Barcelona's Esquerra de l'Eixample is named the 'coolest' neighbourhood in the world

This area of Barcelona has topped the ranking of the world's coolest neighbourhoods published by Time Out magazine.

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26 October 2020, Redaction

Once again this year, the British magazine Time Out has published its annual ranking of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world. These places, according to the publication, traditionally represent the spirit of big cities: places to eat and have fun, enjoy art and culture, and take in the atmosphere and personality of the surroundings. However, in the last few months, things have changed completely, and local neighbourhoods have become much more crowded than city centres. The corner shop or the local bar have been a lifesaver for millions of people all over the world.

This list of the best neighbourhoods on the planet is based on the opinions of more than 38,000 residents from various cities around the world. Despite the health crisis, the magazine states that "the best neighbourhoods of 2020 are still places that have a fascinating mix of people, food, drink, innovative and inclusive arts and culture, affordable rent and cost of living, and that indefinable vibe that attracts people from all over the world".

The publication highlights the Esquerra de l'Eixample neighbourhood in Barcelona for its dynamic and supportive character during the hardest part of the confinement which was introduced to fight the coronavirus. "A local network of mutual support was created to help the most vulnerable residents, which points the way to a future Barcelona in which the locals, not the tourists, have the leading voice," comments Time Out Barcelona.

From peripheral neighbourhoods that find their place in the spotlight, to creative neighbourhoods that have fought the crisis with culture and even some city centres that experience unexpected revivals, this year's ranking of the best neighbourhoods in the world has something for everyone. Barcelona's Esquerra de l'Eixample is followed by Downtown (Los Angeles), Sham Shui Po (Hong Kong), Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York), Yarraville (Melbourne), Wedding (Berlin), Shaanxi Bei Lu/Kangding Lu (Shanghai), Dennistoun (Glasgow), Haut-Marais (Paris) and Marrickville (Sydney) in the top 10. Another Spanish neighbourhood makes the list, with Lavapiés in Madrid's capital (named the coolest neighbourhood in the world a couple of years ago) coming in at number 21 and still very much cherished by madrileños

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