DK’s Real City Books

Yesterday the DK “Real City Barcelona” guidebook showed up at the office, allowing us to get our first look at the publishing house’s new Real City series.

To cut to the chase: We dig. ”Real City Barcelona” has all the visual detail and thoroughness of the DK Eyewitness guides, though the target demographic is younger and more fashion-forward. The range of information contained in the guide made us want to rush to the airport and grab the next Iberia flight to the Catalan capital.

We especially like the Havens chapter—which lists parks, gardens, and off-the-beaten-path plaças—and the Streetlife chapter. The Shopping chapter is nicely detailed as well, giving readers an immediate sense of retail in Barcelona.

The initial Real City guides will be released this spring. Barcelona, Berlin, Chicago, London, Paris, New York, Rome, and San Francisco are all first batch Real City releases. In the fall, Amsterdam, Las Vegas, and Prague will follow.

We don’t think it’s too early to suggest that a new stable of hip city bibles has arrived.

About the author

Alex Robertson Textor
About the author: Bitten by the travel bug at 11, Alex Robertson Textor has fond childhood memories of ultracheap Spanish hotels (the kind with Styrofoam shelving) and supermarket lunches scarfed on park benches. Formerly an academic, Alex has spent the last several years redirecting his professional life into full-time travel journalism and editing. He has published articles in the New York Times, Guardian Unlimited, Condé Nast Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, among other publications.
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