The Top 10 UK Hipster Hotspots

Published on 17 March, 2017

Craft beer halls, trendy vegan cafes and vintage vinyl shops seem to be popping up everywhere across the UK, transforming our cities into popular hipster hangout spots. With hipster bars, cafes and shops on the rise, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were pacing the streets of edgy Berlin or quirky Copenhagen when walking through some of our local cities. 

At Hatched, we decided to look at some of the UK’s top cities to work out which ones have the most hipster amenities and then ranked them to find the top 10 most hipster hotspots. Some of the findings might surprise you. 

Here’s how we did it:

Our Research

We looked at the UK’s 15 most major cities and counted how many of each hipster amenity the city had in the area using Google Maps for consistency. The categories we used to measure how hipster a place was included:

  • Vegan Cafes
  • Craft Beer Houses
  • Beard Trimming Parlours 
  • Vinyl Shops 

These numbers were then tallied up to create a total points value for each city, and the cities were then ranked from 1-10 in order of how hipster they were.

The Findings

  1. London
  2. Edinburgh
  3. Bristol
  4. Nottingham
  5. Leeds
  6. Bradford
  7. Birmingham
  8. Glasgow
  9. Newcastle / Manchester (joint 9th place)

London topped the list with the most hipster hangouts overall, however there were some unexpected findings amongst the results. The hipsters of Edinburgh in a keen second place, have been busy supping the craft ales with 47 craft beer houses located there, that’s an incredible 20 more than in London despite the city being a fraction of the size. 

Bradford came up top as the best city for vegans to venture to outside of the capital, with 29 vegan cafes to enjoy a meat-free treat in, and Manchester is just as good as London for getting a good beard trim, with 10 different parlours to choose from. 

Nottingham beat the other major northern English cities when it came to hipster hangouts, with the larger cities of Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle lagging behind in the rankings.

So, if you’re thinking of relocating to another city, and want the luxury of being able to choose from the most hipster fun hangouts, take a look at all these properties currently available in some of the top areas today.

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