Hey you, the one with the facial hair and trousers rolled up! We’ve found the five hippest neighbourhoods that are about to make your man-bun fall off. And no, they’re not in London or Melbourne but dotted across the glorious nation of Canada. From Toronto’s quirky street art to Winnipeg’s trendy Osborne Village, get ready to brunch your way around the hipster hoods of this vibrant country…
1. Toronto: West Queen West
Without a doubt, the coolest place to live in Toronto. ‘Why?’ I hear you hipsters cry! Well, because WQW has been voted the second coolest neighbourhood to live in the entire WORLD by Vogue and with over 300 secret galleries, urban patisseries and boutique shops we can see why! Check out the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Graffiti Alley, and ultra-cool hotels like The Gladstone, and fall in love with Toronto’s creative heart.
Ultimate hipster activity: Chow down on Clafoutis at Clafoutis, 915 Queen St West
2. Victoria: Downtown
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Downtown. Even that just sounds cool. If you’re in Victoria, head to Centennial and Market Square for live music and festivals, Chinatown for the best Asian food and Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for all types of arts events in this epic venue. As part of the ‘Old Town’ this suburb is jam-packed with restaurants, bistros, bars and nightclubs – giving the city its urban, hipster edge.
Ultimate hipster activity: Feast on Oysters at The Docks, 1208 Wharf St
3. Winnipeg: Osborne Village
Winnipeg’s bohemian epicentre, Osborne Village is where you’ll find vintage clothes, custom made jewelry, kitsch cafes and alternative bakeries. Hipsters head to the Winnipeg Comedy Festival (3 April – 9 April) at Osborne Village – be there or be square.
Ultimate hipster activity: Catch a show and grab an artisan beer at The Zoo, 160 Osborne Street or The Cavern, 112 Osborne St
4. Ottawa: Byward Market
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Canada’s capital is obviously one of the hippest hoods, especially the historic Byward Market. Here you’ll find trend-setters and beatnicks, exotic food markets, vintage shops, cozy cafés and the National Art Gallery. And dig a little deeper you’ll find a buzzing bar scene full of hipster dives, jazz-bars and atmospheric Irish pubs.
Ultimate hipster activity: Party the night away Zaphod Beeblebrox, 27 York St,Ottawa
5. Vancouver: Gastown
Renowned for its ‘fiercely local vibe’ it doesn’t get more hipster than Gastown, Vancouver. With an extremely young population, you won’t spot anybody over the age of 40 – hipsters are immortal. Gastown is dotted with heritage buildings adding to the hipster ‘vibez’ along with tech start-up companies, fashionable boutiques and lively bars.