Wanderlusting: Trendy & Bohemian Neighborhoods Around The World

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I’ve always been a sucker for the bohemian neighborhoods/districts. It’s usually the first thing I research when I am interested in a new city. Something about the perfect blend of charm, grit, and of course, the romance of the bohemian lifestyle in general is what appeals to me. In my latest bout of wanderlusting, I decided to do some research on some of these districts in well known cities all over the world.

Kensington Market, Toronto

Nearly half of Toronto’s population are immigrants, making the fourth-largest city in North America a vibrant mixture of different cultures. Toronto’s diversity is most apparent in Kensington Market; an eclectic area filled with shops, markets, bars, and restaurants. The busy streets make for optimal people-watching, and it seems at every turn, there’s a restaurant of any kind of cuisine you could imagine.


gohittheroad shows us a few shops (and art murals).


A cleverly named thrift store found at Kensington Market. Photo by markdpaul.

#kensingtonmarket #toronto

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A vibrantly-painted restaurant captured by arritavaliense.

#Kensington #KensingtonMarket #TO #Toronto #BaldwinStreet #Urban

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elwoodjimmy gives us a glimpse into a shop.


Bikes parked on the streets of Kensington Market, courtesy of lindsontheroad.

A close up view of a beautiful building mural, photo by jmpuse.

Latin Quarter, Paris

It’s hard not to associate the bohemian lifestyle with the Latin Quarter in Paris. This wonderfully romantic and bustling area is located on the left bank of the Seine and is filled with cafes, bistros, and narrow streets. If you’re looking to fall in love with Paris, look no further.

#LatinQuarter #Paris

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catewestlake gives us a glimpse down one of the many narrow streets in the Latin Quarter.


cevphoto captures a perfect Parisian shot; an outdoor cafe situated outside of the Saint
Michele Metro stop.

#alley #latinquarter #paris #abbyandrosesgrandadventure

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An elegant view of the Latin Quarter at night, taken by laurenrosebeale.

The exterior of a quaint restaurant found in the Latin Quarter, taken by pinaytraveller.

A photo of one of Paris’s famed Shakespeare and Company bookstore, courtesy of lisa_jobe.

Barranco, Lima

Located in Peru’s capital, Barranco is dubbed as the artsy and bohemian neighborhood of Lima. Situated beachside and filled with trendy bars, restaurants, and music clubs; many artists and musicians both live and work in this district.

#Barranco #Lima

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valebordali shows us a brightly colored alleyway found in Barranco.

#barranco #lima #sunday #11mesesnoes1año

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An outdoor market, captured by chykyy2003.

Por las calles de barranco, arte urbano<3 #streetphoto

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A massive mural found on the streets of Barranco, taken by flaviamdoig.

#lima #barranco #travel #southamerica #friday #viernes #suramerica 🌎🌞🍃

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A lovely view of Barranco, taken by melindaescobar.

#barranco

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A view of a narrow alley in Barranco, courtesy of zamayeiyas.


An eclectic-decorated restaurant found in Barranco, taken by luchitoi.

Shimokitazawa, Tokyo

Hopefully someday soon I’ll find myself in Tokyo, and I plan on spending a day exploring the Shimokitazawa neighborhood. It seems like it will give me a vibe of where all the hip locals like to hang out. Loaded with boutiques, restaurants, and bars, travelers will get a taste of what’s current and hip in Japanese culture.

rebeccastephan gives us a glimpse of the hustle and bustle of a street in Shimokitazawa.

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A bicyclist hanging out on the streets of Shimokitazawa, taken by happytulle.

quaint coffee shops around #tokyo #japan #shimokitazawa

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A collage of various coffee shops found in Shimokitazawa, courtesy of lush_angel.

#shimokitazawa

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A shot of a graffiti-covered building, taken by caravansofterror.

Greenwich Village, New York City

Tucked in Lower Manhattan, Greenwich Village, often referred to as simply “The Village” was a haven for the Beat and counterculture movement in the 1960s. While commercialization has turned Greenwich Village into something it didn’t used to be, there’s an undeniable charm that will never die.


Washington Square Park is located in Greenwich Village and is always filled with performances of some sort. I think Washington Square Park probably ranks as one of the best places in the world to people watch. yu_timoteo captures a pianist entertaining a crowd of park goers.

Nice Manhattan dinner #greenwichvillage #dollarslices

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$2 draft beers still exist in New York City! djmoflavor takes a street shot of Greenwich Village.

The Pigeons of Greenwich Village. #greenwichvillage #nyc #historic #alley

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scottyely captures a flock of everyone’s favorite bird on a cobblestone street.

A peek into interesting items for sale at a shop in Greenwich Village, taken by themarketnyc.

#nyc #manhattan #greenwichvillage #greenwichstreet #nexus5

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Daamich shows us an overhead view of Greenwich Village on a sunny day.

Camden Town, London

Funky shops, open air markets, and packed streets are just some of the elements you will find when browsing Camden Town, also known as just Camden, located in the Inner London borough called, you guessed it…Camden.


p_siouf shows us a stretch of shops located in Camden, many of which are adorned with outrageous decorations to attract customers.

A view of an outdoor market in Camden, taken by janapea.

Moroccan lanterns #pretty #camden

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A collection of Moroccan lamps for sale at a shop, photo by 1laurenfernandes.

#camdentown #camden #london #canal #river

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smirkingrevenge shows us a shot of buildings situated next to Regent’s Canal, located in Camden.

#EnglishPubs #Camden

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A shot of a stairwell leading down to a pub, taken by fernrabelo.

burutapen shows us an adorable rustic cafe found in Camden Town.

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Musings: 6/28/14

A collection of images, links, videos, and anything else I come across that I think is worth sharing and/or discussing on my blog. This is part two…

Jessa’s style on Girls

Ahh yes, Jessa, a character on the popular HBO series Girls, is my style muse! Played by the beautiful Jemima Kirke, Jessa’s style is always so on point. It took me a while to get into the show, but I found that I wanted to tune in every week just to see what Jessa was going to be wearing…

Broad City

Speaking of shows about twentysomething girls living in New York, Broad City has been my latest addiction. My cousin told me about the show, and as per usual, I put off watching it, until one night I decided to watch a few clips of it on YouTube. After that, I scourged the internet looking for episodes, and ended up watching the entire first season. It’s absolutely hilarious!!! It perfectly depicts the trials and tribulations of people in their early 20s who are falling short of trying to successfully transition into adulthood, but are having fun along the way regardless. I love it.

Maya Angelou

As I’m sure you’re aware, the brilliant and gifted Maya Angelou passed away a few weeks ago. I recently read this article about Dr. Angelou’s thoughts of women and modesty, and it’s most definitely worth the read. Here is one of my favorite quotes of hers from the article...

“So we mustn’t run out of steam. Sometimes young women think ‘Dammnnn, I’ve been doing this nine years and I don’t think anything has budged.’ But keep plugging away. Nothing succeeds like success. Get a little success and then just get a little more.”

West Coast

For my next adventure, I am staying “local” and exploring the US! I’m flying out west to Phoenix to meet up with my good friend, Ashlee, who I met on my Europe trip last summer, and then we are taking a road trip up and down the west coast! I’ve never been out west before, so I am incredibly excited, but I’m also mostly excited to see Ashlee again!! I cannot believe it’s almost been a full year since I embarked on my journey overseas to Europe. I miss everyone so, so much from that trip, and in addition to reuniting with Ashlee, I’m planning to meet up with others from that trip who live out west.

I will certainly be chronicling my time out there, just as I did when I was in Europe, so stay tuned for that…

I Never Learn

I discovered the ethereal Indie Pop artist Lykke Li around 2009, and she quickly became one of my favorite musicians of all-time. There is something just so honest and raw about her music, and I love how her sweet, innocent voice coincides with her melancholic lyrics. She described her newest album, I Never Learn, as a “bummer”, because she wrote it after going through a bad breakup. While the songs are certainly obvious that she is dealing with immense pain, the album is also so cathartic that I can’t help but love listening to it.

The Sartorialist

I recently discovered this Instagram account called The Sartorialist, where the photographer captures every day people on the streets in cities all over the world and their fashions. It’s so fun to look at all the different outfits and styles each individual puts together for themselves, and how where they live influences their looks.

Outside of Urubamba, Peru

Milan, Italy

David Sedaris

One of my literary heroes is David Sedaris…he’s lived such an interesting life and he knows how to tell us about it. His essays and vignettes into his travels and just everyday occurrences are so entertaining to read and they inspire me to keep writing. I saw him speak at UB a few months ago, but last week I saw him in a smaller, intimate setting at a book store. There he shared with the audience a new story about his recent visit to Sweden, but more excitingly, I got to meet him! He was incredibly down to earth and easy to talk to, and he’s known for asking his fans odd questions and autographing his books in peculiar ways. After chatting with him briefly, he envisioned me going on a strange picnic…

New York City Jaunt

Last weekend I took a quick trip to New York City with my friends, Kim and Sean. We are all huge fans of stand-up comedy, so a few months ago when we learned that Dave Chappelle would be making a return to stand-up by performing a string of shows at Radio City Music Hall, we knew we had to be there.

It was the most perfect trip ever! Dave KILLED it, he was absolutely hilarious. And his opener was Hannibal Buress! I had no idea if he would have an opener or not (he had a different lineup every night), so when Hannibal was introduced onstage I was so excited! I recently got into him because he’s a regular character on Broad City, and after that I discovered his stand-up and he’s great. So we got Hannibal, Dave Chappelle, and…. Kanye West?! Yep, Yeezy made a surprise appearance after Dave’s set and performed three songs. Insane!

Dave killed it!! And then Kanye West gave a surprise performance right after Chappelle's set!

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We spent the next day wandering around SoHo and Greenwich Village in picturesque weather, enjoying the sights and sounds of Washington Square Park, which probably ranks as one of the best places in the world to people watch, and we stumbled upon a block party a few streets away.

Summer days in NYC

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That night, we went to Sleep No More, an immersive theatrical experience. It was Kim and I’s second time there, and it was Sean’s first time. It’s so hard to explain Sleep No More to a person who has no idea what it is, but the best way I can describe it is if you traveled to an alternate universe and participated in a production put on by Shakespeare, Alfred Hitchcock, and Stanley Kubrick. It’s an unbelievable experience, and I think the less you know about it, the more you will enjoy it! If you’re adventurous and are looking for an incredibly unique experience, definitely go!! It’s produced by famed British theatre company, Punchdrunk, so you know it’s legit! I think one of these days I am going to dedicate an entire post about Sleep No More, because it’s just that awesome.

As I mentioned, it was Kim and I’s second time there, and it was COMPLETELY different than the first time we went. I discovered different rooms, wings, storylines, and characters.

Mementos from Sleep No More

This trip to NYC was also my first foray to the world of AirBnb, and it was great! We stayed with a guy named Tony in Harlem. I was a little nervous, because I was the one who convinced my friends to use AirBnb and I was the one who booked the place, so I was apprehensive and I crossed my fingers that everything went okay. And it did! Tony and his roommate were so nice and made us feel right at home. Our first night there we had some drinks on their rooftop, and then later met two German guys who were staying there for the night. They were on a 10-month, around-the-world trip, and NYC was their first stop. It was such a great experience and I can’t see how I could ever go back to normal hotels… With AirBnb you have the chance to stay somewhere way cheaper than you would at a hotel and you meet and interact with people you may not have the opportunity to at a hotel. Plus staying with locals is always a plus when you’re in a different city!