Comparison site TravelSupermarket reveals the hippest places to discover in the UK and across Europe.
Stokes Croft has been named the joint-ninth-hippest area in the UK to hang out in, beating popular buzzy destinations including trendy hotspots in London and Manchester.
The neighbourhood features in TravelSupermarket’s UK Hip Hang-out Neighbourhood Index, compiled and released today by the holiday price comparison site. The Index ranks the hippest areas in the UK and Europe to explore.Taking first place on the UK list is Manchester’s Ancoats district, followed in second place by Leith in Edinburgh. Top of the European Index was Kreuzberg in Berlin, followed by Riga, Latvia in second, just pipping Ancoats into third place.
Emma Coulthurst from TravelSupermarket says the aim of the Index is to inspire city breakers with ideas for new places to discover; “The Index will hopefully put Stokes Croft and Bristol even more on the map and encourage new and returning visitors”.
“Anywhere with ‘Peak Hipster’ status, such as London’s Shoreditch, didn’t make the cut – places like this are now overrun by chains. Instead, we wanted to find those areas where locals love to hang out due to the area’s independent creative spirit. And I absolutely promise you won’t have to grow a moustache to go to any of them!”
Kathryn Davis, Head of Tourism at Destination Bristol, says of the result, “Bristol takes great pride in being a creative, ‘can do’ destination with an independent spirit, and no other area of the city captures that quite like Stokes Croft. Street art on almost every corner gives it an unmistakable identity all of its own, independent cafés and shops give it daytime appeal, while award-winning restaurants, cool bars and an edgy, thriving music scene bring it to life at night. There’s something to suit everyone here, which is the mark of an exceptionally diverse area with boundless energy.”
TravelSupermarket’s data on hip destinations is further backed up by wider industry research into a trend for hip holidays. Last year, the World Travel Market Global Trend Report found that demand for ‘Hipster Holidays’ is opening up tourism opportunities in areas of European cities that were once undesirable but are now considered trendy.
TravelSupermarket has also partnered with UK travel blogger The Cosy Traveller to create bespoke guides for the top ten in the index. Here are The Cosy Traveller’s top spots for Stokes Croft:
· Best spots for a caffeine hit: The Arts House Cafe prides itself on a stunning selection of teas, with a Fair Trade Brazilian blend for its coffee beans (best enjoyed over one of its comedy nights, open mic gigs or film club evenings).
· Most Instagrammable places to visit: As Stokes Croft is the Bristolian home of street art, it’s one of the best places in the southwest to inject some colour into your Instagram feeds. Designs are from artists including Stik, Banksy and Colombian street artist Stinkfish.
· Mouth-watering must-eats/drinks: Aspiring to create food that’s ‘good, clean and fair,’ sustainability and local produce is at the heart of everything The Canteen offers. The cafe serves vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian options, with a seasonal menu that changes daily – but never compromises on taste.
The full guide to Stokes Croft and more info on the rankings for UK and Europe can be found at:https://www.travelsupermarket.com/en-gb/holidays/city-breaks/hip-hangout-guide/