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5 Stylish City Breaks You Can't Beat

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    Come summer, come winter, we love a city break. And with so many great cities a mere hop, skip and a jump from our shores, why would we not?

    Alas, we don't want just any old city break. Oh no, we want a stylish city break where we eat, drink and stay in the best places in town. Places that the locals frequent and are a far cry from the tourist traps.

    Well, fret not avid travellers as we have the answers for you with this carefully curated guide to our favourite cities. What's more, we've teamed up with Coach to put together the most stylish looks that will allow you not to just live like a local, but blend in to boot.

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    Barcelona

    Eat: Disfrutar,
    Carrer de Villarroel, 163
    Founded by three former elBulli head chefs, Disfrutar is the new big thing in Barcelona. With prices you can actually afford (well, relatively to elBulli, that is), choose between the short tasting menu (68 euros), or, if you're particularly hungry, go for the 25-piece plus tasting menu at 98 euros!

    Drink: Boca Chica,
    Passatge de la Concepció, 12
    What do Persian carpets, indoor trees, animal print and oversized lights all have in common? Well, they adorn the interior of Boca Chica, Barcelona’s coolest bars, for one. This is a no-menu kind of place, so do as the locals do and get the barman to mix something a little unusual up.

    Sleep: Airbnb Loft,
    Enrique Grandos
    Live like a local and rent this incredible loft conversion on the coolest street in the city, Enrique Grandos. Armed with a private terrace and a stones throw from the cities buzzing bars and restaurants, this crash pad is everything you need. And more. From £353 a night, sleeps four.

    Do: Alfresco Art gallery
    You can’t come to Barcelona without seeing the street art. It’s hard to miss it, but take a walk around the El Borne and Gothic neighborhoods for a closer look at what is essentially a sprawling al fresco art gallery.

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    What to wear in Barcelona

    Pack for the nightlife in Barcelona. You need to dance til' dawn, after all.

    75th Anniversary Rectangle Sunglasses, £175
    Rogue Bag, £750
    Fluid Leather Skirt, £650
    Turnlock Creeper Slide, £325

    All from the Coach 1941 Pre Fall Collection

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    Edinburgh

    Eat: Timberyard
    10 Lady Lawson St Edinburgh EH3 9DS
    One of the trendiest places in town, Timberyard sits behind Edinburgh Castle in a former props and costume warehouse space. Serving up a seasonal, locally sourced, home-smoked, home-grown (you get the idea) menu, a visit to Timberyard may not be easy on the bank balance, but it certainly is a treat for the palette.

    Drink: Panda & Sons,
    79 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4NF
    Edinburgh it’s famed for its after- dark entertainment. But that need not mean you should stumble into the first (of many, many) pubs you see. Panda & Sons, Edinburgh’s in-the-know speakeasy, is hidden behind a dodgy Chicago barbershop and is one of the coolest cocktail bars in town. Order The Birdcage, served in a smoking bell jar. What could possibly go wrong?

    Stay:
    The G&V, 1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1AD
    The G&V Royal Mile Hotel is about to become your new favourite home-from-home. Previously a Missoni hotel, its new iteration is a very Scottish affair - right down to the tartan staff uniforms created by kilt king, Howie Nicholsby. Rooms from £220.

    Do: Edinburgh’s Cinematic Tour

    From Trainspotting to One Day, Edinburgh has been the backdrop to many an iconic flick. Now, for the first time, you can take a two-hour walking tour of all these cinematic locations. Just remember your umbrella, Edinburgh isn’t known for its Mediterranean clime.

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    Berlin

    Eat:
    Beuster’s Neukölln, Wesertrasse 32, 12045
    Neukölln, Berlin’s new ‘in-district’ and home to an artsy crowd who know good food, is the place to head. Beuster’s should be you first stop for sustenance. Offering a handful of tasty options (their steak tartar gets a massive thumbs up) at reasonable prices, you’ll definitely want to stay on for one of their cocktails.

    Drink:
    Nathanja & Heinrich, Weichselstraße 44, 12045
    Make the most of your night in Neukölln and explore the bars, for there are many to get acquainted with. The theme here is very much of the mismatched furniture and raw walls look – something which Nathanja & Heinrich does to perfection. The cool crowd and potent cocktails will see you through the night.

    Stay:
    Soho House, Torstraße 1, 10119
    Imposing yet effortlessly laid back, this is the sort of contradiction that only Soho House Berlin could successfully combine. The Grade II-listed Bauhaus building is just a short walk from Alexanderplatz, and set over eight floors featuring original artwork, a rooftop bar and decadent bedrooms ranging in size (and price) from ‘itsy’, to ‘XL’.

    Do: Urban Industrial,
    Holzmarktstraße 19-23, S-Bahnbogen 41-42, 10179
    If your dream interior features subway tiles, wood surfaces and exposed metal piping, this place is for you: think vintage factory lamps, old class room chairs and blast proof lamps. To find it, pass by the gates of the Fame restaurant by Katerschmaus and on the left you will see a what looks like a scrappy junkyard, but is in fact the start of Urban Industrial –persevere; it’s definitely worth getting lost for.