Thursday, April 19, 2012

Charleston named No. 22 best city for hipsters

Savannah is No. 11. Seriously?

Posted by Paul Bowers on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Travel + Leisure magazine has ranked Charleston the No. 22 best city in the country for hipsters, presumably based on the number of handlebar mustaches and fixed-gear bicycles per capita.

No, seriously, according to the magazine, the rankings were done according to the results of the annual America's Favorite Cities survey, and important factors included "culturally relevant features like live music, coffee bars, and independent boutiques." Tech-savvy and offbeat locals, as well as good microbrews, were also considered.

Seattle took first place (surprise, surprise), and other top cities from the Southeast included New Orleans, La., (No. 4), Savannah, Ga. (No. 11), Nashville, Tenn. (No. 19), Memphis, Tenn. (No. 23), Miami, Fla. (No. 28), Atlanta, Ga. (No. 32), and Orlando, Fla. (No. 33).

Here's what they had to say about our fair city:

It didn’t make the top 20, but this Southern city has plenty of its own civic pride. The hot zone may be Upper King Street, where you can see why the city ranked No. 3 for shopping—especially for décor and antiques. For contemporary commodities, check out Affordabike, with its custom-made beach cruisers, or Magar Hatworks, which creates bespoke headgear.

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