Meet My Hood

  • 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.

  • Meet my Hood: Aubervilliers, Paris

    By on Aug. 21, 2015

    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. 

  • Meet My Hood: Salamanca, Madrid

    By on Aug. 6, 2015

    The Salamanca district in Madrid is known as the Spanish version of London’s Notting Hill, with all the clichés that entails. However, we wondered if this downtown area of the city truly honours its most ingrained stereotypes. To confirm or dispel, we undertook a multimedia tour of the streets of this place  the myths surrounding this district.

  • Meet My Hood: Faubourg Saint-Denis in Paris

    By on July 22, 2015

    At the forefront of Parisian gentrification, the streets of Strasbourg Saint-Denis are above all known for amassing organic restaurants and the bearded. However, the neighbourhood has an important history that Stan Smiths haven't completely trampled.

    A winding excursion through Faubourg, between kebabs, fresh produce, and pigeons. And lots and lots of people.