These pocket-sized city guides from Wallpaper ("the most authoritative and influential design magazine in the world" la de dah) are a refreshing variation on the traditional travel book. Instead of 250 pages of restaurant, sights and hotel recommendations, these guides give you just a few select gems paired with big photos and brief descriptions.
I bought the San Francisco guide at the de Young gift shop on Saturday and am already inspired to do some city exploring. There are so many restaurants and shops mentioned that I haven't been to yet. And the booklet comes with a place to write down your own favorites and a handy fold-out map.
This would be a perfect housewarming gift for someone who just moved to a new city. In fact, I think I'll order the Chicago version today for a former co-worker of mine who recently relocated.
Update: Or maybe I wont! The Chicago guide isn't out until October 07. In the meantime, the guides that are available can be easily purchased through Amazon.