Top 10 Neighbourhoods Around the World

By Madeline Diamond

There are plenty of cool neighborhoods out there, but a city’s coolest spot can sometimes be hard for travelers to find.

Lonely Planet just revealed a list of the world’s 10 coolest neighborhoods that you need to visit right now. According to the site, now that travel is often rooted in homesharing and ridesharing, it’s easier than ever to live like a local when you travel.

And what better way to live like a local than to explore neighborhoods outside of tourist-filled city centers? The Borgo San Frediano neighborhood of Florence, Italy, for example, is located in a less hectic part of the city, but is filled with hip bars, restaurants, and shops that locals love. Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood is still an underrated gem among locals and tourists alike, despite being a great place to get a genuine New York experience.

Keep reading for the 10 coolest neighborhoods in the world, according to Lonely Planet.

Borgo San Frediano, Florence, Italy

Borgo San Frediano, Florence, Italy

Hipsters flock to this eclectic neighborhood in Florence.Courtesy of Marina Denisova

Borgo San Frediano is located across the Arno River from busy downtown Florence and many popular tourist destinations. Walking across one of the city’s many beautiful bridges is reason enough to check out this less-traveled neighborhood.

Further incentives are hip bars like Mad Souls & Spirits, which show the locals’ side of Florence.   

Seongsu-dong, Seoul, South Korea

Seongsu-dong, Seoul, South Korea

Cafe Onion’s modern vibe draws in many young residents of Seoul.© Ki-Sun Lee / Ahn Graphics

Seongsu-dong is known as the Williamsburg, Brooklyn, of South Korea, according to Lonely Planet. In other words, this neighborhood is as trendy as they come.

Seongsu-dong has everything you need in a cool neighborhood. From the gorgeous Seoul Forest park to ultra-modern coffee shops like Center Coffee and Cafe Onion, this neighborhood is quickly drawing in residents and visitors.

The Triangle, Lisbon, Portugal

 The Triangle, Lisbon, Portugal

Hello, Kristof is an Instagram-worthy coffee shop.Courtesy of Hello Kristof

The Triangle neighborhood in Lisbon is where three streets meet, and it’s a hub for creatives and entrepreneurs, according to Lonely Planet.

Within the Triangle, you’ll find design-oriented cafes like Hello, Kristof and Dear Breakfast.

Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark

Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark

Neighbourhood, a hip pizza and cocktail joint, is located in the cool Vesterbro section of Copenhagen.Neighbourhood/Facebook

Vesterbro isn’t far from Copenhagen’s city center, but this little bit of distance is enough to give the neighborhood a laidback vibe.

From hip restaurants with craft cocktails like Neighbourhood to bustling brunch spots like Mad & Kaffe, Vesterbro perfectly exemplifies hygge, Denmark’s dedication to coziness.

Business Bay, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Business Bay, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Business Bay is more than just skyscrapers.Funny Solution Studio/Shutterstock

The name Business Bay is not indicative of the relaxed waterfront atmosphere of this Dubai district. While the neighborhood is home to towering skyscrapers that the modern city is known for, Business Bay also has many opportunities for leisure.

There’s a massive, 7.4 mile-long promenade that allows visitors to get to know a more relaxed side of Dubai, as well as casual restaurants and a farmers’ market.

Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sitka Studio is a modern yet inviting restaurant in Damansara Heights.Courtesy of Sitka / Studio

Damansara Heights is a suburb of Kuala Lumpur, but it is by no means boring. The neighborhood is full of beautiful modern homes and restaurants that feel like they should be in the middle of a big city.

Sitka Studio’s mix of warm wood, stainless steel, and concrete play off the neighborhood’s eclectic feel. With plenty of intriguing restaurants like this, residents don’t even need to go into Kuala Lumpur for a good time.

Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York

Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York

Brownstones in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.a katz/Shutterstock

As more and more Manhattanites move out to Brooklyn, tourists have come with them. However, Sunset Park has remained firmly under-the-radar.

Home to super hip Industry City, a collection of warehouses with restaurants, shops, galleries, and studio space, visitors should check out Avocaderia, an eatery dedicated to all things avocado.

Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Botafogo is in the perfect location in the city of Rio.Catarina Belova/Shutterstock

If you’ve seen photos of Rio de Janeiro, chances are you’ve seen Botafogo, as the beachfront neighborhood can be seen from photos taken from the Christ the Redeemer statue.

An influx of young chefs has transformed the area into a multicultural smorgasbord that is fit for foodies. Check out Miam Miam for an eclectic menu in a uniquely renovated mansion in the heart of Botafogo.

Frelard, Seattle, Washington

Frelard, Seattle, Washington

Frelard Pizza is a hotspot in this neighborhood.Geoffrey Smith

Seattle is often touted as being one of the coolest cities in the US, but the Frelard area is particularly hip.

Some people contest that Frelard is actually a part of the Fremont neighborhood, but regardless of the name, this area has a local charm of its own. Locals love the Frelard Pizza Company for its unique pies with toppings like garlic confit and fennell pollen.

Tooting, London, England

Tooting, London, England

Tooting Market is a local favorite in this south London neighborhood.© Will Jones / Lonely Planet

Tooting, in south London, is known for having some of the best curry in the city, according to Lonely Planet. There’s an entire mile-long stretch of South Asian restaurants and shops in the neighborhood.

This hip London enclave is also home to one of the best markets in the city. Tooting Market has been around since 1930, and is just as cool as it is historic, thanks to plenty of food stalls, bakeries, and clothing stores.

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