Time Out’s expansive food-and-culture destinations are what happens when your go-to guide to the city’s best restaurants, bars and things to do becomes an actual place. These are the spots we’ve curated with the same fuss, care and curiosity we bring to our editorial—and there’s probably one near you right now.
Every year, Time Out polls 38,000-plus city-dwellers from around the globe through the annual Time Out Index survey to find out the top-rated neighborhood in each city. We mash that with our global network of Time Out editors and experts to bring you our list of the coolest neighborhoods in the world. But this year, when international travel is basically off the table, and we’re all staying a little closer to home, small neighborhoods in cities across the United States have become more important than ever.
So this list is for Americans. We bring you the coolest neighborhoods in some of the best cities to visit in the USA. These are the must-visit places to be for food and fun, art and culture, atmosphere and personality, but they’re also the spots who have rallied in the face of pandemic and even natural disaster to serve their community in the face of unprecedented challenges. So without further ado, here are the coolest (and kindest) neighborhoods in the United States in 2020.
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