by Matt Alderton | August 25, 2017
Die-hard travelers know: The best way to experience a city -- to really, truly experience it -- is to spend less time at its tourist attractions and more time in its local neighborhoods, where authentic restaurants, shops, and nightlife thrive. From North and South America to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, here are 10 such neighborhoods that are worth checking out today:



10. Borgo San Frediano, Florence, Italy
This neighborhood on the southern side of Florence's Arno river is known for its narrow streets, its tiny sidewalks, and its hip cocktail bars, including Italy's first sake bar.

9. Seongsu-dong, Seoul, South Korea
This neighborhood, often called "the Williamsburg of Seoul," is best known for its salvaged spaces, including abandoned warehouses and factories that have been turned into cafes, restaurants, galleries, and shops.

8. The Triangle, Lisbon, Portugal
Located on the route of Lisbon's iconic Tram 28, "The Triangle" is a cluster of three streets populated by creatives and entrepreneurs who are repurposing the area's derelict tile-covered buildings.

7. Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen's coolest neighborhood is beloved for its street art, independent shops, street markets, restaurants, and bars.

6. Business Bay, Dubai, UAE
This area between downtown Dubai and the Dubai Canal once was dominated by half-finished skyscrapers but is now becoming a very cool waterfront leisure destination.

5. Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Damansara Heights is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Kuala Lumpur and is known for its community-focused eateries, boutiques, and bars.

4. Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Brooklyn's Sunset Park is home to a diverse mix of cultures, including vibrant Chinese and Latin American communities whose restaurants and shops are an enticing attraction.

3. Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio's hottest neighborhood has attracted talented young chefs, entrepreneurs, and creatives who have turned the area into an exciting nightlife destination.

2. Frelard, Seattle, WA, USA
Located between two of Seattle's more established neighborhoods, Fremont and Ballard, this micro neighborhood is home to a growing number of hip restaurants, bars, and breweries.

1. Tooting, London, UK (pictured)
This South London neighborhood is gritty but charming, known for its multiculturalism -- including its "Curry Corridor" of top-rated South Asian restaurants.


Source: Lonely Planet