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Revealed: Europe’s best cities for street art

A study has ranked European cities and neighbourhoods based on the quality and quantity of their street art

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

Street art is arguably more popular and mainstream than ever before – just look at Banksy if you need proof. From vast murals to underground graffiti artists, there’s a huge and growing appreciation for street artists in cities around the world. 

When it comes to the destination with the best street art, each city has its own styles and charms – but some are certainly better than others. To find out the best destinations in Europe for street art, luggage storage company Radical Storage has trawled everything from Google Maps tags and travel blogs to the data of online community Street Art Cities. The study also took into account how highly art pieces were rated, as well as how many times they’ve been posted about on social media.

Top of the pile came London, which had both a large amount of street art registered (235 pieces) and a high average rating (4.6 out of five). Next up was Paris, which had the greatest increase in the amount of registered street art of any city in the list, followed by long-time street art hotspot Berlin.

Here are the top five cities in Europe for street art, according to Radical Storage.

  1. London, UK
  2. Paris, France
  3. Berlin, Germany
  4. Lisbon, Portugal
  5. Rome, Italy

Within all that, the study also revealed Europe’s greatest neighbourhoods for street art. London topped that poll too with Shoreditch, which had street art that was both highly rated and posted about a lot on social media. Second was Berlin’s Mitte borough and third was Madrid’s historic Lavapiés district.

Below are Radical Storage’s top ten neighbourhoods in Europe for street art. 

  1. Shoreditch, London (UK)
  2. Mitte, Berlin (Germany)
  3. Lavapiés, Madrid (Spain)
  4. Pigneto, Rome (Italy)
  5. Montmartre, Paris (France)
  6. Jordaan, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  7. Arnulfpark, Munich (Germany)
  8. Valby, Copenhagen (Denmark)
  9. Campo de Ourique, Lisbon (Portugal)
  10. El Raval, Barcelona (Spain)

So, street art fans, you’ve got plenty of exploring to do! You can find out more about the study here – then read about a huge new Banksy museum which just opened in Belgium.

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