Trendy tourists are always looking for new, cutting edge places to see – and be seen.
And, according to experts, they’ll soon be adding Bristol and Zurich to their bucket list of essential hotspots for 2018.
That’s because they’ve both been hailed as must-see sites in the annual Hip Hangout Guide, which was released this week and ranks the most fashionable destinations.
West Country winner: Montpelier’s colourful streets beat London’s trendy Dalston and Clapton, plus Stroud Green and Walthamstow
Top of the hotspots: Bristol’s Montpelier has been named the UK’s ultimate hipster hangout
Split into two categories – Europe and the UK – Bristol’s Montpelier suburb topped the latter thanks to its ‘multicultural, urban vibe’ and ‘close-knit feel, characterised by community meeting places, cosy cafes and independent shops.’
Interestingly, it trumped London’s Dalston, Clapton, Peckham, Stroud Green and Walthamstow for the title, despite being relatively unknown to those outside of the West Country city.
But it wasn’t a mere fluke. Bristol’s bohemian quarter, Stokes Croft, also ranked fifth on the list, scoring a double-whammy for the region.
Meanwhile, Manchester’s Ancoats and Chorlton, Glasgow’s Partick and Hull’s Old Town also made the Top 10.
Outside of the UK, Zurich’s old red light district, Langstrasse, stole the number one spot: proving the power of gentrification to the reborn district.
Proving the power of gentrification: Zurich’s old red light district, Langstrasse – which is now the main artery for nightlife – stole the number one spot for European options
Destination point: Specifically, it was credited for becoming ‘the focal point of Zurich’s nightlife’ and ‘increasingly attracting trendy locals looking for better prices’.
Specifically, it was credited for becoming ‘the focal point of Zurich’s nightlife’ and ‘increasingly attracting trendy locals looking for better prices’.
The Swiss district also trumped Scandi-cool Norrebro and Copenhagen’s Vesterbro, which ranked in second and third place respectively.
Other runners-up included: Mariahilf (Vienna) Psiri (Athens), Het Eilandje (Antwerp), Erzsebetvaros (Budapest) and Belleville (Paris), which all made the shortlist’s upper half.
Price comparison site, TravelSupermarket, created the index by looking at the ratio of trend-setting and creative industry indicators such as independent coffee shops, vintage fashion stores, record shops, vegan cafes, independent bike shops, co-working spaces and art galleries or studios to the number of residents.
Top three: Copenhagen’s picturesque Vesterbro ranked third place in the European Top 20
Areas lost points based on the number of big chain brands on their streets which ‘suggests the address has reached peak hipster.’
Of the Top 20 twenty UK areas, there are nine new entries, whilst the remaining eleven have remained in the index, rising and falling respectively.
In comparison, only four destinations in the rest of Europe list ranked on this year’s index, as sixteen new entries filled the list.
Emma Grimster, TravelSupermarket spokesperson, said: ‘After scoring the UK and Europe to find the most independent areas, we hope the guide gives people ideas for new destinations to visit, at home or abroad.
‘Taking a city break towards the start of the year can, in most cases, be the cheapest time to travel while demand is low.’
TOP 20 HIPPEST PLACES IN THE UK
1. Montpelier, Bristol
2. Peckham, London
3. Stroud Green, London
4. Dalston, London
5. Stokes Croft, Bristol
6. Clapton, London
7. Ancoats, Manchester
8. Old Town, Hull
9. Partick, Glasgow
10. Chorlton, Manchester
11. Baltic Triangle, Liverpool
12. Bishy Road, York
13. St Mawes, Cornwall
14. Romsey, Cambridge
15. Finneston, Glasgow
16. Walthamstow, London
17. Ropewalks, Liverpool
18. Cliftonville, Old town, Margate
19. Northern Quarter, Manchester
20. Jericho, Oxford
TOP 20 HIPPEST PLACES IN EUROPE
1. Langstrasse, Zurich
2. Norrebro, Copenhagen
3. Vesterbro, Copenhagen
4. Bahnhofsviertel, Munich
5. Rosenthaler Platz, Berlin
6. Mariahilf, Vienna
7. Psiri, Athens
8. Het Eilandje, Antwerp
9. Erzsebetvaros, Budapest
10. Belleville, Paris
11. Pangrati, Athens
12. Haga, Gothenburg
13. Kalamata, Estonia
14. Savamala, Serbia
15. Miera Iela, Latvia
16. Kreuzberg, Berlin
17. Alameda, Seville
18. Ranelagh, Dublin
19. Portobello, Dublin
20. Miguel Bombarda, Porto