10 best neighborhoods that tourists haven't found yet

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  1. sobore
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    You've got a little time to kill in the city you're visiting, and you're feeling adventurous. But you'd rather not go to the trendy neighborhood that everyone says is the must-do. After all, once all the tourists know about it, how authentic can it be?

    Here's an intriguing alternative: the 10Best list of notable neighborhoods generating local buzz, but which you've probably heard little about. Each has just come into its own, is making a splash in its own community, but is still a good secret from the outside world. They're all worth exploring for different reasons. In some, food or breweries are the draw, in others, you'll want to check out quirky shops or the nightlife.

    Our Local Experts at 10Best helped make these selections, so save this handy guide and you can hang like a local.

    Austin's East Side: BBQ, beer, tunes, plenty of weird
    While Austin's South Congress neighborhood has gotten the lion's share of recent buzz, many locals prefer the city's happening East Side. 6th Street east of I-35 rewards urban explorers with a rich variety of settings, cuisines and beer experiences. East 6th bars – the historic Scoot Inn; The Liberty Bar; Hi Hat Public House; and Shangri-La - offer patrons everything from large beer gardens to vintage video games and outdoor films. Hops & Grain Brewery offers tours and tastings.
    Over on 11th Street, savvy devotees start lining up for Franklin's BBQ at 10 a.m. Hillside Farmacy, the city's popular new farm-to-table restaurant, and Tiny Taiga, a super foods and supplements shop, lure intrepid foodies. The historic Victory Grill – part of the Chitlin Circuit which hosted gigs by B.B. King, W.C. Clark and Bobby Bland during segregation – still packs a crowd for live music.
    In the 'Keep Austin Weird' tradition, all the businesses you'll find in the East Side are mom-and-pop concerns. Parking is typically easy, and a visit is appealing day or night. Bonus: It's all just a stone's throw from downtown hotels.
    Up and coming: Keep an eye on nearby Rainey Street, where historic-homes-turned-bars are complemented by local food trucks.

    Boston's Seaport District: Dockside dining and killer views
    Photographers may have already discovered the downtown views from Boston's Seaport district, but now the rest of the world is catching on to this amazing revitalized neighborhood. Just across the Fort Point Channel from downtown and its Harborwalk, the Seaport District is rapidly being reinvented.
    The walkable Congress Street bridge from downtown became home to the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum in 2012, and The Spirit of Boston dinner cruise departs from

    No longer industrial, Seaport is taking full advantage of its beautiful brick-and-beam bones, and easy-to-reach setting. "Seaport is the hottest place for food and drinks right now, with lots of new openings lately, and more slated," says 10Best Local Expert Jessica Polizzotti. Case in point: renowned chef Ming Tsai is wowing patrons after just a few months in the former diner he transformed into The Blue Dragon. Lots of bars offer outdoor seating and waterfront views in the neighborhood which is also home to the striking Institute of Contemporary Art.

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  2. Muerl
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    Seaport is okay. Legal harbor side 3rd floor is great to watch planes in and out of Logan ;)

    LTK is tasty as well.

    Harpoon brewery is pretty awesome, best men room view in the city.

    Have heard poor review of blue dragon.

    But on a whole, it's kinda sterile down there.
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    Get out of Austin and just head to Lockhart

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