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Hamburg, Antwerp, Florence, Istanbul, Las Vegas and Belfast – Lonely Planet’s travel blog

The April edition of Lonely Planet Magazine (UK) is out now! © Lonely Planet

The latest edition of Lonely Planet Magazine (UK) has hit the news stand! This April marks the mag’s 10 year anniversary, and to celebrate the occasion a special guest editor has been handed the reins – renowned adventurer Bear Grylls.

Alongside stories about Bear’s life in travel, features in this month’s issue include tales of reclusive artists in Alaska, a lowdown on Madrid’s newest attractions and a round-up of Lonely Planet staff members’ best ever souvenirs.

To whet your appetite, take a sneak peek at this month’s selection of city mini-guides – from quirky Florence to Vegas on a budget – that are found in the back of the magazine each issue and available to download here for free!

Hamburg's Elbe River fish market in the morning With its magnificent markets, cool cafes and renowned restaurants, Hamburg is a great city for foodies © Roy Jankowski / Getty Images

Eating in Hamburg

Hamburg’s appeal can be narrowed down to one simple calling card: it’s one of the coolest cities on Earth. Here’s where to sample some of its hottest cafés and restaurants.

> Download free PDF

Jenever cafe De Vagant on Reyndersstraat, Antwerp Antwerp is home to a fine assortment of drinking establishments © Jonathan Smith / Lonely Planet

Drinking in Antwerp

Belgium’s second city and biggest port, easygoing Antwerp is where the country’s hip kids come to have fun and unwind, with a slew of drinking dens to suit every taste. Read on to uncover the best places to get a beer, wine or genever.

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The skyline of Florence, Italy, dominated by the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower) Seek out Florence’s quirkier side © Catarina Belova / Shutterstock

Quirky Florence

Cradle of the Renaissance, romantic, enchanting and utterly irresistible, Florence (Firenze) brims full of world-class sights, restaurants and attractions. Here’s our guide to its more offbeat charms.

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Interior of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul with colourful produce on display Istanbul has always been a market town and is still one of the world’s great places to shop © Ayhan Altun / Getty Images

Shopping in Istanbul

This magical meeting place of East and West has more attractions than it has minarets (and that’s a lot). It’s also a place where the locals have perfected the art of shopping – join them with our tips on top boutiques.

> Download free PDF

High-angle view of the Las Vegas Strip Enjoy a break in Vegas without blowing your budget © f11photo / Shutterstock

Las Vegas on a budget

An oasis of indulgence, dazzling in the desert, Vegas promises excitement, entertainment, fortune and fame. Here’s how to enjoy the city if your ambition is bigger than your budget.

> Download free PDF

Irish musicians perform while seated on a table at the John Hewitt pub in Belfast Belfast’s music-filled pubs are one of the city’s prime highlights © Steve Raymer / Getty Images

Best of Belfast

There’s plenty to fill a short break to Belfast, from beautifully restored Victorian architecture to a glittering waterfront, fantastic food scene and music-filled pubs. Here’s our guide to the highlights.

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Want more freebies? Check out last month’s mini-guides.

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