Each expression in this post has been shown with meaning followed by an example with a relevant picture. This blog post on “IELTS City and Town Vocabulary” aims to help ESL learners and teachers in order to help improve their English.
01. boarded up shops
Meaning: shops that are no longer doing business
Example: One can see a number of boarded up shops in Chowdi Baazar.
02. chain stores
Meaning: well-known brands with shops in multiple cities
Example: There are around 150 chain stores in Rajendra Place.
03. to close down
Meaning: to stop doing business
Example: If you are to close down for repairs, you’ll lose business for sure.
04. fashionable boutiques
Meaning: fashionable clothes shops
Example: Ladies in Al-Mareija can be seen shopping at fashionable boutiques on weekends.
05. to get around
Meaning: to travel around
06. high-rise flats
Meaning: multi-story apartments
Meaning: the central part of the city where people live and where conditions are often poor
08. in the suburbs
Meaning: the outer area of large towns and cities where people live
Example: I have been living in the suburb of New Delhi for the last three years.
09. lively bars/restaurants
Meaning: bars or restaurants with a good atmosphere
10. multi-story car parks
Meaning: car parks on several floors
11. office block
Meaning: a large building that contains offices
12. local facilities
Meaning: local buildings or services serving the people
13. out of town shopping centre/retails park
Meaning: large shopping centres outside of the town or city
14. pavement cafe
Meaning: cages with tables outside on the pavement
15. places of interest
Meaning: buildings that have a particular interest for visitors
16. poor housing
Meaning: housing that is not in good condition
17. public spaces
Meaning: areas in a town or city that are open to the public
18. public transport system
Meaning: public vehicles such as buses or trains that operate at regular times in fixed routes
19. residential area
Meaning: an area where people live
20. run down
Meaning: old and of a poor standard
21. shopping centre
Meaning: an area consisting of multiple shops
22. shopping malls
Meaning: large indoor shopping centres
23. sprawling city
Meaning: a city that has grown over time and which covers a wide area
24. tourist attraction
Meaning: a place of interests to tourists
25. traffic congestion
Meaning: heavy traffic making it difficult to move around a town or city.
26. upmarket shops
Meaning: expensive fashionable shops