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The Monocle Travel Guide Series

Mexico City / Zürich, Geneva + Basel / Athens / Helsinki / Hamburg

Author: Cara Kollmann

Founded in London in 2007, Monocle magazine is at home all over the world. Thanks to its network of international offices (London, New York, Toronto, Zurich, Istanbul, Tokyo, Singapore) and more than 30 correspondents worldwide, the team always delivers valuable first-hand information.

The Monocle Travel Guide Series is aimed at travellers who do not see themselves as tourists, but want to move around in a foreign city like locals. With an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of the metropolises, the Monocle team puts together the best insider addresses that are indispensable for a city trip off the beaten track. We’d like to introduce you to the latest travel guides:

The Monocle Travel Guide Series / Mexico City
Quesadillas sizzling on street corners outside cosy coffee shops; mariachi in sequined sombreros serenading late-night revellers; tower blocks casting long shadows over baroque churches and Aztec ruins studded with cacti. Mexico City simultaneously conforms to every stereotype and challenges every preconception with shameless self-assurance. We push past the colorful chaos and Frida Kahlo merchandise (although, naturally, we drop by her cobalt-blue home) to find the city’s tastiest tacos and the retailers breathing new life into classic crafts. We lead you to our favorite mural-splashed buildings and the best places in which to practise your salsa—ending up in a dimly lit mezcal bar or two for good measure. There’s never been a better time to visit the Mexican capital so dust off your dancing shoes and join the fiesta. Órale, amigos!

Monocle Travel Guide Series / Zürich, Geneva + Basel
In this guide we delve into three Swiss cities and uncover what makes them tick. We tour the spotless streets of Zürich, highlighting its distinguished commercial-gallery scene, glistening lake, inviting swimming spots and burgeoning set of top-notch restaurants and bars. Next, we head west to explore Geneva, with its luxury retailers, independent chocolatiers and curious collection of architecture. Finally, we finish with a jaunt around petite Basel and admire its robust offering of contemporary structures and world-class museums. The Monocle Travel Guide to Zürich, Geneva + Basel celebrates the richness of these three cities and dives beneath the surface to bring an unexpected mix of creativity, entrepreneurialism and design.

The Monocle Travel Guide Series / Athens
Think of Athens and the first things that spring to mind are ancient ruins and camera-toting crowds. But there’s much more to the Greek capital than temples and tourists. We’ve looked beyond the admittedly awe-inspiring Parthenon and explored the city’s modernist marvels. For now, though, strap up your sandals and allow us to introduce you to this chaotic but ever-so-charismatic city.

The Monocle Travel Guide Series / Helsinki
Helsinki is a tale of two cities. Arrive mid-winter and you’ll find a frosty wonderland of snow-caked streets, with the residents holed up in cosy cafés. Come in summer, when the sun refuses to set, and you’ll catch locals partying into the early hours and leaping gleefully into the Baltic Sea. Whatever the season, Helsinki’s streets, forests and islands are ripe for exploring. So pull on your snow boots—or your sandals—and join us for a tour of this confident and cultured city.

The Monocle Travel Guide Series / Hamburg
If Berlin is Germany’s clubbing capital then Hamburg is the dinner party that’s as raucous as it is refined—and the guests are a varied bunch too. Stroll around this port city and you’ll brush shoulders with local fishermen on the banks of the River Elbe, world-renowned gallerists hosting cutting-edge exhibitions, and independent retailers flaunting wares that are either “Made in Hamburg” or exotic. Pull up a chair and meet the lot of them.

The Monocle Travel Guide Series

Publisher: Gestalten 
Format: 14 × 22 cm
Volume: 148 pages
Workmanship: hardcover
Language: English

Mexico City
ISBN: 978-3-89955-949-1
Price: 18.– €
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Zürich, Geneva + Basel
ISBN: 978-3-89955-958-3
Price: 18.– €
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Athens
ISBN: 978-3-89955-959-0
Price: 18.– €
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Helsinki
ISBN: 978-3-89955-960-6
Price: 18.– €
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Hamburg
ISBN: 978-3-89955-970-5
Price: 18.– €
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