I'm a fan of street art, and I mean street art. Not some tag line scribbled along a building aimlessly. Or a "romantic" proclamation of someone's love to another.That's just vandalism in my eyes. However, street art, that's a different ball game. I appreciate graffiti artists and their skills, the way they can brighten up an old building with a mural or how they can display controversial modern issues with a can of spray paint...
This is my list of the best places to find great street art that I have come across in Europe.
1. Ljubljana, Slovenia.
When I think of Street art I automatically think of Ljubljana. It's streets are filled with quirky little pieces and in certain areas of the city the artists really utilize an empty space. The thing about Ljubljana is, its quite small which means it's relatively easy to get around and see a few spots in a day.
One area in particular that needs a look in is the Metelkova district, which is also the location of the famous prison hostel - Celica Hostel. - If you fancy spending a night in a former Yugoslavian prison, then I suggest booking a night's stay.
Winter time, just outside Hostel Celica.
2. Shoreditch, London
Once you've explored the centre of London and all of it's touristic glory, you should make your way out to the East end of London and explore this neighbourhood. Shoreditch is very hipster orientated and trendy, but that also means streets of creativity. You'll come across Banksy stencils, full length murals and free handed paintings. But keep your eyes peeled for sticker art, randomly placed on lampposts, or even on the pavement. I'd recommend taking a walk down Shoreditch high street and Brick Lane. This neighbourhood hosts wonderful vintage clothing stalls, records stores and cool alternative cafes.
Have you ever seen a monkey riding a chicken wearing a traffic cone? - Only in Shoreditch.
3. Brixton, London.
It is worth heading over to the Brixton area, especially if you were a David Bowie fan. I have to admit that I was not, however seeing the mural dedicated to him was a nice touch. It's worth heading over to Brixton skate park for more graffiti spotting.
I'm not specifically dedicating this to a certain area, there is great street art all around the city. Walk down Leith walk and you'll find politically inspired pieces, or head to New Street, just off of the Royal Mile. A dedicated space for street art the area is ever changing and if you're lucky you can catch the artists at work.
Throughout Leith there are murals dedicated to the rich history of the Port and it's vibrant past.
Halymyre Street, Leith. Mural dedicated to the sailors of Leith.
Cheeky chappy found on New Street Edinburgh.
On the way up to Calton Hill, Edinburgh.
Political satire on Leith Walk, Edinburgh
Mouse stenciled onto the side of a parking meter. (Leith, Edinburgh)
If you head down near the Danube and walk along the river side you are sure to come across street art of some sorts. Walking around the city it is hard to find street art, the buildings are classically European and the city centre is well kept. However, in terms of art look out for anything by Hundertwasser. His style of unruly shapes and colours can be seen on certain buildings around the city. Check out the KunstHausWien, dedicated to his years of work.
Rainforest monkeys along the Danube river.
Cartoon art on the Danube river.
Stencil work that speaks 1000 words.
For Copenhagen art and unusual styles of art, head for the Freetown region of Christiania. Depending on the area, check if it is OK to take photographs.
Photo credit to @thesnedd
Hope you enjoyed and I'd like to hear your recommendations for cool places to see street art.