A locals’ guide to Buenos Aires

With budget airline Norwegian launching direct flights to Buenos Aires this week, local experts show our writer around their city, and also chip in with a few tips of their own

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I’m not usually one for guided tours, but with precious little time and so much to see in this enormous, fascinating city, I signed up for three with TravelLocal. My first guide, Patricia, had that gift of making history come alive: as we strolled down Avenida Corrientes (the “Broadway of BA”), she described how waves of Europeans immigrants have influenced the culture of Argentina, and its cuisine. On the way, we stopped at Pizzeria Güerrin, opened by a Genoese family in 1932 and buzzing at lunchtime with workers standing at tables wolfing down slices of pizza dripping with mozzarella (no thin crusts here – Argentinian pizzas are rated by how much bubbly white cheese the crusty base can withstand). For dessert we moved onto Heladeria Cadore, originally founded in northern Italy in the 19th century. The family moved to BA and opened the ice-cream parlour in 1957. New flavours are added all the time but the dulce de leche and lime are perennial classics.

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A local’s guide to Düsseldorf, by music writer Rudi Esch

Home of electro pioneers Kraftwerk and groundbreaking artists like Andreas Gursky, the city on the Rhine is still a melting pot for art, design and music

‘Düsseldorf has a certain flair. It is completely different from Berlin or Cologne or Munich. Lots of things come from Düsseldorf. It’s quite impressive what has been exported all around the world from here since the Seventies; especially considering the size of the place.”

That’s how the late Klaus Dinger, an early member of Kraftwerk who went on to form the groups NEU! and La Düsseldorf, summed up his home town.

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A local’s guide to Sydney

Ringed by national parks and blessed with more than 100 beaches, the best bits of Sydney are outdoors, active and (mostly) free. Here’s how to enjoy it like a local

‘The best things about Sydney are free,” resident Russell Crowe has said. It is arguably the top metropolis on the planet for soaking up the scenery, but Sydneysiders don’t take these God-given gifts for granted. When they’re not out in the surf, swimming laps in an ocean pool, or sailing around the harbour, locals are barbecuing, picnicking, or finding other ways to enjoy the subtropical setting.

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Who are Lonely Planet Locals?

Making the most of city life in Paris. Image © Westend61 / Getty Images

Making the most of city life in Paris © Westend61 / Getty Images

Who are Lonely Planet’s Locals?

Sometimes what you really need when planning your next trip is the no-holds-barred, insider scoop on a place. In over 100 cities across the world, from Athens to Zurich, that’s exactly what Lonely Planet’s Locals are here to provide. Writers, researchers and photographers, they are always out and about in their hometowns, covering cool new openings and emerging travel trends as they happen while keeping the rest of the info we publish bang up to date.

Where can I read their stuff?

They are beavering away behind the scenes, updating our regular reviews of museums, galleries, restaurants, bars and other attractions. They also give tips and advice on the best experiences on offer in their cities have to offer – so if you’re interested in Athen’s top rooftop bars, unmissable summer festivals in Edinburgh or the very best places to linger over a coffee in Ho Chi Minh City, for example, they’ve got you covered.

I want to live like a Local…

Check out our ongoing series of How to live like a Local articles for inspiration, where they spill the beans on their favourite coffee shops, secret viewpoints, back-alley bars, hot restaurants and the cultural quirks that they love (and hate!) the most. Try Melbourne, Seoul or Belgrade for starters. You’ll be so clued-up by the time you visit these cities, you might even be mistaken for a local yourself…

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Legendary Locals of the Puyallup Valley

Legendary Locals of the Puyallup Valley


Migrating tribes settled along the river in the J-shaped valley lying beneath the majestic mountain known today as Mount Rainier. Tribal traders from east of the mountains called the western valley tribe “generous people,” a word that in English sounds like “Puyallup.” Pioneers found promise in clearing the land, creating the towns of Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting, and donating property for the common good. Agriculture produced hop barons, nationally renowned daffodil bulb growers, and successful berry farmers. Early entrepreneurs spawned multigenerational businesses while doctors, educators, and civic leaders more than fulfilled pioneer dreams. In 1900, a small band of men established an annual fair in Puyallup, which became the Washington State Fair. More recently, benefactors helped to build premier fitness and medical facilities. Citizens from each town continue to participate in community service clubs. Legendary Locals of the Puyallup Valley weaves a story of determined people who have left their mark on this beautiful valley.

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