Südvorstadt was Leipzig’s first area to gentrify after German reunification (‘Deutsche Wiedervereinigung’) and now has a very busy and urban feel to it. Several years ago the area was populated by artists and students and had an edgy and bohemian vibe, but much development has occurred in recent years. The edgy and bohemian element has moved further south to Connewitz.
Südvorstadt residents now include grad students, yuppies, and expats hanging out at KilliWilly Irish pub (which is technically in Zentrum-Süd but not in spirit). The (in)famous naTo can be found here also.
The main drag of Karl-Liebknecht Street is lined with shops, cool bars, restaurants and nightclubs and very frequent trams connect to the Zentrum and south to Connewitz. The epicentre of activity is about 300 metres north and south of the two tram stops of Südplatz and Karl-Liebknecht / Kurt-Eisner-Straße (trams 10, 11). The side streets off ‘the Karli’ have plenty of activity and shops too, and have loads of Altbau and modern apartments for rent. If you want ‘downtown’ without actually being downtown, then Südvorstadt is where you want to be.
[page content last updated June 2013]