Once the seedy part of town (so essentially the natural hipster launching grounds), Kalamaja’s wooden houses, Russian flea market, and soothing sounds from the seaside make for a quaint historic district populated by artists and other young Tallinners. Most shops and eateries are as cozy as your grandmother’s living room -- though maybe in a slightly more ironic fashion. And in case there was any doubt, the bike shop, JOOKS Bike Studio, has a café inside.
Brunch strikes again! Most are buffets (because they like big brunch and they cannot lie); some are themed, such as vegetarian or raw, sushi, jazz, yoga, or flea market (because those are types of brunches in Helsinki); and almost all serve Finnish homegrown delicacies. When they’re not eating all the brunch, the working-class neighborhood full of young entrepreneurs also offers cheap beer, vinyl record stores, secondhand shops, and pop-up restaurants.
Canal Saint-Martin, Paris
Along the Canal (built by Napoleon using a tax on wine, which couldn’t have made him popular), you’ll spot bohemian musicians strumming their guitars, shabby-chic bars, picnicking couples, and trendy bistros. Point Éphémère -- a former Art Deco warehouse that later became art-squatter heaven -- is the hippest attraction. This multidisciplinary art zone covered in graffiti is home to exhibitions and concerts put on by independent pop, rock, electro, and hip-hop artists.