Time Out released their annual survey of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world. Yes, it’s arbitrary but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to compare. 

The Time Out Index survey polled 27,000 people on what they loved and loathed about where they live.

And Australia didn’t miss out, having two areas included in the 49-strong list. A panel of experts then ranked the lot. Sydney’s Surry Hills placed at 19th but Melbourne’s Richmond just snuck into the top 10.

“Separated from the CBD by Melbourne’s sporting precinct, this area along the Birrarung (Yarra River) was a gathering place for members of the Kulin Nation long before the stadiums were erected,” Time Out said.

“There are three distinct vibes here: Victoria Street is Melbourne’s go-to destination for Vietnamese food; Bridge Road is known for its factory outlets, both fashion and furniture; and Swan Street brims with some of the suburb’s best restaurants and cafés.”

I live in Carlton North and I’m not jealous of Richmond, not jealous at all. The Corner Hotel’s a great venue I guess. The Vietnamese food is genuinely delicious I suppose.

Supposedly Richmond scored so well because of its close-knit community, with places like the Richmond Churches Food Centre doing the neighbourhood proud.

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Although Time Out did say to plan your trip to the neighbourhood to coincide with a Richmond Tigers game which seems like the complete opposite of cool.

Melbourne could have had several neighbourhoods in the list if we’re being honest: Brunswick obviously; Thornbury has its sights; Footscray’s underrated; have they not been to Pidapipó in Carlton?

The list was topped, if you’re wondering, by Copenhagen’s Nørrebro which I’ve never been to but it seemingly has Car-Free Sundays which does sound wonderful.

What Australia neighbourhood do you think should have been included over Richmond and Surry Hills? The more spiteful you are, the better.

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