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Top 8 Most Interesting Hipster Neighbourhoods in Europe

Hipster Neighbourhoods in Europe
Photo taken by Travel On Spot.  Hipster Neighbourhoods in Europe

Do you like to wear vintage clothes, listen to alternative music, watch “unusual” films and read contemporary literature? Or, maybe, you only eat organic products and drink beer made by small breweries? If, reading these questions, you’ve been nodding your head in agreement, you may well be, wittingly or not, a bit of a hipster. Here’s a list of 8 interesting, soulful and hipster-beloved European neighbourhoods you might want to visit on your trips. Here you’ll find vintage shops, cafés, music and book stores, contemporary art centres and some astonishing murals.

1. The Kreuzberg Neighbourhood, Berlin

The Kreuzberg Neighbourhood, Berlin
Photo taken by Flickr | regine debatty.  The Kreuzberg Neighbourhood, Berlin

Kreuzberg is a true hipster centre of the German capital. It’s the most alternative of all the city’s alternative neighbourhoods. Here you can enjoy near-unlimited amounts of excellent graffiti, take a swim in a pool located in the River Spree, and take a look around the Voo Store, which sells some truly fascinating objects – most of which will remain unused or, at best, will find a place in your home.

2. District VII, Budapest

District VII, Budapest
Photo taken by Flickr | Honza Soukup.  District VII, Budapest

This district, deserted after the war, is now famous for its bars, situated in ruins or abandoned buildings. Here you’ll find any number of musical performances and showings of “alternative”, non-Hollywood films. This district has become an excellent example of how to lift a city out of desolation. One of the district’s first bars is called Shimplia. Coming here is like taking a time machine to the past.

3. The Malasana Neighbourhood, Madrid

Madrid - Malasana
Photo taken by Flickr | r2hox.  Madrid - Malasana

Most people think Malasana is the birthplace of Madrid’s night life. Regardless of whether that’s true or not, one thing can be said with confidence – the streets of Malasana have been thumping continuously since the 70s.

4. Amsterdam-Nord Neighbourhood, Amsterdam

Amsterdam-Nord Neighbourhood, Amsterdam
Photo taken by Flickr | Sharon VanderKaay.  Amsterdam-Nord Neighbourhood, Amsterdam

Amsterdam-Nord, located on the other side of the river, is considered to be one of the Dutch capital’s most interesting neighbourhoods. In the past, this used to be an empty, abandoned place, and now it’s a real centre of creativity and festivals. Once every month, this place turns into a bustling flea market, called Ij Hallen.

5. Saint Martin Canal, Paris

Saint Martin Canal, Paris
Photo taken by Flickr | Henry_Marion.  Saint Martin Canal, Paris

This is a place for true hipsters. Here you can play frisbee or drink a glass of Point Ephémere champagne in an old repository, which is now an important cultural centre. The canal often hosts music shows, exhibitions and is also home to dozens of painters’ workshops.

6. The Dalston Neighbourhood, London

The Dalston Neighbourhood, London
Photo taken by Flickr | Nick.  The Dalston Neighbourhood, London

The British newspaper the Guardian once declared Dalston the best place in the whole of Great Britain. It’s a place of clubs, vinyl stores, creative spaces and design. Furthermore, it’s also home to the infamous FARM (a number of farms, shops, cafés and concert halls located under the same roof).

7. The Norrebro Neighbourhood, Copenhagen

The Norrebro Neighbourhood, Copenhagen
Photo taken by Flickr | Lisa Risager.  The Norrebro Neighbourhood, Copenhagen

Norrebro is a place with bakeries that make all sorts of delicacies, and bars with 40 different types of beer. This neighbourhood is full of the little joys that make our lives happier. We recommend you visit the Laundromat Café, where you can have a cup of excellent coffee, read a magazine, surf the web or perhaps talk to a handsome stranger while your clothes are being washed.

8. The Kazimierz Neighbourhood, Kraków

The Kazimierz Neighbourhood, Kraków
Photo taken by Flickr | Juan Antonio F.Segal.  The Kazimierz Neighbourhood, Kraków

In the past, this used to be a Jewish district, which, after the war, became a ghost neighbourhood, full of abandoned and forgotten buildings. Today it’s Kraków’s cultural centre and probably the country’s most hipster-populated neighbourhood. Here you’ll find many exhibitions and other cultural events.

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