All around the world are little pockets of paradise that are the favourites of locals and of tourists alike. These neighbourhoods offer something truly special and are always worth exploring when you’re discovering foreign lands. We’ve rounded up the top 12 neighbourhoods around the world, so that when you draw up your itinerary, you know where to go. From sweet secret spots to cultural melting pots, they are all here….
With a massive increase in tourist popularity, there are only a few places where a tourist can find the true heart of Barcelona. Sants is one of them. The main focus of the area is on offering culinary delights, but without the tell-tale signs of being specifically wrapped for tourists.
Navy Yard, Washington DC
Although currently in a state of massive expansion, The Yards in Washington DC presently stands in the space between being truly cultural, and an up and coming trendy area. The waterfront location and pleasant developing nightlife make it an overlooked gem.
Amsterdam Noord, Amsterdam
Amsterdam is one of the most well-known tourist destinations in the world, which makes finding true regional culture a struggle. Amsterdam Noord is home to independent art galleries, and a number of bustling watering holes; the true Amsterdam most tourists will miss. It may not be a cheap holiday, however, so you may want to play a few casino games so that you can afford to enjoy the many delights!
Located beyond the walls of the main city, Getsemani offers tourists a look at the true heart and soul of the region. Pleasant pizzerias and interesting cafes are a big draw card, offering a bit of rustic pleasure to curious explorers.
Offering a truly unique urban living experience, Maboneng is a thriving artistic and culinary gem. With classy restaurants and a blossoming African art scene, there are few locations that can offer such a dazzling experience.
With Tbilisi now referred to as one of the trendiest places to visit, Plekhanov is the prime balance you’re looking for. The area is charming, bustling with locals, and yet has had its main street recently revamped for tourism. Another true gem of a tourist location.
Casco Viejo, Panama City
Once riddled with crime and gang violence, Casco Viejo has done a full turn around. One of the most interesting sights is the leftover gang graffiti, now used as decoration for an increasingly popular tourist flow.
District 5, Saigon
With multiple stunning temples, a market favoured by locals, and an array of bars and restaurants, District 5 is where the real Saigon lives. Perfect for those who enjoy shopping local, alongside the people of the region.
Away from the more central areas of Athens, and seeming to be the ultimate blend of rustic and trendy, Keramikos is the ultimate hot spot for culinary explorers. Look out for the weekly markets.
More recently revamped to appeal to tourists, but not yet crowded, Seongsu-dong is blend of trendy food venues, art galleries, and photo opportunities. Get there quick before the crowds start setting in!
Created by decades of creatives and artists, this often-overlooked neighbourhood in Chicago is a dream come true. Although up and coming now with an increasing focus on tourists, the true Chicago spirit still lives here.
Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Just far enough beyond Cape Town to still be quaint, but close enough to have classy restaurants and charming cafes, Kalk Bay can only be called an overlooked waterfront paradise. It is the perfect getaway for those in search of dreamy evenings overlooking a harbour, and you may even spot a whale!