Holidays can feel much more worthwhile when you discover hidden gems. Showing off to others about exiting and unusual experiences enjoyed while away is much-loved by many jet-setters. After all, heading off the beaten track can be truly rewarding, which is why the experts at Lonely Planet – which recently released its new book Secret City, an insider’s guide to the world’s coolest neighbourhoods – have shared five hotspots that many people might have missed.
Alberta Arts – Portland, Oregon, USA
“This is Portland’s arty, hippie neighbourhood; it’s become one of the most sought-after places to live on the east side,” explains Lonely Planet.
“While the bars and restaurants fill up, especially on weekends, it’s pretty mellow around here most days and it’s a relaxing place for an urban wander.
“Check out the many beautiful murals from NE 15th to NE 30th Aves.”
Enjoy cheese toasties with a gourmet twist at food truck Grilled Cheese Grill, visit StuStuStudio for jewellery, greetings cards, ceramics and more, and sample creamy, hoppy beers at Great Notion Brewing.
Pilsen – Chicago, Illinois, USA
“Pilsen is the centre of Chicago’s Mexican community, with the bakeries, taquerias, murals and impressive art museum to prove it,” says Secret Cities.
“It’s also home to Chicago’s hipster underground, so eclectic bars and restaurants merge into the scene.
“It’s not far from downtown, most easily reached by the Pink Line L train to 18th St, with most sites walkable from there.”
Photograph neon pink ice cream shop La Michoacana Premium, go to a concert at Thalia Hall, built in 1892, and tuck into juicy pork at Chicago’s best taco joint – Don Pedro Carnitas.
South End – Boston, Massachusetts
Lonely Planet writes: “Boston’s innovators have transformed the landscape in South End, a former industrial area.
“What once was a warehouse is now an art studio; what looks like a parking lot is actually a playground.
“Stroll around this sprawling neighbourhood, now the city’s most coveted address, and search deep beneath the surface to discover its creative spirit.”
Check out the Boston Center for the Arts for cutting-edge, contemporary performances by independent companies, sample one of the best lobster rolls in the city at Lobstah on a Roll, and enjoy jazz, blues and funk, every night of the week at Wally’s Cafe.
Chacarita – Buenos Aires, Argentina
“Get here quick: Chacarita is a barrio on the up,” states the Lonely Planet guide.
“Still a little sketchy in parts, the neighbourhood’s leafy streets hide a number of highly-rated new restaurants as well as classic old bars.
“Easily walkable, this compact neighbourhood is a short bus or taxi ride from Palermo’s nightlife and a 20-minute trip from the city centre on the subte line B.”
Admire a photography museum inside an eccentric neighbourhood cafe at Museo Fotográfico Simik, pay your respects to the dead at underrated Cementerio de la Chacarita, and tuck into doughy, greasy pizza pies at El Imperio de la Pizza.
Published at Mon, 13 Apr 2020 04:01:00 +0000