Scottish cities feature in Time Out's 'world's coolest neighbourhoods'

12,000 people nominated their favourite cities around the world.

Two Scottish cities feature in ‘world’s coolest neighbourhood’ list – full list of Time Out’s picks iStock

Two Scottish cities have been included in Time Out’s list of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods.

The global media and hospitality brand released its sixth annual list of trending areas of global cities which features the most exciting districts in the world.

Included in the list are Leith in Edinburgh and the West End in Glasgow which placed at 16 and 20, respectively.

They beat the likes of the bustling King’s Cross area in London which came in at 24 on the list of 40 places.

The ranking is part of Time Out’s annual survey, this year they asked 12,000 people from their international audience to nominate areas of cities which have the best “mix of cutting-edge culture, affordable great food and drink, street life, nightlife and community”.

Ashton Lane in Glasgow's West End.georgeclerk via iStock

Grace Beard, travel editor at Time Out, said: “What stands out with this year’s Time Out Coolest Neighbourhoods is that, while most of them have seen transformation over recent years, they remain resolutely local-at-heart.

“Exciting new openings across culture, food and drink are bringing in new crowds, but neighbourhood stalwarts – from old pubs to family greengrocers – keep it real.

“And they’re fun. These are places where the city comes to play, be it an all-night party, a spot of urban fishing or a nighttime bike ride.

“After a few tumultuous years, it’s heartening to see communities coming together to hang out, support local businesses and have some fun.”

Time Out’s 40 coolest neighbourhoods in the world

  1. Laureles: Medellín, Colombia
  2. Smithfield: Dublin, Ireland
  3. Carabanchel: Madrid, Spain
  4. Havnen – The Harbour: Copenhagen, Denmark
  5. Sheung Wan: Hong Kong
  6. Brunswick East: Melbourne, Australia
  7. Mid-City: New Orleans, USA
  8. Isola: Milan, Italy
  9. West: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  10. Tomigaya: Tokyo, Japan
  11. Baltic Triangle: Liverpool, UK
  12. Cours Julien: Marseille, France
  13. Arts District: Los Angeles, USA
  14. Chinatown: Singapore
  15. Fort Greene: New York, USA
  16. Leith: Edinburgh, UK
  17. Enmore: Sydney, Australia
  18. Costa Caparica, Almada: Lisbon, Portugal
  19. Hyde Park: Chicago, USA
  20. West End: Glasgow, UK
  21. Sea Point: Cape Town, South Africa
  22. Neukölln: Berlin, Germany
  23. Haut-Marais: Paris, France
  24. King’s Cross: London, UK
  25. Hannam-dong: Seoul, South Korea
  26. Coral Gables: Miami, USA
  27. Richmond District: San Francisco, USA
  28. Vinohrady: Prague, Czech Republic
  29. El Clot: Barcelona, Spain
  30. San Miguel Chapultepec: Mexico City, Mexico
  31. Exarcheia: Athens, Greece
  32. Bebek: Istanbul, Turkey
  33. Ponsonby: Auckland, New Zealand
  34. Zhongshan: Taipei, Taiwan
  35. Bonifacio Global City (BGC): Manila, Philippines
  36. Centre-Ville: Montreal, Canada
  37. Dotonbori: Osaka, Japan
  38. The Annex: Toronto, Canada
  39. Song Wat: Bangkok, Thailand
  40. Cantonments: Accra, Ghana
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