What makes a neighborhood hip? The number of microbreweries, independent coffee shops, and upscale farmer’s markets? How Instagrammable everything is? Or all of the above? Cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Boston are already well-known for their cool hipster neighborhoods, but many other urban getaways across the US boast their own bohemian street cred. Here’s our #nofilter roundup featuring some of the hottest hipster neighborhoods in the country.
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Dotted with some of the best breweries, pop-up shops, and dance venues Miami has to offer, this once-industrial district has been transformed by colorful murals. See the Wynwood Art Walk and soak up the warm Miami weather on a Wynwood Graffiti Golf Cart Tour. Sample a flight of award-winning porters and ales at Wynwood Brewing Company, Miami’s first microbrewery, then head to Coyo Taco for shrimp tacos with an extra serving of the signature guac.
Pearl District (Portland, OR)
Portland’s hipster credentials have gone global since it was satirized by a certain sketch comedy show. The Pearl District’s cobblestone streets and riverside docks are home to some of Portland’s coolest eateries, from food trucks to upscale restaurants, some of which you can visit on the Downtown Portland Food Tour. The Pearl District’s beating heart is Powell’s City of Books, while BridgePort Brewing Company is Oregon’s oldest craft brewery.
North Park (San Diego)
Lively and culturally diverse, North Park is a hipster neighborhood haven, from its coffee shops to its craftsmen cottages. Brunch at Subterranean Coffee Boutique–part sandwich shop, part coffee shop, part smoothie and juice bar. Explore the largest urban park in the US on the Balboa Park Segway Tour. Eat noodles at Street Side Thai Kitchen or feast on Italian meatballs at Il Postino. Finish your day at Live Wire, where you can pick out punk tunes on the jukebox while sipping on a pint-sized cocktail.
East Austin (Austin)
Straddling the uneven line between Austin’s old barrio culture and South-by-Southwest hipsters is East Austin. Explore this cool neighborhood on two wheels on the Austin Gem Bike Tour, stopping off to quench your thirst at three local breweries. Get an authentic take on Mexico City-style casual food at Licha’s Cantina, and make some feline friends at the Blue Cat Café. And being across the highway from downtown doesn’t mean missing out on Austin’s famed live music scene. The White Horse is one of the more authentically Austin joints in town, with one reviewer saying: “Classic Austin bar. The beer is cheap. The dancing is fun. The bands are good.”
The Nordic Heritage Museum is well-placed in Ballard, a cultured, environmentally conscious neighborhood with one of the hottest bar and restaurant scenes in Seattle. Feast on American-style comfort food served from a vintage Airstream trailer by Skillet Street Food, or visit the brick and mortar version on East Union Street. Sip a handcrafted cocktail beneath dusty chandeliers and velvet curtains at Hazlewood. And sample the local suds on the Old Ballard Brewery Tour. Need to regroup? Pick up a picnic from Ballard Farmers Market and head to the Carl S. English, Jr. Botanical Garden at nearby Ballard Locks.
Philadelphia’s craft beer scene is booming and on Frankford Avenue, Fishtown’s main thoroughfare, you’ll find some of the coolest hipster neighborhood bars in the city. A standout isThe Fishtown Tavern, a small bar teeming with Philly memorabilia and a vast selection of domestic and import craft beers. See where some of that beer comes from on the Philadelphia Brewery Tour with Lunch or Dinner. Frankford Avenue is also home to lots of hip, independent shops, and you can get your caffeine fix at the La Colombe flagship coffee house to help power you through a long day of sightseeing.
East Nashville (Nashville)
Realign yourself with nature at Shelby Bottoms Park, a 960-acre green space with more than five miles of trails through open fields and hardwood forests. Rent bicycles to explore Nashville’s Greenway System or take to the water on a Downtown Nashville Paddleboard Tour, a 2-hour paddle along the Cumberland River, leaving from Shelby Park. Don’t miss a show at Ryman Auditorium, where Johnny Cash met June Carter, still one of the hottest venues on the country music scene.
Denver’s River North Art District, or RiNo as it’s known, is a creative hub of art, architecture, design, fashion, and sculpture. Explore some of the neighborhood’s most colorful murals by foot on theDenver Graffiti Tour. If all that walking makes you hungry, Denver Central Market has something for everyone with 13 gourmet food stalls offering wood-fired pizzas and handmade pasta, cheese, charcuterie, fresh-shucked oysters, and rotisserie-style meals. Ready for more? The Booze and Brews Walking Tour visits some of the hippest brewpubs in town.