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12 Neighborhoods Cool People Call Home

So, like, how cool are you? Book your next stay in any of these hip ‘hoods at Aloft Hotels.

1. Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

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What to eat late night: Grab a Döner kebab from Hasir, a delicious, low-key Turkish restaurant.

Where to hang out: Check out the bar and café Luzia -- it's filled with comfy couches and lofts that you can lounge in.

2. Belleville, Paris, France

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Where to sit in nature: Parc des Buttes-Chaumont! This stunning park will make you feel like you're in love in Paris in the '20s. C'est magnifique!

Where to people watch: Grab a drink at Aux Folies and marvel at the beautiful and unique Parisians who walk by.

3. Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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How to treat yourself: Have dinner at Aprazível -- it has a sublime view and a meal you'll be talking about for weeks.

Where to get a dose of culture: Get lost in the Museu da Chácara do Céu -- it'll bring out the art historian in you!

4. The Mission, San Francisco, California, USA

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Where you should eat lunch: El Farolito! The carne asada burrito will definitely bring you to tears.

Where to nerd out: Check out Mission: Comics & Arts -- their impressive display of graphic novels and comics will warm your former 9-year-old self.

5. Malasaña, Madrid, Spain

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Where to buy something cool: Holy Cuervo has an impressive selection of vinyls and clothing.

Where to dance like no one is watching: Barco is known as one of the best clubs in Madrid -- expect a queue, but don't worry, it's worth it.

6. Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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What you can do with kids: The Buenos Aires Zoo has 45 acres -- so it's an ideal afternoon pastime.

Where to get some beautiful, medium-rare steak: Don Julio has an awesome wine selection and some delectable grilled meat options.

7. Virginia-Highland, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Where to grab lunch: Head to Goin' Coastal for their spectacular scallops and fried seafood.

Where to sit in the sun: Grab a sandwich and a blanket and go to John Howell Memorial Park.

8. Cihangir, Istanbul, Turkey

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Where to brunch your heart out: Cafe Firuz offers breakfast options such as eggs Benedict or a plate of delicious meats, dips, fruits, and preserves.

Where to find a unique souvenir: Hande Bilten has an on-site kiln and produces stunning ceramic and porcelain bowls.

9. Capitol Hill, Seattle, Washington, USA

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Where to go for something sweet: Hello Robin lets you put TWO different types of cookies in your ice cream sandwiches...so, like, we're all moving to Seattle, right?

Where to go for happy hour: Sun Liquor provides a laid-back atmosphere and incredible drinks made with fresh pressed juice.

10. North Loop, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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Where to eat something different: Try The Bachelor Farmer, a delicious Scandinavian restaurant that serves delicacies like baked duck egg and salt-and-sugar-cured salmon!

If you want some exercise: Rent a kayak at Above the Falls Sports! Spend the day paddling around with some fellow sport-inclined humans!

11. West Queen West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Where to see some funky modern art: MOCCA is your spot. This impressive space houses some incredible art exhibits that'll satiate any modern art lover.

What to do at night: Grab a cocktail and BBQ at Smoque N' Bones -- their wings are astounding.

12. Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, Japan

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Where to go if you're a cycling nerd: Shimochari sells incredible bikes fit for every need.


How to get your sweet fix:
Go to Ikkyu Donut -- you'll go back again and again for their gorgeous, crispy, flakey soy cream doughnuts.