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Newtown, Sydney

Newtown has always been a place for dreamers. In the last century, low rents and the area’s close proximity to Sydney University have lured artists, migrants and activists who’ve shaped the shoebox cafés, moody bars and offbeat bookshops that line its main thoroughfare, King Street. And despite signs of gentrification, the area is still known for counterculture, community and open-minded an clientele

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Mariahilf, Vienna

Expensive urban art and the best scruffy flea market in Vienna sum up Mariahilf, a Boho area south of the Ringstrasse that sports some of the best fin-de-siècle buildings by Otto Wagner, alongside some pretty dodgy nightclubs. Mariahilf grew up on a hill outside Vienna’s city walls with an important food market, Naschmarkt, down below in the valley of the River Wien

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Brera, Milan

A leisurely stroll from Milan’s fashion boutiques and the Duomo, the Brera district has historically been the place where artists and intellectuals congregated to smoke, eat and chat at bars and cafés. Full of quaint side streets and prestigious palazzos, it hosts the Pinacoteca art gallery with works by Caravaggio, Raphael and other great masters.

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Jordaan, Amsterdaam

Arguably the most beautiful neighbourhood in Amsterdam, Jordaan manages to be both achingly cool and picture postcard pretty. It has wide leafy boulevards that are perfect for casual strolls, canal side terraces that are made for coffee drinking and people watching.

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Peckham, London

Over the last decade or so the district has benefitted from a concerted regeneration effort, embodied in the Will Aslop-designed Stirling Award-winning Peckham Library, which opened in 2000.

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Boston District: South End

In recent years Southie’s long rows of red brick terraces and parks have blossomed with design shops, pet parlours, delis, restaurants and arts venues.

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Carouge, Geneva

Carouge today is a suburb of Geneva, but it was once a rival to its wealthy Swiss neighbour.

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Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Tumbling down the hillside to the edge of Victoria Harbour, Sai Ying Pun is a neighbourhood on the up.

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Gràcia, Barcelona

An autonomous town prior to the 20th century, Gràcia has maintained its own independent character.

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Koreatown, Los Angeles

Koreatown is not only home to the largest Korean population in the US today, but also LA’s most buzzed-about openings.

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Amsterdam Noord, Amsterdam

Like many neighbourhoods on the fringes, Amsterdam Noord has reinvented itself from a rundown, derelict wasteland to a buzzing, creative community.

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The Ouseburn, Newcastle

The Ouseburn has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent times, from an industrial wasteland to an area of cultural regeneration.

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Chelsea, London

Skirting the north of the River Thames, Chelsea has been affiliated with high society since Henry VIII moved his royal court to the area in the 1600s.

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Pâquis, Geneva

Once an open pasture for grazing cattle and part of the town of Petit-Saconnex, Pâquis is now one of Geneva’s foremost bohemian and eclectic neighbourhoods.

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Kreuzberg, Germany

Unlike many such neighbourhoods, Kreuzberg has resisted wholesale gentrification and retains a sense of originality and edginess.

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Nordend, Frankfurt, Germany

Nicknamed Mainhattan, Frankfurt is a city defined all too often by the international banks that have made it one of the world’s leading financial powerhouses. If one image perfectly captures this city of contrasts, it’s the reflection of half-timbered buildings and century-old stone facades in Westend’s glass and steel skyscrapers

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Del Mar, San Diego, US

For a beach town tucked away in San Diego’s North County, Del Mar certainly packs plenty of celebrity punch. Intended as a glamorous resort destination from the time Colonel Jacob Taylor acquired 338 acres of waterfront land in the 1880s, this coastal enclave has grown to harbour a constellation of talent.

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Henrietta Hotel

Henrietta Hotel in Covent Garden is close to both the theatres of the West End and the boutiques, restaurants and nightlife of Soho.

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Arts District, Los Angeles

Los Angeles’ Arts District draws you into its maze of warehouses and factories covered in eye-catching street art. Once an industrial hub, then a haven for artists, the past decade has seen this Downtown LA (DTLA) enclave flourish into an epicentre of all things culinary and crafty. Restaurateurs, gallerists and artisans thrive in this burgeoning neighbourhood, as does Hollywood’s A-list

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Palermo, Buenos Aires

When Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges lived in quiet, suburban Palermo at the beginning of the 20th century, he could scarcely have imagined what it would turn into. Now, everyone wants in on Palermo, a once run-down neighbourhood where independent fashion designers, daring chefs and bearded barbers clamour for commercial space in graffiti-covered buildings and crumbling mansions

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Quartier des Bains, Geneva

Although often better known for its diplomats and bankers, Geneva’s art district, Quartier des Bains, is putting the city on the map as an essential destination for international artists and collectors. A local secret for some time, the rest of the world is starting to pay attention to Europe’s very own SoHo.

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Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, NY

For a taste of Russia in New York, head to Brighton Beach, less than an hour's subway ride from midtown Manhattan.

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Södermalm, Stockholm

Södermalm is a southern district in central Stockholm. Considered an island, it’s nevertheless connected to surrounding areas via bridges and railways.

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Chiado, Lisbon

Many cities claim the origin myth of being constructed on seven hills but few can rival Lisbon for its inclined neighbourhoods.

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Canal St Martin, Paris

When you speak to Parisians about Canal St Martin there’s a word that is commonly used to describe its newfound trendy status: ‘Bobo’, which stands for bohemian bourgeois.

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West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Bound, ever so cooly, on either side by Hollywood and Beverly Hills, WeHo, as locals call it, is a coveted zip code among high-profile residents.

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The Northern Quarter, Manchester

There are few areas that encapsulate the Mancunian spirit better than the Northern Quarter.

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Noosa Heads, Queensland

Once just home to surfers, backpackers and creative types, Noosa Heads has been transformed with an influx of urbanites from Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney.

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Colaba, Mumbai

Colaba is one of seven islands that make up modern Mumbai, given by the Portuguese to King Charles II in 1662 as part of a dowry.

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Financial District, San Francisco

Though tech brands lay claim to bricks and mortar, the city keeps a firm grip on its architectural riches. Nowhere is this more keenly felt than in the Financial District.

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El Raval, Barcelona

El Raval lies in the heart of Barcelona and forms part of the labyrinth that is known as Ciutat Vella (Old Town).

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Renon, Bali

To bypass this culturally rich capital, where simple Balinese traditions coexist with the city’s modernising moves, is a rookie traveller error.

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Mkemang, Indonesia

There’s a city brimming with enterprise and creativity to discover – you just need to know where to look.

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Pinheiros

Sandwiched between the elite district of Jardim Paulista and achingly hip Vila Madalena (a mecca for graffiti and murals), multi-cultural, bohemian and slightly grungy Pinheiros is finally stepping out from the shadow of its hilly neighbours.

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Red Hook

Far-reaching Red Hook has avoided the phoenix-like rise of its Brooklyn counterparts – namely, Williamsburg and Dumbo.

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