Beyond Brooklyn: The Hip, Artsy Neighborhoods of Europe

By Jessica Russo

Cute cafes, craft coffee shops, vintage stores, and outdoor markets - all covered in colorful street art, of course. Welcome to Europe's hippest hangouts!

Like Brooklyn is to New York City, these neighborhoods are to their main cities. Put on your thick-rimmed glasses, sip your almond milk latte, and take a virtual tour of these hipster havens around the world!

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London, England

This artsy area is home to a myriad of young creatives and trendy fashionistas! Take a stroll down charming Brick Lane, which is known for its out-of-this-world curry scene, among other eclectic foodie favorites. Mosey through vintage shops, grab a pint at a classy gastropub, or perk up with a cup 'a joe at an artisan coffee shop. Be sure to check out Shoreditch!


Berlin, Germany

Ahh, Kreuzberg, Berlin's cultural hub, home to students and artists! In addition to all of these young creatives, this area boasts a huge Turkish population (yup, that means tons of authentic and affordable Turkish restaurants). Stroll around the quirky Bergmannkiez area and peruse through thrift shops and laid-pack cafes. Relax in beautiful Viktoriapark, nibble on some street food, and of course, become mesmerized by colorful street art!


Oslo, Norway

Oslo's most edgy and trendy district, Grunerlokka was once an industrial area that's transformed into a vibrant neighborhood of cool. Explore eclectic flea markets, wander through art-filled galleries, and kick back at an artisan coffee shop or microbrewery. Norway? Yes, way.


Stockholm, Sweden

This artsy haven is a labyrinth of unique restaurants, cool boutiques, hip bars, and interesting bookstores. Boasting a relaxed and creative vibe, Sodermalm is chock full of beautiful architecture and minimalistic design elements. After you're done sipping craft beer and coffee, be sure to climb up to Fjallgatan and Monteliusvagen for unbeatable views of Stockholm!


Rome, Italy

Rome is one of the most tourist-filled cities in the world, however, when you dive a little deeper and head off the beaten path, you'll discover the undiscovered cool vibes of Pigneto. Teeming with local shops, amazing eateries, and welcoming wine bars, this area is one of Italy's coolest spots. See a flick at the independent cinema and take a gander at all the art that fills the city. When in Rome!

Canal St. Martin

Paris, France

Nibble on a flakey croissant from an adorable bakery and sip local wine by the canal. This charming area is filled with young locals, quaint cocktail bars, and hip shops! Immerse yourself in pure cool while still feeling the whimsical magic of France.


Copenhagen, Denmark

A must-see for all Copenhagen visitors, this area is one of the top foodie destinations in the country! Bring your appetite and check out cute cafes, Danish bakeries, and truly authentic restaurants. The cobblestone streets of Norrebro hold much more than gastronomic excellence; they also hold vintage shops, inviting wine bars, and tiny little coffee shops. Be sure to take tons of Instagram photos at this hipster hub.


Barcelona, Spain

We would like to say "gracias" to Spain for gifting us with such a cool place. Bursting with an infectious vibrant energy, this youthful area is a playground of charming streets lined with bars, shops, and restaurants. Visit nearby Park Guell, marvel at gorgeous views and sculptures, and soak up Gracia's fascinating history!


London, England

East London has become the epitome of cool. Visit Dalston for energetic vibes, eccentric cocktail bars, artsy bookstores, and innovative restaurants. Find the perfect souvenir at an edgy boutique, and meander through Broadway Market. Why not take a stroll through the greenery of London Fields? Come on; you're on vacation.

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