The 51 coolest neighbourhoods in the world

We polled 20,000 city-dwellers and grilled local experts to rank the greatest places for fun, food, culture and community

9. Barrio Yungay

Santiago, Chile

(Time Out) The colourful Barrio Yungay, located a short walk from heaving Avenida Alameda and Barrio Brasil, is on the up. Boasting national heritage status as the Chilean capital’s first planned barrio, it’s had an edgy reputation in recent years. But Yungay has now become a magnet for the young and cool: even Chile’s millennial president, Gabriel Boric, chose to move here in March 2022. Illustrious new residents aside, working-class locals stroll alongside bohemian creative types on attractive boulevards such as Lavaud, lined with a diverse array of baroque, Bauhaus and art deco façades. Yungay is home to several fascinating museums and the lush green space of Parque Quinta Normal, while an up-and-coming food scene includes restaurants serving trad Chilean fare alongside sourdough pizza parlours and speciality coffee houses.

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