Some say up-and-coming Plagwitz is the new Südvorstadt. But whatever happens in the future Plagwitz today is a favourite for professional artists and those with a creative flair or bohemian lifestyle. It’s trendy but without the yuppies, fancy cars or wine bars. The regular Westbesuch festival is typical of the vibe here. There are lots of new immigrants including notably a thriving Portuguese/Brazilian community.
Karl-Heine-Straße is the main drag on which you will find two tram stops (tram 14), cafes, shops and bars and even a ‘head shop’ should you require such a thing. Karl-Heine-Straße is hip though not as busy or well-appointed with bars and cafes as Karl-Liebknecht-Straße in Südvorstadt, but that doesn’t stop people comparing the two.
The other busy street in Plagwitz is Zschochersche Straße – try saying that after a few cocktails – where you will find a tram stop (trams 3, 13) and the Elster-Passage shopping centre as well as plenty of restaurants.
In the very west of Plagwitz (take tram 14 or S1 to Plagwitz bahnhof) is the famous Spinnerei. This was formerly a massive cotton factory with at one time 1,600 workers, complete with family housing, fire brigade and power plant. It was abandoned for ages but now is reclaimed as an artist and artisan community with numerous galleries and exhibition halls. Leipzig’s well-known business start up accelerator SpinLab is located here. There’s also a wonderfully atmospheric hotel called Meisterzimmer.
Rents generally remain cheap in Plagwitz but they have risen in recent years particularly on the streets near to Schleußig and close to the popular Karl-Heine-Straße. And there are some renovated buildings and new construction, especially along the Karl-Heine canal, where prices to buy or rent property are more like what you’d see in areas closer to the Zentrum.
Lindenau (and Alt-Lindenau, Neulindenau) is a sprawling residential area to the north and west of Plagwitz. It’s not as nice as Plagwitz and a bit run-down, but the slightly lower rents attract low income families and singles. Lindenauer Markt is an attractive square (trams 7, 8, 15) with open-air market on Wednesdays and weekends.
(See more photos of Plagwitz here)
[page content last updated May 2015]