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It’s 10pm; your business meetings have been over for several hours now and you feel like you’re held captive in this foreign city until your business trip ends on Friday. As you look around your lonely hotel room, stare at the single bed & contemplate calling it a night, you wonder “what is there to do in this city?!” With no local friends to turn to for companionship to keep you company, you realize you need to explore the town yourself to stay busy.
We can all relate to the traveling business man/woman who finds themselves at a loss of entertainment after they’ve finished their work in an unfamiliar city. If only they had a list of things to do that are open as late as they are awake! Read below to discover the top seven things to do after 10pm – worldwide.
1. Temple Street Night Market – Kowloon, Hong Kong
Late night shopping is always appealing when you’re traveling abroad and remember your family’s request for souvenirs. The Temple Street Night Market in Kowloon, Hong Kong features rows of brightly lit stalls and a wide variety of money-saving bargains. From clothes to jewelry, electronic gadgets and luggage, this busy night market is the perfect place for bargains – and bargaining. This festive market will keep you entertained from 4pm until midnight with its array of fortune-tellers, Chinese opera performances and busy food stalls that offer delicacies including fresh seafood and hotpot dishes. Absorb this cultural and memorable experience with the Kowloon locals and with your fellow night owls.
2. A Night Out on Sunset Boulevard – Los Angeles, California
Most people know – when you’re visiting LA, a visit-must is to conquer the busy street of Sunset Boulevard (also known as the Sunset Strip). Filled with nightclubs, hotels, name brand clothing stores and famous restaurants, one cannot find themselves un-entertained in this LA landmark. A few stylish venues include The Chateau Marmont (a beautiful, historical hotel and also a favorite celebrity hangout), The House of Blues (a popular bar with live music and concerts nightly), Sunset Plaza (an area full of restaurants – intersecting Sunset Plaza Dr. and Sunset Blvd. – and the ideal place to grab a bite to eat and people watch), The Viper Room (a nightclub famous for being co-owned by Johnny Depp and is also the site of River Phoenix’s unfortunate death) – and the list of nightclubs goes on and on! Feel like a celebrity after working hours when doing business in LA.
3. The Empire State Building Observatory – New York, New York
One of New York’s famous historical landmarks in the City is the Empire State Building, and its Observatory is one of the City’s main tourist attractions. Open 365 days a year, day or night, rain or shine, this Observatory shows breathtaking views of Manhattan and beyond. Located on the 86th floor, 1,050 feet above the city’s lively streets, the Observatory offers panoramic views from within a glass enclosed pavilion. Some memorable sites seen from the top include the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Ellis Island, The Statue of Liberty and Madison Square Garden. Operating from 8am to 2am daily, this location is perfect for getting into the spirit of The Big Apple, as admission is only $20 and the Observatory has a variety of activities for its visitors to engage in – including restaurants and coffee shops – so one can spend hours feeling on top of the world overlooking the City.
4. Tapas, Tapas, Tapas! – Madrid, Spain
Being as the Spanish don’t usually start eating until after 10pm, trying Spanish tapas is easy to do as a late-night event, and is a must when doing business in Madrid. Tapas – small edible dishes that come with your beverage – can include anything from paella and croquettes to marinated cubes of cheese and stuffed olives, and in Madrid, you will get the real tapas deal as this city is known as the capital of restaurants. With tapas bars and wine bars across the city, eating tapas has become the sociable way to eat – and a perfect way to meet others when traveling alone on business. Certain tapas restaurants also cater to music lovers, so if you feel like being culturally educated while sipping on wine and eating delicate tapas, make sure to check out certain venues that host flamenco shows or live music.
5. D.C.’s Historical Memorials – Washington D.C.
A business trip to the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. is not complete without a visit to some of its historical memorials located in the heart of the District. Walk the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to appreciate the breathtaking view east across the Reflecting Pool and toward the U.S. Capitol and take a moment to remember the many historic moments that took place at the memorial – including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Visit the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, which commemorates the third U.S. president and is the most beautiful during the spring season as the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Stop by the National World War II Memorial, which serves principally to honor those who gave their lives, their health and their loved ones during World War II. The memorial contains a wall of 4,048 stars, each representing 100 American soldiers who contributed to the U.S. war effort. Visiting these monuments after dark is easy to do, as these memorials mentioned are all open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Pick up a cup of coffee and grab your camera before you take a night stroll through these historical sites, as locals will advise that the memorials at night provides one of Washington D.C.’s best photo opportunities.
6. The Eiffel Tower – Paris, France
When traveling in France, one must visit the tallest building in Paris and the tower that has become the most prominent symbol of both Paris and France: The Eiffel Tower. Being one of the most recognizable structures in the world, The Eiffel Tower is the single most visited paid monument in the world, with millions of people ascending it each year. The tower stands at 324m (1,063 ft) tall and was once the tallest structure in the world until 1930, when the Chrysler Building in New York City surpassed it. Visiting the Tower in the at night gives breath-taking views of Paris and a chance for visitors to explore three levels of exhibits and displays, restaurants, shopping and souvenir shops. The Eiffel Tower is open every day, all year long –until late hours of the night (either 11:45pm or 12:45am – depending on the season).From The Eiffel Tower, all your photos of your visit to Paris will be wonderful.
7. The Espresso Capital of the World – Seattle, WA
If you’re a coffee lover and are doing business in Seattle, Washington, you will soon realize that drinking coffee is not just a quick task done on the way to work, but rather a way of life. Seattle has become the espresso capital of America and “Seattleites” are positively fanatic about coffee. You will never be more than a block away from your next “cup of joe”, as running into espresso carts on the sidewalks, drive-through espresso windows, espresso bars and even gas station espresso counters is easy to do in this city. Seattle’s Best Coffee and Torrefazione are two of Seattle’s favorite espresso bar chains and are seen everywhere. Seattle is also the home of the original Starbucks coffee house – located in Pike Place Market – and is the one location where you super-automatic machines aren’t present, as they are still pulling shots of espresso in the artisan fashion. Coffee bars and cafes are as popular as bars and pubs as places to hang out with friends – so bring your book, pull up a chair and have a cup of coffee in Seattle.
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