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Berlin: The hipster capital of Europe, or World

İsmail Çobanoğlu

It’s undoubtedly Europe’s coolest city. With 24-hour nightlife, a growing culinary scene and affordable living, Berlin have attracted people from all over the world. There is always something interesting happening in Berlin. And thanks to the city’s sprawling size and relative diversity, it’s now one of the world’s most hip cities. That attracts all hipsters all around the world from different countries and cities. 

So what does the hipster mean? According to Urban dictionary, ‘Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter.’ Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, pop culture and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses from flea markets. Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs. That you can see mostly around Kreuzberg and Neukölln (Kreuzkölln). Such styles are often associated with the work of creative stylists at urban salons and are usually too "edgy" for the culturally-sheltered mainstream consumer. The "effortless cool" urban bohemian look of a hipster is exemplified in ads which cater towards the hipster demographic. Despite misconceptions based on their aesthetic tastes, hipsters require certain creative analytical thinking abilities. Consequently, many hipsters tend to have jobs in the music, art, and fashion industries even they look like unemployed. They are more freelancer. It is a myth that most hipsters are unemployed and live off of their parent's trust funds. 

What to do in Berlin travelling like a hipster or explore the hipster places?

First stop is Kottbusser Tor. You will see the alternative and diverse culture here apparently. There are a lot of restaurant, cafe, bar and shopping store varieties, especially for alternative hipster people. The second stop is Herrmannplatz area. Close to Hermannplatz, there are different streets with famous bars and shopping stores. Weserstrasee is famous for hipster cafes and bars. For instance, k-fetisch is the simply perfect example of this kind of hipster place. It has a sarcastic and funny name. When you pronounce the name in German it sounds like Cafe Tisch which means cafe table. They recently got it: The k-fetish in the Neuköllner Wildenbruchstrasse 86. A large, bright café with delicious coffee, wine, and good reading. In addition to newspapers and magazines, they put together in cooperation with oh * 21 changing books on specific topics in the can be sniffed. There is also space for readings and other events. On the other hand between Kottbussertor and Hermannplatz around the canal, there are unique second-hand shops and Flea markets at specific times. That definitely worths to visit.  

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