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Kreuzberg in Berlin named trendiest district in Europe

Kreuzberg in Berlin has been named as the trendiest district in Europe, according to a Hip Neighbourhood Index, compiled by TravelSupermarket.

The index was created by looking at the number of trend-setting and creative industry indicators such as vintage fashion stores, vegan cafes, art galleries and independent coffee shops compared to the number of residents.

Areas dropped points due to the number of big chain brands on their streets, which were found to retract from its popularity.

Ancoats in Manchester was the only destination in the UK to make the top 20 European list, finishing third, just behind Miera Isla, in Riga, Latvia.

Eastern European hubs that have flown under the radar to tourists include Miera Iela, Warsaw’s Praga and Slovenia’s Ljubljana, all of which made it into the top five.

Also making the list were areas in some of the most popular European destinations, including Pignteo, in Rome, Italy and Grunerlokka, in Oslo, Norway; as well as Malasana and Poble Sec, found in the Spanish cities of Madrid and Barcelona respectively.

A list was also compiled of the trendiest places in the UK, which saw Leith, Edinburgh and Digbeth, Birmingham, finish behind Ancoats in the top three.

The study rated 60% of the UK's hippest neighbourhoods as being in the north, with areas in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham and Liverpool all scoring higher than well-renowned locations in London such as Peckham and Dalston.

Outside the UK’s main cities, Margate’s Cliftonville/Old Town and Hastings finished in seventh and twentieth place respectively.

Emma Coulthurst, Travel Commentator at TravelSupermarket said: “The destinations on the list are those buzzy areas, unspoiled by commercialism, where locals love to hang out. They offer an eclectic range of food and entertainment away from the tourist throngs.”

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise your European travel insurance in advance.

Date Created: 19 January 2017

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