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  • Stylist's city guide: cool neighbourhoods
  • Stylist's city guide: cool neighbourhoods

Cool neighbourhoods around the world

Local hot spots from Miami to Paris

Every city boasts a fashionable or up-and-coming quarter. Stylist picks the districts you need to head to now

Words: Christina Quaine Artwork: Hattie Newman Photography: Ania Wawrzkowicz

10th arrondissement - Paris, France

The 10th arrondissement in Paris in 3D form: Giving cardboard city a whole new meaning

Forget Le Marais district. Parisians in the know are shifting their attention to the area around the banks of Canal Saint-Martin where a host of new galleries, boutiques and restaurants are springing up. La Chambre aux Oiseaux (lachambre auxoiseaux.tumblr.com) is the perfect brunch spot with its homely ambience and delicious pastries. Head to Le Comptoir Général (lecomptoirgeneral.com) for gorgeous, well-priced vintage goods and Artazart Design Bookstore (artazart.com) for the ultimate coffee-table tomes. When the sun sets, join the cool crowd at Le Pompon ( 39 rue des Petites-Ecuries), a bar beloved by the locals and Scarlett Johansson when she’s in town. Then, make some time for PNY (pnyhamburgers. fr) on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis which does a gloriously French take on the American favourite.

Need to know

Fancy a film? Louxor-Palais du Cinema (paris-louxor.fr) is a stunning art deco building – complete with Egyptian decor – which recently reopened and does a great line in films from the developing world.

De Pijp - Amsterdam, Netherlands

The lobby at the Sir Albert Hotel complete with DeLorean fire tracks

When the Sir Albert Hotel (siralberthotel.com) opened earlier this year, it cemented De Pijp as Amsterdam’s coolest neighbourhood. A former diamond factory, the hotel’s Japanese restaurant, Izakaya, with a menu designed by ex-Nobu London chef Hariprasad Shetty, is the best in town. Close by is the historic Albert Cuyp open-air market for the best Dutch stroopwafels (syrup waffles). The recently revamped Stedelijk Museum (stedelijk.nl) is down the road and home to the city’s best contemporary art exhibitions.

Need to know

De Taart van m’n Tante (detaart.com) is the most fabulous and colourful cake shop you’ll ever visit (think Mad Hatter’s Tea Party).

Red Hook - New York, USA

What can we find through the arched window? The Nu Hotel

This cutting-edge pocket of Brooklyn is grittier than its big brother, Williamsburg. Check into a loft-style room decorated by a local artist at Nu Hotel (nuhotelbrooklyn.com; doubles from £144), before grabbing a breakfast muffin at Baked (bakednyc.com). You’ll need your fuel for shopping on Van Brunt Street – try Erie Basin (eriebasin.com) for art deco jewellery and Everbrite Mercantile Company (ebmerc.com) for vintage threads. Join the locals at The Good Fork (thegoodfork.com) for a slab of key lime pie, then end the day with a rhubarb criterium cocktail at Fort Defiance (fortdefiancebrooklyn.com).

Need to know

From April to October, grab a watermelon juice or a Guatemalan tamales from a Red Hook street food vendor (redhookfoodvendors.com).

Brixton - London, UK

We found this: anyone know where it belongs?

The culinary renaissance in Brixton Village began four years ago when empty market stalls were leased for free, to encourage new businesses. The result? Artisan coffee shops such as Federation Coffee (federationcoffee.com) and eateries like Honest Burger now sit alongside the original Caribbean cookware stalls. “Head to KaoSarn for amazing Thai food and Mexican restaurant Casa Morita for the best hangover-curing tostadas,” says cookery writer Rosie Lovell, owner of Brixton deli Rosie’s (rosiesdelicafe.com). It’s not all about food, though. Catch arthouse films at The Ritzy (picturehouses.co.uk) and while locals eat in the garden of the Effra Social (effrasocial.com), you can try the roof terrace at the newly launched The Lambeth (facebook.com/thelambeth) for cocktails, a hot tub, DJ sets and secret gigs (Basement Jaxx have played here).

Need to know

Five minutes’ walk from the village, The Courtesan is the best Dim Sum bar beyond Chinatown (thecourtesan.co.uk).

Nørrebro - Copenhagen, Denmark

Lovingly made from a pair of John Lennon’s spectacles

Jaegersborggade, a street on the outer reaches of the Nørrebro district, has attracted a new wave of creative types, giving it a lovely village feel. Get your morning latte from The Coffee Collective (coffeecollective.dk), renowned for being the best caffeine hit in the city, before popping over to Keramiker Inge Vincents (vincents.dk) for sleek handmade ceramics. Go to Musiksmag bar (musiksmag.com) to rub shoulders with the city’s tastemakers who head here for cocktails and vinyl records from local, independent artists. For the most stylish beds in town make a bee-line for nearby Avenue Hotel (avenuehotel.dk; doubles from £137), rooms come complete with Missoni bedspreads.

Need to know

Michelin-starred restaurant Relae (restaurantrelae. dk) is helmed by forner-Noma and El Bulli chef Christian Puglisi. The best seat is at the counter directly in front of the open kitchen.

Outer Sunset - San Francisco, USA

San Fran: not the best place to forget to apply the handbrake

Long overlooked by travel guides, this beachside neighbourhood is now big news thanks to surfers, creatives and gourmands like Lana Porcello – who co-owns the insanely popular restaurant Outerlands (outerlandssf.com). “General Store (shop-generalstore.com) and Establish (establishsf.com) are brilliant for unique fashion and homewares,” says Porcello. “Across the street, 3 Fish Studios (3fishstudios.com) sells afforfable art and for a caffeine fix head to Trouble Coffee (troublecoffee.com), which also serves fresh coconuts and generous slabs of cinnamon toast.” After a day on the beach, pull up a fireside chair and absorb live blues at rustic hotspot The Riptide (riptidesf.com).

Need to know

The family-run Ocean Park Motel (oceanpark motel.com; doubles from £66) is a delightful pastel-coloured art deco hotel just one block from the beach.

Maboneng Precinct - Johannesburg, South Africa

South Africa’s big game is adapting well to city life

It began in 2009 when a developer transformed a few dilapidated warehouses into an artists’ refuge. Now the entire area is a buzzing cultural hotspot. Highlights include Market on Main (marketonmain.co.za) where you can fill up on boerie rolls (like hot dogs), snap up independent fashion and homewares, then sip cocktails on the rooftop. The precinct is packed with bars, eateries and nightclubs, including African-Japanese fusion restaurant The Blackanese Sushi & Wine Bar (theblackanese. co.za) and the Zen Nightclub (zenclub.co.za) – with its own pool area due to open in September.

Need to know

Book the Catwalk Customs 1986-1996 room at 12 Decades Hotel (12decadeshotel.co.za). With an Eighties fashion theme the room even has its very own catwalk.

Gastown - Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver’s answer to Shoreditch, this district was neglected for years but is now bursting with bijou eateries, quirky designers and the coolest bars. Guilt & Co (guiltandcompany. com) do a mean red velvet cake and host a bi-monthly folk music night. The Sardine Can (thesardinecan.ca) is a delightfully tiny and hugely popular restaurant serving up quirky Spanish tapas including smoked sardines on toast and a tongue tingling chocolate terrine with chilli and sea salt. A few blocks away The Victorian Hotel (victorianhotel.ca; doubles from £68 per night) is a design classic, with lofty ceilings, vintage furniture and original hardwood floors. Left - The Gastown steam clock: it’s exactly that, a steam powered clock

Need to know

Don’t miss art studio and boutique Athena Atelier (athenaatelier.com) for stunning structural leather handbags.



Abbot Kinney - Los Angeles, USA

Abbot Kinney blvd: great food, designer shopping and no traffic. Winner

Arty types flock to beach boulevard Abbot Kinney for boutiques, galleries and delicious food. Coffee lovers get their daily hit at Intelligentsia (intelligentsiacoffee.com), while The Tasting Kitchen (thetastingkitchen.com) has a seasonal menu to die for. For retail therapy head to Satine (satineboutique.com), which has everything you need for a designer fix. By night, get a sought after table at Gjelina (gjelina.com) join locals at The Brig bar (thebrig.com) then get a beach-house style guest room at Hotel Erwin (hotelerwin.com).

Need to know

It’s worth persisting in the queue at Abbot’s Pizza Company (abbotspizzaco.com) for a slice of tequila-marinated chicken pizza.

Santa Teresa - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A broken horn meant the train had to resort to whistling

You could jostle for a square of sand on Copacabana beach, or you could head for the hills to this under-the-radar district with a boho vibe. “Santa Teresa is an arts hub: it has concerts in the Parque das Ruinas and during the Portas Abertas festival (artedeportasabertas.com.br) every July, dozens of artists open their studios,” says Lonely Planet author, Regis St Louis. Aprazível restaurant (aprazivel.com.br) is a favourite with the locals for treehouse dining and stunning views across Guanabara Bay. During the day, head to Favela Hype boutique for chic vintage finds. When darkness falls, Bar dos Descasados (santa-teresa-hotel.com) is the go-to place for a caipirinha.

Need to know

Book room nine at the flamboyant Casa Cool Beans (bnb.casacoolbeans.com; doubles from £83) for the best view of the vibrant neighbourhood.

Design District - Miami, USA

Cardboard Miami beach: mini cardboard Will Smith not included

Prise yourself away from Miami Beach’s candy-coloured art deco buildings and head west to the Design District, because this is the destination for galleries, bars, restaurants and upscale fashion (everyone from Pucci to Prada is here). The seasonal menu at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink (michaelsgenuine.com) is always the talk of the town – try wood oven-roasted peaches with Florida shrimp, washed down with a Bramble (gin and blackberries) cocktail. The area is a visual feast, too, from architect Zaha Hadid’s Elastika installation at the Moore Building to the vibrant graffiti adorning every wall. When the baking sun gets the better of you, bed down at the cute and rustic family run New Yorker Boutique Hotel just a few blocks away (hotelnew yorkermiami.com). Set in a Fifties motel, the interior decor and pastel coloured outer is a welcome nod to the famous art deco style synonymous with Miami.

Need to know

The Stage (thestagemiami. com) is where everyone heads after dark. A vast arts and events space, it hosts everything from screenings of TED talks to karaoke with a live band.



Monti - Rome, Italy

San Martino Ai Monti Basilica: one of Rome’s lesser known basilicas

You’ve ticked off the Colosseum, now make the short walk to off-the-grid enclave, Monti. Rome’s oldest neighbourhood has a new collection of boutiques, bars and restaurants to add to its traditional cobbled streets. Top of your list should be Mercato Monti (mercatomonti.com) for vintage and up-and-coming designer fashion, Gelateria Fatamorgana (gelateriafatamorgana.it) for classic and quirky ice-cream flavours (lobster and vodka for instance) and Al Vino al Vino (Via dei Serpenti 19) for a delicious glass of red.

Need to know

Casa Clementina (facebook.com/casaclementina) is decorated in the style of a Sixties home where DJs play in the bedroom, drinks are served in the kitchen and everything is for sale.

Hauz Khas Village - New Delhi, India

The pavilions in Hauz Khas are impressive even in cardboard form

HKV has been given a laudable injection of cool in the last few years, thanks to designers, foodies and musicians taking residency on the narrow streets surrounding the lake (the ‘Hauz’). For the best boutiques head to Indian beachwear designers Shivan and Narresh (shivanand narresh.com), House of Blondie (houseof blondie.com) for one-off vintage pieces and pick up some cutting-edge fashion from munkee.see. munkee.doo (msmd.co.in). Shopping done, dine in the area’s hottest restaurant: Gunpowder (22 Hauz Khas Village, Third Floor) where you can enjoy fish curry while musing over views of the lake. The Living Room (tlrcafe.com) is great for punchy cocktails and eclectic Punjabi folk rock, and if you’re still standing, head to He Said She Said (31 Hauz Khas Village, First Floor) where you can choose from over 100 different shots.

Need to know

Book the lavish Mumbai room at Amarya Haveli (amaryagroup.com; doubles from £89) for its kitsch neon signage and Bollywood posters.

Redfern - Sydney, Australia

The Eathouse Diner: just before happy hour kicks in

Newton was once the go-to spot for the in-the-know set, but they’ve moved east to Redfern. “Every week a great new bar or restaurant seems to open,” says Redfern resident and filmmaker Sarah Steel. “Start with coffee and potato hash at Baffi & Mo on Redfern Street then head to The Eathouse Diner (eathousediner.com.au) for a finer selection of dishes such as spicy creole gumbo with mussels and chorizo. I love Arcadia Liquors (arcadialiquors.com) for cocktails and live music in the courtyard.” Local artists exhibit at art space 107 Projects (107projects.org) while Small Spaces (small-spaces.com.au) sells sleek and very desirable furniture.

Need to know

The miso caramel milkshake at The Milk Bar by Cafe Ish (105 Regent Street) is out of this world.

Vieux Port - Marseille, France

The perfect alternative for those with a non-port facing view

Thanks to Marseille’s status as European Capital of Culture 2013, its historic old port where Alexandre Dumas set The Count Of Monte Cristo is having a moment. See Norman Foster’s giant mirror-illusion installation Ombriere on the quayside and visit the city’s first ever national museum – the Museum of Civilisations from Europe and the Mediterranean (mucem.org). Le Miramar restaurant (lemiramar.fr) is the place to eat bouillabaisse – the city’s signature dish – while quietly contemplating the boats bobbing on the harbour. Then head to La Caravelle (lacaravellemarseille. com), the go-to bar for cocktails and their delicious tarte tatin with orange caramel.

Need to know

Book a room at La Residence du Vieux Port (hotelresidencemarseille. com; doubles from £85), a sleek, unstuffy boutique hotel with port views.

Sheung Wan - Hong Kong, China

The ManMo temple: we wonder what their favourite colour is?

“Sheung Wan is a mix of new and old, cool and traditional, east and west,” says Adam White, editor of HK Magazine, the city’s English language title. White’s favourite haunts are the Queen Street Cooked Food Market – order the roasted suckling pig at ABC Kitchen (abckitchen.com.hk) – Gough Street for chic homewares and Kau Kee, which serves the best beef brisket noodles (the only thing on the menu). “For something a little quieter, visit the ManMo Temple before taking a walk around Tai Ping Shan Street, which is full of little trendy cafes and boutiques,” he adds. Stay at spire-shaped boutique hotel The Mercer (themercer.com.hk).

Need to know

Fancy a glass of white with your blow dry? Visage One is a one-seat salon by day, and bar lounge by night with impromptu jazz sessions.

Beyoglu - Istanbul, Turkey

The once run-down 19th century Ottoman mansions in Beyoglu have been revamped, transforming this district into Istanbul’s answer to Soho. Enjoy Turkish cuisine at centuries-old Haci Abdullah (haciabdullah.com.tr) and stay at Galata Antique Hotel (galataantiquehotel.com; doubles from £101) or The House Hotel Galatasaray (thehousehotel.com; doubles from £178), a four-storey mansion with 20 opulent rooms. For retail therapy, head to Misela (miselaistanbul. com) and snap up a covetable graphic leather tote by Istanbul designer Serra Turker – and Midnight Express (midnightexpress.com.tr) for international designs. The biggest draw to Beyoglu, however, is the nightlife. Münferit (munferit.com.tr) is best for cocktails, while at Lokal (facebook.com/tunel.lokal) you can party until the sun comes up over the Bosphorus sea. Left - even the buildings in Beyoglu like to wear party hats

Need to know

Head up to the fabulous rooftop garden at SALT (saltonline.org), an arts space hosting film screenings, talks and contemporary art.

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