Hipster culture is pretty much everywhere, but if you are looking for a city where a young hipster can totally feel at home, look no further than one of these US cities, which have all, for various reasons, become hotspots for hipsters. If you aren’t feeling the hipster vibe, steer well clear of at least the top five!
While it may be surprising that our designated capital of hipster is in the South, Austin has been growing as a hipster city for some time now and has finally surpassed even the classic hipster cities of the North West! Key hipster features in Austin include its annual live music festival, and music is on the whole the source of Austin’s hipster powers – this is the birth place of a lot of great music and as such really attracts people who are all about hearing the next big thing before anyone else does. Look to East Austin for the hipster central district.
If you’ve seen Portlandia, you have probably realized by now that Portland, Oregon is now home to more than just a whole lot of strip joints (Portland has more strip clubs per capita than anywhere else in America. This has nothing to do with hipsters but is still a useful thing to know!). Portland is the new hipster capital of the North West, having seen a lot of the original Seattle hipsters move out there for the cheaper cost of living. The most popular sport here is soccer, and yes, a lot of people make jewelry, wear vintage clothes, and shop in weird bookshops with scary feminist owners.
About twenty years ago, you would have had to put Seattle on the top of the list, but these days it has been surpassed in hipster status by other cities, the whole hipster thing now being considered somewhat passe in Seattle. Seattle is still however, home to a lot of hipster type businesses, from old record stores and artsy places, to weird restaurants and vintage shops. It also has a huge live music and art scene, and a lot of those weird attractions that make a place totally hipster.
If we were to try and identify Hipster Patient Zero, the first person who ever decided to wear glasses when they didn’t have to and buy clothes someone may well have died in to wear while eating some vegan food from a truck and drinking something micro-brewed, chances are they would have lived in New York. While the city is so diverse it is difficult to label it as strictly hipster in the same way as somewhere like Portland, it is still somewhere a hipster can be among their own!
Once famous for its hippies, San Fran is now home to plenty of hipsters. With its thriving gay community, which often comes hand in hand with a lot of hipster culture, San Francisco is diverse and arty with a great music scene and a lot of crazy sculptures and stuff to amuse you when you’re not shopping for hats and skinny ties.
With its musical heritage, quirky and unique culture, and bohemian reputation, if you move away from the touristy places, you can find many a hipster hanging out in New Orleans. Sure, they’re not the ones collecting beads at Mardi Gras, but they are there.
Boston’s hipsters have found a new home in Rhode Island’s capital, and it’s Ivy League college town status makes it a hotbed of preppy, tech savvy hipster types among the student community too.
Savannah may be a little less well known that the other places on the list, but that’s just fine with the hipsters – they scoff at anything everybody has heard of after all! While Georgia may not be the obvious place to look for hipsters, Savannah is rife with hipster restaurants, stores and music venues.
Philly is another East Coast city with a diverse population, but the hipsters have staked their claim in certain areas and love the trendy bars and hip places to hang out and drink obscure beers in this city. Philadelphia has the same sort of trendy hipster types as New York, and a slightly different feel to our West Coast hipster destinations – expect more music and less cycling and soy lattes.
Yes, believe it or not, the home of the Broncos is also the home of a whole lot of hipsters. You can find great hipster places to eat, drink and watch bands here, as well as lots of boutique style shops and cafes with all sorts of unique stuff to find.
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