Maboneng in Johannesburg and Kalk Bay in Cape Town have been named as two of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world.
Forbes magazine recently included the two suburbs in its list of “The 12 Coolest Neighbourhoods Around the World”.
Maboneng‚ a former “no-go” zone in the middle of Johannesburg’s CBD that has been transformed into a monument to the city’s cultural vibrancy‚ was described by the business magazine as “a lively urban area with blossoming art and culinary scenes”.
Kalk Bay was described as a “seaside haven” slightly out of the way of Cape Town’s normal tourism bustle.
Selected alongside Maboneng and Kalk Bay were neighbourhoods in cities such as Barcelona‚ Amsterdam‚ Washington DC‚ Seoul and Athens. All were chosen by Forbes’ travel experts because they are up-and-coming areas where “local life is really happening” and are free from “over tourism” that encroaches on the travel experience.