With Toronto being one of the world's most diverse cities means that hipsters and bohemians alike flock to it like the oh-so Canadian Goose. Like any other there are parts where the regular tourists go as well but I'm here to share a few secrets about hipster hotspots.
It's a well-known fact that Kensington Market is on the up-and-up for hipsters but where to eat has remained a secret from outsiders. I'm about to abandon my own when I say go to Pho Hung for the best Vietnamese food, outside of Vietnam I've ever eaten to my recollection. While the customer service of the waitstaff might leave a little room to be desired as they don't all speak perfect English, the owner is one of the sweetest men. As it's a very busy restaurant, I don't recommend going with more than a group of four. If Vietnamese food isn't your thing, there is an overwhelming plethora of spots in Kensington Market too. With a growing market for veganism and gluten-free food, whatever your diet needs you will be able to find it there.
2. Street Art
Whether you call street art a nuisance, graffiti or vandalism that doesn't change the fact that it is illegal. Sorry Banksy, you're not wanted in the 6. Well other than 'Graffiti Alley' which is right down town. This street is where it is legal and encouraged for street artists to create murals and all the graffiti art their hearts can handle. This spot is getting quite popular for hipsters for Instagrams or Tumblr accounts. Whether you want to go to create your own art or to take polaroids of yourself in front of others; Graffiti Alley is the spot to be.
In Old Toronto there is the Distillery District which has a distinctly hipster feel. With red brick buildings everywhere it's the perfect place to spend an afternoon, just be careful of the Segways. Yes, there are Segway tours through the Distillery District but it's a fairly small neighbourhood so you should be fine walking. This area is perfect for shopping because there are a lot of local, more obscure brands with beautiful clothes but if you're less likely to go shopping you can always just spend your time at the array of bars or hole-in-the-wall cafes. There is even a little play house called the Soulpepper. You really have everything to fulfill your hipster needs there.
With drink culture changing rapidly within the hipster community as it does with popular culture one of the best places that seems to have stander for at least a little while is speakeasy, Cold Tea. It's not an easy find by any means but worth it for great drinks and a unique local in Kensington Market. If that doesn't suit you, The Black Hoof is a favourite of many for their cocktails. Sadly, they don't offer many non-meat based foods but that's not what you're there for anyway.