Ever wondered where you might see revolutionary graffiti* in Cairo? Or been at a loss to find a Cuban cafe con leche** in New York City? Or really needed a beer in Madrid*** but wanted off the tourist-beaten track? Wonder no more. Our recent series profiling interesting innovators who live and work in cities around the world included a list of their favorite places in that particular metropolis. Below, a collection of annotated maps — just click on the pins to find out more about a location. So, the next time you find yourself in Shanghai or San Francisco, consult these maps for insiders’ tips on where to head.
* on Mohammed Mahmoud Street in downtown Cairo.
** at Floridita in West Harlem.
*** at La Nieta Carmela, in the La Latina neighborhood.
Robin Nagle’s New York City, U.S.
Read the profile of Robin Nagle, trash anthropologist and long-time resident of New York City »
Check out Nagle’s favorite — unexpected — locations throughout New York’s five boroughs, in a gallery photographed by Ryan Lash »
Jason Sweeney’s Adelaide, Australia
See Sweeney’s favorite spots — and hear them in recordings made just for TED — in the accompanying gallery of Adelaide, photographed by Kristin Alford »
Gabriella Gomez-Mont’s Mexico City, Mexico
And, see some truly fine-looking restaurants, cafes, quiet spots, museums and oases in this gallery of Mexico City, photographed by Felipe Luna »
Iñaki Romero Larrea’s Madrid, Spain
And, see the young urbanist’s favorite places (including a great place to head for a beer at the end of a long day) in this gallery of Madrid photographed by Vanessa Gonzalez »
Khurram Siddiqi’s Lahore, Pakistan
See the bustling streets and existing signage systems that make navigation such an issue, in a gallery of Lahore, photographed by Khurram Siddiqi »
David Li’s Shanghai, China
And, see the business district, Pudong, the Museum of Contemporary Art and other must-see spots in the city, in a gallery of Shanghai, photographed by Lawrence Wang »
Bahia Shehab’s Cairo
Read the profile of Bahia Shehab’s Cairo, including her thoughts on the revolution »
See images of Shehab’s treasured places in the Egyptian capital, including Tahrir Square, in a gallery of Cairo, photographed by Ohoud Saad »
Juliana Machado Ferreira’s São Paulo, Brazil
And, see some of Ferreira’s favorite places, including a cool cinema and a great place to get junk food, in a gallery of São Paulo, photographed by Alessandra Fratus »
Juliana Rotich’s Nairobi, Kenya
Want to pick up the best chapati in town? Fancy admiring some baby elephants? Head on over to this gallery of Nairobi, photographed by Joshua Wanyama »
Danny Squires’ Christchurch, New Zealand
See how the city is rebuilding after the devastating earthquake of 2011, in this gallery of Christchurch, photographed by Clayton Prest »
Nurur Rahman Khan’s Dhaka, Bangladesh
And, see the accompanying gallery of photographs of Dhaka, photographed by Mohammad Tauheed »
Chris Downey’s San Francisco
And, see the accompanying gallery of the experience of navigating San Francisco, photographed by Marla Aufmuth »