The Top 10 Best Global Summer Hoods

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	Santa Monica is one of the most scenic summer hoods on the planet.

Santa Monica is one of the most scenic summer hoods on the planet. 

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Aug 16, 2013 —  There’s no need to analyze why summer is the world’s favorite season. A combination of great weather, outdoor activities, lively festivals, and trips to the beach are evidence enough. But which global neighborhoods do summer better than the rest?

Chock-full of outdoor markets, scenic canals, free summer concerts, and posh art studios, Jordaan in Amsterdam is the perfect place for a sunny stroll and dose of local culture. Then there's London's Clapham district, a shining example of what the summer season is all about. Home to the Clapham Common, a park that regularly hosts sunbathers, day drinkers, and a slew of exciting festivals and shows from May until late August, it's one of the most happening hoods in all of the U.K.

In the U.S., Chicago's Wrigleyville has Americana summer written all over it. Sharing its name with the storied Cubs' baseball stadium, this area offers nearly three dozen bars full of party-loving denizens, plus a handful of rooftop lounges that boast amazing views of the Windy City skyline and blue waters of Lake Michigan.

On the West Coast, Santa Monica is one of the best beach towns in the expansive Los Angeles County. Bike paths line the shores, where former fraternity bros and sorority sisters converge with tourists on sand volleyball courts.

Not sure what hotspot tops the competition? Check out our list of the 10 best global hoods – posted below in no particular order – where summertime is prime!

  • 1

    Jordaan

    Amsterdam

    Jordaan, Amsterdam.
  • 2

    Montjuic

    Barcelona

    Montjuic, Barcelona.
  • 3

    Back Bay

    Boston

    Back Bay, Boston.
  • 4

    Wrigleyville

    Chicago

    Wrigleyville, Chicago.
  • 5

    Juan-les-Pins

    French Riviera

    Juan-les-Pins, French Riviera.
  • 6

    Playa d'en Bossa

    Ibiza

    Playa d'en Bossa, Ibiza.
  • 7

    Clapham

    London

    Clapham, London.
  • 8

    Santa Monica / Westside

    Los Angeles

    Santa Monica Pier
  • 9

    Upper West Side

    New York

    Upper West Side, New York.
  • 10

    Montmartre - 18eme

    Paris

    Montmartre - 18eme, Paris.
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