The hipster culture is a growing phenomenon in the otherwise plain-jane city of Port Elizabeth and we love it! So if you find yourself and your worn-leather-lace-ups in our city, here is a list of places to go/thing to do where you will feel most at home.
- GRAB A CUPPA AND FIND WALLY AT FRIENDLY STRANGER
A quaint stone building built around a tree at the bottom of Baakens Valley is home to the ultimate hipster coffee shop and restaurant, Friendly Stranger. The quirky décor and unique menu will be sure to tickle your hipster fancy.
This spot is great at any time of the day – breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch and dinner with friends. If you run out of conversation, don’t fret, ask the waiter to bring you a ‘Where’s Wally’ book and let the adventure begin.
If the weather is not so great, make your way to the cosy downstairs area. The set up is real nice here and you will warm up in no time as you play your hand at one of the many board games available. Monopoly anyone?
1 Bridge st, Upper valley road – 076 437 6850 – Facebook page
- SHOP AT LAMBELY / THRIFTY MAGPIE
Got time to do some shopping?? Did you know that Port Elizabeth isn’t only made up of commercial shopping malls like Greenachers, Walmer Park, The Boardwalk and new addition Bay West Mall? Yip, we have other places as well. Shocker right? We know.
Although most people do shop at the above mentioned places, hipsters aren’t “most people” and the struggle for unique alternatives is real.
So if you’re hipster and find yourself in our city, why don’t you get some thrifty-fashion-retail-therapy at vintage clothing shops Lambely and Thrifty Magpie. You can shop online via their Facebook pages or visit them at their Thrifty-Lamb-Pie headquarters in Richmond Hill on Open Saturdays (selected Saturdays)
3. GO TO A COTTONFIELDS CONCERT
Jam the night away with fellow local hipsters at a Cottonfields gig. This self described “hill-billy-rap-rock” band will get you foot-stomping and hand clapping in no time!
Some of their favourite venues include Stage Door and the Music Kitchen, but be sure to check out their Facebook page to see when their next gig is
- INDULGE YOUR OLD SOUL AT COLONIAL ANTIQUES
Enter a world of days gone by as you wonder through this impressive three-story collection of antiques and thrify décor. This is by far the most unique and extensive collection of vintage furniture the city has to offer. From beautiful old dinning tables, to salvaged mantle pieces, classic dressers, charming ornaments, rustic frames, colonial fashion and other forgotten old world items that will warm your heart.
If you manage to get to the third floor, you will be rewarded by the presence of a quirky little coffee shop selling the most amazing home-made lemonade, tasty coffees and to-die-for muffins! There is also a plethora of home-made jams, preserves and syrups that you can buy to take home with you!
You really will get lost in this old world charm!
14 Todd Street, North End – 041 484 2617
- VISIT THE CLASSIC BOOK SHOP
Make your way to the Classic Book shop (in the same building as Colonial Antiques) and browse through an impressive collection of antique, classic, and leather-bound books. Hipsters don’t like to spend too much money, so be assured that you will definitely find a bargain here.
This store also has a small collection of old vinyl records, which is fun to browse through. You never know what you might find!
Colonial Antique Building, 14 Todd Street, North End – 041 484 2617
- GET YOUR ARTISAN FIX AT THE LOCAL VALLEY MARKET
This relatively new artisan food fair takes place on the first Saturday of every month at the WERK Warehouse in Lower Valley road, Baakens Valley. Here you will find local exhibitors and creative minds selling the most scrumptious array of artisan foods, sweet treats and organic produce.
Arrive early for a breakfast and coffee, and to ensure you get the best pick at everything!
Corner of Alabaster and Lower Valley Roads, Baakens Valley – 082 873 7663 – Facebook Page
- GET JAZZY AT COLONIAL KITCHEN
Grab a late lunch at the uniquely styled vintage restaurant, Colonial Kitchen, in Baakens Valley. Rustic tables, Persian carpets and mismatched crockery are completely normal here! The outside area is just as great as the inside, with a permanent stretch marquee structure, antique lounge suits and old school wagon tables! The food is phenomenal as well. They have a great tapas menu that the table can nibble on while sipping some on a glass of wine.
They run great specials through-out the week including half price pasta evenings. Weekends are our favourite though with free live music on Fridays and Jazz by the River on Sundays from 11am-2pm. Be sure to book a table!
1 Bridge Street – 041 581 4488 – Facebook Page
- CATCH A CONCERT AT CHAPEL STREET STUDIOS
Keep an eye on the Chapel Street Studio Facebook page to find out if there are any upcoming events. This refurbished building is situated in the heart of Port Elizabeth’s CBD and regularly hosts musical events, poetry evenings and even rooftop parties!
This place is so hipster, that even local hipsters have office space here!
33 Chapel Street, Central – 041 582 1157 – Facebook Page
- JOIN THE CRITICAL MASS NIGHT-RIDE – BECAUSE EXERCISING DURING THE DAY IS LAME.
Got a fixie? Or any bicycle really? Then join the critical mass night-cycle hosted once a month by Fixthenation. A relatively easy cycle route, you can enjoy the fresh sea-air as you cruise around with your fixie friends in a peloton of headlamps!! Starting at McArthur baths opposite Beach Shack, you will loop around the area of Summerstrand for about 10km and end back where you started. You will receive a password upon finishing that entitles you to a burger special at Beer Shack.
Keep an eye on the Fixthenation Facebook page to see when the next ride is.
- GRAB A GOURMET PIZZA AND CRAFT BEER AT CHARLIES SUMMERSTRAND
Although the charming older areas of Port Elizabeth are where most hipsters are comfortable, a trip to the Port Elizabeth beachfront isn’t all that bad. Don’t worry, you don’t have to take your converse off, we won’t make you go in the sand 😉 We are talking about getting a comfy at Charlies!
Grab a flat white or freshly squeezed apple juice, a gourmet pizza, log into their free wifi and you will feel right at home. Plus, you get an awesome view of the beachfront if you sit on the fake-grass balcony. See, no beach-sand, relax.
Summerstrand Village, 8th Ave – 041 583 2832- Facebook Page
- ATTEND THE RICHMOND HILL STREET FESTIVAL.
You never knew there were so many hipsters in good old PE, until you witnessed the magic of the Richmond Hill Street Musical Festival. This lively little street festival takes place every winter around the longest night of the year, and sees the streets of Richmond Hill turn into pedestrian-only paradise!
This old suburb of central Port Elizabeth has gone through a massive upliftment over recent years and is now home to the city’s most popular street cafes/restaurants, as well as charming boutique shops. Also, if you moved to PE this suburb would probably be your choice of residence.
The street fest sees most of the action happening on the Stanely-Street-Strip where the main stage is usually set up. Smaller stages and pop up stalls can also be found along magical Mackay street.
So grow your beard out and get you beanies, skinnies, leather-lace-ups on, this is one for the books!