Secret Seven

Hate mass tourism? Or simply visiting your favourite city for the second, third… hundredth… time and looking for something cool and original to do? Then bookmark this page! We ask our resident experts for seven awesome and alternative tips to the world’s favourite weekend break destinations…

Rock out at Anti-Karaoke, eat lunch with a gangster and enjoy a night of steamy stanzas at a poetry brothel... The Editor assembles his very own eclectic list of top things to do in Barcelona.

Alleys dedicated to street art, alligator tacos, gravity-defying bank vaults and pork-themed tours are a few of the weird and wonderful things you can see, eat and do in Toronto. Sasha Arms reports from Canada.

Rooftop concerts, food markets, kayaking on the Guadalquivir and flamenco done properly are amongst Mary Biles savvy selections for an original city break in the south of Spain...

Late night Samba parties, local football matches and record-breaking street art... it's all part of our guide to Rio de Janeiro's top secret treasures. Lauren Quinn lets the cats out of the bags.

Hop in an East German Trabant to the Communist zone of Nowa Huta, invite yourself to a local's house for dinner or hang out with the hipsters at Forum Przestrzenie. Duncan Rhodes shares his top secrets for Krakow.