Monuments, museums, parks – those are all well and good but fashion-minded travelers know the best part of exploring a new city is procuring a trendy home rental and checking out the local style. We’ve rounded up the world’s budding neighborhoods for best street style spotting, so bring your camera and pretend you’re Bill Cunningham for the day.
| Shoreditch, London |
Brick Lane, Hoxton Square, Columbia Road – Shoreditch has a concentration of some of London’s (and by extension, the world’s) best spots for fashion and art, so it only goes that the neighborhood has some of the city’s best street style as well. After exploring Shoreditch, see another neighborhood where many of London’s hip young crowd has recently taken residence in nearby (and cheaper, but equally stylish) Hackney.
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| Centro, São Paulo |
Is it a little less polished than more upscale neighborhoods like Pinheiros? Sure, but that’s exactly what makes São Paulo’s zona central such a fun place to people watch. The style here is colorful, eclectic and in your face, just like Brazil itself.
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| Bushwick, New York City |
Many assume that as an international fashion capital, New York is brimming with stylish people at every turn but let’s be honest, New York is a big city and most residents dress terribly. Of course, you’ll find flashes of style all throughout town, from Soho to the Upper East Side, but for a concentrated dose of cutting-edge style, go to Bushwick. If you think this inner neighborhood of Brooklyn is still a little rough around the edges, you can always stick to Williamsburg, but you’ll be missing out.
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| Wynwood, Miami |
There is a place in Miami where people wear something besides cutoffs and bikinis and dayglo clubwear, and that place is Wynwood. Go straight to Wynwood Walls to get a view of stylish locals Instagramming their look in front of colorful street art. And if they are wearing bikinis and clubwear, at least they’ll be interesting.
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| Mile End, Montreal |
Some people take sub-zero temperatures as an excuse to leave style behind and break out their frumpy down coats, but not Montrealers. Even in the dead of winter, residents of Quebec’s largest city never dress down. Appropriate to the bilingual city, Montreal’s best street style is somewhere between New York hipster and Parisian chic. A stylish international crowd congregates in what the historically working-class, Jewish neighborhood of Mile End.
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| Silver Lake, Los Angeles |
LA faces something of a disadvantage when it comes to best street style spotting since exploring the city inevitably means getting behind the wheel. Fortunately, the eastside enclave of Silver Lake is both one of LA’s most walkable and most stylish neighborhoods (and its iconic Micheltorena stairs make the perfect backdrop for any outfit).
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| Canal Saint-Martin, Paris |
Far away from Paris’ most iconic sites like the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, the Canal Saint-Martin is the city’s epicenter of young, university students who set up shop in the many co-working cafes that dot the area. The narrow cobblestone streets lead to hip bars and boutiques, all anchored by the namesake canal.
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| Kreuzberg, Berlin |
Taken purely at face value, Berlin is far from Europe’s most beautiful city, but its resident’s cutting edge, no-frills utilitarian style matches the city’s industrial look. That goes double for Kreuzberg, the once impoverished neighborhood that is now a hotbed for hip nightlife and fashion.