How To Live Like A Local On Your Next City-Break

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been counting down the days until your summer getaway for months now. It’s finally getting close so, to help you dress the part and the make the most of your much-deserved break, we’ve put together this quick style and site-seeing guide tailored to the unique vibe of five holiday hotspots. Whether you’re headed to the seaside town of St Ives or the bustling city of Barcelona, we’ve got you covered…

1. Copenhagen, Denmark

When it comes to Scandi style, less is definitely more. For a nod to Nordic minimalism, stick to a neutral colour palette and add detail with tortoiseshell accessories.

And for the cultural part… Once your outfit is sorted, head to the very aesthetic Louisiana Museum of Modern Art to discover the work of Pipilotti Rist. “Åbn min lysning (Open My Glade)”  is the Swiss artist’s first major exhibition in Scandinavia, and made of installations, textile works and video projections on ceilings, walls and floors. A must-see when in the Danish capital.

Pipilotti Rist – Åbn min lysning (Open My Glade) is showing from 1st March to 22nd September, 2019 at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

2. Barcelona, Spain

For a vibrant destination like Barcelona, opt for a relaxed, silky slip dress that will take you from daytime strolls around Park Güell to sangria-filled evenings with ease. Then think Spanish sun with warm, orange and gold accessories.

And for the cultural part… Pablo Picasso is a key figure in Spanish Art so you really should run to the Picasso Museum to discover their latest exhibition. “In The Name Of The father” explores the legacy of Pablo Picasso today through a selection of various contemporary artists’ works which highlight their connection with Picasso.

In The Name Of The Father is showing from 7th June to 24th September, 2019 at the
Museu Picasso.

3. Nice, France

The French Riviera is practically synonymous with chicness and sophistication. So, if a trip to Nice is on the horizon, go for this polka-dot co-ord with feminine, tiered ruffles and pair with this season’s favourite strippy sandals in coral.

And for the cultural part… When in France do like the French so keep the luxe fashion vibes going from your stroll on the Promenade des Anglais to the departmental museum of Asian Arts. In their current exhibition “Asia dreamed by Yves Saint Laurent” you will be able to discover the outfits, costumes, sketches and photographs of the famous French couture designer inspired by Japanese, Indian and Chinese influences.

L’Asie rêvée d’Yves Saint Laurent is showing from 6th April to 6th October 2019 at the Musée Départemental des Arts Asiatiques.

4. Berlin, Germany

Channel the German capital’s underground, subculture scene with a grungy look of ripped denim and dark sheer. Finish with sharp, patent boots and metallic accessories to add edge.

And for the cultural part… It was once the Berlin Wall, now it’s the longest open-air gallery in the world! Immediately after the wall came down, 118 artists from 21 countries began painting the East Side Gallery, and it officially opened as an open air gallery in 1990. Just over a year later, it was given protected memorial status. Some of the works at the East Side Gallery are particularly popular, such as Dmitri Vrubel’s Fraternal Kiss. Don’t miss it…

East Side Gallery is a permanent exhibition in Friedrichshain, Berlin.

5. St Ives, England

A pretty slip skirt in ice-cream coloured florals is perfect for a day exploring the quaint Cornish town of St Ives. Keep those pastel tones running through your accessories and remember, nothing says day-by-the-beach like a wicker bag and sea-shell jewellery.

And for the cultural part… After the beach or some tasty fish and chips, you should visit the Tate St Ives which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. “The EY exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain” brings together 50 of Van Gogh’s most famous works like Shoes, Starry Night over the Rhône, L’Arlésienne. This exhibition shows how his love for the British culture impacted his paintings.

The EY exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain is showing from 27th March to 11th August 2019 at the Tate, St Ives.