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17th Oct 2023

Irish neighbourhood named second coolest on the planet

Stephen Porzio


The area was also crowned the number one coolest in Europe.

Smithfield in Dublin has been named the second coolest neighbourhood in the world right now, as well as the number one coolest in Europe, by the magazine Time Out.

Every year, the publication calls on its international audience to nominate the areas of cities which they believe have the best mix of “cutting-edge culture, affordable great food and drink, street life, nightlife and community”.

For its 2023 list, more than 12,000 people were asked worldwide, with these selections then being narrowed down with “the insight and expertise of Time Out’s global network of city editors and local experts who know their hometowns better than anybody else”.

To create and rank the final list, the magazine said its editors considered factors including “community and social ventures, access to open and green space, and thriving street life”.


The Light House Cinema in Smithfield was singled out for praise by Time Out

As for what made Smithfield – which is located in the north of Dublin city centre – the second coolest neighbourhood worldwide, Time Out said:

“Smithfield’s charm lies in its authenticity, with old and new independent establishments co-existing and thriving – from the iconic Cobblestone pub, the heart of traditional Irish music in Dublin, to new ventures like Third Space, a social enterprise café.

“With a post-industrial vibe, there’s no shortage of things to do to keep locals and visitors busy all day: after a flat white and cardamom bun at Proper Order, catch an indie film at the Light House Cinema before heading to dinner at Fish Shop, a tiny seafood restaurant with a killer wine list.”

Other Smithfield locations singled out for praise by Time Out included the hostel Generator, the pub Frank Ryans, the retro arcade/restaurant Token and the live arts venue The Complex.

Taking the top spot, meanwhile, was Laureles in Medellín, Colombia, while rounding out the top five alongside Smithfield was Carabanchel in Madrid, Spain; Havnen in Copenhagen, Denmark; and Sheung Wan in Hong Kong.

For the list of Time Out’s top 40 coolest neighbourhoods in the world, scroll below. You can find more details on why these areas made the grade by visiting the magazine’s website right here.

  1. Laureles: Medellín, Colombia
  2. Smithfield: Dublin, Ireland
  3. Carabanchel: Madrid, Spain
  4. Havnen – The Harbour: Copenhagen, Denmark
  5. Sheung Wan: Hong Kong
  6. Brunswick East: Melbourne, Australia
  7. Mid-City: New Orleans, USA
  8. Isola: Milan, Italy
  9. West: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  10. Tomigaya: Tokyo, Japan
  11. Baltic Triangle: Liverpool, UK
  12. Cours Julien: Marseille, France
  13. Arts District: Los Angeles, USA
  14. Chinatown: Singapore
  15. Fort Greene: New York, USA
  16. Leith: Edinburgh, UK
  17. Enmore: Sydney, Australia
  18. Costa Caparica, Almada: Lisbon, Portugal
  19. Hyde Park: Chicago, USA
  20. West End: Glasgow, UK
  21. Sea Point: Cape Town, South Africa
  22. Neukölln: Berlin, Germany
  23. Haut-Marais: Paris, France
  24. King’s Cross: London, UK
  25. Hannam-dong: Seoul, South Korea
  26. Coral Gables: Miami, USA
  27. Richmond District: San Francisco, USA
  28. Vinohrady: Prague, Czech Republic
  29. El Clot: Barcelona, Spain
  30. San Miguel Chapultepec: Mexico City, Mexico
  31. Exarcheia: Athens, Greece
  32. Bebek: Istanbul, Turkey
  33. Ponsonby: Auckland, New Zealand
  34. Zhongshan: Taipei, Taiwan
  35. Bonifacio Global City (BGC): Manila, Philippines
  36. Centre-Ville: Montreal, Canada
  37. Dotonbori: Osaka, Japan
  38. The Annex: Toronto, Canada
  39. Song Wat: Bangkok, Thailand
  40. Cantonments: Accra, Ghana

Main image via Cillian Doyle/TimeOut

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