Here are the most 'hipster' neighborhoods in the world
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What is a hipster? This question has been explored with increasing seriousness over the last decade. Are they skinny jeans-wearing, vinyl-buying trendsetters, or trend followers? Is it all about the beard and the penchant for pickling? There may be no real answers. But thanks to The Telegraph, a British daily, we at least know where they like to congregate.
The newspaper has ranked the world's most "hipster" neighborhoods, citing 18 cities across four continents as being exceptionally "hipster." San Francisco's Haight Ashbury, the godfather of hipsterdom, and the nearby Mission District both maintain enough bohemian spirit to sneak into the list at No. 18. Clearly not wanting to appear biased, the paper's hometown neighborhood, London's Shoreditch, a "hipster haunt " that "is one of the capital's hubs for beards, craft beers, skinny jeans and pop-up venues," placed a modest 15th.
Coming in at number 10 is Gan Hahashmal, Tel Aviv, Israel. A destination for young artists and designers, it's home to some of the Mediterranean city's coolest cafes and bars, like Kuli Alma, a cross-disciplinary space for artists, musicians and nightlife denizens.
Also ranking in the top 10 is Södermalm, Stockholm (6), a "boho chic" neighborhood in the Swedish capital; Kreuzkölln, Berlin (4), a neighborhood whose streets are "a feast of fashion boutiques, independent bars and hip cafes"; and No. 1 is Williamsburg, New York, where the newest iteration of hipsterdom took off in the late 1990s.
Today many of the hipsters who called the neighborhood home have moved south and east, as they've been pushed out by the city's affleunt, drawn to the neighborhood by its cool factor. But there are still enough bars, restaurants, festivals and music venues to draw them back during leisure hours to make it the most hipster neighborhood in the world, at least according to The Telegraph.
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