Birkin: Brunch Is For Hipsters

Posted on February 27, 2014 by Vivi in BRUNCH, RESTAURANTS

There’s a new place in my neighborhood that has great coffee, but it’s full of hipsters.”  Someone told me.

Hipsters in Buenos Aires?  Are hipsters still a thing?  What is a hipster, really, anyway?

On a recent trip to Portland, a local friend tried to define hipster to me by pointing out all of the hipsters.  My conclusion?  Everyone was a hipster.

I’ve never considered myself a hipster.  Then someone with sleeve tattoos and a scarf told me that: “Hipsters always deny being hipsters.  The first thing the most hipster hipster will tell you is ‘I’m not a hipster‘.”  

That stopped me dead in my tracks.  Oh my God, am I a hipster?

I mean, I don’t have any tattoos.  I have dark rimmed square glasses, but everyone has those, and anyway I had them before they were cool.  Oh no, that sounds like hipster talk.

I went to Urban Dictionary to find out what exactly a hipster is:

“Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter.”

Witty banter?!  I love witty banter!

“Hipsterism” is really a state of mind,it is also often intertwined with distinct fashion sensibilities. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses.”

My entire apartment is vintage!  And I AM WEARING MY GLASSES RIGHT NOW!  I do reject cultural ignorance – I even went as far as to minor in Anthropology.  I exclusively wear tight fitting jeans.  This is not good.

“Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs.”

Ok good – my hair is safe.  That’s a relief.

“Despite misconceptions based on their aesthetic tastes, hipsters tend to be well educated and often have liberal arts degrees, or degrees in maths and sciences, which also require certain creative analytical thinking abilities. Consequently many hipsters tend to have jobs in the music, art, and fashion industries. It is a myth that most hipsters are unemployed and live off of their parent’s trust funds.”

Well shoot.  I have one of those liberal arts degrees.  And I’m not even unemployed, and my parents wouldn’t let me live in the basement even if I was.  Trust me, I asked.

So a is Birkin really the hipster restaurant in Palermo Botanico?  Would a hipster like this restaurant?  Let’s use our liberal arts degrees for some deductive analysis:

1.  Location and Local. 

Birkin is located in Palermo Botanico, which is definitely the most underrated part of greater Palermo, but a real hipster would probably live in Villa Urquiza, or Montserrat, or some other really cool neighborhood that you’ve never heard of.  The restaurant itself has a clean ‘updated vintage’ look and strong design elements in its branding and geometrical floor pattern.  The bar lighting was particularly memorable.

Birkin Buenos Aires Restaurant Palermo Botanico

Birkin Buenos Aires Restaurant Palermo Botanico Chevron Floor

2. The Coffee.  

According to the Hipster Eating Code:  “Hipsters are at their fascist worst when it comes to coffee preparation. A list of infractions that can never be forgiven are using percolators, instant coffee, and sub-grade coffee beans.”  

So – coffee is important to hipsters.  I was impressed by their lattes, and very much appreciated the latte art, so much in fact that I ordered a second one.

Birkin Buenos Aires Restaurant Palermo Botanico Coffee Menu

Birkin Buenos Aires Restaurant Palermo Botanico Latte Art

3. The Food. 

I had eggs scrambled with spinach, which came with a side of homemade chips, and some unexplained and unapologetic pieces of cheese.  My dining partner had the lox.

Birkin Buenos Aires Restaurant Palermo Botanico Chips

Birkin Buenos Aires Restaurant Palermo Botanico Lox and Cheese

I thought chips were sort of strange for brunch, as was the cheese, but according to the very informative Hipster Eating Code:

“Hipsters love to make comfort food—something from the archived recipe books of our frumpy mothers—and reinventing it as the contradictory “gourmet comfort food” by adding some fancy touches and thereby making the dish ironic.  Hipsters are fond of calling these comfort food variations “deconstructions” to show that all the time and money spent on grad school did not completely go to waste.” 

Gourmet comfort food?  Deconstructionism?  Eat up.

Birkin Buenos Aires Restaurant Palermo Botanico Chips closeupThe wait staff at Birkin was composed of waify yet inexplicably glamorous young people with androgynous haircuts, and tight black jeans.  And the music?  I’m sure you’ve never heard of any of the bands they were playing.

Is Birkin for hipsters?  Probably.  Are you a hipster?  Probably.

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  1. Haha. Ohh dear. I am also a holder of that totally useful Liberal Arts degree and went to a college chock full ‘o hipsters, but I like to think I avoided that trend for the most part.

    Anyway, just found your blog — thanks so much for all the inspiration. My husband and I are traveling/moving to South/Central America in two months and we’re trying to find the perfect location. BA sounds pretty good, even if it’s hipster infested.

  2. Bahaha love this. Wish I was eating with you! Surprise cheese course!? Down.

  3. “Hipsters love to make comfort food—something from the archived recipe books of our frumpy mothers—and reinventing it as the contradictory “gourmet comfort food” by adding some fancy touches.”

    You want to just go ahead and put my picture next to this definition?

  4. I love this! Great brunch and conversation! Here’s to My Beautiful Air and Buenos Aires!

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