In pictures: Time Out names the world’s coolest neighborhoods
IN CONJUNCTION with Time Out‘s 50th anniversary, the publication’s editors compiled a list of the world’s coolest neighborhoods to visit.
The list also coincides with a global trend of travelers wanting to “live like a local.” To do this, vacationers must look for places that don’t already feature on millions of Instagram accounts.
And luckily for wanderlusters, Time Out is revealing these hidden gems found in the world’s coolest cities.
To make the list, Time Out pulled in the help of over 15,000 people around the world and asked them what they think are the best neighborhoods in their city.
The locals were asked about the buzz of their neighborhood, new cool venue openings, affordability of accommodations, and whether it’s a good place for foreigners to visit.
But most importantly, they wanted to know if locals considered the neighborhood to be up and coming.
European cities featured heavily on the list, with the likes of Madrid’s colorful Embajadores neighborhood rocking into first place.
Peckham, London also earned a respectable 11th place which is a refreshing admission given that just a few years ago it was named as one of the most dangerous places in the UK.
But even cooler is the amount of Asia-Pacific neighborhoods which made it onto the list, with Seoul’s Euljiro coming in second behind Embajadores.
Here’s the conclusive list of Asia-Pacific’s coolest neighborhoods according to Time Out.
(2) Seoul, South Korea: Eulji-ro
The neighborhood is mostly made up of printing presses, warehouses, and old-school fried chicken restaurants.
It’s also home to plenty of hidden bars and cool cafes.
(8) Tokyo, Japan: Yanaka
Yanaka remains a mostly unexplored neighborhood in Tokyo.
It combines old-world architecture with artisan workshops and modern art galleries, making for a pretty cool experience.
(10) Melbourne, Australia: Fitzroy
Melbourne is already known for it impressive coffee scene, but Fitzroy is striking out in its own right as an artistic haven.
(14) Sydney, Australia: Enmore
Sandwiched between the equally bohemian Newtown and Stanmore neighborhoods, Enmore is a place of creativity, live music, and good cafes.
(15) Mumbai, India: Bandra West
Bandra West, technically a suburb of megalopolis Mumbai, is quickly becoming the city’s vibrant, liberal center.
Its real estate potential is attracting Bollywood’s stars as well as up and coming creatives.
(19) Chengdu, China: Tangba Jie
Tangba Jie doesn’t feature in many guidebooks because until recently it was a sleepy residential street, but the neighborhood’s focus on good local cuisine put it on the map.
Tangba Jie is also full of cute hotels, hidden in 1950s-style alleyways.
(29) Shanghai, China: Former French Concession
The Former French Concession has been Shanghai’s coolest neighborhood for a long time.
But it still deserves a worthy mention because it’s not showing any signs of losing its street cred anytime soon.
(32) Yogyakarta, Indonesia: Prawirotaman
Yogyakarta has long been Indonesia’s cultural capital and its street art scene is only getting more impressive.
The neighborhood has an ever-growing list of boutique hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, and murals lining the streets.
(35) Hong Kong, China: Wan Chai
Shaking off its red light district reputation, Wan Chai is now full of innovative Michelin-starred restaurants, alongside budget-friendly noodle shops and speakeasy cocktail bars.
(36) Bangkok, Thailand: Ari
This isn’t the first time Ari has been recognized as a cool neighborhood.
A few years ago, trendy influencers made it the place to be. But after a while, they found other places to promote, leaving Ari in peace.
But it’s back on the scene with a bang offering new bars, cafes, and restaurants as well as cultural spaces.
(42) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Damansara Heights
Kuala Lumpur has a vibrant mix of plush rooftop bars and quaint cultural spaces.
A place which combines these styles so well is Damansara Heights. So, if you’re looking for a neighborhood where you can enjoy open mic nights, bespoke cocktails, and local food, head here.
(44) Singapore: Tanjong Pagar
It’s pretty hard to think of Singapore as anything other than a super clean, modern city.
But before it got this title, Singapore was a destination full of 19th-century shophouses and hawker centers.
Some of these places still exist, and they’re best seen in Tanjong Pagar, albeit with a skyscraper-filled backdrop.
(47) New Delhi, India: Safdarjung Enclave
Surrounded by the leafy green Deer Park on one side and a warren of delightful shops and eateries on the other, Safdarjung Enclave is one of Delhi’s most happening — but still under the radar — areas.
(49) Beijing, China: Sanlitun
Want to book a vacation dedicated to shopping? Look no further than Beijing’s Sanlitun neighborhood.
The district is a nod to the new modern China.
(50) Dubai, UAE: Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence
Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence is the Dubai of your dreams.
The neighborhood is filled with luxury shops, fancy boats, a long stretch of sandy beach, and divine restaurants.
To see Time Out‘s full list of the world’s coolest cities, head over to their site.