The 26 Most Hipster Neighborhoods In The World

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The hipster population is spreading nationally and internationally. Skinny jeans-wearing, beard-toting twenty- and thirty-somethings are flocking to areas where they feel right at home.

These are areas chock-full of trendy food trucks, like in Austin’s East Austin neighbourhood; theatre festivals, like in the Shimokitazawa neighbourhood of Tokyo; and thrift stores, like in Stockholm’s Södermalm.

After scouring the globe, we found the most hipster neighborhoods in cities around the world.

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title=”Barranco, Lima, Peru”
content=”Barranco is the historic bohemian district of Lima. The neighbourhood is known for its park, Bajada de Baños, in which the famous Lima landmark, the Bridge of Sighs (pictured), runs right through the hip district along the banks of the Pacific Ocean. Young people go to the bridge to hang out and make their way to the best bars and clubs in town.

Popular nightlife spots are Santos and Expreso Virgen de Guadalupe Café Cultural, which is a piano bar inside an old train car.

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title=”Belleville and Ménilmontant (19th and 20th Arrondissements), Paris, France”
content=”The inexpensive rent, artsy culture, and gritty exterior make Belleville and Ménilmontant some of the few hipster neighborhoods left in Paris. The two areas, which used to be wine villages for weekend getaways, are now very hip, closely related Paris neighborhoods.

The Parc de Belleville shows off the city’s skyline and has trails for exploring and smalls cafes nearby to take in the greenery over a cup of coffee.

The neighborhoods are filled with restaurants, galleries, studio spaces, bars, and clubs; head to La Bellevilloise which operates as all of five things.

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title=”District VII, Budapest, Hungary”
content=”District VII, also known as Elizabeth Town, is the Jewish center of Budapest and is home to many of the city’s historical landmarks. The area is also a hip hotel hub, where hotels like the Continental Zara and the VAM Design Center feature famous art exhibits.

Hipsters flock to Kiraly Street and Kazinczy Street for street food, pubs, kosher shops, and the best nightclubs in the city — particularly the well-known derelict ‘ruin pub,’ Szimpla Kert.

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content=”East Austin has adopted the food truck craze with food trucks like the East Side King and Gourdough’s. The trucks line up outside East Austin’s hip bars and clubs ready to serve anything from doughnuts to soul food.

The neighbourhood also hosts the HOPE Farmer’s Market every Sunday.

For happening nightlife and live music, head to 6th Street and check out venues like Hotel Vegas, Volstead Lounge, and Whislers, where bartenders make custom cocktails.

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title=”Echo Park, Los Angeles, USA”
content=”As the name implies, Echo Park is home to some parks, and has two which are frequented by hipsters: Elysian Park and Echo Park, the neighbourhood’s namesake.

The annual Echo Park Art Walk is a day dedicated to PDA — Public Displays of Art. The Echo and El Prado are hip venues in the neighbourhood, where some of Los Angeles’ most sought-after indie bands play shows on a nightly basis.

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title=”Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia”
content=”The Fitzroy neighbourhood in Melbourne has undergone some commercialization over recent years, but still maintains its bohemian style with its street art, vintage shops, and great places to eat.

Brunswick Street is Fitzroy’s main stretch, where Polyester Records and Brunswick Street Books draw hip crowds looking for record albums and paperbacks. Brunswick Street is also known for its all-day brunch spots.

At night, head over to Smith Street for great clubs like Yah Yah’s and Panama.

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title=”Florentin, Tel Aviv, Israel”
content=”Hipsters flock to Florentin for its affordable living and lack of commercial chains. The ‘concrete jungle‘ has a ton of one-of-a-kind boutiques and art galleries.

The best and trendiest restaurants are Giuseppe and Kasba, and all of the nightlife activity happens on Vital Street. Top late-night spots are Hoodna Bar and Bugsy.

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title=”Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany”
content=”Rent a bike and explore Berlin’s historic Kreuzberg neighbourhood, right to the west side of where the Berlin wall used to stand.

Famous for its art scene, the area is also ripe for antiquing and weekend brunch. After brunch grab a Club-Mate — the fizzy hipster drink of choice — and stroll through the Tempelhofer Freiheit park, or check out the memorial Cold War artwork at the East Side Gallery.

At night Dresdener Straße, which is full of bars and restaurants that spill out onto the sidewalk, is a must-see.

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title=”Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil”
content=”Lapa is made famous by the Arcos de Lapa, an aqueduct that is one of Rio’s main monuments. Another central spot is the Passeio Publico, Rio’s first public park and a hipster hangout.

The area exhibits its rich Brazilian culture through its authentic restaurants, like Nova Capela, and its music scene. The Sala Cecilia Meireles concert hall is considered the best in all of Rio.

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title=”Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA”
content=”In the last decade Lawrenceville has increasingly attracted 18- to 25-year-olds, growing the population of young people by 25%.

This launched a new round of cool shops, restaurants, bars, and breweries. The walkable neighbourhood is home to popular hipster hot-spots like the Roundabout Brewery, the Industry Public House, and Espresso a Mano.

Lawrenceville hosts the annual event Art All Night (pictured), where community volunteers put together an art show attended by thousands.

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title=”Little Five Points, Atlanta, Georgia, USA”
content=”Little Five Points is Atlanta’s hipster haven. The trendy neighbourhood is packed with the best consignment and costume stores, like Clothing Warehouse and Junkman’s Daughter.

The Variety Playhouse and 7 Stages are popular spots for musicians passing through — Outkast and Radiohead have performed here in the past.

Little Five Points is also home to The Vortex, a famous burger joint that, with more than 18 burgers on the menu, is consistently hailed as one of the best burger joints in the country.

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title=”Malasaña, Madrid, Spain”
content=”The Malasaña neighbourhood is the hipster area in the capitol of Madrid. Situated mainly on Calle de Barco and Calle Valverde, the area has cozy shops and coffee houses.

La Bicicleta is a popular coffee shop with bicycles hanging on the walls and big couches for lounging or studying. Fábrica Maravillas is a local brewery that brews its beer in-house. At night, head to the punk rock club Space Monkey, or the retro 1970s bar Tupperware.

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title=”North Loop, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA”
content=”The North Loop neighbourhood next to downtown Minneapolis is also known as the Warehouse District. All of the old warehouses have since been converted into loft-style apartments, boutiques, and restaurants.

There is also a strong art presence in the neighbourhood, which is home to the arts collective Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art, and an enormous farmers market with produce, pastries, and live music.

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title=”Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, USA”
content=”Known by locals as NoLibs, Northern Liberties is considered a ‘perpetually ‘up-and-coming’ neighbourhood.’ Previously a manufacturing area, artists come to NoLibs for the inexpensive and large studio spaces.

The Philly neighbourhood promotes environment-friendly construction and is very bicycle-friendly, with plenty of bike racks and rentals.

Popular hipster hangouts are Standard Tap, North Third, and Johnny Brenda’s. During the summer the Piazza at Schmidt’s is filled with farmer’s markets and outdoor concerts.

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title=”Palermo Soho/Palermo Hollywood, Buenos Aires, Argentina”
content=”Palermo is the largest neighbourhood in Buenos Aires and is home to the two trendiest areas: Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood.

Like New York City’s Soho, Palermo Soho has the best boutiques, with shops like Bolivia and Mon Lorie. Plaza Serrano and Armenia have large open-air markets, and hip eats like Burger Joint and La Fabrica del Taco.

For the hipster nightlife experience, check out The Temple Bar, The Harrison Speakeasy, or The Steve Bar.

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title=”Pearl District, Portland, Oregon, USA”
content=”IFC show ‘Portlandia’ has Portland nailed down when it comes to hipsterdom in this city. The most hipster place to be in Portland, though, is the Pearl District. Formerly full of warehouses and run-down buildings, the area has transformed into one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Portland over the last decade.

The Pearl District is full of fixie-riding cyclists, coffee shops, and bars that serve craft beer from Portland’s many breweries. Make it out on the first Thursday of the month for First Thursday Gallery Walks, where galleries stay open late and display art on the sidewalk for people to peruse and enjoy.

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content=”Even though Plagwitz is a hub for professional artists, the area maintains its bohemian authenticity. Plagwitz attracts a diverse group of people and has a strong Portuguese and Brazilian presence.

Karl-Heine-Straße is the main street that runs through Plagwitz where all the hip bars and shops are located. Plagwitz is also home to the famous Spinnerei — a former cotton factory that now houses art galleries and exhibition halls.

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content=”The Sheung Wan neighbourhood of Hong Kong is known for its diverse hipster markets and shops.

The Western Market is a brick mall that has hand-crafted goods and crafting materials. On Dried Seafood Street, Wing Lok Street, and Bonham Strand West, you will find seafood, dried fish, and unusual culinary products. Cat Street is a gold mine for antiquing, and Gough Street is the go-to for hip restaurants.

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title=”Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, Japan”
content=”The Shimokitazawa ‘Shimokita’ neighbourhood in west Tokyo exudes a youthful culture and is known primarily for its live entertainment and miscellaneous shops.

Every February Shimokita hosts the Shimokitazawa Theatre Festival, where performances are held at the eight local theatres throughout the month. During July the neighbourhood hosts the Kitazawa Music Festival, which takes over the local music houses and alleyways with live performances.

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content=”Despite an uptick of affluence in the area, Shoreditch — which falls in the triangle formed by Old Street, Great Eastern Street, and Shoreditch High Street — is still London’s hipster mecca, largely due to Brick Lane Market.

Brick Lane Market is a collection of markets that has everything from artisan crafts to records to vintage or designer clothes. Food festivals with affordable eats from all over the world range from cupcakes to sushi. And the neighbourhood itself is covered in patches of richly coloured graffiti, like its own urban art gallery.

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title=”Södermalm, Stockholm, Sweden”
content=”Södermalm, known by natives as Söder, is on an island right off the southern coast of Stockholm and was recently named Vogue’s coolest neighbourhood in the world. The area is known for its great coffee — Cafe Blue Lotus and Cafe String are a couple of favourites for neighbourhood residents.

Vintage clothes are a must, and you can find them at stores like Stadsmission and Grandpa. Magazine stores like Papercut are popular on the island. And at night, hipsters frequent bars like Pet Sounds, which has been around for decades and, according to locals, really set the vibe for Södermalm.

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title=”The Mission, San Francisco, California, USA”
content=”The Mission neighbourhood in San Francisco is a hipster’s paradise. You’ll find hipsters watching indie cult classic films at the Roxie, or sipping on margaritas out of mason jars at Tacolicious.

Dolores Park is a popular hangout spot that looks out at the city’s skyline and often hosts some Film Night in the Park events, where old and new movies like ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘American Hustle,’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ are shown.

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title=”Tiong Bahru, Singapore, Singapore”
content=”Built in the ’30s, Tiong Bahru recently turned into the city’s hipster hot spot. The neighbourhood stands apart because of its distinctive art deco-style housing and buildings, as well as its specialty shops.

Kah Mee Optical Co., for example, is one of the most popular shops that sells only thick, black-rimmed glasses — a hipster favourite. Fleas and Trees sells accessories and jewelry from up-and-coming designers, and Nimble/Knead specialises in storage shipping containers.

The Foodie Market Place is another popular destination, and serves food from all over the world.

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title=”Vila Madalena, Sao Paulo, Brazil”
content=”Street artists like Sao Paulo’s Thaís Beltrame and Pato are known for their artwork, which covers the walls and buildings in the hip neighbourhood Vila Madelena.

Praça do Pôr-do-Sol is a park and popular hipster hangout spot, as are the many bars in the neighbourhood including São Cristovão and Ó do Borogodó.

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title=”West Queen West, Toronto, Canada”
content=”This funky Toronto neighbourhood is home to over 300 boutique shops creating the largest concentration of art galleries in the city. West Queen West is the creative heart of Toronto, which lies between Bathurst Street and Gladstone Avenue.

The Gladstone Hotel offers daily tours to visitors who want to get the full West Queen West experience. Browse art shops and quaint small businesses, or visit the beautiful Trinity-Bellwoods Park to take in live music and performance art.

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title=”Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, USA”
content=”Brooklyn is a well-known hipster hot spot full of trendy neighborhoods, the most hipster of which is Williamsburg.

Bedford Avenue has Williamsburg’s main stretch of artisan shops and restaurants. Some of the neighbourhood’s main attractions are Brooklyn Brewery, bowling alley and concert venue Brooklyn Bowl, and local weekend food festival Smorgasburg.

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