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The World's Best Neighborhoods for 2016, According to Airbnb

If it's your dream to tell your friends, "I went there before it was cool." Well, first off, dream bigger, hipster. But secondly, take a look at Airbnb's list of up-and-coming neighborhoods from around the world and hit them before they go mainstream. 

To form this list of the best neighborhoods for 2016, Airbnb looked into the travel patterns of over 40 million in-bound guests who stayed in a host home over the past year. Researchers looked specifically at neighborhoods that had been visited by at least 50 individuals. In the words of Airbnb, the 16 chosen neighborhoods are "surging in popularity." The neighborhood that is "surging" enough to place it at number one is Chūō-ku in Osaka, Japan, which is noted for its Osaka Castle, as well as excellent nightlife, and over 300 stores for shopping. 

Banglampoo in Bangkok and Brickfields in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia took second and third respectively, demonstrating that Asian countries are really making gains this year, at least among those seeking out an Airbnb pad. Take a look at the full list below, complete with each neighborhood's rate of popularity growth. Book accordingly. 

16. Constitución in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Growth: 125%

15. Richmond in Melbourne, Australia 

Growth: 126% 

14. The Bukit Peninsula, Bali

Growth: 134% 

13. District VII in Budapest, Hungary

Growth: 148%

12. Poncey-Highland in Atlanta, GA

Growth: 242%

11. Oak Lawn in Dallas, TX

 Growth: 264%

10. Roma Sur in Mexico City

Growth: 279%

9. Meireles in Fortaleza, Brazil

Growth: 287%

8. Kaneohe on Oahu, HI

Growth: 324% 

7. Hammerbrook in Hamburg, Germany

Growth: 418% 

6. Triana in Seville, Spain

Growth: 774% 

5. Koukaki in Athens, Greece

Growth: 801% 

4. Capucins in Bordeaux, France

Growth: 966% 

3. Brickfields, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Growth: 1231% 

2. Banglampoo in Bangkok

Growth: 1239% 

1. Chūō-ku in Osaka, Japan

 Growth: 7471% 


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Kara King is a News Writer at Thrillist and likes to believe her neighborhood is up-and-coming. Send news tips to news@thrillist.com and follow her at @karatillie.