Twin Cities overrated as a hipster haven, according to Travel+Leisure

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According to Travel+Leisure, San Juan is more hipster than the Twin Cities.
Last year, Minnesota was named the Most Hipster State. We would've assumed 'Sota's hipsterness is concentrated in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, but a new list put together by Travel+Leisure suggests that's not the case.

Either that or both lists should be taken with a grain of salt. Actually, that's probably the best explanation for the discrepancy.

In any event, Travel+Leisure determined that the Twin Cities is only the 16th best city for hipsters in the county, behind unlikely hotbeds for artsy-ironicism like Savannah, San Juan (how does a Puerto Rican city qualify?), and Providence.

Here's how Travel+Leisure determined the rankings: Using input from readers who voted on the magazine's America's Favorite Cities survey, Travel+Leisure isolated hipster-relevant features like the quality of live music venues, coffee bars, and independent boutiques. Consideration was also given to the happeningness of local microbrew scenes and to the cities with the most offbeat and tech-savvy locals. To read more about the methodology, click here.

Here's what the magazine had to say about the Twin Cities:
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Despite our middling ranking, T+L does give high hipster marks to Uptown coffee shops.
The Twin Cities don't really qualify as gritty the way some hip havens do; the area ranks first for cleanliness in the survey and third for safety. But these Minnesotans have a lock on the arts-loving nerd factor, taking the silver for brains and fourth place for theater. These days, Uptown has a high density of interesting java places (with hipster-magnet names such as Namaste Coffee); techie types, meanwhile, congregate in the North Loop area, home of One on One Bicycle Studio, a combination coffee-gallery-bike-shop.
And here's the 1-15 rankings:
1. Seattle
2. Portland
3. San Francisco
4. New Orleans
5. Portland, Maine
6. Providence
7. Austin
8. San Juan
9. Philadelphia
10. Denver
11. Savannah
12. New York City
13. Santa Fe
14. Chicago
15. San Diego
Hmm... so it turns out Twin Citians live in the Most Hipster State yet but in a metro area with only middling hipster-ness? Maybe Wavves is a lot bigger in Hibbing and Bemidji than we city slickers are inclined to believe.


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19 comments
Hipsterson
Hipsterson

It's almost like they didn't consider which state googles the word hipster the most like that other one did. NO FAIR.

Mitchell Shelley
Mitchell Shelley

puerto rico qualifies because it is part of the united states (associated free state of puerto rico). jesus christ, you're a journalist?

Drew
Drew

St. Paul: Laughing at Minneapolis since 1867

Zach
Zach

I thought Minneapolis was a unhip before thinking Minneapolis was unhip was hip

Robert Moffitt
Robert Moffitt

I raise my PBR in a can to our 16th place showing! I was afraid this would happen when Max "Bunny" Sparber and Coco moved to Hollywood.

Tom Johnson
Tom Johnson

OUR RANKINGS, OUR PRECIOUS RANKINGS! THIS CITY IS NOTHING WITHOUT THEM!

Harold Freeze
Harold Freeze

Why wouldn't San Juan qualify? It's an American city.

Elena Williams
Elena Williams

*Namaste Cafe. It's a Nepalese restaurant! How could an article about how (un) hip Minneapolis is get that one wrong..

Joe
Joe

Who cares?

Oscar
Oscar

Hipsters are the gayest thing ever. Please vote us the least hipster state next time.

Joe
Joe

 St Paul:  Doesn't even have something to laugh at.  Needs Minneapolis for that too.

Mn Votur
Mn Votur

lol nobody asked for rankings and I'd prefer we never receive them

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

Using a term denoting sexual orientation as a derogatory term is the easiest way to label yourself as a dolt.  Please don't speak next time.

Oscar
Oscar

Hipsters are the most heterosexual thing ever. Please vote us the least hipster state next time.

Does this hurt less?

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

Maybe if you were less of a bigot your comments would be more interesting to read..

Oscar
Oscar

I didn't know comments needed to be long, boring, and/or stimulating to the mind. I apologize to everyone that reads City Pages.

Maybe if I write with no capital letters like you i'll be more hipster cool.

Koodle
Koodle

oscar, youre on fire. thank you so much for your quick wit and literary skills. why oh why are you wasting your time commenting on CP when you could be writing a novel, or at the very least a fantastic blog?

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