Osaka Castle in in Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan


Airbnb analyzed the travel patterns of more than 40 million people that stayed in homes on Airbnb in 2015 and selected 16 neighborhoods that have gained the most momentum in the past year. Asian neighborhoods took the top of the list led by the far and away frontrunner, Chuo-ku in Osaka, Japan – a neighborhood famed for it’s artistic theaters and delicious street food vendors.

“Airbnb travelers are checking in to neighborhoods in all corners of the globe and in doing so they are visiting local coffee shops and small businesses that haven’t benefitted from tourism in the past,” said Chip Conley, Head of Hospitality, Airbnb. “When an Airbnb traveler heads to Hammerbrook in Hamburg or Brickfields in Kuala Lumpur, with the help of hosts, they are able to see these places through the eyes of a local, and embrace the culture in a completely new way.”

To unearth the vibrant pockets in towns and cities, Airbnb analyzed the travel to local communities that took place over 2015, across regions, countries, metros, and down to neighborhoods. The final list is composed of neighborhoods in some of the most popular cities around the globe where bookings are growing particularly fast.

16 neighborhoods gaining the most Airbnb momentum for 2016

  1. Chūō-ku in Osaka, Japan – 7471% Growth
  2. Banglampoo in Bangkok, Thailand – 1239% Growth
  3. Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 1231% Growth
  4. Capucins in Bordeaux, France – 966% Growth
  5. Koukaki in Athens, Greece – 801% growth
  6. Triana in Seville, Spain – 774% growth
  7. Hammerbrook in Hamburg, Germany – 418% growth
  8. Kaneohe on Oahu, US – 324% Growth
  9. Meireles in Fortaleza, Brazil – 287% Growth
  10. Roma Sur in Mexico City, Mexico – 279% Growth
  11. Oak Lawn in Dallas, US – 264% Growth
  12. Poncey-Highland in Atlanta, GA – 242% Growth
  13. District VII in Budapest, Hungary – 148% Growth
  14. The Bukit Peninsula, Bali – 134% growth
  15. Richmond in Melbourne, Australia – 126% Growth
  16. Constitución in Buenos Aires, Argentina – 125% growth

When guests stay in a home on Airbnb, they have local hosts that can share inside knowledge about a neighborhood and its go-to locations for the best cup of joe or local cuisine, where to go for a jog, where to find local art, artisans, and more. Many hosts already share these insights in their listings and in the Guidebooks product on Airbnb.

Some consistent themes across the neighborhoods that made the list:

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