When I visited Paris for the first time I had no interest in seeing the Louvre. I deemed it too big, too crowded, and not worthy of my short 48 hours in the city. I did however, insist on dragging my friends to 31 rue Cambon and begged them to come with me to a number of places from Parisian Chic, the guide book by Ines de la Fressange. My friends adamently said no and instead convinced me to visit the most touristy parts of Paris, which I have to say were pretty spectacular. But for those of you who, like me, want to visit a city and see the places the locals go and do the things not everyone plans to do, there is finally a travel guide to top them all - the Vogue City Directory.
Vogue's City Directory is a compilation of Vogue editor and fashion figure recommendations for restaurants, hotels, shopping, and activities in the world's most fashionable cities. So far, the directory lists recommendations for New York, Paris, Milan, London, Shanghai, and Los Angeles, and has gathered recs from the likes of Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Alexa Chung, Gigi Hadid, and Claudia Schiffer, to name a few.
Whether you're looking to plan your weekend trip to LA, or you're just curious where Kate Moss likes to do her vintage shopping, the directory is the best place to go. It serves as an insiders guide to touring the fashion capitals. And because it is online and ever growing, fashionable travelers can avoid the fear of pulling out an obvious map or guide book and looking like lost tourists, and instead just whip out their phones.
The only downside? My travel wishlists have now almost doubled in size, while my budget has not. I can live on ramen for a month if it means getting to have afternoon tea at the Wolseley in London with Manolo Blahnik, right?