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Penmayne Picks: Top 5 City Breaks

We love a European City Break and now is the perfect time of year for a cheeky weekend getaway.
 Eat, drink and explore your way through one of our favourite European cities with our Top 5 Guide...and don't forget to pack your Penmayne of London hat for the ultimate in city chic. 

Copenhagen, Denmark

A city as streamlined and cheerful as its contemporary style, Copenhagen is an interior-design dream. Wander through its amazing array of designer shops – we highly recommend HAY, a showcase of Copenhagen’s easy urban style; The Apartment, an 18th-century apartment edited with an international point of view; and Designer Zoo, a dynamic concept store with ever-changing exhibits and seven active design workshops. After a day on your feet (or on your bike, as there are plenty to rent), indulge in a culinary tour with dinner at Noma, dessert at Summerbird, and drinks at Ruby.

Paris, France

Rather than spending your holiday in the center of Paris, we favor something a little more indie. A wave of designers, artists, and writers has transformed a once sleepy cluster of northeast arrondissements into an area that is now youthful, gritty, and chic. Take an afternoon stroll around the independent art galleries in Belleville and visit the boutiques and boulangeries along the Canal St-Martin, or treat yourself to a takeaway pastry from Du Pain et des Idées and indulge in a little retail therapy at Isabel Marant, FrenchTrotters, and Merci.

Seville, Spain

Seville is a city in transition… antique yet coming alive again with passion, romance, and creativity. The city is almost perpetually drenched in sunlight, and the people’s laid back lifestyle is a welcome breath of fresh air. Lose yourself in the whitewashed and flower-filled Barrio Santa Cruz, pausing to step into picturesque cafés and people watch. A must-see is the Catedral de Sevilla, one of the last Gothic cathedrals built in Spain and third largest in the world. Dine at El Rinconcillo, the oldest tapas bar in Seville, and then head to La Carboneria for authentic flamenco and great drinks.

Vienna, Austria

As soon as you step foot into Vienna, you can feel its cultural and musical richness. Relax on a bench in the lavish gardens at the Schönbrunn Palace, or wander through the Belvedere, home to the world’s largest collection of oil paintings by Gustav Klimt. You can’t leave without seeing a performance at the Vienna State Opera or by the Vienna Philharmonic. But there’s a new creative side to this city too…where street art and Renaissance paintings, techno and classical music all harmonize beautifully in this cultural center of Eastern Europe.

Siena, Italy

A beautiful 13th-century square, the Piazza del Campo, is the heart of Siena, from which the rest of the city sprawls. It’s where Il Palio, the famous bareback horserace, is held twice a year, and the entire city gathers to watch. If you’re not there for the race, Bar Il Palio still has the best view of the square for drinks, rivaled only by the wraparound views of Siena from the rooftop of the Grand Hotel Continental. Visit the Duomo di Siena or Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and end your afternoon strolling down sleepy, honey-colored stone streets lined with shops full of Sienese goodies, from gourmet pasta and wine to prosciutto and olive oil. 

Happy weekending, and don't forget to let us know what you think of our recommendations...