6 of the Best Cities for Hipsters in 2023 (Not Brooklyn or Portland)


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You can inform me all you need that the hipster pattern is over, that the hipster subculture is drained and boring. I don’t care. It doesn’t matter the place I’m or the place I’m going, I have a tendency to seek out myself in hipster hotspots in nearly each metropolis I go to. And are you aware why I search for hipster cities or hipster neighborhoods? Because these are severely cool, genuine and fascinating locations.

Whether it’s the chef of a restaurant who cares passionately about serving solely native, natural meals. Or a classic store proprietor who’s simply making an attempt to upcycle, recycle or perhaps even simply maintain the previous alive.

Hipsters, trend-setters, millennials, children, yuppies — no matter you wish to name them…these are the locals who’re making an attempt to point out off the very best of their hometown, their neighborhood. And you possibly can’t fault them for that.

I lately shared my prime picks for the world’s greatest hipster cities as a part of an article within the NYC Metro newspaper, however I figured it’s additionally value sharing right here on my weblog with a few of my further journey suggestions (and one further metropolis!). Enjoy 🙂

1. Berlin, Germany

Photoautomat in Berlin
Best factor to do in Berlin for a memento? Step into one of many many photoautomats and get your image taken — solely €2!

Without query, it’s Europe’s coolest metropolis. With 24-hour nightlife, a rising culinary scene and inexpensive residing, Berlin has attracted individuals from all around the world. DJs wish to play Berlin’s golf equipment and artists need their work proven within the tons of of impartial galleries.

I really like Berlin for its impartial spirit and artistic tradition – there may be at all times one thing fascinating taking place in Berlin.

Top Hipster Things To Do in Berlin

  1. Eat at Street Food Thursdays in Markthalle Neun
    It’s at all times crowded nevertheless it’s usually a very good place to pattern a few of Berlin’s greatest meals vans. Show up early, although, for a greater expertise!
  2. Swim in a pool inside a river at Badeschiff (Arena Club)
    Cost is just 5€ and you’ll take superior selfies that can make all your mates jealous.
  3. Shop in your souvenirs on the weekend flea markets
    You’ll discover all the pieces from classic postcards, East German bric-a-brac and stylish t-shirts. Makes for nice genuine souvenirs!
  4. Get the final word Berlin selfie at a Photoautomat
    These previous picture machines are scattered throughout Berlin and at 2€ for a black-and-white filmstrip, you possibly can take as many as you want till your hair appears to be like excellent. Best completed after an extended night time of consuming and clubbing.

2. East London, UK

Brick Lane on Sunday
The Brick Lane Sunday Market – you can spend all day right here and nonetheless not have sufficient time to correctly store!

Shoredtich and Hackney have turned from working class neighborhoods to gentrified variations of their former selves. Speakeasy bars, meals vans and trend retailers that promote items not only for you however in your pets are on each avenue.

And with sufficient classic markets to dress a nation, the style in Shoreditch is an enormous draw – I really like the quirky however cool fashion.

Top Hipster Things To Do in East London

  1. Take a Shoredtich meals tour with Eating London
    It’s not the most affordable nevertheless it’s an effective way to soak up the neighborhood with a little bit of beer, cider, meals, historical past and avenue artwork.
  2. Shop high quality classic garments on the Brick Lane Sunday Market
    People may let you know that you simply’re supposed to go to the Camden Market, however all the good things is definitely on the Brick Lane market every Sunday.
  3. Get cocktails on the speakeasy bar in Breakfast Club (Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town)
    The Breakfast Club restaurant serves some first rate American meals, however the true treasure lies hidden behind the Fifties fridge. Reservations beneficial. The cocktails aren’t low-cost however they’re completed effectively and the vibe inside is tremendous cool.

3. Austin, Texas

guacamole sushi
Guacamole sushi on the Roll On Diner in Austin

The new Portland, Austin attracts freespirits, hippies and various aspiring musicians. Sometimes it appears like there are extra meals vans than individuals in Austin. There’s a cause they wish to “keep Austin weird.” I feel the best a part of Austin might be the foodie scene – you may get all the pieces from stylish meals at a meals truck, to Texas-themed sushi.

Top Hipster Things To Do in Austin

  1. Drink Mexican Margaritas at Trudy’s
    These drinks are an Austin establishment! The meals is de facto nice right here, too.
  2. Swim at Barton Creek
    When the climate’s good, all of the locals head to Barton Creek to chill off and exhibit their our bodies. Pro tip: you possibly can keep away from having to pay in case you don’t thoughts hanging out within the space that will get all of the runoff from these wealthier than you.
  3. Enjoy the nightlife and stay music golf equipment on Sixth Street
    Sure it’s crowded with drunk school children and an entire lot of “bros”, nevertheless it’s nonetheless an excellent place to have enjoyable in Austin. Try the Library themed bar for affordable drinks, a chill ambiance and a extra erudite setting (even when it’s all faux).

4. Somerville, Boston, Massachusetts

Somerville Honk Festival
At the Somerville Honk Festival

It’s the place Boston’s hipsters stay and hang around, Somerville has the school city’s greatest espresso and a few of Boston’s greatest eating places. With Boston’s quirkiest avenue festivals (comparable to HONK! Festival), Somerville at all times has one thing thrilling and fascinating taking place.

For a enjoyable time, simply head to Davis Square and take within the ridiculousness of the locals.

Top Hipster Things To Do in Somerville

  1. Try the espresso at True Grounds
    It’s an excellent little café to get some work completed, get pleasure from some high quality espresso or simply sit-back and people-watch.
  2. Get brunch at Highland Kitchen
    With a southern fashion menu and cou
  3. Visit throughout the What the Fluff? Festival (each final Saturday of September)
    Located within the coronary heart of hipster Somerville at Union Square, the What the Fluff? competition celebrates that marshmallow goo you used to place in your PB&J sandwiches. The fluff stuff comes from Somerville and the competition consists of random occasions, cool t-shirts and a cooking contest.

5. Toronto, Canada

Toronto Kensington Market
You’ll discover thrift & classic clothes on the Kensington Market in Toronto

Sometimes thought of a cleaner model of NYC, Toronto’s Queen Street West neighborhood is much from tame.

The Ossington hipster neighborhood is packed full of stylish bars positioned in-between dive bars, with cupcake bakeries and cute cafes scattered amongst them.

Top Things To Do in Toronto

  1. Drink at 416 Snack Bar
    It’s a small and infrequently crowded bar, however their menu is superior. They serve an enormous number of meals and cuisines and nonetheless handle to maintain all of it tasting effectively. Plus the drinks aren’t half-bad both!
  2. Eat in Toronto’s huge Chinatown (alongside Spadina Avenue)
    Toronto is legendary for being so multicultural (you’d be hard-pressed to discover a native Torontonian on the town) so it’s no shock that they’ve bought a vibrant (and scrumptious!) Chinatown.
  3. Visit throughout Toronto International Film Festival
    The annual TIFF competition (every September) is a good time for celebrity-spotting. But in case you can handle to get tickets to among the premieres, it’s additionally an excellent alternative to catch indie flicks and perhaps be the primary of your mates to see that subsequent huge hit. The TIFF movie competition usually premieres motion pictures which go on to win different prestigious awards.

6. Stockholm, Sweden

Fashion & Shopping in Stockholm
These Sandqvist backpacks (and knock-offs) are throughout Stockholm. No hipster can go with out one.

Just perhaps the best metropolis in Scandinavia, Stockholm appears to get all the newest tendencies whereas the information remains to be sizzling in Brooklyn (taking a look at you, Ridgewood). And not simply the style, however the beer, too!

Brooklyn Brewery even opened up a brewery in Stockholm owing the truth that this hipster metropolis shoppers nearly as a lot of the beer as Brooklyn does.

You’ll discover a lot of the Stockholm trendsetters and hipsters within the hipster Södermalm neighborhood. And in all probability at cafés that additionally promote garments, classic outfitters with in-house barbers and even lodges that promote their furnishings!

Top Hipster Things To Do in Stockholm

  1. Go buying at Grandpa
    This Södermalm establishment sells all the pieces from classic posters and furnishings to trend finds from native Swedish manufacturers comparable to Uniforms for the Dedicated. From wandering round their retailer, although, you possibly can clearly inform it’s not in regards to the manufacturers, it’s in regards to the particular merchandise — all meticulously chosen and curated as a result of they’re the very best of the very best.
  2. Try the meals (and drinks!) at Bröderna Olssons Garlic & Shots
    Also in Södermalm, this restaurant & bar serves additional garlic-y dishes, with all the pieces infused with the pungent (however scrumptious spice). You’ll discover speciality garlic-infused drinks and cocktails together with traditional cocktails (just like the Aperol Spritz). Plus they’ve bought a garlic ice cream on the menu!
  3. Visit the Stockholm Photography Museum
    The Fotografiska museum hosts a few of Sweden’s greatest pictures exhibitions and the museum is open late (11pm on Thurs-Sat!) so it’s nice for vacationers making an attempt to slot in a variety of sightseeing. Or for late-night dates. You resolve.


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