This popular shopping, nightlife and arts area has great theaters, including Shin-Kabuki-za, which showcases Japanese Kabuki. "Outside of the major attractions, a small stretch of alleyways called Ura-Namba is quickly growing in renown with locals," says Airbnb's report. "Delicious eateries and bars have multiplied in the area in recent years."
Though backpacker magnet Khao San Road, pictured, might be the center of Banglampoo, it's easy to escape the tourist trail. Nearby side streets have changed little over the decades and are filled with delicious street food.
3. Brickfields (Kuala Lumpur) —
Locally known as Little India, Indian shops and restaurants as well as Hindu temples are common in Brickfields. But Airbnb's report points out that the area is undergoing a rapid transformation, with a new upscale urban center featuring condos and a mall coming soon.
4. Capucins (Bordeaux, France) —
Capucins is known as "the belly of Bordeaux." Its Rue Sainte Catherine is France's longest pedestrian shopping street. Visitors can walk beside the Garonne, pictured, to Sainte Croix church in one direction or to the Quai des Chartrons, filled with small shops and antique dealers galore, in the other.
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5. Koukaki (Athens) —
Adjacent to The Acropolis, pictured, Koukaki sits at the bottom of the Lofos Filopappou and is home to some ancient treasures of its own. "After it became a pedestrian playground, the street morphed to have a cafe-like feel with all of the restaurants and bars placing tables and chairs outside," says the Airbnb report.
6. Triana (Seville, Spain) —
Divided from central Seville by a canal, Triana is known for sailors, bullfighters, flamenco artists and azulejos -- ceramic tiles made in local workshops originally using mud from the river bank. "The neighborhood's compact cobbled streets come alive with fantastic restaurants and terraces overlooking the water," says the Airbnb report.