Miera Iela, Riga
The name translates to “Peace Street,” so yeah, you already know where this is going. Riga’s (possibly already played if you believe Internet commenters) bohemian hub is loaded with all your requisite vintage shops, art galleries, and florists, not to mention cafes with live tunes (DAD Cafe), a popular chocolate factory (Laima), and local brewery (Labietis).
Whether for real or as a joke, in 1997 the people of the Užupis declared the neighborhood an independent republic with its own national anthem, constitution, president, and army of 12 (angry?) men. Surprisingly, no government recognizes the tiny neighborhood nation.
During the Soviet era, it was Vilnius’ most dangerous and neglected district which explains why -- as is the case with all dangerous and edgy neighborhoods -- the artists eventually moved in. Also, the Art Academy was just across the bridge. Today, expect alternative fashion festivals, poetry readings, concerts, exhibitions, and coffee houses, not to mention artists squatting in abandoned buildings near the river.