Pretty much any city can claim a Chinatown, but not many cities can lay claim to a Little Persia or Greektown.
From Baltimore to Los Angeles, here are 11 exotic ethnic neighbourhoods around the US.
title=”Andersonville, Chicago, Illinois”
content=”Swedish flags line the streets of Andersonville, a Swedish sounding, European feeling ‘hood that’s only 15 minutes from Lake Michigan.
Founded by Swedish immigrants in the 1850s, it’s allegedly still one of the most concentrated areas of Swedish heritage in the country.
Clark Street is the neighbourhood’s nucleus, and home to Swedish bakeries and restaurants galore, the famous Swedish American Museum of Chicago (whose opening ceremony was attended by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden himself), and one of Chicago’s most popular street festivals: Midsommarfest.”
content=”Nestled in Texas Hill Country you’ll find Fredericksburg, a small town named after Prince Frederick of Prussia that proudly preserves its unique German heritage.
German was Fredericksburg’s primary language until World War II, and today it’s still home to ‘Texas German,’ a dialect that started when the German settlers who founded the town in 1846 refused to learn English.
Here you’ll find the Vereins Kirche (society church), now a museum, as well as the Old German Bakery and Restaurant, Der Lindenbaum restaurant, Opa’s Smoked Meats, and the Fredericksburg Brewing Company, to name a few authentically German haunts.”
title=”Greektown, Baltimore, Maryland”
content=”Formerly known as The Hill, the neighbourhood’s name was officially changed to Greektown in the ’80s.
As you may have guessed, the area is home to a thriving Greek community, as well as thriving Greek businesses like Akropolis, Ikaros, Samos and Zorba restaurants, and the annual Greek Folk Festival, a four-day celebration of everything Greek.”
content=”Only 130 miles from LA but a world away, this almost 6,000 person strong Danish village was founded over 100 years ago, by a group of Danish teachers that named it ‘sunny field.’
Every Danish cliché is nicely represented in the form of windmills, not one but five Danish bakeries, a replica of Copenhagen’s famous Little Mermaid statue, a copy of Copenhagen’s Round Tower, and a bust of Hans Christian Andersen.”
title=”Little Australia, New York City, New York”
content=”OK so maybe it’s only the Aussies that call it that, but New York City’s Nolita neighbourhood has recently spawned a sub-hood called Little Australia.
With Mulberry Street as its heart and soul, the area features Australian businesses like Ruby’s, a small eatery that serves flat whites and Sydney-themed burgers, the Down Under inspired Two Hands cafe and restaurant, Damsel in Distress, a boutique that sells nothing but Australian brands, and B-Space, the self-proclaimed ‘hub of Australian creative culture in the New York City.'”
title=”India Square, Jersey City, New Jersey”
content=”Also known as Little India or Little Bombay, this area has the highest concentration of Asian Indians in the Western Hemisphere (more than 13k according to the last census, making almost 11% of Jersey City’s population).
Wandering down Newark Avenue you’ll come across sari shops, storefronts advertising Henna, Bollywood ads, dozens of Indian restaurants, and, once a year, the colourful Holi festival and Navratri celebrations.”
title=”Little Canada, Minneapolis, Minnesota”
content=”Despite Canada just being a stone’s throw across Lake Superior away, the Canucks planted their flag in the Twin Cities and created their own little suburb.
It started in 1844, when a French Canadian settler decided to build the first grist mill in Minnesota that was independent from the government. And the rest, as they say, is history. Today, Little Canada proudly waves Canadian flags, features a red maple leaf as its official logo, and hosts the annual Canadian Days celebration.”
title=”Chindianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana”
content=”Unlikely as it may sound, Indiana is home to around 20,000 Burmese — Indianapolis is even often referred to as Little Burma in its entirety.
The city’s south side, particularly Perry Township, is nicknamed Chindianapolis, thanks to the over 7,000 Chin refugees that live there and have opened Burmese restaurants and shops, the most well-known being the Chin Brothers Restaurant & Grocery.”
title=”Persian Square, Los Angeles, California”
content=”Persian Square, aka Little Persia, aka Tehrangeles, was formed in the aftermath of the Iranian revolution in 1979, and now has the highest number of Persians outside of Iran.
Thanks to this, it boasts Persian shops, traditional Iranian restaurants, ice cream shops selling treats like saffron ice cream, and eateries serving up fusion faves like Persian pizza and kebabs on every corner.”
title=”Little Ethiopia, Washington, DC”
content=”The US capital also has the largest number of Ethiopians outside of Ethiopia, with around 200,000 of them.
Consequently, it features a vast amount of Ethiopian businesses: In fact, there’s an entire 900-page phone directory dedicated to Ethiopian-owned businesses. Check out 9th and U, Little Ethiopia’s main drag and the single block that features more than two dozen shops and restaurants where Ethiopian music blasts and the smell of Ethiopian coffee mingles with that of exotic African spices.”
title=”Little Brazil, South Framingham, Massachusetts”
content=”Boston’s beaches are a far cry from Brazil’s, but they have somehow attracted a vast number of Brazilians in the last 30 years — Framingham is said to be almost over 57.4 per cent Brazilian.
Signs are in Portuguese, shops sell typically colourful clothing, green and yellow flags line the streets, the smell of fried plantains and Brazilian BBQ is everywhere.”
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