Melbourne’s High Street crowned coolest city in the world

One Melbourne street has been crowned the coolest in the world, beating out places in Tokyo, Vancouver, Berlin and Manhattan.

Melbourne’s High Street, which goes through suburbs such as Preston, Northcote and Thornbury, won Time Out’s top spot in a list of the 30 coolest streets in the world.

Time Out put together the list by reaching out to its global team to make a case for the coolest street in their city before the list was widdled down to just one winner.

The criteria for success was a thriving mix of culture, dining and night-life.

High Street landed the top spot thanks to restaurants such as the emerging viral sandwich outlet Juju’s, bars such as Gigi Rooftop and an indie cinema. Live music venues such as High Note and the Northcote Social Club also helped cement it’s place at the top of the list.

Leah Glynn, the editor of Time Out Melbourne, said: “Melburnians are spoiled for choice when it comes to well-trodden thoroughfares that deliver on food, culture and fun (hello Chapel Street, Sydney Road and Smith Street, to name a few).

“But in 2024, the focus is on a major artery that flows through the inner-north ‘burbs of Thornbury, Northcote and Preston: High Street.

“It’s cool in all the ways you’d expect – epic restaurants, hidden bars, live music venues and boutique shops – but there’s also a warm sense of community spirit that means everyone feels welcome. And on the scale of coolness (and where you want to hang out all the time), we think that’s pretty important.”

Other streets that made the top five included Hollywood Road in Hong Kong, which is one of the oldest streets in the world known for its antique shops and galleries.

East Eleventh, Austin, is one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in the city filled with music meanwhile Guatemala Street, Buenos Aires, is becoming a rising foodie hotspot featuring two Michelin star restaurants.

Commercial Drive in Vancouver rounds out the top five. The street is known for it’s used bookshops, record stores, pizzerias and sushi restaurants.

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