Melville named one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods

Posted by Leila Stein on 27 September 2019

One of Johannesburg’s most well-known neighbourhoods made it onto Time Out’s 50 coolest neighbourhoods from around the world.

As part of the Time Out Index 2019 survey, the publication asked 27,000 people from across the globe what they thought of neighbourhoods in their cities and towns. The staff at Time Out then ranked the 50 neighbourhoods making the biggest buzz.

Melville comes in 48 out of 50 on the list, only one of three African neighbourhoods, alongside Onikan in Lagos and Jamestown in Accra.

Previously designated a whites-only suburb under apartheid, the old-fashioned has made way for the new becoming on of the city’s best nightlife spots.

Described by Time Out as one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in the city, Melville is for the young and trendy.

‘Its situation between two of South Africa’s leading universities, Wits and UJ, makes it home to academics, artists, expats and students living in communal digs,’ said Time Out.  

From cute coffee shops serving smashed avo toast to thrifting a great outfit or antique furniture, Melville brings bohemian charm in the middle of South Africa’s commercial capital.

Time Out’s full list of 50 coolest neighborhoods

1. Arroios, Lisbon

2. Shimokitazawa, Tokyo

3. Onikan, Lagos

4. Wedding, Berlin

5. Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles

6. The Waterfront, Hobart

7. Strasbourg-Saint-Denis, Paris

8. Astoria, New York

9. Embajadores, Madrid

10. Pilsen, Chicago

11. Peckham, London

12. Soi Pridi Banomyong/Phra Khanong, Bangkok

13. Footscray, Melbourne

14. Zhongshan, Taipei

15. Kerem Hatelmanim and Shuk HaCarmel, Tel Aviv

16. Kypseli, Athens

17. Jalatlaco, Oaxaca

18. District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

19. Juárez, Mexico City

20. Poblenou, Barcelona

21. Jamestown, Accra

22. Verdun, Montreal

23. Overseas Chinese Town, Shenzhen

24. Holly, Austin

25. Bom Retiro, São Paulo

26. Katendrecht, Rotterdam

27. Ancoats, Manchester

28. Corktown, Detroit

29. Gemmayzeh and Mar Mikhaël, Beirut

30. Barranco, Lima

31. Dogpatch, San Francisco

32. Vesterbro, Copenhagen

33. Naeja-dong, Seoul

34. Yppenplatz and Brunnenmarkt, Vienna

35. Easton, Bristol

36. The Junction, Toronto

37. Kadıköy-Moda, Istanbul

38. Kelvinbridge, Glasgow

39. Oltrarno, Florence

40. Old Havana, Havana

41. Melville, Johannesburg

42. Stoneybatter, Dublin

43. Bartók, Budapest

44. Downtown, Miami

45. Tanjong Pagar, Singapore

46. Nové Město, Prague

47. Bandra West, Mumbai

48. Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

49. Old Xuhui, Shanghai

50. Dorćol, Belgrade


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