5 Big City Honeymoon Destinations for Culture Lovers

Honeymoons & Destination Weddings
City Honeymoon Destinations

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Just because most American honeymooners run toward the sun for their honeymoon doesn't mean you have to seek out a beach for your post-wedding escape. For those who love museums, restaurants, and culture, a city stay can be just as rewarding. Here are a few to consider:

1. Paris
The City of Light is an easy choice for a romantic vacation. Start your days at a world-class museum, including the Louvre or the Pompidou or the d'Orsay. In the afternoon, take long walks hand-in-hand, stopping to kiss on bridges as you explore the city. (Trust us: The locals don't mind a little PDA here one bit.) Finish the night at a candle-lit bistro or brasserie, indulging in rich French food and unforgettable wine. Just save some time to shop: The exchange rate now will make you say ooh la la again and again.

2. New York
Spend a little time in Central Park — what Manhattanites think of as their backyard — and you'll get right away why so many scenes in movies and TV shows take place here. Splurge on a Broadway show and plan ahead — way ahead — to get some reservations at the city's rightfully famous special occasion restaurants, from Thomas Keller's Per Se to Monsieur Boulud's Daniel. Round out the trip with Belgian waffles from a food truck and a walk-while-you-eat meal at the hip Brooklyn Flea Smorgasburg, where the city's foodies flock each weekend for the hot new dish.

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3. Istanbul
Part Asia and part Europe, this intercontinental city has winding ancient streets and rooftop restaurants with views of the Bosphorus. Check out the Turkish-style spas, and spend some time in a hammam, but don't miss out on the big tourist sites, such as the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace. Shop for rugs to feather your newlywed nest with back home while sipping apple-scented tea at the Grand Bazaar.

4. London
The dollar isn't as strong here, but London is as cool as ever. Dine on fish and chips or new British gastropub fare, and check out the Tate Modern as well as the more traditional museums. Don't leave without a selfie on the London Eye and a long, lazy day whiled away sipping afternoon tea.

5. San Francisco
You know where to go even if you haven't been here before: the famed cable cars, Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcactraz make everyone's must list. But it's the city's young vibe, fueled by a hot tech sector, that you'll want to explore. This green city has a crunchy aesthetic (remember: you should pack a shopping bag before you set out for the day; there are no plastic bags at stores) and a cool scene. Look out for pop up restaurants and other fun, fleeting ways to feel like a local.

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