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One of the many fantastic things about holidays is trying something new. From cutting-edge cuisine and inspiring art, to aerial yoga and rooftop crazy golf, these uber-cool cities are packed with original activities that are far from mediocre. So, if you’re looking for a break from the norm, head to one of these hipster holiday destinations where innovative individuals are paving the way with new and exciting experiences.
Whether you’re looking for a New York-style apartment in Bristol or a rustic fisherman’s cottage in Whitstable, Holiday Lettings has hundreds of unique and quirky rentals to choose from. Who needs a clinical hotel room when you can pick a place full of style and individuality? And as these UK cities have so many amazing rentals, choosing your favourite is a walk in the park.
*Methodology: At Holiday Lettings (part of TripAdvisor), we used a special algorithm to see every review on TripAdvisor, identifying city destinations across the UK with the highest percentage of reviews mentioning ‘hipster’ holidays—leaving us with some of the coolest city breaks that travellers rave about.
This vibrant and inspiring city is the birthplace of indie music; The Smiths, Joy Division, New Order and The Stone Roses are just a few of the many iconic bands to emerge from Manchester’s music scene. It’s no surprise then, that live music in the city is still high on the cultural agenda. Add to that a plethora of boutique shops, independent cafes and HOME, a cutting-edge theatre, and you’ve got a city that is one of the most interesting and exciting cultural hubs in the UK.
As one of the most diverse and historically-interesting places on the planet, it’s easy to see why culture-seekers have been drawn to the UK’s capital for years. It’s also a haven for trend-setters the world over. Where else can you take part in a calligraphy workshop while drinking organic wine, eat cherry pie as you marvel at a David Lynch-inspired cabaret, or play crazy golf on a Peckham rooftop carpark? And with a quirky range of rentals to choose from, London is a no-brainer when it comes to hipster holidays.
With its vinyl shops, tattoo parlours, vintage boutiques and exciting restaurants, Brighton is the perfect city for dynamic forward-thinkers. Hire a bike and see the sights before stopping at the many museums to immerse yourself in the city’s history. If it’s trendy togs you’re after, head to Upper Street Flea Market where you’ll be able to get kitted out for the evening. When the sun goes down, enjoy a cocktail in the eccentric surroundings of the Black Dove pub in Kemp Town. City breaks don’t get much cooler than this.
Leeds is becoming one of the hippest cities in the UK with a flourishing food and craft beer scene, eclectic live music performances, and uber-cool coffee shops. If you love nothing more than spending a lazy Sunday putting the world to rights with friends, settle down on a slouchy sofa and tuck into a roast at the A Nation of Shopkeepers pub. If you’d rather forage for your own food and cook up a feast at your holiday rental, why not join one of Edible Leeds’ foraging walks? Or if you want to try a fitness class with a difference, have a go at aerial yoga, which will see you using hammocks instead of mats!
When you’re not busy exploring Newcastle’s famous attractions, such as the four kilometer-long Victoria Tunnel and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, you’ll be spoilt for choice for unusual things to see and do. If you fancy a spot of shopping, visit the Grainger Market (aptly, on Grainger Street) where you’ll find over 100 stalls selling everything from fruit and veg to vintage clothing. And if that wasn’t enough to keep you busy, the nightlife is vibrant and eclectic: expect cosy pubs with live music, stylish cocktail bars and romantic bistros.
From art galleries to street art, industrial landmarks to Georgian architecture, Bristol is a destination that doesn’t disappoint. Art-lovers will be in their element exploring the city’s fantastic galleries, and history buffs will love the The Georgian House Museum where they can find out about life above and below stairs 200 years ago. The zoo is perfect for a fun day out and the cathedral should also be on your list of places to visit in Bristol. Bristol is also the home of enigmatic street artist Banksy, so be sure to look out for his work during your visit.
Art aficionados, foodies and history-lovers will be right at home in Belfast as the city is full of amazing galleries, cutting-edge restaurants and fascinating museums. For a great way to explore, hop on a bus to see the city hall, parliament buildings and the opera house. If you’re an avid Game of Thrones fan and can’t wait for the new series, get your fix by visiting some of the filming locations, such as the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the Cushendun Caves (400-million-year-old caves used in the show).
In need of some inspiration? Then take a stroll around Glasgow’s thought-provoking art galleries and museums where you can discover more about this vibrant city. There are plenty of green spaces to sit back and relax with a good book, or simply chat with friends whilst enjoying a picnic lunch. The beautiful Botanic Gardens, home to hundreds of plant species, is also the perfect place for an afternoon stroll. In the evening, experience Glasgow’s thriving music scene and take in a gig or two before finishing the night with a tasty wood-fired pizza or a Malaysian curry.
This beautiful seaside town on the north Kent coast is uncommercialised and retains all the quaintness you’d expect from a traditional seaside spot. You’ll find independent shops, cute tea rooms, bohemian hangouts and, of course, fantastic seafood restaurants. A trip to Whitstable isn’t complete without trying their famous oysters! The Horsebridge Arts Centre and Playhouse Theatre host regular events, but if you fancy doing very little, simply strolling along the beach and taking in the sea air is a joy all unto itself.
This university city’s vibrant street food scene has a range of delights on offer, so if it’s new tastes and interesting flavours you’re looking for, you’ll love Cambridge. It’s jam-packed with museums, atmospheric pubs and has a gorgeous botanical garden. See the city from the river and have a go at punting before stopping to enjoy a picnic at a pretty riverbank. There are craft ale pubs aplenty, plus plenty of bars where you can enjoy a gin cocktail or too. The music scene is diverse and you’ll be able to dance to everything, from drum n’ bass to indie pop, until the small hours.