Under the Radar Cultural Capitals
Why you should skip the tried-and-true cultural hubs for their under-the-radar counterparts.
Cities such as New York, London, Paris, Berlin, and Sydney are A-list cultural destinations for a reason. They’ve got an abundance of world-class art, architecture, music, and food. Their bucket-list reputations also mean you’ll likely be elbow-to-elbow at the Louvre, dodging selfie sticks in front of the Sydney Opera House, and calling in favors for that hot Broadway ticket. An off-the-beaten-path mentality won’t just get you away from the crowds, it will introduce you to up-and-coming artists, indie music scenes, cool festivals, and fascinating history. Dare we suggest you skip Paris in favor of Arles, the muse of Van Gogh, and home to an ambitious new modern art center. Mexico City is ground zero for modern food and art, but overlooked Morelia is where the country’s next great filmmakers are being discovered. In Africa, Cape Town’s art scene attracts big-name collectors, but in Kigali, you’ll uncover creativity rooted in history and healing. The list below is a mix of well-kept-secrets and on-the-cusp cultural hubs amidst a renaissance. Go now before the word gets out.