The Most Hipster Neighborhood In Every State, In Case You Were Wondering
AKA the places you'll either flock to or avoid, depending on what kind of person you are.
Ahh, hipsters. The official (Google) definition of a hipster is "a person who follows the latest trends and fashions, especially those regarded as being outside the cultural mainstream."
So, here they are. The nation's most hipster neighborhoods, aka the places you'll either flock to or avoid, depending on what kind of person you are.
1. Avondale — Birmingham, Alabama
Avondale has undergone a bit of a facelift in recent years, including a multimillion-dollar park renovation and multiple bar and restaurant openings. Hipsters should feel right at home at the Woodlawn Cycle Cafe. In the morning they serve pastries with praline and coffee butter, and in the evening, there's house-made pasta and boutique, locally made beer from Goat Island Brewing.
2. Spenard — Anchorage, Alaska
Yep, hipsters exist even in Alaska. And, since hipsters need fancy coffee to survive, Black Cup Cafe Del Mundo is Spenard's go-to. The fancy-doughnut trend has also made its way up north: Look out for The Magpie food truck and its brioche doughnuts, which are filled with sage whipped cream and topped with buttermilk syrup and local pancetta.
3. Roosevelt Row — Phoenix, Arizona
Roosevelt Row (or RoRo) is the creative district of Downtown Phoenix, with artsy events, live music, and trendy restaurants aplenty. The area is super walkable, so roaming the streets is the best way to stumble upon the many murals and art galleries (and take a pic leaning on a colorful wall, like a true hipster). To eat and drink, head to Mother Brunch Brewing, a microbrewery that serves mac 'n' cheese made with beer and Sriracha.
5. Silver Lake — Los Angeles, California
The hipsters of LA stray away from Hollywood, preferring the more suburban streets of Silver Lake. You'll find plenty of cute coffee shops, like Broome St General Store, where besides espresso, you can pick up prosciutto-pesto croissants, heirloom fruit preserves, and copper cocktail cups.
6. Highland — Denver, Colorado
7. East Rock — New Haven, Connecticut
8. Trolley Square — Wilmington, Delaware
At the Delaware Local Food Exchange, you can buy vegan chicken salad, bottled cold-brew coffee, and locally made jewelry and soaps. If pub food is more your speed, go to Catherine Rooney's Irish bar. For coffee, hit up Brandywine, which also sells branded embroidered patches, silk screened mugs, and pins.
9. Shaw, Washington — District of Columbia
If you're in the market for luxe, tailored, American-made menswear, head straight to Read Wall (there's also a nice leather couch that you can park on). Ideal for that hipster guy who kinda wishes he was born in the 1920s. To eat, check out Takoda, a beer garden and whiskey bar that serves mac 'n' cheese straight from the pan.
10. Wynwood — Miami, Florida
Wynwood is Miami's street-art center, with old warehouse buildings providing the perfect blank canvas for large, striking murals. You'll get a great Instagram pic. If you want a good food 'gram, too, The Salty Donut has you covered. For cocktails and delicate share plates, check out "casual progressive" restaurant Alter.
11. Old Fourth Ward — Atlanta, Georgia
The Old Fourth Ward, or O4W, has been gentrified in recent years. And with gentrification comes hipsters. Ponce City Market is a giant converted warehouse modeled after New York's Chelsea Market, home to a number of retail spaces and eateries. If you want a more boutique experience, head to Chrome Yellow Trading Co., which serves good coffee and sells cool, trendy clothing.
12. Downtown — Honolulu, Hawaii
Honolulu is known for its beachy, surfer vibes, but in Downtown Honolulu there are hipster-friendly establishments to be found. The Pig & The Lady is a Vietnamese fusion restaurant with industrial decor and share-style plates. The signature dessert is a weekly rotating soft-serve, in flavors such as Earl Grey custard made using tea leaves grown in Hawaii.
13. North End — Boise, Idaho
North End is a neighborhood that doesn't live up to Idaho's conservative reputation, partly thanks to its proximity to Boise State University. The Hyde House caters to the young, carefree hipster demographic, serving ice cream sandwiches alongside a selection of local beers on tap. For breakfast, hipsters should feel at home at Wild Root Cafe & Market — they offer vegan "eggs."
14. West Town — Chicago, Illinois
The top two factors to consider before declaring a neighborhood "hipster" are probably 1) a café that takes its coffee ~seriously~, and 2) a whiskey bar. West Town has both. The coffee shop in question is Dark Matter, where they roast on site, and the bar is Twisted Spoke, home to over 500 various bottles of whiskey.
15. North Square Neighborhood — Indianapolis, Indiana
The typewriter-and-weathered-book decor should be enough to convince you that Bluebeard is one of North Square's hipster havens. It also serves grilled peanut butter sandwiches, and features terrariums on the windowsill. If you're more of a stay-home kinda hipster, pick up a board game at Game Paradise, which stocks over 1,000 of 'em.
17. Delano — Wichita, Kansas
"We're not in Kansas anymore" is something you might say about Delano: The neighborhood is a hipster world of its own. Local gastropub Monarch has a solid bourbon selection and a drinking-friendly menu to back it up (think loaded sweet potato tots, pork ribs). For coffee, head to Reverie; in the fall, it serves an "RPL," which is a latte made with maple syrup, freshly ground spices, and real pumpkin.
18. Highlands — Louisville, Kentucky
North End Cafe is a solid option for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — you can get a burger with grass-fed Kentucky beef, but you can also order vegan tacos. The Highlands is known for its eclectic local boutiques — check out Home Skateshop. Even if you're not into skating, the original art on the boards is impressive.
19. The Marigny — New Orleans, Louisiana
20. Munjoy Hill — Portland, Maine
Tandem Coffee in Munjoy Hill is possibly the most hipster coffee shop ever. It has "coffee knitting," where local hipsters can communally knit shibori-dyed wool over almond lattes — AND, if you thought it couldn't get any more hipster, the shop also offers a "coffee & vinyl" subscription. Each month, members get a 12-inch record and a 12-ounce bag of coffee. Sigh. For a restaurant set in a wine shop, go to Drifter's Wife.
22. Prospect Hill — Boston, Massachusetts
If you go to Prospect Hill, you need to go to Loyal Supply Co. The design studio, letterpress, and lifestyle store will make all your Pinterest-y dreams come true. Pick up customizable cards (printed in house), a cactus, or some handmade sunglasses. For brunch and quality caffeine, check out Tatte Bakery and Cafe.
23. Corktown — Detroit, Michigan
24. Lowry Hill East — Minneapolis, Minnesota
Also known as "The Wedge," Lowry Hill East is where the quirky shops, art centers, and on-trend restaurants operate in Minneapolis. Victor's 1959 Cafe is basically a work of art, serving authentic Cuban food. If you want to see some "official" art, head to the Soo Visual Arts Center, a nonprofit space that champions up-and-coming, lesser-known artists.
27. Heart of Missoula — Missoula, Montana
The Heart of Missoula has a lot of hipster-friendly things going on. The Dram Shop, Montana's first growler fill station and taproom, stocks organic cold-brew coffee as well as over three dozen regional craft beers and wines. For live music and arthouse movies, head to The Wilma, an old-school converted theater.
29. Downtown — Las Vegas, Nevada
Downtown Vegas is where you can escape the intense commercialism of the Strip. Bars like Velveteen Rabbit are much more hipster-friendly, with eclectic vintage decor, local art, and a craft cocktail menu that changes seasonally. The Downtown Container Park is probably the closest thing to a hipster mall you'll get — the boutiques are made out of repurposed shipping containers, and there are no chain stores allowed.
30. West End — Portsmouth, New Hampshire
West End is Portsmouth's most artsy 'hood which, for an already artsy city, is saying something. The Button Factory is quite literally a nineteenth century Button Factory, though these days it hosts a number of local artists that hang there, creating things. At White Heron Tea, you'll find turmeric lattes and vegan breakfast wraps, and at Street, Thai street food-inspired dishes.
31. Historic Downtown — Jersey City, New Jersey
So many hipster neighborhoods are born out of young people being priced out of places known to be the coolest. Downtown Jersey City is on its way to being just as cool as Downtown Manhattan. It has a '50s-style barbershop where you can drink whiskey, called Virile, and a literature-themed cocktail bar.
32. Downtown — Albuquerque, New Mexico
33. Bushwick — New York, New York
34. Villa Heights — Charlotte, North Carolina
36. Tremont — Cleveland, Ohio
37. Central Oklahoma City — Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Central Oklahoma has all the trappings of Brooklyn. There's plenty of street art around the Plaza District, and even pizza: Empire Slice is self-described as being "like Frank Sinatra and David Bowie had a pizza baby." You'll find anything from crushed Doritos to Brussels sprouts on its slice of the day. For drinks, check out Edna's dive bar — there's a wall that's papered with dollar bills.
38. Downtown — Portland, Oregon
When a city spawns a Netflix show dedicated to making fun of its hipster-ness, you know it's real. Downtown is the pinnacle of Portland's hipster culture. For organic soaps and ceramic candles (and also just to look at the store's beautiful decor), go to Maak Lab. There are too many solid dining options to choose from, so head to Pine Street Market, a gourmet food hall, to taste a few things.
40. West End — Providence, Rhode Island
41. Cannonborough Elliotborough — Charleston, South Carolina
Cannonborough Elliotborough puts a hipster spin on Southern charm. Mac & Murphy is like a real-life Etsy store, specializing in letterpress cards, stationery, and journals. Brown's Court Bakery has appropriately hipster pastries, like turkey, Brie, and pistachio danishes, and pretzel doughnut holes.
43. East Nashville — Nashville, Tennessee
45. Sugar House — Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah is all about nature, and Sugar House is geared toward the environmentally conscious hipster. Fisher's Cyclery has been around since the 1930s. If the outdoors isn't really your thing, catch an art-house movie at the Tower Theatre instead.
47. Fan District — Richmond, Virginia
High Point Barbershop checks off the essential "retro-style place to get a beard trim" in Richmond's Fan District. Other notably hipster establishments include Heritage, a brick-walled restaurant serving craft cocktails, and The Lab by Alchemy Coffee (which, if you can't tell by its name, takes caffeine pretty seriously).
48. Central Business District — Seattle, Washington
50. Williamson Street — Madison, Wisconsin
51. Downtown — Laramie, Wyoming
Wyoming may be cattle country, but in Downtown Laramie, there's a vegetarian, vegan-friendly spot called Sweet Melissa, where you can order an old-fashioned alongside your sweet potato fries. It's the perfect place to refuel after a hot yoga class. There's also a new abundance of street art thanks to the Laramie Mural Project, a collaboration between local artists and the University of Wyoming Art Museum.