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The Best Hidden Entertainment Gems in Big Cities

Across the globe, there are dozens of popular cities with so much to explore and enjoy that it can be hard to know where to start. However, if you are looking for a few hidden gems, here are some of the best in a few of the most famous cities in the world. 

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Las Vegas

Arguably one of the most iconic cities in the world, there is very little that Las Vegas doesn’t have. From the casinos to the many live shows and parties, there is so much to explore and see that you must be there for weeks to take it all in. However, one hidden gem in the city you cannot miss – it is the perfect blend of a relaxed party atmosphere with a bit of history. The Underground is a prohibition-style bar making up part of the Mob Museum; decorated with mob relics and items from old Vegas, the Underground is a spot not to miss.

New York

Heading to the Big Apple, New York has history, art, culture, and great food. However, one of the most overlooked experiences you can enjoy is being part of the iconic sitcom Friends. This two-story installation-style “museum” recreates the Friends set and allows you to relax in Monica and Rachel’s apartment, order a coffee at Central Perk and live as the cast did. 


London is another city with countless hidden gems that even many locals don’t know about. It is jam-packed with history and culture and is home to some of the best restaurants you will ever eat at. One place you need to visit is Eltham Palace. Combining Medieval architecture with Art Deco may sound a bit unusual; the Palace was once used as a home for entertaining millionaires, and now it is one of the quirkiest historical buildings in the city. 


Heading east to Tokyo, a city that combines history with modern-day living, you can find once-in-a-lifetime spots to visit around every corner. Tokyo is filled with experiences you can’t find anywhere else. Ebisu Yokocho is an area often missed by visitors, and it is no surprise. However, if you take a short walk from Ebisu Station, you will find a labyrinth of alleyways and narrow paths home to dozens of stalls, entertainment venues, and izakayas. Considering this is a spot many citizens from other Japanese cities don’t know about, it is the quintessential “hidden gem.”

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The “City of Love” is easily one of the most famous cities and is overflowing with historic buildings and monuments, delicious food, and an abundance of culture; there is something for almost everyone. One of the most beloved local spots for good music, food, and drinks is Au Pied de Cochon. Since opening in 1947, it has been famed for having 24/7 service, and if eating some of the best French fare whenever you want isn’t enough, it is the perfect place to dive head first into the culture and be one of the locals for a little bit. 


Dubai is a playground for the rich and famous, with every inch of the city exuding luxury and wealth. If the Lamborghini police cars and high-end shopping malls don’t blow you away, NYX Nightclub will. A favorite among A$AP Rocky and 50 Cent, NYX is a secret spot not many know about. Found in the basement of the incredible Greek restaurant Gaia, NYX is the place to be if you want a night you will never forget. 


Berlin is all about history, beer, and its nightlife, but if you know where to look, you can find a plethora of unique spots, with some even redefining the term “entertainment”. One of these spots can be found inside the bar at Circus Hostel. While calling it a “museum” is a stretch, this shrine is dedicated to none other than David Hasselhoff. If its mere existence isn’t entertaining enough, you will be surprised by how many people make the pilgrimage to the bar to bask in the aura of The Hoff. 


Bangkok is famed for its many temples, extravagant nightlife, and being home to the best street food you will ever taste. The winding alleys and old buildings hide many secret spots waiting to be found. Chocolate Ville is an incredibly unique and fun theme park-esque spot often dubbed the “mini Disneyland of Thailand.” There are restaurants, boat rides, animals, characters, music, and a wide range of activities to entertain you and your family for the entire day. 

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Take the Road Less Traveled 

These cities are famous for many reasons, but they are also home to so many secrets that hundreds of thousands of tourists pass by every day. If you want a holiday that includes off-beat experiences few tourists have enjoyed, these are but a few of the ones you should choose.