The publication surveyed thousands of urban dwellers globally in its Time Out Index, asking them about the current coolest spots in their city. The views were then combined with expert input from editors and writers to compile the ranking of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods.
And before you go moaning about how subjective “cool” is, Time Out said neighbourhoods were ranked highly for things like “cutting-edge culture and nightlife,” “affordable food and drink,”, “lively street life,” and “big community vibes.”
Australia fared really well, securing three entries in the countdown. And yes, pesky Fitzroy came out on top yet again. The popular Inner Melbourne area placed 27th, noted for being the city’s “artsy and eclectic beating heart.” Hotspots like the famous Naked For Satan where name checked, as was Gertrude Street, which was recently named the second coolest thoroughfare in the world.
Check out a walking tour of Fitzroy:
Fitzroy was followed by Marrickville – Sydney being out-cooled by Melbourne again – in 33rd, hailed as a “proper melting pot that’s as much a destination for dining as it is for auto repair and wholesale provisions.”
Brisbane also made the list, with Fortitude Valley reaching 47th. “If you want to party, this is one of the best places in Australia,” Time Out wrote, calling the Valley “the suburb that never sleeps.”
Check out a tour of Marrickville:
New Zealand didn’t miss out either, with Auckland suburb Kingsland making the list in 43rd, although the less said about the publication accidentally using a picture of the city’s viaduct, the better.
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The top spot went to Mexico, with Guadalajara’s Colonia Americana being praised for being the “epicentre” the city’s underground scene.
You can check out the full list here. With world travel opening up more and more now, it should provide plenty of inspiration for your next trip.
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