According to Time Out, the magazine and travel guidebook publisher, Ancoats in Manchester is one of the coolest places in the world.
In a list of the most ‘hip’ places in the world, with other destinations like Madrid and Lisbon, Manchester’s hipster quarter came thirteenth.
Formerly infamous for gang violence and seedy street scenes, Ancoats has emerged from the ashes of its industrial past to become the hangout of choice for Manchester’s many, many cool kids.
Abandoned cotton mills are being transformed into affordable co-working spaces and river-facing apartments. Craft beers, artisanal bakeries and gin joints crop up in less time than it takes to say ‘beetroot latte’.
Colourful street murals add an extra shot of hipster hotness to the cultural brew.
Time Out has even directed readers to where they could go when in Ancoats for various purposes, including eating, drinking, what to do and where to stay.
For dining, Ancoats Coffee Co, housed in a massive former cotton warehouse, is one to check out. Famed for its painstakingly-prepared caffeine fixes made from freshly roasted beans and served alongside just-baked cakes and sandwiches, this coffee joint is amongst the gems of this place.
Sit at the long bar of reclaimed mill-turned-watering hole, Elnecot, to sip an aptly named ‘Industrial Revolution’ cocktail. Not only is Elnecot good for drink; you can sip on your favourite drink as you eat an old-school Manchester egg with homemade piccalilli (picked veggie relish).
Fancy doing something fun in the district? Check out Hope Mill Theatre, where local performers and writers come under the spotlight at this funky, low-key theatre housed in – you guessed it – a former mill.
For those looking for somewhere to stay, Ancoats still has limited lodgings options, but there are some stylish canalside Airbnbs available. Alternatively, Time Out advises to check out the slick, serviced apartment-hotel offerings at the City Warehouse.