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All of The 500 Hidden Secrets guides are written by true locals, and based on thorough research and the author’s personal opinions. Get to know the authors here.

Paris

Meet Marie Farman, journalist and born-and-bred Parisienne.

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Antwerp

Journalist Derek Blyth has been living in Belgium for over 25 years.

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San Francisco

Leslie Santarina is a freelance photographer and editor for spottedsf.com.

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Amsterdam

Guido van Eijck and Saskia Naafs are journalists and live in Rotterdam. They write for De Groene Amsterdammer and the Rotterdam online magazine Vers Beton among others.

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Barcelona

Belgium-born journalist Mark Cloostermans settled in Barcelona in 2010 and today he still lives and works in his favourite place on earth.

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Bangkok

Dave Stamboulis is a writer and photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Greece and raised in the U.S., Dave has now called Bangkok home for 13 years.

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Berlin

Nathalie Dewalhens ended up in Berlin some seven years ago. She quickly fell in love with the city she now considers her home.

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Budapest

Budapest-born author András Török is a proud promoter of his city - a kind of Mr Budapest if you like.

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Copenhagen

Austin Sailsbury is a writer and creative consultant based in Copenhagen.

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Dublin

Shane O’Reilly has lived in Dublin all his life; that’s 34 years of memories and adventures around the city centre.

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Ghent

Journalist Derek Blyth has lived in Belgium for more than 25 years and has written countless articles about Belgian cities.

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Hamburg

Meet Malte Brenneisen, journalist and founder of Die Brueder Publishing.

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Havana

One of her travels brought Magalie to Havana in 2005. Since then she has been returning to Havana several times a year.

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Holland

Saskia and Guido are journalists and live in Rotterdam. For Hidden Holland, they drew on their own experiences, travelling up and down the country.

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Istanbul

Feride Yalav is a freelance writer, editor and translator based in Istanbul.

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Lisbon

Born-and-bred Lisboeta Miguel Júdice is a hospitality entrepreneur, a freelance writer, photographer and an amateur chef.

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London

Tom Greig has lived and worked in London for 15 years. His work as a sales representative for art publishers takes him to every part of the city.

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Los Angeles

Andrea Richards lives in Silver Lake, LA and is the author of Girl Director and Los Angeles Cocktails and a contributing writer to Los Angeles magazine.

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Madrid

Anna-Carin Nordin has been living in Madrid since 2010, together with her husband, a real Madrileño.

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Miami

Jen Karetnick is a dining critic, lifestyle journalist, poet and educator based in Miami.

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Milan

Journalist Silvia Frau lives and works in Milan. She writes about travel, food and lifestyle.

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Munich

Judith Lohse has always lived in Munich. Being a curious cyclist, she whizzes around the city to discover new and unusual things. Photo © Marcus Schlaf

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Prague

Vendula Havlikova is a lifestyle, travel and politics journalist. She lived in Prague during her journalism studies, and continues to travel there regularly.

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Rome

Christopher Livesay is a journalist and Luisa Grigoletto plans the Italy trips for elite travel agency Trufflepig. They are based in Rome.

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Stockholm

Antonia af Petersens grew up in Stockholm and works as a freelance writer and journalist.

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New York

Ellen Swandiak is a lifelong resident of New York and the founder of Hobnob Magazine, which reports on all her loves: food, drink, style, fun—and parties.

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The Hague

Tal Maes is a food and travel writer and photographer, sharing her love for this royal and green city by the sea.

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Tokyo

Yukiko Tajima was born and raised in Tokyo. She lives in the heart of the city and loves promoting Japanese culture abroad.

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Venice

Anna Sardi originally hails from the Veneto, but she is a Venetian by passion. She is an architect with a passion for travel and writing.

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Vienna

Tanja Paar is a freelance writer and journalist who has been living in Vienna for over 25 years.

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