The 25 coolest neighborhoods on the planet in 2018

So-called ‘drip pricing’ can make it difficult to determine the total cost of airline tickets and vacation rentals.
Fair warning: Local wildlife can bring traffic to a standstill on Parks Highway 3 while you're driving through Denali National Park. Then again, that is part of this road's allure.
Slide 1 of 26:  Finding under-the-radar gems is one of the best parts of travelling - but unless you know a local, it can be hard to know where to go in popular tourist destinations. To mark the magazine's 50th anniversary, Time Out's editors and city experts have compiled a list of the 50 coolest neighbourhoods around the world after surveying 15,000 people globally about which areas have the best buzz, cool new openings, are affordable to live in, are great for visitors, and feel like they're "on the up." The top places include lesser-known cultural and culinary hotspots, from Athens to Accra. Scroll down to see the top 25 coolest neighbourhoods on the planet to visit in 2018.
Slide 2 of 26:  Located on Stockholm's Södermalm island, this neighbourhood is buzzing with cafés, LGBT+ bars, and indie clubs, according to Time Out. It's also home to Tantolunden beach, where locals go for a swim or a BBQ in the summer. Bio Rio, a 1940s-era arthouse theatre, also showcases Swedish indie films.
Slide 3 of 26:  You may think you known Leith from the movie "Trainspotting," but it's much less rough now - it even had two Michelin-starred restaurants, and a vibrant, cultural bar and pub scene.
Slide 4 of 26:  Once the red light district of ancient Rome, Monti feels like a small town, according to Time Out, and boasts wine bars, restaurants, and an "artsy crowd." One must try the "shabby-chic" Black Market Hall, which serves up craft cocktails and an "underground vibe."
Slide 5 of 26:  You'll find the latest fashion and food trends in Sant Antoni, which sits beneath Barcelona's Montjüic hill with "a perfect mix of old and new."
Slide 6 of 26:  Some of the best bars and restaurants in the city - and even the country - can be found in the City Bowl District, which is surrounded by the iconic Table Mountain. Time Out suggests trying cocktail bar Outrage of Modesty.
Slide 7 of 26:  While it can be "a bit seedy" according to Time Out, Osu comes alive at night thanks to bars, clubs, and chop houses. Head to Oxford Street, which backs onto the coastline and boasts bars like Front/Back, which offers both cocktails and contemporary art.
Slide 8 of 26:  Tangba Jie has a mix of modern and traditional Chengdu, with a thriving food scene boasting alleys with street eats and late-night snacks.
Slide 9 of 26:  The West Loop is the city's foodie destination, home to some of Chicago's best chefs and restaurants. It's also popular among young families (with dogs) for a stroll along the sidewalks.
Slide 10 of 26:  Take in the spirit of New York amongst the West Village's record stores, vintage shops, Japanese-style drinking dens, jazz clubs, and even drag performances at the city's oldest cabaret club, The Duplex.
Slide 11 of 26:  Packed with rowdy bars and busy alleyways, this neighbourhood is home to Jaffa's flea market, "a maze of traditional stalls, punctuated by indie designers and eclectic design shops," according to Time Out.
Slide 12 of 26:  Think seaside vistas and "crumbling bungalows" for this locale, set to be the most vibrant part of the city.
Slide 13 of 26:  This creative, laid-back neighbourhood is perfect for grabbing a bite to eat, wandering some shops, and taking in impressive street art.
Slide 14 of 26:  Ancoats, once a seedy spot with an industrial past, is now one of the coolest places to hang out in Manchester, thanks to its affordable co-working spaces, river-facing apartments, craft breweries, gin joints, and colourful street murals.
Slide 15 of 26:  Not normally as attractive to tourists, Amsterdam Noord offers affordable rent and "a sense of experimentalism," according to Time Out. Visit a former shipyard, which is now home to art and culture, as well as Europe's biggest month flea market.
Slide 16 of 26:  Video arcade bars, nightclubs, and street food will greet you in Peckham, which is close to reputable arts colleges and boasts the Peckhamplex, a retro 90s multi-screen cinema.
Slide 17 of 26:  Finding under-the-radar gems is one of the best parts of travelling - but unless you know a local, it can be hard to know where to go in popular tourist destinations. To mark the magazine's 50th anniversary, Time Out's editors and city experts have compiled a list of the 50 coolest neighbourhoods around the world after surveying 15,000 people globally about which areas have the best buzz, cool new openings, are affordable to live in, are great for visitors, and feel like they're "on the up." The top places include lesser-known cultural and culinary hotspots, from Athens to Accra. Scroll down to see the top 25 coolest neighbourhoods on the planet to visit in 2018.
Slide 18 of 26:  This leafy, low-key neighbourhood now has plenty of cocktail spots, gastropubs, vegan cafés, and even an order-by-the-ounce pizza shop, which can be found on Figueroa Boulevard.
Slide 19 of 26:  Even though it's right next to the tourist hub of Ueno, Yanaka is a calm and cool spot with "creative energy," featuring some of the city's best restaurants and galleries as well as temples and shrines.
Slide 20 of 26:  Neukölln is "constantly reinventing itself and revels in its originality," according to Time Out. Once an abandoned wasteland, it's now packed with bars, vegan cafés, and galleries. Head to bars like TiER and Ä for art, performance, and drinks, or on Sundays, check out Griessmuehle, a former grain mill with dancefloors, makeshift furniture, and a garden overlooking the canal.
Slide 21 of 26:  Time Out calls Strasbourg-Saint- Denis "a brilliantly surreal mess," with a mix of gourmet restaurants, greasy spoon cafés, and historic monuments.
Slide 22 of 26:  Head here for great tapas, bars, and art galleries, as well as nightclubs and cocktail bars - or an organic fair on Saturdays, if that's more your style.
Slide 23 of 26:  The Metaxourgeio neighbourhood is being revived after being abandoned for years, with murals cropping up on crumbling buildings, and neglected houses and even brothels being turned into bars and tavernas. Be sure to check out LaTraac, an adults-only skate bowl.
Slide 24 of 26:  Nueva Villa de Aburrá celebrates new traditions, according to Time Out - it's home to annual hot sauce and electronic music festivals, and is a favourite spot for rockers, punks, and metalheads.
Slide 25 of 26:  Seoul's Euljiro neighbourhood smells like fresh ink, according to Time Out - which makes sense once you realise it's home to printing presses. However, its warehouses also boast bars, restaurants, and cafés. Check out Seendosi, a fifth-floor bar in what appears to be a derelict warehouse, complete with neon signs and indie music posters.
Slide 26 of 26:  The coolest city in the world in 2018, Madrid's Embajadores is complete with great nightlife, fabulous food, culture, and street art, according to Time Out. "To the north, Plaza Tirso de Molina is home to florists by day, and at night fills with revellers queuing to get into Medias Puri, the city's club of the moment," the magazine writes. "To the south are two huge cultural centres, Tabacalera and La Casa Encendida. In Embajadores, visitors can dine on divine Moroccan lamb tagine for an absurdly low price or Indian specialities served atop a flowery oilcloth and relax with a cocktail in the legendary Sala Equis, a former adult cinema that is now a drinking hole."

Finding under-the-radar gems is one of the best parts of traveling – but unless you know a local, it can be hard to know where to go in popular tourist destinations.

To mark the magazine’s 50th anniversary, Time Out’s editors and city experts have compiled a list of the 50 coolest neighborhoods around the world after surveying 15,000 people globally about which areas have the best buzz, cool new openings, are affordable to live in, are great for visitors, and feel like they’re “on the up.”

The top places include lesser-known cultural and culinary hotspots, from Athens to Accra.

Scroll down to see the top 25 coolest neighborhoods on the planet to visit in 2018.

25. Hornstull, Stockholm

Located on Stockholm’s Södermalm island, this neighborhood is buzzing with cafés, LGBT+ bars, and indie clubs, according to Time Out. It’s also home to Tantolunden beach, where locals go for a swim or a BBQ in the summer. Bio Rio, a 1940s-era arthouse theater, also showcases Swedish indie films.

24. Leith, Edinburgh

You may think you known Leith from the movie “Trainspotting,” but it’s much less rough now – it even had two Michelin-starred restaurants, and a vibrant, cultural bar and pub scene.

23. Monti, Rome

Once the red light district of ancient Rome, Monti feels like a small town, according to Time Out, and boasts wine bars, restaurants, and an “artsy crowd.” One must try the “shabby-chic” Black Market Hall, which serves up craft cocktails and an “underground vibe.”

22. Sant Antoni, Barcelona

You’ll find the latest fashion and food trends in Sant Antoni, which sits beneath Barcelona’s Montjüic hill with “a perfect mix of old and new.”

21. City Bowl District, Cape Town

Some of the best bars and restaurants in the city – and even the country – can be found in the City Bowl District, which is surrounded by the iconic Table Mountain. Time Out suggests trying cocktail bar Outrage of Modesty.

20. Osu, Accra

While it can be “a bit seedy” according to Time Out, Osu comes alive at night thanks to bars, clubs, and chop houses. Head to Oxford Street, which backs onto the coastline and boasts bars like Front/Back, which offers both cocktails and contemporary art.

19. Tangba Jie, Chengdu

Tangba Jie has a mix of modern and traditional Chengdu, with a thriving food scene boasting alleys with street eats and late-night snacks.

18. West Loop, Chicago

The West Loop is the city’s foodie destination, home to some of Chicago’s best chefs and restaurants. It’s also popular among young families (with dogs) for a stroll along the sidewalks.

17. West Village, New York

Take in the spirit of New York amongst the West Village’s record stores, vintage shops, Japanese-style drinking dens, jazz clubs, and even drag performances at the city’s oldest cabaret club, The Duplex.

16. Shuk HaPishpeshim, Tel Aviv

Packed with rowdy bars and busy alleyways, this neighborhood is home to Jaffa’s flea market, “a maze of traditional stalls, punctuated by indie designers and eclectic design shops,” according to Time Out.

15. Bandra West, Mumbai

Think seaside vistas and “crumbling bungalows” for this locale, set to be the most vibrant part of the city.

14. Enmore, Sydney

This creative, laid-back neighborhood is perfect for grabbing a bite to eat, wandering some shops, and taking in impressive street art.

13. Ancoats, Manchester

Ancoats, once a seedy spot with an industrial past, is now one of the coolest places to hang out in Manchester, thanks to its affordable co-working spaces, river-facing apartments, craft breweries, gin joints, and colorful street murals.

12. Noord, Amsterdam

Not normally as attractive to tourists, Amsterdam Noord offers affordable rent and “a sense of experimentalism,” according to Time Out. Visit a former shipyard, which is now home to art and culture, as well as Europe’s biggest month flea market.

11. Peckham, London

Video arcade bars, nightclubs, and street food will greet you in Peckham, which is close to reputable arts colleges and boasts the Peckhamplex, a retro 90s multi-screen cinema.

10. Fitzroy, Melbourne

Once a working-class suburb, Fitzroy is now an “artistic haven,” and the best spot to shop for designer and vintage clothing, records, and browse bits and bobs at the Rose Street Artists’ Market on weekends.

9. Highland Park, Los Angeles

This leafy, low-key neighborhood now has plenty of cocktail spots, gastropubs, vegan cafés, and even an order-by-the-ounce pizza shop, which can be found on Figueroa Boulevard.

8. Yanaka, Tokyo

Even though it’s right next to the tourist hub of Ueno, Yanaka is a calm and cool spot with “creative energy,” featuring some of the city’s best restaurants and galleries as well as temples and shrines.

7. Neukölln, Berlin

Neukölln is “constantly reinventing itself and revels in its originality,” according to Time Out. Once an abandoned wasteland, it’s now packed with bars, vegan cafés, and galleries. Head to bars like TiER and Ä for art, performance, and drinks, or on Sundays, check out Griessmuehle, a former grain mill with dance floors, makeshift furniture, and a garden overlooking the canal.

6. Strasbourg-Saint-Denis, Paris

Time Out calls Strasbourg-Saint- Denis “a brilliantly surreal mess,” with a mix of gourmet restaurants, greasy spoon cafés, and historic monuments.

5. Princípe Real, Lisbon

Head here for great tapas, bars, and art galleries, as well as nightclubs and cocktail bars – or an organic fair on Saturdays, if that’s more your style.

4. Metaxourgeio, Athens

The Metaxourgeio neighborhood is being revived after being abandoned for years, with murals cropping up on crumbling buildings, and neglected houses and even brothels being turned into bars and tavernas. Be sure to check out LaTraac, an adults-only skate bowl.

3. Nueva Villa de Aburrá, Medellín

Nueva Villa de Aburrá celebrates new traditions, according to Time Out – it’s home to annual hot sauce and electronic music festivals, and is a favourite spot for rockers, punks, and metalheads.

2. Euljiro, Seoul

Seoul’s Euljiro neighborhood smells like fresh ink, according to Time Out – which makes sense once you realize it’s home to printing presses. However, its warehouses also boast bars, restaurants, and cafés. Check out Seendosi, a fifth-floor bar in what appears to be a derelict warehouse, complete with neon signs and indie music posters.

1. Embajadores, Madrid

The coolest city in the world in 2018, Madrid’s Embajadores is complete with great nightlife, fabulous food, culture, and street art, according to Time Out. “To the north, Plaza Tirso de Molina is home to florists by day, and at night fills with revelers queuing to get into Medias Puri, the city’s club of the moment,” the magazine writes. “To the south are two huge cultural centers, Tabacalera and La Casa Encendida. In Embajadores, visitors can dine on divine Moroccan lamb tagine for an absurdly low price or Indian specialties served atop a flowery oilcloth and relax with a cocktail in the legendary Sala Equis, a former adult cinema that is now a drinking hole.”

Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more.

Source: Read Full Article