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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
A proletariat and lumpenproletariat district all in one. Warsaw'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.
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.
The wealth of the city contrasts what is on its outskirts. Aubervilliers, a Parisian suburb in the North-Eastern part of the capital, is most definitely not going to be used as a filming destination for Amelie or Paris, je t'aime’s sequels. Everyday movies that are being shot here are not to reach the mainstream.
Let’s be honest, you aren’t really that familiar with most European cities. Even if EasyJet does let us have a look around, the 48 hours we spend on our city breaks consist of overpriced coffee and endless Google-mapping. MeetMyHood is here to help you discover new European cities, thanks to the people who live there. The best places to eat, drink, or visit, as well as all the clichés and quirks that make the neighbourhood special: MMH will make sure there are no secrets left undiscovered.
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