The 12 coolest neighbourhoods in Europe

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In the summer, Paris’s Canal Saint-Martin is filled with young people playing music and enjoying the area’s cafes. Flickr/Andrew

Europe’s hottest neighbourhoods are home to cutting-edge art, hip restaurants, and eclectic bars.

Some of these neighbourhoods were once areas of political turmoil that have been transformed into creative hubs. Others have stood as artistic gems for years. 

From Kreuzberg, where Berlin’s punk rock movement was born, to Amsterdam-Noord, which is home to the continent’s biggest vintage market, here are 12 of the coolest neighbourhoods in Europe.
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title=”AMSTERDAM-NOORD, AMSTERDAM: Across Amsterdam-Noord, neglected warehouses and buildings from its industrial past have been transformed into trendy restaurants, festival locations, hubs for artists and designers, and locations for Europe’s biggest flea market, the monthly IJ-Hallen.”
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title=”SAVAMALA, BELGRADE, SERBIA: The Savamala district continues to grow as one of Serbia’s cultural centres. It’s home to the Mikser House, an art and performance space which hosts programs like its four-day Mikser Festival which features DJs, punk-rock, alternative, and rock musicians, as well as art installations.”
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title=”KREUZBERG, BERLIN, GERMANY: The Kreuzberg district was the historic home of the Berlin punk rock movement. Today it continues to attract music lovers to legendary locations like the SO36 music club, a favourite stop for Iggy Pop and David Bowie back in the day.”
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title=”ERZSÉBETVÁROS (DISTRCIT VII), BUDAPEST, HUNGARY: The rise of ‘ruin pubs’ — abandoned buildings transformed into bars — has made this district home to a flourishing bar scene. Most ruin pubs will include live music, art, light food, and outdoor gardens. Check out Szimpla Kert, the first to open, and home to a large garden where hundreds gather to drink beer, wine, and cocktails.”
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title=”NØRREBRO, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK: The Nørrebro district is popular for its abundance of culinary treats including a variety of bakeries where you can get pastries for cheap, Michelin-starred restaurants, and breweries. The cobbled streets of Jægersborggade offer an array of coffee shops, vintage stores, and wine bars.”
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title=”SINT-PIETERSNIEUWSTRAAT, GHENT, BELGIUM: This student center is home to music gems like Music Mania, a record store that has been around since 1969 where you’ll get access to special release vinyls, concerts, and book signings. You’ll also find Voortuit, the original cultural center of Ghent’s socialist movement and a location for music, poetry, art, and comedy events today.”
content=”Discover Music Mania and Vooruit.”
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title=”DALSTON, LONDON, ENGLAND: Dalston is home to eclectic street art; vintage shops like Beyond Retro, where you’ll find everything from ’80s sweatshirts to ’70s band shirts; old-school record stores; and quirky drinking spots. Head to Café Oto, a Japanese tea cafe by day and a venue for avant-garde jazz and experimental tunes at nights, or Passing Clouds, a hidden arts center hosting everything from African funk to reggae.”
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title=”MALSAÑA, MADRID, SPAIN: In Malasaña, you’ll see a variety of cosy cafes where you can sip locally-grown coffee in the day and dance to bluegrass bands at night. Popular stops include Tupperware, a bar lined with murals from the ’70s; Ojalá, a restaurant where you’ll find a beach complete with sand and wave projections; and the Fábrica Maravillas brewery, which serves beer that’s brewed on location.”
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title=”GRÜNERLØKKA, OSLO, NORWAY: In this trendy district you can browse through the Birkelunden flea markets every Sunday, peruse works in numerous art galleries, and find artisan coffee shops. Grab a drink in the cosy brick-cellar microbrewery Schouskjelleren Mikrobryggeri.”
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title=”CANAL SAINT-MARTIN, PARIS, FRANCE: On warm evenings, you’ll find young people flocking to the canal to drink, play music, and socialise amidst the string of cocktail bars, breweries, and restaurants that stretch across the area. A favourite stop is the Point Ephémère, which hosts concerts, exhibitions, and artist studios.”
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title=”MIERA IELA, RIGA, LATVIA: Miera iela, known as Peace Street, is a favourite for gallery-owners, painters, and writers, thanks to its array of gourmet coffee shops like Rocket Bean Roastery, where coffee is roasted for you on-the-spot with an Aeropress, and DAD cafe, which turns into a music venue in the evening. It’s also home to the famous Laima chocolate factory and museum.”
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title=”MONTI, ROME, ITALY: In Monti, you’ll find a combination of old and new: There are hip, modern shops like Urbana 47, an art-house movie theatre, that are hidden amidst the ancient streets. (The neighbourhood is home to the Colosseum.) Some of Rome’s best vintage shops are here too, like Mercato Monti, where you’ll find handmade goods and designer items.”
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