The most 'cool' neighborhoods in the world
We know the big capitals through their most alternative and multicultural districtsThey were, many of them, industrial zones fallen into oblivion or historical districts threatened by the collapse. At the moment they are colorful and effervescent zones, creative epicentres, shelter of independent stores and restaurants that mark tendency. From Botafogo, in Rio de Janeiro, to Vesterbro, in Copenhagen, we go around the world discovering the most hipsters neighborhoods on the planet.
Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro
Just when the glamor of Copacabana and Ipanema began to be outdated, Botafogo has emerged as the epicenter and effervescent focus of life (both day and night) in Rio de Janeiro. Bounded by the iconic Sugar Loaf ridge and a perennial blue sky, this neighborhood south of the city of Rio has become the creative refuge of young chefs.
Artists of all kinds have changed the numerous clinics that were erected there (popularly known as "the clinic district") for museums, author's theaters, independent cinemas and restaurants (id reserving a table at the CoLAB gastrobars and Void House of Food, orgasmic experiences for the palate).
Borgo San Frediano,
Florence Vasco Pratolini was one of the most important writers of Italian literature of the 20th century. Some of his most outstanding works are Family Chronicle (1947), Chronicles of poor lovers (1947) and, most especially, The Girls of San Frediano (1948). This latest novel takes place in one of the most popular neighborhoods of this impressive endless museum that is Florence. Hidden in the area of Oltrarno, known for its workshops of artisans, the San Frediano district, until now relevant for its historic architectural legacy, is breathing new vitality to Florence, especially in terms of gastronomic offer.
Lastarria, Santiago, Chile
When we make plans to travel to a great city of the South American continent, compared to the attractiveness of Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro or, increasingly, Lima, we mistakenly miss Santiago de Chile. The capital of the Andean country offers unlimited attractions, and the district of Lastarria, in the heart of the capital, next to the hill Santa Lucia, would head that infinite list. Declared a Typical Zone in 1997 by the Chilean government, for the architectural heritage value of its buildings, Lastarria has retained its traditional essence. It has also been able to adopt the community of young creators and entrepreneurs to, with its museums, cultural centers, cinemas, theaters, design stores, small bookstores ..., claim its role as the heart of the city's contemporary culture.
Stockholm is the union of 14 islands. Of all of them, Sodermalm is the one that has most marked the personality of the Swedish capital. Former factory fief of brick industrial buildings and modest wooden houses, preserving its proletarian attitude, tolerant and open, at present it has become the largest concentration of types with plaid shirt, wool cap and beard in the style of the Greek patriarchate (or, in this case, Viking cut) of northern Europe.
Small cafes, bookstores taken from a film by Isabel Coixet, organic markets and a football club, the Hammarby, with a (almost) as charismatic hobby as that of St. Pauli in Hamburg.