Before starting to write, some of us need to be inspired so as bring the artistic beast out of us. We all have different rituals or routines on how to do this. You may watch a video, read that one book that gets your juices flowing, or remind yourself of your goals, whatever it may be to get things started. Then there are some who prefer visiting new places that have a certain aura that makes them want to be creative.

Here are the 10 best places to get inspiration for writing

  1. Edinburgh

This artistic European city can be found in Scotland and is a major source of inspiration for most writers. It is also Scotland’s capital. Robert Stevenson, one of its most famous residents, once argued that Edinburgh was what Paris ought to be. The writer’s museum can be found on the royal mile and serves as an intimate reflection of Scotland’s most intricate writers, it features, for example, Robert Burns’ desk which he used as his to go place for writing. The rediscovery of the city’s crown jewels was done with the help of Sir Walter Scott. Harry Raeburn thought of the city as a mixture of both Rome and London as it is evident in his literature work.

J. K. Rowling spent time in the city writing tales about a certain boy magician, in cafes such as Elephant house.

  1. St Petersburg

If you’re familiar with Russian literature then you’ll be surprised to find most of the streets in the novels were actually derived from the city streets themselves. The best storytellers Gogol, Dostoevsky, and Turgenev all lived along the grand thoroughfare Nevsky Prospekt and the city was their biggest source of inspiration.

The city harbors a lot of literary museums from the house of Pushkin (whose writing shone light on the superficiality of the rich) to that of Dostoevsky (whose novels focused on the city’s deprived). The city also appreciated Nabokov whose museum boasts of his works as the city was his birthplace.

  1. Buenos Aires

It’s really easy to access BA’s rising literary vibe as it’s much cheaper. Spending hours in the elegant cafes, the best writers come to find peace and craft their masterpieces and still do it up to now. These cafes are the best places to get a taste of the city’s best espresso while appreciating the artistry in the crowd. The café Tortoni was favored by many artists including the famed argentine author Jorge Luis Borges.

His home lies in Recoleta; a fictional EL Aleph, a place that encompasses all points in the universe and is allegedly located on the San Telmo’s Juan de Garay St.

  1. Valparaiso

The famed poet Pablo Neruda did more than any other poet to preserve his country’s beauty using words. His city, Valparaiso, inspired him in a lot of his works. He even wrote a poem about his house, now a museum, La Sebastiana. Valparaiso is stunning and has inspired many others to make works of art in relation to it. Isabel, a novelist, has set fiction in the city and the famed cartoonist Renzo, aka Lukas, has adored the city so much that he has recommended that who wants to study architecture should do it in this city.

  1. Mumbai

Apart from being Bollywood’s capital, Mumbai is also a dazzling cultural scene and has a legacy of cutting edge art. The city has an extensive love for art that dates back to 1804, when James Mackintosh, a Scottish historian, founded the literary society of Bombay located in the neoclassical town hall. Rushdie, a renowned writer who grew up here, wrote ‘Midnight’s Children’ which has a storyline set in Mumbai. Ever since being liberated from colonial reigns, the city has nurtured the country’s most important works of art such as Savour Fort and Colaba districts galleries.

  1. Havana

Cuba’s capital has one of the strongest artistic draws in addition to all the jazz. Ernest Hemingway, an American author, spent most of his time in Havana and his former home is now a museum in the coveted city. He was fully embraced by the city that even his gin bottles are on display in the museum. His drinking trail can be followed to La Bodeguita del Medio where the famed writer had his custom mojitos. Graham Renee is also a fan of the city as she visited it before and after Castro’s rise to power.

  1. London

This city is immortalized by many writers such as Charles Dickens and John Betjeman. The Charles Dickens museum can be found in Bloomsbury and it was his home. The Bloomsbury group often frequented the area and included Virginia Wolf. Marylebone could be equated to the Mecca for detective Foray, the fictional character, and house 221b Baker Street was the shelter to Sherlock Holmes. In case you want to drink what the artists drink, be sure to visit the riverside pubs.

  1. San Francisco

Any writer that visits this magical city should start with the lights books owned by Beatnik Ferlinghetti and published by Allan Ginsberg such as the ‘Howl’ poem in 1956. The famous six gallery reading helped to bring about public consciousness. Ken Kesey was too young to be part of the group but still managed to get to Menlo Park during night shifts which resulted in the inspiration to pen down ‘One flew over the cuckoo’s nest’. The city also boasts of colorful street art and murals.

  1. Prague

For a country’s whose first president was a renowned playwright, you ought to expect a lot of art and literature and it’s evident when you visit the country’s capital. The city most prized export has to be Franza Kafka and all his works can be found in the Kafka museum. The city also has a bookstore that showcases the city’s authors including the very competent Milan Kundera whose major themes revolved around Prague’s politics and love, set in the 1960s through to the 1970s. If you’re in search for the city’s best offerings, such as brilliant writers in the city, try the Tynska Literary café.

  1. Mexico City

The city boasts of producing Jack Kerouac who came up with ‘On the road’, and other beatniks. Mexico’s metropolis was the main source of inspiration for them. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, artists, lived in the city creating an attraction for the city such as Rivera’s mural at the Museo de San Ildefonso and Kahlo’s Coyoacan house.


There comes a time when a writer needs an external boost or stimuli for inspiration. This is especially when starting a new book, writing a creative piece, or just looking for inspiration to write an excellent dissertation. The places mentioned in this article are just but few mentions, there are many other areas that you as a writer can draw inspiration from. All the best in your writing!


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