Meet My Hood

  • Meet My Hood: Chapitre, Marseille

    By on March 27, 2017

    In the heart of France's Phocean city, the Place des Réformés and its surroundings have played host to many loquacious people. But to understand the history of Chapitre, it helps to read between the lines...

  • Meet My Hood: Stuttgart-Ost

    By on Feb. 22, 2017

    Stuttgart-Ost isn’t cool yet, but when it is in a few years time then you will have already heard about it here. On a superficial level, this neighbourhood is seen as simultaneously bland and edgy. But those who look closely will find nice bars, fascinating brick houses, and a whole host of curiosities: from the observatory to the "Kolonie Ostheim" to a pug statue.

  • Meet My Hood: Saint-Gilles, Brussels

    Saint-Gilles is an 800-year-old market town that is constantly transformiong, adapting, and renewing itself. Today more than 50,000 people from 140 different countries help to make the city great.

  • Meet My Hood: Zugló, Budapest

    By on Dec. 7, 2016

    XIV, the fourteenth district of Budapest, is where I was born and where I have lived almost all my life. For me it’s perfect; everything I need is just around the corner. But for my friends, it’s just a district where there is nothing to do. They always ask me: "Wow, you're still in Zugló?"

  • Meet My Hood: The 13th Arrondissement, Paris

    By on July 29, 2016

    The 13th arrondissement is the "Chinatown" of Paris, full of of small, hidden streets and high-rise buildings, which the Chinese Mafia apparently call home. Come along on a tour with me through my new home in the south of Paris.

  • Meet My Hood: Reiherstieg, Hamburg

    By on May 31, 2016

    Welcome to Hamburg's up-and-coming island, stomping ground of workers, students, artists and immigrants alike. Is such a place even possible? The Reiherstieg neighbourhood seems to have mastered this balancing act. What's life like in a district that's so difficult to classify and whose future is so unpredictable? We take you on a whistle-stop tour.

  • Meet My Hood: Exarcheia, Athens

    By on March 10, 2016

    In this historic Athens district – the city's anti-establishment heart – the police dare not set foot. At the same time, this symbol of the anarchist movement is becoming a trendy place. In any case, Exarcheia continues to keep alive a particular spirit that has characterised it for decades. Welcome to the home of "urban resistance".

  • Meet My Hood: Józsefváros, Budapest

    As a child, it was the kind of place you were always told not to go to. Budapest's 8th district had a reputation of being dangerous, full of strange people and hosting a hotbed of crime. Obviously this means that young Hungarians took every opportunity to discover this beautiful old part of the city.

  • Meet My Hood: Blasco Ibáñez, Valencia

    By on Dec. 16, 2015

    Ever since the faculties of the University of Valencia were established in Avenida Blasco Ibáñez de Valencia, the area has become the quintessential student area of the “capital of Turia”. Cafébabel spent some time exploring a neighbourhood that mixes cheap bars and high culture.

  • Meet My Hood: Molenbeek, Brussels

    By on Dec. 2, 2015

    In order to counter the recent headlines, a Brussel's resident presents a portrait of a district buzzing with activity. When the clock strikes twelve, people from all over the world gather to eat at one of the district's many small bakeries. Multicultural and steeped in history, this hood will also let you brush up on your language skills.