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Top TRIPS by Culture Trip to See the World's Coolest Cities and Towns

Uncover the best bars, restaurants and cultural happenings on these insider-led small-group trips through your favourite cities.
Nick Dauk
15 Mar 2022
What makes a city cool? Is it the food scene and reliable watering holes? The hip vibes or the steady stream of new openings that keeps even the locals on their toes? We think it’s all of the above, and then some. From the jazzy bars of New Orleans to the trend-setting restaurants of Tokyo, these top TRIPS by Culture Trip will show you the world’s coolest cities and towns, with local insiders as your guide.
1 . All That Jazz: a Musical and Food-Filled Tour of New Orleans
The Big Easy transcends terms like hip, stylish and trendy. This four-day trip shows you that Nola dances to the beat of its own drum – just like the crowds dancing in the streets during Mardi Gras. From jazz performances at the storied Preservation Hall to mixing and mingling during a cocktail class at New Orleans Drink Lab, you’ll have no trouble becoming best friends with this city.
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2 . La Vida Local in Mexico City
Want to live la vida local in Mexico City? Then we’ve got a local insider ready to hook you up. This five-day trip takes you into hip neighbourhoods including Roma and Condesa to uncover the city’s colourful style. Street-food stops and mezcal shots are always a good idea, especially when getting hyped up to watch some lucha libre. See a local side of CDMX and leave with as many fond memories as the cerveza allows.
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3 . Beyond Petra: Discovering Jordan’s Rugged Side
Get to know Jordan’s past and present with this nine-day trip. Amman has its share of ancient sites, but wandering the streets for food stalls, hole-in-the-wall bars and buzzing markets will give you a taste of what today’s locals love. The pink Nabataean city of Petra is a lovely contrast. It may be 2,000 years old and have a dearth of residents, but crowds still flock to its carved monastery in droves. Luckily for you, you’ll be trekking through the Wadi Ghurab mountains up to Petra’s hush-hush back door.
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4 . Japan Rising: From Neon Lights to Rural Delights
Japan’s contrasts are writ large between its densely populated, neon-lit cities and the peaceful beauty of the country’s rural areas, where you can spot wildlife, visit bamboo forests and tick off ancient temples. Want to experience both sides? Culture Trip’s 12-day Japan Rising small-group journey starts in the large port city of Osaka and finishes in Tokyo. Along the way, you’ll stay in traditional ryokan inns with on-site onsen (hot springs), marvel at Mount Fuji from Lake Ashi and visit the Fushimi Inari shrine.
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5 . Vietnam Adventure: a Journey of Urban and Rural Discovery
Vietnam is a country bookended by two megawatt cities: Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. But it’s worth making time to explore the more rural areas, too, where you’ll discover unspoilt highlands, mountains interspersed with rice paddies and welcoming communities. See the best of both sides with this 12-day Vietnam adventure, which takes you from the bustling night markets of Hanoi, through the rural valley of Mai Cau to the seascapes of Lan Ha Bay, and down to the dreamy, lantern-lit streets of Hoi An.
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Mandi Keighran contributed additional reporting to this article.