Top five city destinations off the beaten track hand-picked by @lonelyplanet ...

HOLIDAYS can only be fantasised about at the moment due to the current coronavirus pandemic but there's still plenty of travel planning to be done for when the world returns to normal. The experts at Lonely Planet have revealed five of the coolest neighbourhoods to visit that you might never have heard of.

PUBLISHED: 11:02, Sun, Apr 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:32, Sun, Apr 5, 2020

holidays lonely planet travel ideas secret cities inspiration cool neighbourhoodsHolidays: This month Lonely Planet publishes its new book Secret City (Image: Getty Images/Jonathan Stokes/Lonely Planet)

Holidays often take British tourists to the well-worn path. Travellers are generally keen to tick off bucket list destinations and to visit the gems cities are most known for. And while there’s nothing wrong with this approach, holidaymakers shouldn’t forget that heading off the beaten track can throw up some incredible highlights.

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This month Lonely Planet publishes its new book Secret City, an insider’s guide to the world’s coolest neighbourhoods.

The team has shared with five of the best under-the-radar destinations to add to your travel list for after coronavirus.

Woodstock - Cape Town, South Africa

“One of the hippest neighbourhoods in the city, Woodstock is home to microbreweries, craft distilleries, coffee roasteries and art studios,” explains Secret City.

“At heart, it’s still an industrial district – after dark you’d be wise to summon a ride-share service to get from A to B.

“Thanks to its slow gentrification, there are plenty of newly opened attractions and hidden sights to seek out, some even sitting on the main roads.”

Head to Altona Fisheries for famous foot-long sandwich the Gatsby, visit the enduringly popular and ever-busy Neighbourgoods Market on a Saturday and drink beer with a view of Devil’s Peak at the Drifter Brewing Company.

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holidays lonely planet travel ideas secret cities inspiration cool neighbourhoodsHolidays: The ever-busy Neighbourgoods Market is a must-see in Woodstock, Cape Town (Image: Moobatto/Shutterstock)

Vesterbro - Copenhagen, Denmark

Lonely Planet writes: “What was once the meat-packing district is now one of the city’s favourite evening hangouts.

“Vesterbro long had the questionable accolade of being Copenhagen’s seediest neighbourhood, with residents crammed into 19th-century tenement blocks, and plenty of unsavoury transactions on the streets.

“A clean-up in the 1990s kick-started its transformation into the hipster ’hood of today, albeit still with rough edges.”

Hang out at Kalvebod Wave on the waterfront, try out the excellent but casual restaurants at War Pigs Brewpub and

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