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A Montreal neighbourhood was ranked one of the coolest in the world

A Montreal neighbourhood was ranked one of the coolest in the worldPatrick Donovan / Moment / Getty Images

Time Out recently released its annual ranking of the world's coolest neighbourhoods and this year, Montreal’s own Villeray made the list!

Just like the past three years, the list is based on votes from 27,000 city-dwellers including the magazine’s editors and various contributors.

Last year, Verdun was the only Quebec nighbourhood that made the cut (ranked number 11). This year, the only Quebec municipality to appear on the list is Villeray which takes the 18th spot. And the only other Canadian neighbourhood to crack the list was Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant.

Here is what the publication had to say about Villeray:

After a difficult stop-start reopening, Montrealers seemed to unanimously agree that they'd get out there and make the most of 2021. Villeray was the place to do just that: its streets and gemstone parks became oases where locals would simply gather and make the most of one another’s company – exactly what the city needed after a long and lonely lockdown winter. If you didn’t meet up with friends for beers, food and a spot of culture at one of Jarry Park’s impromptu festivals? What can we say, pretty much everyone else did. Being so central, as diverse as districts come and with a burgeoning food and drink scene, Villeray was an obvious (and deserved) coolest neighbourhood this year. The perfect day: Get a feel for Villeray by grabbing coffee along Place de Castelnau before a visit to Jean-Talon Market and a spot of shopping on Plaza St-Hubert. Round off your day either with a picnic pizza from Vesta, a box of panzerotti and natural wine to go from Knuckles, or a drawn-out dining session at Tapeo, Tandem or Moccione – all before a nightcap at Bar Le Record, of course.

Here is a list of the top 20 coolest neighbourhoods around the globe:

1. Nørrebro, Copenhagen

2. Andersonville, Chicago

3. Jongno 3-ga, Seoul

4. Leith, Edinburgh

5. Station Distrit, Vilnius

6. Chelsea, New York

7. Xi District, Budapest

8. Ngor, Dakar

9. Sai Kung, Hong Kong

10. Richmond, Melbourne

11. Neukölln, Berlin

12. Centro, Medellín

13. Dalston, London

14. Silver Lake, Los Angeles

15. Dublin 8, Dublin

16. Zoloti Vorota, Kyiv

17. Noord, Amsterdam

18. Villeray, Montreal

19. Surry Hills, Sydney

20. Ancoats, Manchester

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