Our expert contributors, including food and travel writers, artists, filmmakers, art historians, archaeologists, architects, designers, and celebrity chefs, among others, reveal through personal anecdote and insight, little-known gems about art, food, shopping, architecture, and cultural and historic landmarks.

End your quest for the best chocolate in Paris  at La Chocolaterie de Jacques Génin

Go for a stroll in London's East End, with stops along the way—at a bookshop, a flower market, lunch at a city farm, a mid-century furniture store, a hat shop—and end with a drink on a rooftop terrace at sunset

Enjoy an extraordinary meal at Chez Savy, one of the oldest bistros in Paris

Experience the best egg cream in New York at the Gem Spa newsstand in the East Village

In Florence, go to the corner of Via die Neri and Via San Remigio and look up. At 6 feet, you will see a flood marker from 1333, in which is etched a hand with an outstretched finger just touching the high-water mark

• The rarely visited Bibioteca Marciana is located in the most celebrated Piazza in Venice. To experience a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture, request a day pass as a researcher or student

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“The best literary gift to Italian travelers since the Baedeker and Henry James.”  —Financial Times

“In-the-know Big Apple-ites such as John Guare, Oliver Sacks, and Kate Spade share their city secrets.”Vanity Fair

“Endlessly fascinating, a miscellany which yields something extraordinary every time you dip into it.”Independent on Sunday

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