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Time Out names an area of Guadalajara in Mexico as the Coolest Neighbourhood in the World to visit

Areas in Lisbon (Portugal) and Siem Riep (Cambodia) take second and third place in the rankings

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11 October 2022: Colonia Americana in Guadalajara in Mexico has been named the Coolest Neighbourhood in the World to visit right now by Time Out, the global media and hospitality brand, which helps people explore and experience the best of the city. Time Out today has released its annual list of trending areas of global cities for people to explore and discover on their travels. The full list can be found here

Cais do Sodré in Lisbon has been named as Time Out’s second coolest neighbourhood in the world right now, and Wat Bo Village in Siem Reap in Cambodia is at number three. Time Out’s top five Coolest Neighbourhoods in the World list is completed by Ridgewood in New York (4) and Mile End in Montreal (5). 

James Manning, Travel Editor at Time Out, explains why the Guadalajara neighbourhood of Colonia Americana deserves its top ranking this year: “Mexico has ranked among the world’s coolest travel destinations for a few years now, but Guadalajara is just emerging as a must-visit – and Colonia Americana is the place to be right now. It’s home to a boundary-pushing creative community, a growing number of amazing places to eat, and some of the best nightlife in the western hemisphere. And the street life is unbeatable.”

Other neighbourhoods on the list in some of the most popular global city break destinations include Shimokitazawa, Tokyo (number seven), Dundas West in Toronto (number 12), Vila Madalena in São Paulo (13), Sants in Barcelona (18), Little India in Singapore (19), Barrio de Las Letras in Madrid (23), Dogpatch in San Francisco (36), Sea Point in Cape Town (38), Haut-Marais in Paris (44) and Thonglor in Bangkok (46). 

The philosophy behind Time Out’s list is to help travellers and residents get under the skin of the world’s most distinctive city neighbourhoods right now, as Dave Calhoun, Chief Content Officer North America & UK at Time Out, explains; “Each year we ask our international Time Out audience and our global team of local Time Out experts to nominate the areas of cities right now which have the best mix of cutting-edge culture, affordable food and drink, street life, nightlife and community. They are not homogenised, corporate destinations but areas which have an independent and welcoming vibe”. He adds;  “You may be able to walk across them in half an hour or less but they are packed with enough experiences to spend days exploring”.

It’s the first time that a neighbourhood in Guadalajara has made Time Out’s Coolest Neighbourhoods in the World list, which is now in its fifth year. As well as Guadalajara, neighbourhoods in Siem Reap, Santiago, Doha, Brisbane, Margate, Nairobi, Marseilles, Sheffield, Naples, Auckland, Puerto Vallarta, San Juan, San José (Costa Rica) and San Diego have all made the list this year for the first time.

For the full list of Time Out’s Coolest Neighbourhoods in the World, along with details from Time Out’s local experts on why they have made the grade, please visit

Time Out’s Coolest Neighborhoods in the World Right Now List:

1. Colonia Americana, Guadalajara (Mexico)

2. Cais do Sodré, Lisbon (Portugal)

3. Wat Bo Village, Siem Reap (Cambodia)

4. Ridgewood, New York (USA)

5. Mile End, Montreal (Canada)

6. Barrio Logan, San Diego (USA)

7. Shimokitazawa, Tokyo (Japan)

8. Cliftonville, Margate (UK)

9. Barrio Yungay, Santiago (Chile)

10. Cours Julien, Marseille (France)

11. Shawlands, Glasgow (UK)

12. Dundas West, Toronto (Canada)

13. Vila Madalena, São Paulo (Brazil)

14. San Isidro, Havana (Cuba)

15. Neukölln, Berlin (Germany)

16. Avondale, Chicago (USA)

17. Walthamstow, London (UK)

18. Sants, Barcelona (Spain)

19. Little India, Singapore

20. Riona Sanità, Naples (Italy)

21. Silver Lake, Los Angeles (USA)

22. Wan Chai, Hong Kong

23. Barrio de Las Letras, Madrid (Spain)

24. Vesterbro, Copenhagen (Denmark)

25. West End, Vancouver (Canada)

26. Levinsky, Tel Aviv (Israel)

27. Fitzroy, Melbourne (Australia)

28. Kilimani, Nairobi (Kenya)

29. Coconut Grove, Miami (USA)

30. Northern Quarter, Manchester (UK)

31. Letná, Prague (Czech Republic)

32. Noord, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

33. Marrickville, Sydney (Australia)

34. Chacarita, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

35. Kelham Island, Sheffield (UK)

36. Dogpatch, San Francisco (USA)

37. Ximending, Taipei (Taiwan)

38. Sea Point, Cape Town (South Africa)

39. Pagrati, Athens (Greece)

40. Santurce, San Juan (Puerto Rico)

41. Barrio Escalante, San José (Costa Rica)

42. Central Ubud, Bali (Indonesia)

43. Kingsland, Auckland (New Zealand)

44. Haut-Marais, Paris (France)

45. Bandra West, Mumbai (India)

46. Thonglor, Bangkok (Thailand)

47. Fortitude Valley, Brisbane (Australia)

48. Moda, Istanbul (Turkey)

49. Stoneybatter, Dublin (Ireland)

50. FESTAC Town, Lagos (Nigeria)

51. Versalles, Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)


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Time Out Group is a global media and hospitality business that curates and creates the best of the world’s greatest cities through its two divisions - Time Out Media and Time Out Market. Time Out launched in London in 1968 with a magazine to help people discover the exciting new urban cultures that had started up all over the city. Today, across the Group’s digital and physical platforms, Time Out’s professional journalists curate the best things to do, see and eat in 333 cities in 59 countries. Time Out Market is the world’s first editorially curated food and cultural market, bringing a city’s best chefs, restaurateurs and unique cultural experiences together under one roof. The first Time Out Market opened in Lisbon in 2014, followed in 2019 by Miami, New York, Boston, Montreal and Chicago, and Dubai in 2021. A further pipeline of openings includes Porto, Abu Dhabi, Prague, Osaka, London, Cape Town and more. Time Out Group PLC, listed on AIM, is headquartered in the United Kingdom.

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