Top-tier cities—including the likes of New York, Paris and London—will always be mainstays on anyone’s bucket list in terms of experiencing the respective cultures in all their splendor. While there’s no shortage of museums, galleries, restaurants, and other landmarks of note to visit, there often remains the feeling that you’re getting a run-of-the-mill tourist, rather than local, experience.
While these major cities are definitely worth the visit, it’s worth considering other locales that may be a bit smaller than the others, but are by no means less significant in terms of cultural capital they provide. Whether it’s art, architecture, fashion, or food that you choose to indulge in while traveling, the following 5 international cities are proven heavyweights in cultural enrichment:
Cape Town, South Africa
Bilbao & San Sebastian, Spain