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Top Hipster Neighborhoods in Austin

If you are moving to Austin and consider yourself a hipster then you likely would enjoy living in a neighborhood with a lot of like-minded individuals. Some people automatically associate specific places with hipsters, such as Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Providence, New Orleans, Wicker Park, and Brooklyn, but Austin is a lot more hipster-friendly than you might expect. After all, a haven for hipsters has farmer markets, local food trucks, locally-owned bars and restaurants, a high walkability score, and a large percentage of residents in artistic occupations. Of course, those not in artistic occupations are at least interested in art! This description describes Austin perfectly. Below are the neighborhoods where you will likely find many millennials who also have independent political views, non-mainstream fashion sensibility, and a passion for artisanal and organic foods.  Moving to Austin can be hectic like any city, so to ease your stress, make sure to use Unpakt for the best moving companies for your needs.

East Austin
East Austin made the “America’s Best Hipster Neighborhoods” list by “Forbes” magazine. The area used to be predominately full of low-income residents years ago, but pockets have changed here in recent years. East Austin is home to countless artists, musicians, and locally owned businesses. A few favorite hangouts include The Brixton, Rio Rita Lounge, The White Horse, The Liberty, Shangri-La, and Yellow Jacket Social Club.

East Austin also offers a number of amenities that hipsters cannot help but appreciate. HOPE Farmers Market is at Pine Street Station every Sunday, and the East Side Drive. It hosts many fun events. The East Austin Studio tour also takes place here every November, showcasing more than 200 local artists.

South Congress
This neighborhood was one of the leading hipster neighborhoods before the rise of East Austin. It is known for food trucks, art and music venues, organic restaurants, and eclectic small retailers. The area became a mecca for artists in the 70s, and by the 80s, unique retailers began popping up all over.

Travis Heights
Travis Heights used to tie with South Congress as Austin’s best hipster neighborhood. Although it is still very hipster-friendly the zip code has become a lot more expensive in recent years. So, to live here today, you need to have a decent salary. There are several beautiful parks in Travis Heights, as well as two community pools, and a dog park, and living anywhere here puts you within walking distance to hip cafes and shops.

Hyde Park
This neighborhood is a peaceful enclave with a number of hipsters wealthy enough to afford the charming bungalows that dot the tree-lined streets. Hyde Park is actually listed on the National Register Historic District. There is a Fresh Plus grocery store, vegetarian café, neighborhood pub, and small bakery where you are likely to bump into poets and artists.

Warehouse District
There is a strong hipster vibe in this colorful community. It is pricier to live here than East Austin, but it is also right downtown where you can either walk or take public transportation everywhere. A few coffee shops and bars most commonly frequented by a hipster crowd include Halcyon, Frank, War Horse, Dirty Balls, and ACL Live at the Moody Theater.