Everyone wants to visit places that are popular and have been recommended by anyone and everyone, however there are many cities which are underrated and hidden gems compared to much loved Paris, Rome and New York. They are also definitely worth a visit, why not try something a bit different for your city break this year? Here are the world’s most underrated cities.
1. Taipei, Taiwan
This city with a population of 3 million was polluted with smog in the 1980s and ’90s, and living here was very difficult. Today, this city of Taipei has become one of the most pleasant capitals of Asia with public transport system that is easy to use to explore the city as well as acres of greenery. Some of the best cuisine is served in the city of Taipei and the other main attractions are riverside bike paths, Beitou’s hot springs and Yangmingshan National Park.
2. Glasgow, Scotland
Some say the best music scene in whole of Britain is found in Glasgow, although Manchester and London might dispute this claim, clubs like Barrowland Ballroom and King Tut’s gave the first start to acts like Franz Ferdinand and Belle & Sebastian. Scotland’s largest city has even more to experience like the innovative restaurants Crabshakk and Cail Bruich which serve seafood and other well loved cuisines. If you are interested in architecture, then the best place to visit is the Glasgow School of Arts designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. For the best vintage shops visit Byres Road.
3. Nara, Japan
Nara, the former imperial capital is rich in gardens, shrines and Buddhist temples and surprisingly isn’t over crowded with tourists. Since it is near to Kyoto, which is also equally rich in heritage, Nara is often overlooked. You can find traditional wooden townhouses known as Machiya, which are now mostly converted into restaurants and cafes. The Nara Park has Todai-Ji temple complex of the 8th-century and tame deer.
4. Bologna, Italy
Designed in the 13th century and with a population of 390,000, this city of Italy is famous for country’s most flavourful dishes. The streets of Bologna are lined with mandatory porticos and are full of medieval passageways and vaulted arcades. Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (a.k.a. MAMbo) is the newest and the best museum if you are interested in swapping the ancient and modern history.
5. Hangzhou, China
This eastern city that has a man-made West Lake has a mark of China’s most renowned dynasties as it was their favourite imperial retreat. Thousands of residents perform tai chi every morning here and this can be witnessed by walking the lake’s shoreline or by boat. There are a lot of gardens in Hangzhou and among them; Quyuan Garden is worth a visit as it has 250 species of lotus blossoms.
6. Bordeaux, France
Over the past 15 years, this southern France port city which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a three-hour TGV ride from Paris has undergone a great change. Bordeaux, is a clean city with streets made with style and efficiency. Grass-lined bicycle paths have been made along the Garonne River and the Museum of Contemporary Art and the panoramic reflecting pool of Place de la Bourse are among the standout sights.
7. Dusseldorf, Germany
Dusseldorf, the city which is situated just north of Cologne on the Rhine River has been voted to provide the best quality of life in whole Germany. There is a tree-lined shopping street known as chic Konigsallee where you can find designer boutiques galore. The street is fondly called the Ko.
8. Denver, America
Denver, the Mile High City, which was founded by the gold rushers in the 1860s is a good place to visit. A saloon was the first permanent structure of the city. Rooftop pool and splendid spa are provided by the 21st century luxury Four Seasons Denver. Hamilton Building, which was designed by Daniel Libeskind in the year 2006 has a covering of 9,000 titanium panels. It is a noteworthy Denver Art Museum.
Have you ever visited any of these underrated cities? If you have, which was your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!