When you think about Manchester’s funkiest area, the Northern Quarter might have previously sprung to mind. Three years ago. I distinctly recall, upon my first visit to Manchester, telling my mother, “this feels like a British Brooklyn.” And, of course, lined with bars, thrift stores and artist’s studios, this might once have been the case. Not to mention, Soup Kitchen, Funkademia (Mint Lounge) and hole-in-the-wall clubs have been home to some of my most fun nights out in the city. However, this is changing. And it’s because there’s a new girl on the block; her name is Ancoats and she is thriving.
Ancoats has been recently named the 13th coolest neighbourhoods in the world. Recently upscaled, it is an urbanite's dream of trendy artisanal bakeries, craft beer and funky bars.
Replacing mills and cotton manufacturers are high-rise flats as sleek as they come. A mere 10 minutes from Piccadilly, filled with creatives, students and generally ‘cool’ people alike, these renovated industrial buildings are teeming with life. But where to start? Where should I be eating, what should I be looking for and where should I be shopping?
Food & Drink:
Pollen - Sourdough bakery? Sign me up.
The Jane Eyre - cocktails, wines and small plates. Mwah.
Cocoa Cabana - Didsbury's favourite chocolate shop: the sequel.
Ancoats General Store - a hipster grocery store like no other (board games, anyone?)