Hip cafes, fancy restaurants and trendy record stores: You can find all of this in the coolest parts of Europe. Let yourself be inspired by our seven favorite neighborhoods – from Porto to Berlin.
These seven neighborhoods are young, urban and alternative. They offer you unique insights into local life and are among the coolest neighborhoods for us. You shouldn’t miss these corners in Europe:
1. Nørrebro, Copenhagen
Most holidaymakers come to the capital of Denmark because it is cozy or, better said, hyggelig! Hygge is the warm and warm atmosphere that envelops Copenhagen – especially the green district of Nørrebro. The district is located northwest of the middle of Copenhagen’s lakes and is not as crowded as Nyhavn.
Traditional, Bohemian houses are lined up in the cobblestone streets. Nørrebro is also particularly multicultural. The influences of different cultures are reflected in the many galleries, boutiques and restaurants.
By the way: If you are in Copenhagen, you should definitely visit Vesterbro. In the alternative district there are cool cafes and colorful street art.
2. Mariahilf, Vienna
Mariahilf is the second smallest – and for us coolest – district in Vienna. The district in Austria’s capital is multicultural: people from more than 100 different countries live there and provide a colorful bustle of art, culture and gastronomy.
The 6th district, which is bordered by Mariahilfer Strasse, is located between historical significance and hipsterism – a lively pedestrian zone with hip shops for fashion and lifestyle. Classic Viennese coffee houses and some theaters are located in the side streets.
Every visitor’s to-do list should include a walk through Vienna’s large Naschmarkt. In the open air, gourmets will find various street food stands and market places. Then it’s off to one of the many trendy bars.
3. Haga, Gothenburg
Gothenburg – the port city on the west coast of Sweden is known for its relaxed atmosphere and for attractions worth seeing such as the Fish Church and the district of Haga. There is probably no other place in the world where the density of blue and white striped tops and fresh fish is so high.
Haga is also ideal for a “fika”, a Swedish coffee break. There are many small shops and cafes in Gothenburg’s oldest district. In addition to excellent coffee and the world-famous cinnamon rolls, you will find books, furniture, children’s toys and jewelry in the picture book streets.
4. Kreuzberg, Berlin
Anyone who visits the cosmopolitan city on the Spree cannot avoid the trendy Kreuzberg. The district in the west of Berlin developed into a center of the alternative and squatter scene during the German division. Today, the district between Bergmannstrasse and Oberbaumbrücke is characterized by the high proportion of residents of Turkish origin.
In Kreuzberg there should not only be the best doner kebab in Germany, but also the best club scene. Berlin’s nightlife attracts thousands of party-goers to “X-Berg” every weekend. Where else do you set the alarm clock at 3 a.m. and then celebrate in the hottest clubs in the city until midday?