Don’t get us wrong, there’s no harm in ticking off postcard sights from your Europe trip bucket list. But in any city you visit, you’re going to have to get off the tourist-beaten track if you want to get an actual feel for the place. Venture way, way out where the open-top buses don’t go (usually about a 10-minute walk) to find the soul of European cities, filled with neighborhood bars, authentic restaurants, bona fide residents and small-scale, creative enterprises.
So here they are, the coolest off-the-radar neighborhoods in Europe. And just because we say “cool,” don’t go reaching for the mustache wax just yet. Sure, you’ll see your fair share of identikit hipsters, but these are places which have kept their native charm too. These are likely to be crawling interesting, down-to-earth locals you’ll actually want to hang out with.