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Glasgow's

DENNISTOUN

IS ONE OF THE

WORLD’S

COOLEST

 

NEIGHBOURHOODS

 

 

The Time Out magazine have revealed the top 40 coolest neighbourhoods around the world and Dennistoun is at number eight in the countdown. The
list focuses on “places that balance great local culture, food and fun with support and kindness for their communities during the turmoil of 2020”.

Since 2018, the annual list has been collated from the opinions of locals via the annual Time Out Index survey of over 38,000 global city residents, answering where they most loved spending their time out around their
city. It is one of the most high-profile travel features of the year.

To rank the list this year, Time Out’s global network of editors and experts factored in not just “great vibes, food, drink, nightlife and independent culture”, but also community spirit, praising the neighbourhoods where
people showed unconditional love and support for the communities and local businesses who represent the soul of the city.

The neighbourhood which reached the number one spot, being named the coolest neighbourhood in the world, is Esquerra de l’Eixample in Barcelona.

 

“With global travel in disarray, this year our annual list of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods is less about planning your next trip and more about celebrating the
hotspots that are pointing the way forward for city life. In tough times, neighbourhoods are more important than ever – and these are places where the soul of the city is on full display, thanks to independent businesses, local culture and community initiatives. Consider this list a worldwide shout-out to the strength, spirit and resilience of city-dwellers.”

Dennistoun has a growing food and drink scene alongside a strong sense of identity. During lockdown local businesses worked together to ensure that neighbours and those in need were supported. East Coffee Company, Mesa and the Zero Waste Market were among the places mentioned in the Time Out profile.

Glasgow is a fantastic city with cutting-edge culture and nightlife, and right now Dennistoun is at the cutting edge of the city’s cool, with independents popping up and artists brightening up the streets. They were really blown away by the amazing initiatives that businesses and locals started at the beginning of the pandemic – it showed there was real heart in the neighbourhood.”

1. Esquerra De L’Eixample, Barcelona

At the number one hotspot, Esquerra De L’Eixample in Barcelona is 2020’s coolest neighbourhood in the world. The Spanish neighbourhood achieved the coveted first spot based on its tight-knit community, great local businesses and LGBTQ+-friendly culture. During lockdown, locals gathered together en masse for the pop-up Hidrogel Sessions, where residents held dance parties from their balconies in fancy dress to keep community spirit up during this time. Meanwhile, a local Mutual Support Network was created to help the most vulnerable, and Ada Parellada from the well-known Semproniana restaurant started cooking for health workers.

 

8. Dennistoun, Glasgow

Over the last decade, young students from Strathclyde University have breathed new life into Glasgow’s Dennistoun area. East Coffee Company and Mesa offer exciting brunches on the buzzing Duke Street and innovative craft breweries are moving in. During the pandemic, the area was strengthened by initiatives like the Zero Waste Market – a refill grocery shop for boxes of essential foods – and Alexandra Park’s Food Forest, where locals of all backgrounds meet to plant and grow for a more sustainable future. 

 

 

11. Verdun, Montreal

12. Kalamaja, Tallinn

13. Hannam-dong, Seoul

14. Bonfim, Porto

15. Ghosttown, Oakland

16. Chula-Samyan, Bangkok

17. Alvalade, Lisbon

18. Noord, Amsterdam

19. Centro, São Paulo

20. Holešovice, Prague

21. Lavapiés, Madrid

22. Opebi, Lagos

23. Narvarte, Mexico City

24. Uptown, Chicago

25. Little Five Points, Atlanta

26. Wynwood, Miami

27. Phibsboro, Dublin

28. Nørrebro, Copenhagen

29. Bugis, Singapore

30. Gongguan, Taipei

31. Soho, London

32. Binh Tanh, Ho Chi Minh City

33. Melville, Johannesburg

34. Kabutocho, Tokyo

35. Porta Venezia, Milan

36. Taman Paramount, Kuala Lumpur

37. Allston, Boston

38. Bandra West, Mumbai

39. Arnavutköy, Istanbul

40. Banjar Nagi, Ubud

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