If you are traveling the world, sometimes you want to blend in among the locals and not look like a tourist. To help with this, the British travel magazine Time Out published a list of the world’s “coolest” neighborhoods, so you know exactly where to stay, eat, drink and just hang out.
To create the list, the editors of the magazine interviewed 15,000 participants around the world and made use of its City Life Index. The editors wanted to know if there is a buzz about an area. What cool new venues are opening? Can most people actually afford to live there? Is it a good place to stay for someone visiting the city? Most importantly, does it feel like a place that’s on the up?
Kadıköy, Istanbul (43rd on the list)
The survey ranked Istanbul’s Kadıköy district 43rd on their list and here’s how they described it, “Located on the Marmara Sea coast on the Asian side of Istanbul, the Kadıköy district has soared in popularity over the past few years. Hundreds of new bars, cafes, restaurants, design studios and shops have opened here, making the area a must-see for those really wanting to get a feel of how the city hangs out these days, with a more relaxed vibe than the bustling European side.”
EAT Nestled inside Haydarpaşa Railway Station, one of Istanbul’s most treasured historical landmarks, Mythos serves up delicious meze, expertly grilled fish and free-flowing rakı in a nostalgic setting.
DRINK Our favourite watering hole on Kadife Sokak, Kadıköy’s main bar street, Arkaoda has a calendar peppered with a diverse selection of underground DJs and musicians from Istanbul and abroad, with live shows on the upper floor.
DO With a view of the Marmara Sea and the historical peninsula, the sweeping Moda coastal park is an unbeatable hangout spot for a picnic on the grass.
STAY Occupying a renovated Greek-style house dating back to Ottoman times, Sarnıç Boutique Hotel is a charmingly quaint spot that’s both affordable and located in the very heart of the neighbourhood. —Yusuf Huysal
LOCALS SAY ‘It has its own style, spirit and people. The nightlife, from concerts to nightclubs, is ace too.’
The “List of Coolest Neighborhoods in the World” is topped by Madrid’s colorful Embajadores neighborhood. Meanwhile, Seoul’s Euljiro got second place and Nueva Villa de Aburra of Colombia’s Medellin came third.
Source: Daily Sabah