Do you like organic cafés and eclectic atmospheres? Then you must be somewhat of a hipster, whether you like it or not! If you're looking for something to tickle your alternative fancy, here's a list of the neighborhoods you should check out next time you're visiting one of these 10 European capitals.
Prague boasts a one-of-a-kind architecture, where grandiose, intricately decorated monuments share space with quaint, colorful shops. Utter simplicity and ornate elegance coexist harmoniously in this exquisite Czech capital, creating a uniquely intriguing cityscape. And Holesovice is an area that perfectly embodies this versatility.
Despite having earned a spot on the 2017 list of Europe's coolest neighborhoods, curated by the Independent, Holesovice is still very much a hidden gem. With a multitude of alternative cultural events, beautiful churches, its lush Letna Park, and incredible street art, Holesovice is the perfect hipster hotspot, and it's waiting for you.
Green, clean, and fashionable, Denmark's capital is a 'cool' city in every sense of the word, so you can only imagine how stylish its trendiest neighborhood is. Nřrrebro's heart is lush, with a large public square equipped with its very own cycling track, and adorned with plants and multicultural artifacts. The rest of the area is just as bike-friendly, and is also brimming with lovely cafés, nifty thrift shops, and indie boutiques.
Diversity and an eclectic ambience reign supreme in Nřrrebro, which makes it one of the most vibrant corners of Copenhagen, where the nightlife is vibrant and artistry is omnipresent. Indeed, Nřrrebro is a harvester of creativity where newfangled art galleries flourish, suffusing the neighborhood with a youthful energy.
Paris: Le Marais
Paris is replete with stylish areas and hipster hotspots, but the most well-known and universally appreciated still remains Le Marais, one of the City of Lights' most effervescent neighborhoods. With its narrow lanes, medieval architecture and village-like ambience, Le Marais is Paris' laid-back jewel.
Lining the neighborhood's picturesque streets are a plethora of boisterous bars, dainty eateries, trendy boutiques, elegant jewellery shops, colorful art galleries, and traditional bakeries; all creating a joyful buzz. This labyrinth of cobbled alleyways offers visitors a unique glimpse into the authentic Parisian experience, while also presenting them with myriad cultural events and just as many nightlife options.
Amsterdam: De Wallen
Better known as the Red Light District, De Wallen is not just a place of obscure fantasy, where a provocative vibe and bawdy ambience reign supreme. If there is truth to the many stereotypes that you may have heard about the area, De Wallen is much more than just its suggestive atmosphere. Indeed, the Red Light District is Amsterdam's oldest neighborhood, and is abounding with fascinating cultural attractions that go beyond peep shows, brothels, and the famous sex museum.
Like pretty much everywhere else in the city, picturesque gabled houses and charming canals make up the bucolic scenery. In De Wallen, you don't have to choose between lust and romance, you can have it all.
According to the Independent, Kreuzberg is Europe's coolest neighborhood, and even though the list was for 2017, we're sure that the neighborhood's stylishness hasn't changed much in a year. Bohemian at heart and renowned for its authentic, spirited soul, Kreuzberg is Berlin's most enchanting and intriguing area. It's where Berlin's tendency to give birth to alternative lifestyles originated, and it continues to be defined by its ever-evolving, open-minded character.
Cultures collide and pints of beer clink in Kreuzberg, creating the neighborhood's unique tempo. Gripping street art and amazing street food are found in abundance in the area, as Berlin's multifaceted, multicultural heart continues to surprise those who wander in its alleyways.