Hidden Gems That Most Tourists Never See

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Culture Trip Travel Team

Most cities are defined by their landmark attractions, but often it’s the least conspicuous places that leave the biggest impression. If you like to get off the beaten path when you travel somewhere new, take a look at Culture Trip’s suggestions below.

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Holyrood Distillery, Edinburgh

There’s nothing like a wee dram to warm your cockles on a cold day in the Scottish capital – although most whisky enthusiasts don’t mind too much about the temperature outside. At Holyrood Distillery – Edinburgh’s first single malt whisky distillery for almost a century – you can enjoy a sensory, hands-on experience with several whisky tastings included. And that’s just the start. Gin is also stilled in this renovated railway goods shed and made with equally creative measure. Sniff, swirl, taste and see if you can pick out the different flavours used to make each spirit.

Fragonard Perfume Museum, Paris

Follow your nose through the history of the fragrance industry at the Fragonard Perfume Museum. Located in the heart of the Opera neighbourhood, the museum is housed in a 19th-century perfume factory and retains plenty of its original charm. Wander round and take in the fragrant aromas, or join the guided tour for the chance to see antique perfume bottles and learn a few secrets of the trade. A video will take you through the evolution of the industry, revealing historical perfume-making methods, and you’ll even get a scented soap to take home.

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