Meet My Hood

  • 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.

  • Meet My Hood: Praga Północ, Warsaw

    A proletariat and lumpenproletariat district all in oneWarsaw's service entrance. A district so safe that there's no need for police patrols. These are the rumours at least... in reality are they just too scared to show up? Whatever the case, Praga is a district we thought you should get to know.

  • Meet My Hood: Canal de l'Ourcq, Paris

    By on Sept. 28, 2015

    The term 'melting pot' really resonates around this corner of Paris. We explored the neighbourhood around the Canal de l'Ourcq in the 19th arrondissement of the French capital, searching for places and meeting the people living in the rapidly changing part of Paris.

  • Meet My Hood: Macrolotto zero in Prato, Italy

    By on Sept. 15, 2015

    When the first Chinese arrived in Prato, the city was not yet a province. 25 years have passed since the long-gone year of 1990. As for integration? It is still an illusion. Welcome to the Tuscan Chinatown.