Here we go again, Seattle lovers and list lovers. One day after BloombergBusinessWeek released its Top 50 Best Cities that ranked Seattle as No. 2 in the nation, just behind San Francisco, Forbes listed Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood as the No. 8 “Best Hipster Neighborhood” in America, while Ballard also got mentioned. The Silver Lake neighborhood in Los Angeles claimed the No. 1 spot.
Here is what Forbes has to say about our Capitol Hill.
Seattle, oft times credited as the West Coast birthplace of the hipster craze, has several cool kid neighborhoods. Capitol Hill landed on our list, but it was in close competition with the up-and-coming Ballard neighborhood (walkability tipped the scales). Known for both its hipster and gay communities, a good cup of coffee is a given in Capitol Hill — the area had the highest coffee shop per capita ranking on our list — and gourmands have access to fresh finds at the local farmer’s market. Bars, fringe theaters and impromptu street parties make the area a nightlife destination.
And all this hipster talk reminds us of an old joke that some of us just heard for the first time: Q: Why did the hipster burn his tongue? A: He drank coffee before it was cool.