We’re seeking authenticity in our lives, conversations, connections and certainly in how we travel. There’s just something about a cool and quirky neighbourhood that has endless appeal. These pockets around the world make us want to return over and over again and have the ability to turn tourists into travellers.
The travel list is ever-stretching, but the good news is that I’ve done the hard yards on your behalf and have hunted down these hotspots covering all the cool. Noteworthy for an added element of unique energy, these neighbourhoods remind us of the very reason we travel.
Here’s our hot list of ‘hoods:
Uncover this hub of endless culture, just a little beyond the usual London tourist sites. Stroll past painted alleyways and spirited locals as you discover the vibrant food scene and soak in the creative community projects you’ll pass by.
Calling all bohemians…let your hair down in Shimokitazawa – the alternative locale of Tokyo. This liberal neighbourhood has you covered for eccentric art, indie live music, local buzz and vintage stores aplenty.
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
East meets West in Sheung Wan where British-influenced architecture balances outdoor meat and medicine markets and no matter where you find yourself or whatever the time, there’s an undeniable buzz in the air. This old district showcases the real Hong Kong and we just can’t get enough.
Ahhh! Authentic Roma. Where your aperitivo is best enjoyed in a locals-only piazza with ivy-clad trattorias at every corner. Explore local boutiques and outdoor markets in this classy neighbourhood and come prepared: Around dusk, this area is famed for its lively nightlife.
De Pijp, Amsterdam
“Renewed in renaissance’’ best describes multicultural De Pijp — once known for its working-class roots and now as the hotbed of creativity.
Take your pick from classic pubs, diverse eateries and choose to revel with the energy of many!
Williamsburgh, New York City
A unique urban paradise awaits in this Brooklyn neighbourhood. Soak up the creative spirit and unique street style that this hipster hotspot is known for. Fusion food, flea markets, and craft breweries are best explored by bike or relax, barge-side and let it all pass you by.
Discover this best-kept secret spot in Barcelona! Boasting some of the best, sprawling city views, this artistic hillside neighbourhood is much loved for its quirky bars, far from the maddening crowds and will have you charmed in no time at all.
Woodstock, Cape Town
One of Cape Towns oldest suburbs, this hipster kid offers an incredible mix of diversity in just about everything. Food, fashion and of course, the arts. A culture clash of epic proportions, whether you skate in or saunter past en route the trendy eateries and outdoor markets, you’ll find it all here in our idea of creative heaven.