There’s Astoria in New York, Jamestown in Accra, Dogpatch in San Francisco, Downtown Miami, and Old Xuhui, Shanghai. And then there’s Melville, Johannesburg…

Yes, this thriving suburb in Johannesburg, South Africa, has been listed as one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods according to the editors of Time Out. And it’s not just their opinion. Over 27 000 people around the world were asked to rate their favourite spots, and the eclectic mix of food, art, antiques, and clubs in Melville put the suburb at number 48 on the list.

Melville was established in 1896 and is one of the oldest suburbs in the city. Wits University is on its left, while the University of Johannesburg is to its right.

If you’ve ever been to Melville, you’ll know about the area’s fantastic architecture. From old Victorian homes to modern steel and glass structures like the ’27 Boxes’ shopping mall which was built out of shipping containers. The architecture reflects the diversity of the people that flock to the area from international tourists to happy SA locals.


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What does the Time Out team have to say about Melville?

They loved the smashed avocado sandwich at The Whippet, and raved about the unconventional cocktails at the Anti-Social Social Club. The editors recommended the exquisite view of Johannesburg from the upstairs gallery at the Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, and the Convoy store which features premier SA clothing designers.


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Where are the world’s 50 coolest neighbourhoods?

Have a look at the full list from Time Out below. Have you visited any of them?

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 Hateimanim 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


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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. Kelvinbridge, Glasgow
38. Oltrarno, Florence
39. Old Havana, Havana
40. Stoneybatter, Dublin

41. Bartók, Budapest
42. Kadiköy-Moda, Istanbul
43. Downtown, Miami
44. Tanjong Pagar, Singapore
45. Bandra West, Mumbai
46. Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
47. Old Xuhui, Shanghai
48. Melville, Johannesburg
49. Nové Mėsto, Prague
50. Dorćol, Belgrade

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