North Dublin suburb named among world’s 50 coolest neighbourhoods
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North Dublin suburb named among world’s 50 coolest neighbourhoods

A DUBLIN suburb has been named as one of the coolest places in the world to live according to a new poll published in Time Out magazine.

Stoneybatter in North Dublin was named the coolest place in Ireland and ranked among the top 50 most exciting neighbourhoods in the world according to the publication.

It replaced nearby Phibsborough as Ireland’s most happening place to habitat, according to the new poll, which is based on a survey of more than 27,000 people, including Time Out’s local writers and editors.

“There’s nothing new about Stoneybatter itself with its red-brick terraced houses and the regular clop of a horse and cart still heard on the road, this village-in-the-city has long been one of Dublin’s favourite districts,” Time Out says.

The guide adds that the past 12 months “a string of great new openings, from vegan cafes to hot new bars, challenging other neighbourhoods vying for the crown”.

This includes several sushi bars and vegan restaurants that have popped upon in the village alongside a raft of new cafes, pubs and gift shops.

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Stoneybatter is hailed for having “stood the test of time” with the guide calling it “one of the most central places where young people can still afford to live (just), and the neighbourhood pride is strong - visit during the village festival and you’ll see what we mean”.

Italian restaurant Grano is singles out for praise thanks to “top-notch Calabrian cuisine with pasta made right in front of your eyes”, while the Belfry pub is also praised.

“You’ll always find a crowd, most of whom spill out into the yard with a glass of the bar’s own barrel-aged cocktails,” the guide declares.

Arroios in Lisbon takes top spot as a “multicultural hub where street art meets food from around the world”.

“With a legacy of countercultural cool and a whole lot of underground cred, Shimokitazawais known for its vintage and consignment shops, independent restaurants, cafés and bars, often frequented by Tokyo’s creative set,” the guide says.