Sweltering heats, packed beaches & overpriced flights aren’t for everyone, and if you’re looking for a chilled out break away with your mates or your better half, then the autumn months are the best time to do it. As much as soaking up tropical climates on remote islands is all well and good, when it comes to some of the world’s finest foods and drinks, historic city streets and skylines and rolling in to weird bars where weird things happen that are weirdly never spoken of again, a city break wins every time…
Average October Temperature – 17 – 23°
EAT – PIZZARIUM & EATALY
With a secret dough recipe created by Rome’s ‘pizza king’ Gabrielle Bonci, the pizza slices served up at Pizzarium are regarded as the city’s best, bar none. If you’re after sampling some of Italy’s finest foods all in one place then head to Eataly – a four floor food emporium filled with food stalls and restaurants that cover every Italian food product you can think of.
DRINK – OPEN BALADIN
If you’re in to your craft beers or just, beer… then this is a must for sampling some of Italy’s finest, most of which you won’t find elsewhere. The Open Baladin has a selection of over 40 Italian beers on tap and over 100 by the bottle.
SEE – ROMAN FORUM
A sprawl of ruins that was first developed in the 7th century BC that over time became the social & political hub of the Roman empire.
Catch some October sun in these other must-see city’s – Madrid, Barcelona & Monte Carlo
Average October Temperature – 14 – 18°
EAT – ROBERTA’S & LOMBARDI’S
Prepare to pile on a few pounds whilst in the big apple without regretting a single bite. For the best pizza in town, try Roberta’s in Brooklyn or head to Lombardi’s in Little Italy, which is the United States’ first pizzeria (tried & tested, it is the best pizza you will ever eat!).
DRINK – CHARLES HANSON’S 169 SOUL JAZZ OYSTER BAR
Avoid extortionate drink prices and head to one of New York’s coolest dive bars which is located in China Town – meaning you’ll have checked off a must-see whilst sinking a few pints. Open since 1916, expect to find a leopard print pool table, palm trees, kitschy decor, soul, funk & jazz music and, if you’re running low on holiday cash, you can enjoy 169’s $3 beer-and-shot happy hour.
SEE – THE CITY SKYLINE
When it comes to things you need to see in New York city, the list would be endless and most likely pretty pricey if you wanted to go down the usual routes. The best way to soak up the city’s views is to head to one of NYC’s many rooftop bars, so you can say you saw it, get the picture, all whilst holding a drink. Do a bit of research before you pick your bar to make sure you get the view that you want, with some of the best in city including Pod 39 Rooftop, St. Cloud & Roof at Park South.
For sunny, cool temperatures ideal for seeing the sights – Budapest, Venice, Florence & Paris
Average October Temperature – 6 – 11°
EAT – TORVEHALLERNE & COPENHAGEN STREET FOOD
For a sample it all experience on a short break in Copenhagen, head to one (or both) of these indoor spots filled with all the delicacies you’ll want to try whilst in the city. To sample artisanal cheeses & meats, smoked fish, local staples & craft beers head to Torvehallerne – a food & drink market with a traditional Danish look & feel. For some amazing cheap-eats, head to Copenhagen Street Food – a warehouse filled with local & worldwide street food vendors, with beat-up trucks and vintage campers indoors, and a view overlooking Copenhagen Harbour as you step outside.
DRINK – WESSELS KRO
In a city that is world-famous for its beer creations, that’s exactly what you want to be supping whilst in Copenhagen, and where better to go than the city’s oldest pub, Wessels Kro. Serving only Danish beers, with a wide variety on tap and by the bottle, you’ll also be able to soak them up with a traditional Danish open-faced sandwich.
SEE – NYHAVN
The ultimate spot for restaurants, bars, cafes, boat trips and amazing views. The Quays of Nyhavn are lined with the city’s historic, 17th & early 18th century painted houses including the oldest house in the area, No. 9, which has been standing since 1681.
For a break away with a winter feel hit these cities – Prague, Berlin, Krakow, Reykjavik