OK, I admit it. I have passed by these black covered books in the travel section of my local book store and never picked them up; I guess I am a sucker for pretty pictures.
But after checking one out at the Los Angeles Book Festival, I get it and it makes sense.
The Not For Tourists (abbreviated NFT) travel guidebooks ($24.99) differ from traditional tourist guides in that they are written and designed by in-the-know city dwellers themselves. NFT is portable, succinct and filled with easy to understand maps.
The saying goes if you want a good place to eat you should ask the locals. NFT does just that and provides the local perspective on landmarks, restaurants, bars, stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, and more.
So skip the pretty pictures and pick up the black book. Current cities available are: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York City, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC.
They even offer an iPhone app for various cities that you can download HERE for $4.99.