Singapore’s Little India is one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world 2022

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What exactly does a neighborhood need to be one of the coolest in the world? Should it be home to the hippest and up-and-coming restaurants and bars, be an architectural marvel with some of the most Instagrammable buildings ever seen, or boast street art around every corner. Every traveler’s requirements will change, but this newly released list contains a mix of everything. This year, Singapore’s very own Little India makes it to number 19 on the list, joining the top 20 of New York City’s Ridgewood, Lisbon’s Cais do Sodré and Naples’ Riona Sanità.

The coolest neighborhoods in the world 2022

Every year a reputable publication publishes the list of some of the coolest neighborhoods in the world, and this year a number of places in Asia also made their place in the 51 coolest neighborhoods.

The neighborhood list was the result of the combination of places chosen by travelers from around the world and expert input, making the list something to look forward to. The 2022 top spot went to Colonia Americana in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Colonia Americana in Guadalajara, Mexico

Guadalajara is known to locals as Mexico’s cultural capital, and the Colonia Americana neighborhood plays a big part in that. The place has the perfect juxtaposition of art deco atmosphere and neoclassical flair, and it’s also host to some of the best music venues in the entire area.

Wat Bo Village in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ranked 3rd in the world and top in Asia is Wat Bo Village in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This neighborhood came into the limelight after Siem Reap underwent a major renovation in 2021. Its riverside location and the fact that it’s home to some of the area’s trendiest bars play a major role in the village of Wat Boa holding such a top spot.

Shimokitazawa in Tokyo, Japan

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At number 7 on the list is the Shimokitazawa neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan. With Japan recently lifting all travel restrictions related to COVID-19, this is the perfect time to visit Shimokitazawa, known as a paradise for all types of foodies.

Little India in Singapore

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Another entry in the list from Asia should be familiar to locals in particular. Little India in Singapore ranked 19th on the list of the coolest neighborhoods for 2022. Little India has a very different vibe than Singapore’s other streets like Orchard Road or Marina Bay, with lots of great food, historical architecture and cultural importance. It is a must-see for anyone planning a vacation to Singapore.

Wan Chai in Hong Kong

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In 22nd place is Wan Chai in Hong Kong. Once a famous red-light district, the area has become a hub for locals and visitors looking for authentic, delicious dishes, refreshing cocktails and a taste of bustling city life, making it one of the top spots for everyone.

Ximending in Taipei, Taiwan

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The colorful Ximending neighborhood in Taipei, Taiwan ranked 37th in the coolest list. One of the country’s most LGBTQ+-friendly spots, it has alleyways covered in amazing graffiti, respectable cocktail bars and pocket-friendly street food. This is also the go-to place for cinema lovers.

Ubud in Bali, Indonesia

Ubud
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Ranked 42nd is Ubud in Bali, Indonesia. Undeniably one of Bali’s most popular neighborhoods, the streets here are often packed with expats, all eager to experience the surreal temples, beautiful gardens, art galleries, craft shops and brunch spots that this area has become synonymous with.

Bandra West in Mumbai, India

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Another very famous entry at number 45 on the list is Bandra West in Mumbai, India. The Kiez in the city that never sleeps is a dream for every shopping lover. And if you’re tired of trying on clothes, there are numerous restaurants and bars serving decadent food.

Thonglor in Bangkok, Thailand

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Thonglor in Bangkok, Thailand completes the Asian entries in the list of the coolest neighborhoods at number 46. If you want to spend a memorable day, this neighborhood is for you. From yoga studios and organic shops to some of the area’s best bars, cafes and nightclubs, you’ll find everything you’re looking for and more.

Here is the full list:

  1. Colonia Americana in Guadalajara, Mexico
  2. Cais do Sodre in Lisbon, Portugal
  3. Wat Bo Village in Siem Reap, Cambodia
  4. Ridgewood in New York City, United States
  5. Mile End in Montreal, Canada
  6. Barrio Logan in San Diego, United States
  7. Shimokitazawa in Tokyo, Japan
  8. Cliftonville in Margate, UK
  9. Barrio Yungay in Santiago, Chile
  10. Cours Julien in Marseille, France
  11. Shawlands in Glasgow, UK
  12. Dundas West in Toronto, Canada
  13. Vila Madalena in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  14. San Isidro in Havana, Cuba
  15. Neukoelln in Berlin, Germany
  16. Avondale in Chicago, United States
  17. Walthamstow in London, UK
  18. Sants in Barcelona, ​​Spain
  19. Little India in Singapore
  20. Riona Sanità in Naples, Italy
  21. Silver Lake in Los Angeles, United States
  22. Wan Chai in Hong Kong
  23. Barrio de las Letras in Madrid, Spain
  24. Vesterbro in Copenhagen, Denmark
  25. West End in Vancouver, Canada
  26. Levinsky in Tel Aviv, Israel
  27. Fitzroy in Melbourne, Australia
  28. Kilimani in Nairobi, Kenya
  29. Coconut Grove in Miami, United States
  30. North Quarter in Manchester, UK
  31. Letna in Prague, Czech Republic
  32. North in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  33. Marrickville in Sydney, Australia
  34. Chacarita in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  35. Kelham Island in Sheffield, UK
  36. Dog patch in San Francisco, USA
  37. Ximending in Taipei, Taiwan
  38. Sea Point in Cape Town, South Africa
  39. Pagrati in Athens, Greece
  40. Santurce in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  41. Barrio Escalante in San Jose, Costa Rica
  42. Ubud in Bali, Indonesia
  43. Kingsland in Auckland, New Zealand
  44. Haut Marais in Paris, France
  45. Bandra West in Mumbai, India
  46. Thonglor in Bangkok, Thailand
  47. Fortitude Valley in Brisbane, Australia
  48. Moda in Istanbul, Turkey
  49. Stoney Batter in Dublin, Ireland
  50. FESTAC Town in Lagos, Nigeria
  51. Versalles in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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