We’ve always found that the best way to experience a new city is by taking tips and advice from the people who know it best. Which is why Renaissance hotels have just unveiled a series called, The Navigators Table. The series showcases five different European cities where local influencers share why they have a passion for their neighbourhoods.

Renaissance Hotels – The Navigators Table

During The Navigators Table series, which features London, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Paris, and Barcelona, local bloggers, writers and experts share their favourite local spots whether you want to find the best bar for some local crafts, mix with locals in an evening street food market, or just kick back with some live music. Having visited all five cities in the series, and lived in one of them, we thought we’d offer a couple of tips of our own!

If you’re taking the short hope over to Amsterdam, we’d recommend Brouwerij ‘t IJ for some micro-brewed crafts in an old-school windmill, and Wynand Fockink for flavoured liquor which has been served since at the same location since 1679. It’s hardly a secret gem, but it is the definition of an Amsterdam institution.


Hamburg is notorious for its nightlife, with much of city’s extra-curricular activities taking place around The Reeperbahn. But we found the food just as memorable. Street Food Session runs every Thursday and is something of a legend in town with an ever-changing line up of 15 or so food trucks serving top notch experimental food.

Located in an inconspicuous third floor flat and accessed by ringing a doorbell, the Pipa Club in Barcelona is the city’s most hidden speakeasy, while Paris’ Le Comptoir Général is much more than just a bar, labelling itself a ‘ghetto museum,’ a ‘concept store,’ and a ‘true urban amusement park.’


We’ve probably all got our own favourite hidden gem in London, but we think if you’re central for the day, Gordon’s Wine Bar near Embankment is a must-visit. The Gothic-style 19th-century wine cellar is the capital’s oldest wine bar having been established in 1890. The wine and cheese is incredible and the atmosphere is just as perfect.

To find out more about The Navigators Table, head over to the Renaissance Hotels Website and check out the full series in the video below.

This post has been sponsored by Renaissance Hotels but all views are our own.



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