Top Five

Everyone loves a good list, and in this series of posts we evaluate the top 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 of famous talking points around the world…. be they the best bath houses in Budapest, the finest microbreweries in Prague, the choicest pierogi in Krakow, or the hippest cocktail lounges in Paris. Trust our writers to send you to only the best places in town!

It’s altitude not attitude that matters in Budapest these days, with a host of high rise watering holes bringing new life to the bar scene. Ben Rhodes selects his favourites… When our ever-smiling guide Elza, of Budapest Underguide, told us that the next bar we were heading to only opened…

Stuart Wadsworth visits five of Budapest's famous bath houses, where he encounters boardgames, beers, rub downs and raves... and still allows himself plenty of scope for a relaxing soak.

Sasha Arms explores the unique and unpredictable museum scene of Havana, and reveals her five favourite options for oddball culture in the ever-surprising Cuban capital. Few would argue that Havana is a city of intense contrasts and the unexpected – rapidly evolving and recreating itself almost on a daily basis.…

From eyewear to footwear (and not forgetting homeware), Budapest is proudly flaunting its domestic design talent. Our local correspondent Monika Jones runs down five of her favourite places to do a little shopping… Hungary has brought to life some of the world’s most innovative designs, including the rather handy ballpoint pen –…

For decades The Ritz’s Bar Hemingway was lauded as the best cocktail bar in Paris…. so Chris Osburn drops in for a Dry Martini, before exploring a new wave of movers and shakers that are stirring up the scene. The cocktail may have its origins across the Atlantic, but with the number of…