Visiting Lesser Known Areas in Major Tourist Locations

When you visit some of the world’s most visited cities, you probably already have a good idea of the different places that you’d like to visit and the different sights you’d like to see. Chances are that you’ve already done your research and added several places to your travel itinerary. Sure, the major tourist attractions may well be rewarding and they are something you should find time to see. But you should also consider incorporating some lesser known spots and attractions into your plans. Here are a few from some of the world’s most visited cities for inspiration!


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Jakarta, Indonesia

Officially known as the Special Capital Region of Jakarta, Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia. Seeing as it’s also the largest city in Indonesia, it’s not all too surprising that Jakarta brings in around 2.3 million visitors each year. Now, many people will stop by the Istiqlal Mosque and The Catholic Cathedral while visiting and even more will visit the Dunia Fantasy Amusement Park. But there are so many more things to do! Here are a couple to consider after you book your accommodation through and have somewhere comfortable to stay!

Surabaya Street

Surabaya Street is a hidden gem for anyone who’s interested in antiques. There are rows and rows of antiques specialists scattering the entire street. However, you should be a little wary before forking any large sums of money out. After all, unless you’re a specialist yourself you may find yourself picking up a fraudulent item or something that isn’t quite what it’s advertised to be.

Old Batavia

Old Batavia is the Old Town of Jakarta. It is well known for its historical value and is home to various interesting museums, including the Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum), the Museum of Fine Art, the Museum of Fine Art and Ceramic, and the Puppet Museum. Make sure to stop by the Cafe Batavia for refreshment. The old style decor perfectly compliments the surrounding areas and serves as the perfect stop for relaxation and refreshment.

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Paris, France

Paris draws in around 40 million visitors every single year and when you look at what it has to offer, it’s not all too difficult to see why. The city of lights has potential for a wide demographic of individuals – ranging from couples seeking romance to people seeking art, fine cuisine, bold architecture, and individuals with various other interests. Now, we are all familiar with some of the city’s main attractions. The Eiffel Tower, The Moulin Rouge, Notre Dame, The Champs Elysees, The Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre, Musée d’Orsay… the list of great attractions goes on and on. But it’s important to remember that this brilliant capital also has plenty more beneath its surface. Here are a couple of more low key places you might want to check out during your trip!

Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore

If you’re a fan of literature, then you should seriously consider making the short pilgrimage to Shakespeare and Company Bookstore.

Lying just a couple of minutes’ walk away from Notre Dame, this small store is steeped in cultural and literary history. Originally opened by Sylvia Beach in 1919, the first version of the store was host to literary legends such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, Djuna Barnes, Mina Loy, and Gertrude Stein. Having closed during the second world war, it was brought back to life following the war and once again drew in literary genius. The likes of Alan Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Anais Nin, and James Baldwin all passed through its doors. Nowadays, you can expect shelves stocked with literature, quaint reading seats, cute views across to Notre Dame and a lovely cafe for a rest stop next door.


If you’re a fan of hot chocolate, you need to visit Angelina. Originally just one store set up by confectioner Antoine Rumpelmayer in 1903, this now chain of tea rooms are renowned for their delicious offerings. Perhaps best known is their famous hot chocolate. However, they also offer tea, pastries, and macaroons alongside sandwiches, salads, and other lunch items. The cost may be a little upmarket, but if you have the cash to spare, consider it a wise investment for the sake of your taste buds.

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London, United Kingdom

London takes pride of place as one of the most visited cities in the world and serves as home to all sorts of notable figures. When most people visit, they tend to stick visiting to the same major jaunts like Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, Big Ben, The TATE, The National Gallery, The Natural History Museum, and The London Eye. But there are so many more places to add to your to-visit list.

The George Inn

London has a huge literary history, with a huge number of authors from the canon spending extensive periods of their lives living in the city. So why not take a step into literary London

through the doors of the George Inn? This humble pub served as a favourite drinking spot for Charles Dickens, who is perhaps one of the most famous London based writers who brings images of Victorian London to life in the minds of modern day readers. Based in Southwark, the original establishment (which features in his novel Little Dorrit) was virtually destroyed in the Great Fire of London. However, having been restored, it remains the only galleried coaching inn in London. It’s not surprising that the National Trust have protected this literary haven!

As you can see, major cities are full of surprises and sometimes some of your best experiences may involve straying a little from the beaten track. So, if you’re visiting any of the above tourist hotspots, remember to keep an eye out for the recommended lesser-known spots! You may find your new favourite cafe, bar, or day out along the way!

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