Ballarat’s most hipster streets have been revealed in a groundbreaking new study.*
Using some serious science, including a sophisticated cafe and bike shop to mainstream takeaway and department store ratio, as well as careful consideration of other factors, we have definitively ranked Ballarat’s most hipster streets.
Number 1: Lydiard Street. An easy victory. With its abundance of cafes, a bike shop, distinct lack of food chains and multinational companies, plus art gallery bonus points, Lydiard Street scored about as hipster as a top knot (which is pretty hipster).
Number 2: Wendouree Parade. It’s a 40K zone with swan crossings... you better believe it placed well. It may not be home to any bike shops however a cycling orientated cafe certainly helped.
Number 3: Webster Street. You can practically smell the smashed avo in the air. From the tree lined streetscape to the “close but not too close” distance from the CBD, Webster Street was always a favourite.
Number 4: McKenzie Street. Hidden bluestone alley complete with tucked away cafe... well twirl my 'stache and soy my latte, that there is a hipster street.
Number 5: Mair Street. This one ranked averagely on the cafe and bike shop to mainstream takeaway and department store ratio, however I did once see TWO real life penny-farthings trundling down Mair Street... so that's 30 bonus points, obviously.
That's your definitive top 5 hipster-est streets. Sturt, Doveton and Albert were also given careful consideration, however due to their poor performance on the cafe and bike shop to mainstream takeaway and department store ratio, and lack of other contributing factors; they failed to make it in the top 5.
*Definitiontion of study: A detailed investigation and analysis of a subject or situation. So this totally counts.