The 10 Coolest Neighborhoods in the World, according to Time Out

London (CNN) – We’ve all spent this year more time than expected in our neighborhoods.

While lockdown and safety measures have severely affected our city centers, local communities have been thriving in many places.

Employees of Time Out, which has posts in cities all over the world, put together an annual list of The 40 Coolest Neighborhoods in the World, Based on local information from more than 38,000 city residents.

Declaring that “it’s great to be kind,” the magazine’s focus this year is on places where neighborhood is king, and communities and companies have come together and thrived during these difficult years.

Here are the top 10.

10. Marikville, Sydney

Time Out says the sheer variety of offerings is the key to Marrickville’s success.

‘A true melting pot,’ which prides itself on what may be just Sydney’s most eclectic food scene, where you can pick up world-class Vietnamese food along Illawarra Road, and eat vegetarian pizza at Mother’s Pizza, Then wash it all down with a drink from one of the many artisanal breweries in the area.

Marrickville has no monopoly on the Australian calm, though: there is another Australian entry later in the top ten.

9. Haute-Marais, Paris

Not to be confused with the proper Marais – it’s fun, of course, but it’s touristy, dear – Haut-Marais is the bleeding northern tip of this historic district.

“For Parisians, this neighborhood seems to have practically invented a cocktail bar,” Time Out says, so visitors are advised to stroll its winding streets and check out joints like Little red door Easy talking and Kiss (A French word meaning “kiss”).

8. Denniston, Glasgow

At the eastern end of town, on the edge of Nichropolis – the Victorian-built “City of the Dead” in Glasgow – Dennistoun’s historically working-class neighborhood has seen an increase in the number of young students in recent years.

“However, the wave of redevelopment is slowly coming,” says Time Out, “and its charming residences with blonde stones and red sandstones remain within reach of most people.”

The editors singled out Zero Waste Market, which is “a grocery store that repackages staples during shutdown,” and Alexandra Park’s Food Forest: “where locals of all backgrounds meet to grow and grow.”

7. Shaanxi Bai Lu / Kangding Lu, Shanghai

This neighborhood that was once part of Shanghai International Settlement – a western enclave until 1941 – was “fast becoming a bustling destination of new cafes, bars and restaurants,” says Time Out.

You can still find traditional arcade homes and old-school pasta shops, but now you can quickly set off to an all-day ski bar. RinkOr, relaxing natural kef Thirst.

6. The Berlin Wedding

No, don’t brain wear wedding dresses. The wedding is a neighborhood in the northwestern part of the German capital.

Although the city is known to be a 24-hour party venue, the side streets of the wedding are quiet enough to ensure you get a good night’s sleep once you finish hitting the beer halls.

In the daytime, you can enjoy the great outdoors at Lake Plötzensee and Woodspark Rehberge.

5. Yaraville, Melbourne

Yaravil: "The cross section of food, drink and things to do here is pretty cool," Time Out says.

Yaraville: “The cross-section of the food, drink and things to do here is really cool,” says Time Out.


The lockdown may have put Melbourne’s cultural scene dormant, but, as Time Out says, “Melbourne’s community spirit has never been stronger, and the neighborhood that best embodies it is the western suburb of Yaraville.”

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Skater Belle Hadiwidjaja was snowboarding around the neighborhood in a range of costumes to keep families entertained on their day outings, while local Lee Smith-Moir cheered residents by adding “happy signs” to the area’s hiking trails.

4. Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York

This Brooklyn neighborhood of Victorian brownstones has become, according to Time Out, “New York’s greatest incubator of the future.”

During the Black Lives Matter protests, it served as a major hub, and when the Covid-19 pandemic took hold of the city, “mutual aid networks such as the Bed-Stuy Strong were born to protect its most vulnerable members.”

3. Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

Sham Shui Po is one of Hong Kong’s oldest working-class neighborhoods. Its rustic feel attracts creative spirits, from street artists to coffee artists.

CNN Travel launched the name again in 2018, when it described this working-class neighborhood, whose rustic character drew creative souls from street artists to coffee artists, as “the new cultural capital of Hong Kong”.

Besides, the city is home to some of the most deprived communities in Hong Kong and Kan The main battlefield In the 2019-2020 protests.

2. Downtown, Los Angeles

“This has become the most painful year in modern Los Angeles history, and in a city where there is no single central gathering place, Downtown has become its supportive spirit,” Time Out says.

In this rising city center, the assembled residents were shocked to mourn the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant.

And here Angelino came to hear their voices after the death of George Floyd. “It was not without strife,” says Time Out, “but there was a tangible trend towards unity on the day that thousands poured into the streets of Downtown.”

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1. Esquerra de l’Eixample, Barcelona

The Catlan Ildefons Cerdà Drive was a pioneer of urban planning.

The Catlan Ildefons Cerdà Drive was a pioneer of urban planning.


Eixample is a Catalan language for ‘expansion’ and this sprawling neighborhood, in a strict grid pattern, is divided into two distinct parts: the luxurious and touristy Dreta de l’Eixample, and the more realistic residential area, Esquerra de l’Eixample.

“During Barcelona’s strict lockdown, the residential squares of Esquerra became” focal points of the city’s energy – as in the Hidrogel pop-up sessions, where residents dressed up and organized group dance parties from the balconies.

Time Out’s complete list of the 40 Greatest Neighborhoods

1. Esquerra de l’Eixample, Barcelona

2. Downtown, Los Angeles

3. Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

4. Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York

5. Yaraville, Melbourne

6. The Berlin Wedding

7. Shaanxi Bai Lu / Kangding Lu, Shanghai

8. Denniston, Glasgow

9. Haute-Marais, Paris

10. Marikville, Sydney

11. Verdun, Montreal

12. Kalamaga, Tallinn

13. Hannam-dong, Seoul

14. Bonfim, Porto

15. Justtown, Auckland

16. Shula Samyan, Bangkok

17. Alvalade, Lisbon

18. North, Amsterdam

19. Centro, Sao Paulo

20. Holeshovice, Prague

21. Lavabes, Madrid

22. Obibi, Lagos

23. Narvarte, Mexico City

24. Uptown, Chicago

25. Little Five Points, Atlanta

26. Winwood, Miami

27. Phippsboro, Dublin

28. Nørrebro, Copenhagen

29- Bugis, Singapore

30. Gongguan, Taipei

31. Soho, London

32. Binh Thanh, Ho Chi Minh City

33. Melville, Johannesburg

34. Kabutucho, Tokyo

35. Porta Venezia, Milan

36. Paramount Park, Kuala Lumpur

37. Alston, Boston

38. Bandra West, Mumbai

39. Arnavutkoy, Istanbul

40. Beet Nagi, Ubud

Harold Manning

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