Big cities are embracing street art more than ever before, so we’ve picked out the best places to go if you’re in search for some top-grade graffiti. Street art has never been easier to locate - in some cities, you’ll find the stamp of a different artist on almost every street corner. For our readers, we’ve only picked out the best of the best. From the masterful work of Banksy to the John Lennon Wall, here’s where to find epic street art in Europe:
The walls of London are certainly not shy of street art - and one notable area in particular is Brick Lane in Shoreditch. Boasting some of London’s (and the world’s) greatest street art, we recommend taking a tour of the dominantly hipster area. Get a glimpse of the works of Banksy and other up-and-coming urban artists. It’s a pretty awesome experience - and just a short walk away from our Liverpool Street hostel.
Brick Lane in Shoreditch. Photo by The Hostel Girl
More places to check out: Camden is bursting with colourful street art so take a wander around this edgy London town and it won’t be hard to find. Then, there’s Leake Street: a 300-meter long tunnel with a difference. This tunnel is colourful and cool with etchings of incredible street art, also known as “Banksy Tunnel” or “Graffiti Tunnel,” and runs under the platform and tracks of Waterloo Station.
When art and music merge together, you get the John Lennon Wall. Yup, this is a whole wall in Prague dedicated to the legendary John Lennon and the Beatles. Since the 80s, artists have filled the wall with colourful murals paying tribute to the British band. Covered in graffiti of song lyrics and Lennon-inspired paintings, what more convincing do you need to pay a visit? Peace and love, people.
The John Lennon Wall. Photo by Ellie Dimmock
Berlin is renowned for its epic graffiti scene and the whole place is plastered in it. The best example in the city is undoubtedly the East Side Gallery. This remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall now acts as a memorial of freedom, where artists and activists have used paintings to express themselves in bold, creative ways. The artwork is pretty incredible and well worth a visit to appreciate the historical importance of the site, too.
The East Side Gallery
Amsterdam has a killer street art culture. From museum exhibits to wall murals, there’s so much of the city’s street art to take in (featuring big-guns in the street art circle like London Police and Alice Pasquini). But you have to know where to look. The best areas to head to? The Spuistraat in Amsterdam is almost completely covered with street art.
Then check out the Wijdesteeg, NDSM and areas more central to the city. We recommend taking the street art tour - it only costs €10 starting at Amsterdam Central Station.
Alice Pasquini's art at NDSM
Barcelona is an artistic hub. Fantastic street artists from Banksy, Space Invaders to the London Police (plus more emerging names) have left their individual stamps on the walls of the Mediterranean city.
But you have to go to the right places. Walk around the El Gotic area (Gothic Quarter), El Raval and Túnel de Mundet to seek out the best graffiti. The city is practically one big art gallery with paintings on doors, walls, floors, tunnels and alleys.
The Gothic Quarter
While you’re in Paris, head to the 13th arrondissement if you’re a street art fan. We’ll let the walls do all the talking…
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Other notable places to find street art is Rue Saint-Maur and Rue Oberkampf.
Copenhagen is bursting with colour. Almost every public wall in Christiania (a well-known area), is filled with incredible artwork so head here to really find the best in the city. Christiania is where people flock to appreciate the street art and it’s a pretty famous place for it. It’s on the walls, corners, recycle centre, skatepark, stores and restaurants (even homes).
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