The ultimate guide to the world’s creative neighborhoods

Yelp is anarchy. Searching for “hipster neighborhoods” on Google feels gross. There needs to be a better way to find the best places a city has to offer to discerning design geeks who love exploring new places. What if there was always a friend with great taste you could always count on for recommendations to the best local spots?

Say hello to On the Grid, a collection of neighborhood guides for cities around the world curated by local creatives just like you! Whether you’re exploring locally or traveling abroad, On the Grid is the ultimate guide to the world’s most creative neighborhoods.

On the Grid treats all neighborhoods with thriving creative scenes equally, regardless of how far away from the center of the city they are. Each neighborhood guide features a collection of exceptional places frequented by our curator. Our curators are all carefully selected local creative professionals, design studios or other creative companies.

On the Grid was created by Hyperakt and continues to be curated by creatives around the world. New neighborhood guides are published regularly.

Paying homage to cities and designers

The name On the Grid celebrates the urban street grid with a wink of the eye to the tool most used by graphic designers - the alignment grid.

Start small, think big

We love Gowanus. Our neighborhood is full of great restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and creative spaces so we decided to make a simple, user-friendly neighborhood guide. We wanted to share the true essence of the places we love through beautiful photography, candid descriptions, and design-driven curation.

We spent months experimenting with ways to create a modular platform to show off our gems hoping other designers would want to show off theirs as well.

Two short years later, we had published over 500 neighborhoods in more than 100 cities curated by local creatives around the world!