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From NYC to Paris: Why be a tourist when you can explore like a local?

What tourists like can be markedly different from popular hangouts among locals. We give you a list of places popular among both kinds of visitors.

travel Updated: Apr 26, 2017 18:31 IST
Tourist Attractions,International Travel,London
Where do you want to go to this vacation? London, Paris, NYC or LA? We have them all covered. (Shutterstock)

In London, the most popular attraction for tourists is The Tower of London. For locals, that changes to Borough Market.

In New York, tourists are more likely to check in to the Hard Rock Café. But when it comes to eating at a restaurant chain, locals in the know prefer eating at the burger joint Shake Shack.

That’s according to a breakdown by TripAdvisor, which created a chart comparing the most popular places of interest among tourists and locals in cities around the world.

For the lists, analysts looked at the number of check-ins made via smartphone GPS and motion sensors.

While differences are to be expected, the breakdown reveals that in many cases, both travellers and locals alike actually share similar interests.

In New York, for example, Madison Square Garden topped the most popular attraction category for both tourists and locals, while the Magnificent Mile is likewise tops for both groups in Chicago.

One of the hottest dining destinations in London, Dishoom Convent Garden which serves a modern Indian menu, is rated the most popular restaurant for both visitors and locals.

And in Paris, you’ll find both tourists and locals rubbing shoulders at gourmet grocery store Lafayette Gourmet and Parisian tea house and macaron purveyor Ladurée.

Here’s a look at how different cities stack up:

New York City

Attractions for tourists:

1. Madison Square Garden

2. National 9/11 Memorial & Museum

3. Times Square

Attractions for locals:

1. Madison Square Garden

2. Bryant Park

3. One World Observatory-World Trade Center


Top attraction for visitors:

1. Musee du Louvre

2. Eiffel Tower

3. Champs-Elysees

Top attraction for locals:

1. Champs-Elysees

2. Palais Garnier

3. Musee du Louvre

Los Angeles

Top attraction for travellers:

1. Universal Studios Hollywood

2. Hollywood Walk of Fame

3. The Original Farmer’s Market

Top attraction for locals:

1. Staples Center

2. The Original Farmers Market

3. The Grove


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Top attraction for visitors:

1. Tower of London

2. Borough Market

3. British Museum

Top attraction for locals:

Borough Market

2. St Paul’s Cathedral

3. Sky Garden

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First Published: Apr 26, 2017 16:08 IST