A Jozi suburb just made it onto the top 50 coolest neighbourhoods in the world

2019-09-23 16:50
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The lifeblood of cities is generated by the little and big neighbourhoods that help shape its urban landscape - historic, modern, food-centric or an art haven - and no two neighbourhoods are the same, even if they're right next to each other. 

One of our City of Gold's neighbourhoods however made it onto Time Out's top 50 coolest neighbourhoods around the world - the home of the 7de Laan barbershop  Melville! Around 27 000 city folk voted for their favourite hoods, which then got further whittled down by Time Out experts and writers. 

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Unlike the mall-heavy spots around Joburg, Melville shuns the chains for more eclectic fare, from Israeli cuisine to drowning your sorrows at the Mexican Hell's Kitchen - which is why it made to number 48 on the list.

Two other African neighbourhoods also made it on the list - with one making it into number three - Onikan in Nigeria's Lagos. The historic district has been constantly reinventing itself, offering the best jollof rice for hungry commuters and the must-do experience of their Balogun Market that will envelop the senses. 

Accra's Jamestown also made it to number 21 - the traditional fishing community filled with ocean-view bars, art spaces for Afro-Brazillian creativity and a thriving entrepreneurial spirit.

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But the number one spot went the vibrant Lisbon's Arroios district where a 19th-century palace is home to modernity and multiculturalism, best seen on a rented scooter. 

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Check out the rest of the top ten below. See the entire list here. 

1. Arroios, Lisbon, Portugal

Must-do: Watch a play or listen to music at its cultural heart - the Mercado de Culturas. 

2. Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, Japan

Must-do: The most hipster spot in modern Tokyo, hit up its various vintage and consignment stores for some unique steals. 

3. Onikan, Lagos, Nigeria

Must-do: Hit up a spectacular party on the rooftop of hFACTOR in Moloney Street.

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4. Wedding, Berlin, Germany

Must-do: The underground art movement that Berlin is famous for is still alive and well in Wedding, so be sure to check out a gallery or three.

5. Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles, US

Must-do: This is the place to dine out Filipino-American fusion foods while listening to the sounds of 90s hip-hop.

6. The Waterfront, Hobart, Tasmania

Must-do: The popularity of this neighbourhood is thanks to the Museum of Old and New Art that will apparently blow your mind.

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7. Strasbourg-Saint-Denis, Paris, France

Must-do: The trendy suburb is turned into a bustling hub over Fashion Week, so a sip on a cocktail at Hôtel Bourbon will make you feel incredibly stylish and cool.

8. Astoria, New York, US

Must-do: Get a taste of Czechia at the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden.

9. Ambajadores, Madrid, Spain

Must-do: For quirky finds, head to El Rastro, a famous flea market in Madrid.

10. Pilsen, Chicago, US

Must-do: For the most Mexican place in Chicago, you can either opt for delicious tacos or fill your heart with inspiration at the National Museum of Mexican Art.

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