Marrickville voted ‘one of world’s 10 coolest neighbourhoods’

Marrickville Road, Marrickville. File photo.

Humble old Marrickville in Sydney’s Inner West is getting used to accolades.

It’s been called ‘the new Paddington’ by The Sydney Morning Herald, others contend that it’s ‘the new Newtown’ and now, according to an international survey, it’s the 10th coolest neighbourhood on the planet.

Yep, you read that right. The global Time Out magazine – published in over 50 countries and 300 cities worldwide, including Sydney –  has released its annual 40 Coolest Neighbourhoods in the World list, with Marrickville standing proudly at number 10.

That places it above some of the world’s moist renowned ‘hipstervilles’ including London’s Soho (#31), Melville in Johannesburg (#33), Bugis in Singapore (#29) and Chicago’s Uptown (#24).

Honing in on Marrickville’s positives, Time Out hailed the Sydney suburb for its multicultural nature.

“Sydney can be a pretty tribal city, with specific ’hoods defined by their cultural niches: Chinatown in Haymarket, Little Italy in Leichhardt, the backpacker bubble in Bondi, the gay village on Oxford Street,” wrote editor Maxim Boon. 

“Marrickville, on the other hand, is a true melting pot, and this diversity is surely the X-factor behind its ascent as Sydney’s trending suburb.”

The magazine said that “as per the typical rules of gentrification”, artists and queer creatives had been instrumental into turning the former industrial enclave into a desirable postcode – noting approvingly that unlike many other gentrified areas “these communities have stuck around even as middle-class families have increasingly embraced Marrickville as home”.

The suburb’s Federation-era homes, leafy pockets and eclectic food scene were also name-checked as local strong points. 

Melbourne’s Yarraville was the only other Australian neighbourhood to feature on the annual list, which was topped by Barcelona’s Esquerra de l’Eixample.

The annual list is collated by a survey of the magazine’s millions of readers worldwide.

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