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Someone told us the other day that the word 'Brooklyn' has entered the French lexicon—as an adjective, used to describe something that's super trendy. While we think that's going overboard, nobody can deny how fashionable the borough has become over the past 10 years, and that popularity isn't likely to dwindle anytime soon.
Most tourists tend to migrate towards northern Brooklyn when they visit, and while we love us some Williamsburg and Bushwick, there's another new 'hood that's emerging as a ground zero for art, culture and lip-smackin' good eats: Gowanus.
For better or worse, the neighborhood is best known as the home of the Gowanus Canal—a.k.a. one of the most toxic bodies of water in the country—though that's all about to change, as city officials recently announced a multi-million dollar project to clean up the gunky waterway and make Gowanus a little easier on the eyes (and the nose).
This is all great news for visitors, though locals have been tuned into this spot—with its growing artillery of cool performance venues, cozy coffeeshops, and (yes) clam shacks—for quite some time.
Last September, Denver coffee fiends rejoiced over the opening of Black Eye, a hip new coffeeshop in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Lower Highland.
Housed in an old Coors tavern (which then became a barber shop, which then became a Mexican liquor store), the site's industrial past is now proudly referenced with tables made out of old barn doors, and daily menu specials scrawled onto a salvaged mirror. In short, Black Eye is a DIY masterpiece. But luckily, the appeal of this place goes way beyond Instagram-worthy decor.
Prior to the cafe's opening, co-owner Dustin Audet admitted he was routinely driving 30 minutes out of his way just to find a good cup of coffee. "The neighborhood needed a full-on, good coffee shop, and community space," he told us.
So that's exactly what he, along with two other co-owners built. Here's what we recommend ordering when you go:
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The scene outside of Frank Pepe's...
If you find yourself in New Haven, Connecticut for work, school, or just an Amtrak layover it’s worth taking a spin through the city. Sure you can check out the architecture and history of the Elm City, and you certainly can’t miss the influence that Yale University has on the city; however, crossing the tracks—literally—brings you to an area that has its own history. We’re talking about Wooster Square, and we guess you could consider it New Haven’s very own version of a Little Italy neighborhood.
Anytime is a good time to visit, but with the warmer weather right around the corner you might as well plan your visit to coincide with the area’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival. This year they’re hoping that the trees will be doing their thing during the middle of the April, as they’re holding this year’s events on April 14. Expect the usual festival stuff like live music, arts, crafts, and of course plenty of food. Take a spin through the Wooster Square Historic District, as you cross another spot on the National Register of Historic Places—it was New Haven’s first.
Once you work up an appetite and take a photo of the Wooster Street archway it’s time to get down to business. The top two picks on the streets are both some of the finest places to grab a pizza—or "apizza"—but we’ve got to admit that we might be a little biased in that department.
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If you want to get away for a bit from the hordes of cyclists in the main tourist areas of Amsterdam, a ferry ride across the river IJ can do just that. The city’s Noord (North) neighborhood is the oldest and largest in Amsterdam, yet you don’t hear much about it. We think that’s going to change.
Formerly a shipping and industrial area, it’s becoming the cultural and creative center of Amsterdam with its mix of canal cottage villages, parks, architectural mix and the recently-opened EYE Film Institute. New condos are starting to appear on the waterfront and yet, if you’re looking for some early work of Rem Koolhaus, that’s here too.
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We're going to give it to you straight. There once was a timenot too long ago at allthat the north side Chicago neighborhood of Andersonville was known as an area where girls who like girls settled down and raised their kids and altogether made the area a desirable and safe place to stay forever. We're happy to report that the spirit of inclusiveness prevails, but a bloom of craft beer bars and brunch-happy restaurants have brought in a more mixed crowd anddare we say ittourists way tired of the Michigan Avenue crap.
Andersonville is where to come if you want to leisurely stroll while window shopping, sipping some excellent coffee and reminiscing about college with a friend you haven't seen in years. There will be occasional breaks to coo at babies in their strollers, pet Dachshunds in quilted tartan coats and impulse buy entire pieces of vintage furniture. God it's just so great when you really need to be in or are already in a warm and fuzzy mood, no matter the season.
Without further ado, our personally picked top spots to hit in Andersonville:
Heading west for the winter? Join the club. For many, the lure of a season, a week, or even a weekend in the sunny part of California is irresistible.
When you land at LAX or SAN and emerge into the sun, it's time to get out and enjoy the weather. We advocate exploring new neighborhoods, getting a smoothie from a new shop and walking down a new street, sunglasses on.
Here's our own guides to five of our favorite California areas for warm-weather winter exploring:
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In contrast to the U.K.'s expanse of verdant countryside, Manchester is urban, industrial, and strikingly cold (in ambiance, that is, though this applies to weather as well). Yet, it's this hardened quality that makes up its personality and, for some, its appeal. Casual visitors hoping to immerse themselves in slick, cosmopolitan environs may walk away from a visit to Manchester feeling disheartened. It certainly isn't London-lite, even if there is a Harvey Nichols located in its city centre.
This isn't to say that Manchester is impossibly somber, however. There are areas of the city which exude friendliness and vibrancy, most notably the arts-friendly Northern Quarter, where we found ourselves most of Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.
A hotbed of nouveau bohemianism (read: bourgeois bohemianism), the neighborhood is populated by intimate cafes, indie music-friendly bars, vintage boutiques galore, and attractive denizens with a love of organic cuisine and secondhand record shopping.
We're officially half-way through the summer, but that by no means puts a stop to summer travels. For anyone still staring at vacation dates in the upcoming warmer months, heat and crowds aren't a deterrent. To help you get around and make the most of any upcoming city trips, we've compiled a multitude of Neighborhood Guides.
It's our fun little series "Neighborhoods to Know and Go," and in it we walk you through our personal favorite places to eat, drink and plain chill out in areas we know very well, around the world.
Check 'em out:
· Jægersborggade in Copenhagen, Denmark
· The Old District of Bruges, Belgium
· Exmouth Market in London, UK
· Streeterville in Chicago, IL, USA
· Chinatown in Chicago, IL, USA
· Lincoln Square in Chicago, IL, USA
· Encinitas in California, USA
· Silverlake's Sunset Junction in California, USA
· San Diego's North Park in California, USA
· Downtown Los Angeles in California, USA
· Coronado's Orange Avenue in California, USA
· Brooklyn's DUMBO in New York, USA
· NYC's Astoria in New York, USA
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This week, Jaunted contributor Heidi Atwal will guide you through a series of food and shopping-rich travels through Copenhagen, a quaint European city trafficked by many a bike and artsy hipster. Stay tuned for suggestions on where to eat, hang, drink, and what to see in the city.
Copenhagen's bounty of design shops, throngs of sharply dressed denizens cycling along city streets, and photographic evidence captured on CPH-centric blog The Locals point toward a simple fact: Danes live, breathe and bleed style. Designers like Henrik Vibskov and Malene Birger have attracted attention to Denmark's ever-expanding fashion industry, while guidebooks direct the retail hungry toward Strøget, Europe's longest pedestrian shopping thoroughfare.
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The more we explore London, the more we're wont to wander off the beaten path. A recent trip to Oxford Circus reminded us how the city's most crowded areas are enough to rile up agoraphobic feelings in just about anyone, even locals.
Exmouth Market is a sweet pocket of Clerkenwell that boasts a rare village-y atmosphere. On a recent sunny (miraculous, we know) Sunday afternoon, the area was buzzing with hipster parents and their prams, tattooed creatives sipping on flat whites at Caravan and older couples enjoying a midday glass of Sauvignon Blanc at the Ambassador. With restaurants, independent boutiques and nary a conspicuous tourist in sight, it's a worthy place to spend a part of your day, perhaps before taking in a dance show at Sadler's Wells just down the road.
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Encinitas, CA is a sleepy surf community a half-hour north of San Diego. Walk around the small downtown that centers around South Coast Highway 101, and the seemingly mandatory bathing-suit-and-flip-flops dress code tells you that this is a beach town. And that's why people come here—for the six gorgeous miles of Pacific coastline in North County (northern San Diego County).
You won't be overwhelmed by tourist attractions in Encinitas. There's not much here as far as shopping, mostly just tchotchke shops. This is a place to visit so you can kick back and enjoy the view. But between the sand, surf and picturesque places to unwind, you'll have plenty to do.
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Perhaps you've visited Chicago before and seen all that there is to see, or maybe you ever live there and relish in the awesome places the city has to offer, but there's a pretty good chance you haven't even tapped the wonder of Streeterville.
Streeterville is a small neighborhood, right in the center of everything and with enviable access to both Michigan Avenue and the lakefront. In fact, it's the portion of land bordered on its west by Michigan Avenue, at its north by North Avenue, on its east by Lake Michigan, and by the Chicago River at the southern end. The land is manmade, developed only in the early 1900s when silt was dumped there and a man by the name of Streeter attempted to claim the newly-made prime lakefront property.
These days, it's still some of the most expensive property in the city, and one of Chicago's most recognizable landmarksThe John Hancock Towerstands in a proud position in Streeterville. If you've already shopping on Michigan Avenue or staying in a nearby hotel, seeing Streeterville could be the easiest diversion you'll make. And perhaps the most memorable.
Join us in Streeterville...