colors and activity, ideal to discover the reason why Mediterranean cuisine is known internationally for its ingredients. The best products of Catalonia in a perfect place.
We pass through the Teatre Poliorama, with the famous clock on the facade that marks the official time of Barcelona from 1821, and at the height of the Hospital street, we find on the pavement of the Ramblas a large Mosaic of the famous painter Joan Miró.
Peter's picks on what to pack for a weekend in Barcelona
The facade of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the oldest theater in the city and the only one where opera is still played, and the Palau Güell, a white stone building and modernist ornament, by the architect Antoni Gaudí.
On the other side there is the entrance to the Plaça Reial, with a porch that has the highest palms in Europe, and a main meeting point for young. The square is surrounded by terraces, where you can enjoy the spectacles of spontaneous or juggling musicians. (Ocaña, Karma or Jamboree… you can also find the most original bars and music rooms here).
In front of the Port and following the whole Paseig de Colom we arrive at Moll de la Fusta, where we find restaurants and design terraces, making it the perfect place to unwind.BACK TO TOP
Timi OgunyemiInstagram : @tweetymonkey
One Perfect Day in Dublin.
I have had too many perfect days in my city to count. Dublin is one of those places that keeps on giving, as long as you are ready and willing to enjoy her. For a capital city that is so small, there is always something to do, someone to see and someplace to be.
A Morning in the Docklands
My perfect day in Dublin would preferably be sunny and would start off in my corner of Dublin, The Docklands. The Docklands has a reputation for being devoid of atmosphere, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. There is a bustling energy in places like Mayor Square and Hanover Quay. I would start in Herbstreet, which has the most amazing hot chocolate to be found in Dublin; couple that with a plate of their divine French Toast, sitting in the sunshine of Grand Canal Dock and there couldn’t be a better way to start the day.
Timi Ogunyemi's picks on what to pack for a weekend in Dublin
An Afternoon in Smithfield
Dublin is full of districts that are essentially cities within cities and Smithfield, a tram ride away from the Docklands is a hub I love because of its Central European vibe and distinct mix of old and new.
Getting off the tram, I’d pop into Third Space for a chai latte (Third Space do a killer one) and a chat with a random stranger. I’d then take a peek in Dublin Vintage Factory, the kilo sale is always worth a look for vintage pieces at a steal! Any visit to Smithfield would not be complete without catching a movie in the Lighthouse Cinema. I think it is the most beautifully designed cinema in the country, and a gorgeous place to enjoy an indie movie. Across the road from the cinema is the Generator Hostel, one of the city’s most creative spaces. There are many reasons to visit the hostel, but if you only need one, it is the Beefeater Burger, which is right up there with the best burgers in town!
An Evening in the Creative Quarter
A walk along the quays, over the Ha’penny Bridge, and through Temple Bar will bring you to the Creative Quarter, which is probably my favourite district of Dublin for everything food, drink and fun. South William Street, Exchequer and Drury Street have everything from some of Dublin’s best restaurants, to the very best drinking holes. At the weekend, the Coppinger Row Market is on and is attracts people across the city to the area. For food, it would be a toss up between the Ramen Bar for Dublin’s most authentic ramen, Bear for featherblade steaks or Dada for a Moroccan meal. After dinner I’d make my way to Drury Buildings for great music from the Dublin legend that is Aidan Kelly and see where the night leads…
For me, every day in Dublin is the perfect day no matter what I get up to. The real beauty of Dublin is not really in the places you go, it’s the people you come here with and the ones you meet while you’re here.BACK TO TOP
Alex HarrisonInstagram : @harrison
My top places in London are:
Scaredy Cat Town - Close to Spitalfields Market in East London is this secret bar tucked beneath all-day restaurant, The Breakfast Club. The entrance to the bar is hidden behind a fridge and leads to a cool, low-lit space serving great cocktails.
Mercato Metropolitano - This 45,000 sq. foot outdoor/indoor market was once a disused paper factory. It now boasts some of the best artisan food stalls, shops and bars. The hardest decision is choosing what to eat. South of the River it is a great place to then finish of with a….
South bank walk - On a warm evening this is one of the best London strolls. You’ll see London in a totally different light, its beautiful to walk along here, as the lights of the city are lit up around you including the London eye, Big Ben and the river boat traffic sailing through the Thames. It may feel a little congested throughout the day but at night this is a pretty leisurely walk and definitely a great way to end an evening.
Bob Bob Ricard - Set in what looks like a scene from the Great Gatsby, this iconic restaurant situated in Soho has been one of my favourite places to recommend since I first visited a few years ago. Just everything about this place from the eccentric decor, delicious food and amazing service, it really just ticks all the boxes, it almost becomes more of an experience than just another meal out. Plus its “Press for Champagne” button is a pretty damn awesome. If you are into Art Deco then you should also visit…
Alex Harrison's picks on what to pack for a weekend in London
Brixton Ritzy Cinema - This is a restored cinema from 1911. It boasts a number of cafes, bars and shows varied programmes across multiple screens. It is worth visiting for the Décor alone.
Farmacy - My favourite place for delicious food that’s super healthy and also plant based, if you’re into that, it is definitely Farmacy in Notting Hill. It’s a super chilled environment, amazing food and great for either a breakfast or a simple date night venue. I would spend a Sunday morning here before heading to…
Kyoto Garden - Contained within Holland Park is beautiful Kyoto Garden, a Japanese garden donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto. It’s a great place to escape a sometimes chaotic London and to chill out.
Dover Street Market - A haven for high end fashion brands, the cutting-edge and cool market was put together by Rei Kawakubo, Comme des Garcons. With stores in New York and Singapore now, the London concept still remains my favourite.BACK TO TOP