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The best of the world’s neighborhood nooks.

Every neighborhood is a character, and you can usually note its personality on a single stroll through its streets. There’s a feeling in the air or a certain street vibe that reflects the energy and values of all those who chose to live out their lives right there. It’s those same people who frolic daily in that city’s nooks, boroughs, coffee shops or corners, distinct neighborhood spots that scream local. Who best to scout those pockets of metropolitan life than longtime residents with discerning eyes.

We found photographers around the world and asked them to profile a neighborhood hotspot based on its clientele, atmosphere, and status as a microcosm of the city itself. Take a stroll around the world and get a glimpse into the local vibe from the bustle of Brooklyn to the sunny pavilions of the Alsace region of France border.

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Pop-up Cafe to Provide the Purrrfect Coffee Break

In Los Angeles, Catfe connects shelter cats with potential forever families, all over a cup of joe.

Here’s what’s missing from your third-wave specialty coffee joint: cats. You haven’t had a chai latte until you’ve had it in the company of kitties—or so goes the wisdom of Carlos Wong, the hero behind Catfe. Catfe is Wong’s ambitious project to bring the pet cafes of Tokyo to Los Angeles. Wong opened up his first pop-up cafe this week in L.A.’s Chinatown, hoping that the temporary shop will mobilize support for a permanent location and compel potential customers to donate to his Kickstarter campaign.

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