Hip Squares – Visiting Europe’s Coolest Neighbourhoods

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battleface checks out some of the most fashionable places to be seen this summer.

The time has passed when the concept of being at the centre of a city was key to a city-break vacation. We’re now in an age where the neighbourhood is key, allowing you to get a genuine feel for a city like a true local. Here’s our take on where to hang out.

Nørrebro Copenhagen

Copenhagen Nørrebro is a vibrant, diverse and cosmopolitan neighbourhood in the city of Copenhagen. It is known for its multicultural atmosphere, friendly locals and vibrant nightlife. The neighbourhood is located north of the city centre and is home to a large immigrant population, with many residents coming from Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon and the Middle East. The streets are lined with small boutiques, cafes and restaurants, giving the neighbourhood a unique and eclectic atmosphere. https://www.visitcopenhagen.com/noerrebro

Katarzyna Dutkowska

Leith Edinburgh

Edinburgh Leith is an excellent neighbourhood for those looking for an alternative and unique Edinburgh experience. It’s a great place to explore, with interesting nooks and crannies, plenty of independent shops and restaurants, and a vibrant social scene. It’s definitely one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Edinburgh. https://edinburgh.org/neighbourhoods/leith/

Rayan De-Zeeuw

Station District Vilnius

The Station District of Vilnius is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in the Lithuanian capital city. This vibrant and diverse area is a wonderful place to visit for its unique cultural attractions and lively nightlife. It is located between the Neris and Vilnia rivers, just a short walk from the city centre. The area is home to several historical monuments, including the old railway station, an impressive example of 19th century architecture. There are plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes to choose from, with some offering traditional Lithuanian cuisine and others offering international fare. https://www.govilnius.lt/visit-vilnius/latest-tips/vilnius-station-district

XI District Budapest

The XI District of Budapest is one of the most popular and cool neighbourhoods in this amazing city. Located right in its heart, its home to many famous attractions such as the Chain Bridge, the Parliament Building, and the Buda Castle. The neighbourhood is known for its vibrant nightlife and bustling atmosphere, as well as its array of cafes, bars, and restaurants. There are also plenty of shopping opportunities, with upscale boutiques, thrift stores, and vintage shops while the area is also home to some of the city’s best art galleries and cultural attractions, such as the Hungarian National Gallery. https://www.offbeatbudapest.com/budapest-city-guide/neighborhoods/ujbuda-district-11/

Ancoats Manchester

Manchester Ancoats is steeped in history and was once home to some of Manchester’s earliest industrial sites. The area was heavily involved in the industrial revolution and its factories and warehouses were at the forefront of the city’s booming textile industry. Many of these historic sites have been converted into cool apartments, lofts and creative workspaces, giving Ancoats a unique and vibrant atmosphere. There are many independent shops and boutiques, giving the area a hip and eclectic vibe while the vibrant street art and graffiti also adds to its unique character. https://www.visitmanchester.com/ideas-and-inspiration/blog/read

Gràcia Barcelona

Barcelona Gràcia is one of the most unique and cool neighbourhoods in Barcelona. Located in the north of the city it was a small town that was annexed to Barcelona in the late 19th century. Known for its vibrant cultural life, small squares, narrow streets and a selection of independent shops, bars and restaurants it’s a beautiful place to explore on foot and soak up the atmosphere. Gràcia is a haven for artists and young people, who flock to the area for its unique shops, cafes, galleries and clubs and on any given night, the streets of are filled with people out having fun and enjoying the atmosphere. The Gràcia neighbourhood is also known for its annual festivals, including the Festa Major, a week-long celebration of Catalan culture and traditions. https://www.barcelona-life.com/barcelona/gracia

Vinohrady Prague

Prague Vinohrady is one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in Prague, known for its grand architecture, wide range of cultural offerings, and its strong sense of community. The architecture is especially noteworthy, with an abundance of Art Nouveau and Secessionist styles – many of the buildings were built during the 19th century and have been preserved in their original condition. In recent years, Vinohrady has become one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Prague and has drawn many young professionals, students, and expats, who are attracted by its vibrant atmosphere. The area is well connected to the rest of the city, with plenty of public transportation options making it easy to get around.

Anjos Lisbon

Located in the city’s central district, Anjos is one of the city’s coolest neighbourhoods, and it’s easy to see why. The area is full of vibrant culture and history with colourful streets and buildings dating back to the 19th century. Anjos is known for its lively nightlife scene, with a wide variety of bars and clubs to suit all tastes and as the neighbourhood is also home to some of the city’s best restaurants and cafés, visitors get to enjoy authentic, high quality Portuguese cuisine. The area’s main commercial street, Rua de Anjos, is full of shops selling everything from clothes and accessories to vintage items and it’s also home to some of Lisbon’s most popular markets, including the popular Mercado de Anjos. https://www.visitlisboa.com/en/events/anjos


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