Hipsters – who are you ?
Melbourne has a very diverse community and it is reflected in the unique characters of individual suburbs. Melbournians with similar backgrounds tend to congregate in a particular area. This is frequently based on ethnicity and culture, but it can also be based on interests and social inclinations.
In this post, I will list down the top 3 suburbs where hipsters love to stay and/or hang out.
According to the Urban dictionary, “Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter.”
It’s a bit hard to narrow down this group to a specific type but it tends to consist of people such as artists, performers, spiritualists, philosophers, dancers, etc. You know who you are ! 😉
Created in 1839, Fitzroy is Melbourne’s first suburb. Due to strong community and local government support, it has managed to retain many of the old colonial buildings giving the area a very special village feel. Traditionally a working class area, these days Fitzroy is an eclectic mix of ethnicities and socio-economic groups.
With the Melbourne Fringe Festival centred around Fitzroy, the area not surprisingly attracts a lot of artists, hipsters, performers. bohemians, etc to the area. Popularly known as the Hipster capital of Melbourne It is a great place to people-watch with interesting characters abound.
I love walking around the area admiring the wonderful street art, exploring the interesting shops or just chilling out at one of the many great cafes and restaurants. My personal favourite hangout is a Fitzroy institution – the Black Cat cafe.
St Kilda is a very popular tourist haunt and is home to many of Melbourne’s famous attractions including Luna Park, Acland Street and Melbourne’s most famous beach. In the area are several renowned theatres and also home of Melbourne’s big events and festivals. All this right next to Melbourne’s red light district !
With a lot of relatively cheap rentals and a high population of short-stay backpackers, it is one of the most densely populated areas in Melbourne – mostly with young hipsters. With the added attraction of the beach and a heavy concentration of artsy restaurants / cafes, it is not surprising this is hipster territory.
This might be a controversial choice, but North Melbourne rounds up my top 3 hipster suburbs in Melbourne. Sorry Preston, Coburg, Yarraville, and all the other candidates I have left out!
An up and coming hipster suburb, the enclave centres around the lovely Errol Street. Have a walk down the street on a weekend and the appeal is immediately apparent. The sight of young beautiful people having picnics on the nature strip in the middle of the road is a warm sight to behold. Some even hold impromptu garage sales on the soft green grass.
It is hard to believe that this pocket is right on the edge of the Melbourne CBD and I predict it won’t be long if the secret gets out and the big property developers start eyeing the area. I hope that the local council will keep a tight rein on development and help to retain the lovely character of the neighbourhood.
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