Over the past few years, Humber Street has developed into one of Hull's most popular social hubs.

The area has seen a great deal of growth since City of Culture, with a whole host of new businesses starting up and down the street, as well as a sizeable investment in new homes.

With a wide range of restaurants and bars, it has all the right ingredients for a pleasant weekend visit, as well as delivering one of Hull's premier nights out.

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The time when Humber Street's top offering was a gig at Fruit seems an awfully long time ago.

Since then, the street's top social spots have been claimed by bars such as Taphouse, Hygge, Tribal, and the aptly named Social.

Inside Humber Street's Temple Gym
Inside Humber Street's Temple Gym

As well as its share of watering holes, Humber Street has a fantastic array of local shops such as Form, Plant & Paint, 19Point4, and the 101 Store. It even has its own gym and beauty salon.

These enviable amenities along with the cool, modern feel of the place have made it one of the most sought-after spots in Hull.

But, what is it like to actually live there?

I've lived on Humber Street for the best part of four months now. In that time, my perspective on the area has definitely changed - and not just because I live on the top floor.

The street has no shortage of bars or restaurants
The street has no shortage of bars or restaurants

It's like living anywhere - once you become a resident, you can't help but see a place through different eyes. Especially when a lot of your previous visits have been solely at night.

Please don't think that I mean that in a negative way. My appreciation for Humber Street has only amplified since I moved here. I just see it as a different kind of place now.

The opinion I now have of Humber Street is that it is less of a social hub, and more of a friendly and intimate community.

There is such a great feeling of community spirit around here. The neighbouring businesses often feel like your friends' houses, rather than cafes or pubs. All of the local businesses seem to want to help each other too, painting a picture of a warm and friendly neighbourhood.

Inside the trendy 101 Store
Inside the trendy 101 Store

There are so many great places to get a drink, a bite to eat, and to do a bit of shopping, that I often find that I have no desire to walk into the city centre. Everything you need is right here.

Well, almost everything.

There are a few things that Humber Street could do with to really finish the place off, such as a cash machine.

The closest ATM is opposite Silvers in Old Town, and while The Store on Pier Street does offer cashback, that stops being convenient once the shop closes at 8pm.

The charming Store on Pier Street
The charming Store on Pier Street

The street could also benefit from a couple of other businesses, ones that offer something a little different to the rest of the street.

A barbershop or a tattoo parlour would add a whole new element to the street - the kind of places that would attract more passing custom for the other businesses.

As much as I love the busyness of Humber Street and the kind of atmosphere you get down here on a weekend, there is something to be said about the hungover walk to the shop in your pyjamas.

When there are scores of people making their way up and down the street looking for a pleasant day out, it's not the most dignified of moments. Let's just leave it at that.

Some of the local artwork
Some of the local artwork

All in all, life on Humber Street is brilliant, and it certainly feels like the area has a lot more to give.

I'm excited to see where it goes over the next year or so, and the kinds of new businesses and events that pop up along the way.

If other areas in Hull can follow a similar pattern, the city looks set for an exciting future.

The ever popular Humber Street Sesh
The ever popular Humber Street Sesh

A lot of people talk crap about this city - mostly people who have never been here.

When I wake up on Humber Street and hear the shops opening up outside and the wind blowing in off the sea, I feel very lucky to live where I live.

Hull's a fantastic city filled with incredible people, and it's only going to get better.

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