Whether you’re addicted to TV or travel or both, you will enjoy this walk through the TV series locations from the latest shows. If you’re not afraid of a little Khaleesi salad (and of a few spoilers here and there), go ahead and read through.
Narcos – Medellín, Colombia
Plata o plomo? Silver and lead came to Medellin in the 80s with Don Pablo Escobar. After the town was deemed safe for travel again, Narcos brought many tourists around. Many local agencies have even started to offer special Narcotours.
Even though many scenes have been shot in Panama, Chile and the US, some of the most iconic scenes take place in Medellin. It all starts with El Poblado, the rich neighbourhood where Pablo spent his final days in seclusion. Visitors can still see the infamous Monaco Building, standing all cocaine-white in downtown Medellin. From there it’s a six miles drive to Parque Bolivàr. Here, in episode 10 of season 3, the drug lord is seen enjoying his last ice cream. Located on the Eastern slope of the city, the Barrio Pablo Escobar still holds the baron’s name.
Of course, there’s more in Medellin than pieces of the cartel’s history. Plaza Botero in the Oldtown is a beautiful sculpture park. It holds 23 pieces of Ferdinand Botero’s oeuvre, sculpted and donated to the city by the artist himself.
Game of Thrones – Seville, Spain
Nothing will ease the wait for season 8 better than a trip to Sunspear.
The city of Seville has been seen as the capital of Dorne since season 5 – and of Andalusia since the Middle Ages. Thanks to its enormous cultural and historical heritage, Seville provides visitors with extraordinary views, starting from the striking profile of the Plaza d’España.
The Alcazar of Seville, home to the Martell family and their troubles, stands nearby. It only takes a twenty minutes walk to cross the town’s best architectures and tourist’s favourites, such as the University, the San Telmo Palace, the Cathedral and the Hard Rock Cafè.
Film crews don’t easily manage to get access to the Alcazar, for its extraordinary historical worth. It is one of the oldest castles in Spain, tracing back to the Moore domination in 927 a.C. “Once we realized we were allowed to shoot in the gardens, we realized that there’s nowhere on earth that looks more like the water gardens as we pictured than this place” said HBO producer D.B. Weiss.
Fans of the show can’t miss tapas night at Casa Curro in Osuna. This tiny traditional Spanish restaurant was chosen by Emilia Clarke for her birthday celebrations. Since then, the owners have been serving Game of Thrones inspired dishes: you can have a tasty Khaleesi hearty spinach and avocado salad or a rich trout and bacon Joffrey.
Mindhunter – Pittsburgh, USA
This brand new Netflix original has already left everyone hanging. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has been chosen to portray the birth of profiling in the FBI. Most of the settings are located in the picturesque Strip District.
In the 19th century, this was an industrial district, hosting Heinz and US Steel factories. Flocks of restaurant, deli and grocery store entrepreneurs fled to the district, fulfilling the worker’s need to be fed. Today the Strip District offers the best ethnic food in town and it is almost Pittsburgh’s own Chelsea Market. Penn Avenue is always crowded with people looking for a bite to eat, an art gallery to shop in or a good place to grab a drink at.
Speaking for experience is Jonathan Groff, who plays Holden in the TV series. During his time in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh’s favourite neighbourhood, he was often spotted at Bar Marco, Penn Avenue’s most famous wine bar. Every Sunday he indulged in a delicious stake of Pamela’s Pancakes.
There are many Pamela’s diners scattered across the city, but apparently, it doesn’t matter which one you choose. He went to a different one every week and the food was still excellent. Those who have already watched Mindhunter know you’d better trust Agent Ford’s instinct!
Peaky Blinders – Liverpool, UK
Even though the real Shelby gang operated in Birmingham, the location for this BBC original series is Liverpool. The choice was probably motivated by the higher number of Victorian architectures and the film-friendlier nature of the town. That is the opinion of the Britmovietours agency, which offers a special Peaky Blinders tour.
It is true that Liverpool has had many movie crews prancing arount Croxteth Hall. This is a 16th century mansion surrounded by a Victorian garden, a natural reserve and a farm. For example, BBC’s Close to the Enemy was shot there last summer.
The most part of the locations for Peaky Blinders stands on the western bank of River Mersey. In particular, South, Kinmel and Powis Street in Toxteth have been chosen to recreate Birmingham’s poorest neighborhoods. Powis Street has been a ghost street until the crew arrived and transformed it in the slums. No changes have been made yet, so you can still go there and see the terrace houses with their façades painted black.
The famous Exchange Flags doesn’t appear in the TV series, because of its WW2 origins. It is still worth a visit, as it’s considered one of the symbols of Liverpool. With its characteristic u-shape, it surrounds the square hosting Lord Nelson’s Monument and faces the Town Hall.
Locals have reportedly spotten the Peaky Blinder cast having an early lunch at the Moose Coffee in Exchange Flags. It is a busy but cozy cafe serving the best breakfast in town. The vast choice of tasty savory and sweet dishes makes up for the average 20 minutes wait for a table.
Black Mirror – Cape Town, South Africa
Can a place where Belinda Carlisle’s Heaven is a Place on Earth is forever played on repeat be real? Hard to believe, but San Junipero is actually real. Neon lights and beaches make us instantly think of Santa Monica. But the location chosen for the third episode of the third series is actually Cape Town.
South Africa’s administrative capital stands among a depression between peaks and hills. Arguably the most famous is Table Mountain, that seems to be covered by a cloth of clouds in particular meteorogical conditions.
Nevertheless, Black Mirror‘s choice for a location is actually nightlife Cape Town. The beaches we see in some shots are in Clifton. This is a beautiful residential costal area, loved for its fine white sand beaches. Tourists and local alike seem to particularly love Campus Bay beach, which stands at walk lenght from the city centre.
By sunset, the crowd migrates from the beach to the surrounding string of nightclubs and restaurant. Café Caprice in particular prides itself with the many celebrity visits it has received. Zack Efron, Leonardo di Caprio and Prince Harry were spotted here enjoying an happy hour.
Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela has spent 27 years in prison, stands ashore nearby and it’s a must-see.