Hey Snobs! So as you know, traveling has become such a big part of our life, as it continues to bring us closer as a couple. We’re constantly taking new adventures, experiencing unique people, foods, and places, and have been across continents all around the world from Paris, to Dubai, to Miami! As world travelers, we love and appreciate every new place that we visit, being each city offers something culturally rich and enticing to its visitors. However, this doesn’t mean that we don’t have some ultimate “Snob Favorite” cities that have particularly left a mark on us, and where we yearn to go back again and again.
Here are our Top 5 Favorite Cities that we’ve travelled to, so far. We hope that you fellow Snobs will be inspired to venture out and explore them too!
1. Barcelona, Spain
Unlike no other, Barcelona has a reputation for being one of the most attractive and vibrant cities in Europe. Especially known for its art and architecture, we absolutely loved visiting the historic Sagrada Familia church by Gaudi. Another unique place we visited in the city was the “Gothic Quarter” of Las Ramblas. This is the oldest and most historic area which has an abundance of Roman foundations and museums to visit.
Being a city of art and history, Barcelona is constantly beaming with life and color, and is filled with a plethora of amazing food, shopping, lounges, and nightlife. Not to mention, it is the super warm mediterranean climate and location right by the sea that makes Barcelona the perfect European summer destination, and one of our all time favorite cities!
2. Shanghai, China
Known as the sleepless city in China, as well the skyscraper capital of the world, Shanghai was our first visit to Asia. In terms of the cuisine, the city primarily offers seafood, so if you are like Cole who absolutely loves that type of food, then you are in for a real treat. However, if your taste buds sway more like Kelsea’s, then you may want to opt for another destination.
We, however, love how Shanghai is a modern metropolis that is also brimming with history and rich culture. You can go from visiting the Shanghai Tower, which is the second tallest tower in the world and offers panoramic views, to then exploring the historic and nature-esque Yuyuan Garden – once a privately owned garden of the Pan family in the Ming Dynasty, featuring authentic Chinese art and architecture. It is such a nice and relaxing historic gem in the big metropolitan city.
We cannot fail to mention that Shanghai is also great for shopping! We visited one of their most popular shopping locations called Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street – a one-of-a-kind shopping experience and one of the world’s longest shopping precincts. It has so much to offer visitors, including luxury designer brands and unique Chinese boutiques and restaurants. With about 1 million visitors a day though, we hope you won’t mind the crowd and definitely still think it’s totally worth a visit.
3. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is a city on the Mediteranean that beams with rich Portugese culture, delicious food, and beautiful scenery and beaches. We absolutely loved visiting this city and are itching to go back again. Known for its tiled architecture and colorful streets, Lisbon is a much more laid back city that has tucked away cafes and boutique shops in neighborhoods such as Barrio Alto. We did also enjoy their high-end shopping spots as well, so if that’s what you’re looking for Snobs then check out Agenda Liberdade!
Lisbon is also brimming with history. Check out Belem Palace, Jeronimos Monastery, or St. Jorge Castle. We especially loved visiting the picturesque and magical town of Sintra, and in fact, Walt Disney himself was inspired by Sintra’s castles, utilizing much of the look and feel for both Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Disneyland and Cinderella’s castle in Disney World.
As much of a relaxed and quaint city Lisbon is though, it is known for its great nightlife scene with a ton of cool bars and lounges. The location lies by the Mediterranean, so everyone is outside enjoying the warm summer nights. It is truly a perfect party town!
And for fellow parents out there, Portugal has now enforced the use of baby carseats. Shockingly enough, until recently, most moms used to carry their child in their arms of a car’s backseat. How crazy is that?
4. London, England
Minus the great weather and beaches, London is a city that has it all. Known as the capital of the world, it is a modern forward-thinking city with a ton of history and culture. There are so many historic landmarks to see, from Big Ben, to the London Tower, to the Tower Bridge, and Buckingham Palace. We especially loved the energy of the city. It is one of the most multicultural and diverse places we’ve ever traveled to, offering five star cuisine from around the world. The hotel lobbies scream luxury (perfect for us and our fellow Snobs), hosting champagne brunches and luxury shops.
Beyond being a great city for shopping, it is inspired by trendy, fashion-forward people. Oxford Street is the main shopping hub with a plethora of designer luxury brands and commercial shops, and we especially loved visiting the world-famous Harrods luxury department store.
London also has a bunch of funky and fun fashion markets for the ultimate vintage finds and great street food. Check out Portobello Road Market, Brick Lane, or Covent Garden.
We of course also visited Hyde Park, which is brimming with life in the summer, from people picnicking, to lounging on the grass, boating on the lake, walking their dogs, and more. Hyde Park is a nice little rural escape in the midst of the bustling city.
5. Capri, Italy
Capri is a dream. It is one of the most picturesque cities in the world, with everywhere you turn looking like it is straight out of a postcard. Situated on the iconic Almafi Coast, Capri has some of the most stunning Mediteranean landscapes, rock formations, and views, especially in Anacapri, the upper part of the city. There are so many boat tours that take you to some of Capri’s most iconic sights. One in particular is the stop at the Blue Grotto (Grotto Azzurra), which is a stunning sea cave that you go inside of. The sunlight shines through the caves while the crystal blue waters create an illuminating blue reflection. It has to be seen in real life to fully grasp its beauty. II Faraglioni is another iconic cave to visit by boat; and fun fact, the rock formations here were famously featured in all of the Dolce & Gabbanna “Light Blue” campaigns
Aside from the scenery and landscape, we love how luxurious and “snobby” Capri is. It is known for its many cafes and designer shopping locales. You can even make your own perfume here!
Capri is a blue and green scenic dream, and you’d be crazy not to want to travel there.
Fellow Snobs, be sure to comment below if you have been to one of these five dream destinations already, or if we have inspired you to visit one or more on your next vacation!
~ Bon Voyage, Snob World