Northern Quarter has been named one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world 

In a list put together by Time Out magazine, Northern Quarter landed at number 30 in the top 50 coolest neighbourhoods on the planet.

By Emma Davidson | 18 October 2022

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It comes as no surprise to us that Northern Quarter has made the coveted list of coolest places on planet earth. 

With its abundance of bars, restaurants, independent retail stores, cafes and more, the district of the city has become the go-to place for fashion icons, creatives and those with an obsession for plants, pints and oat milk lattes.

Making the list alongside places such as Cliftonville in Margate (8), Shawlands in Glasgow (11), Walthamstow in North East London (17) and Kelham Island in Sheffield (35) Time Out’s annual global round-up is now in its fifth year, and Northern Quarter has retained its top spot from last year’s list. 

This is what Time Out said about our beloved Northern Quarter:

“Despite ongoing competition from Ancoats next door, as far as we’re concerned the Northern Quarter has reclaimed the title of Manchester’s coolest neighbourhood for 2022.

“Stevenson Square and some surrounding streets have been permanently pedestrianised, making for a fresher stroll around the centre of the city’s café and bar culture, with its stunning mix of Georgian houses, Victorian pubs and modern hangouts.

“No matter what the trend, the Northern Quarter always seems to be one step ahead – whether it’s vegan dining, pop-up bars or even the street art adorning its walls and shop shutters.

“In fact these murals, part of the Outhouse Project supported by local art shop Fred Aldous, exemplify the neighbourhood: always changing and moving forward whilst remaining respectful of the past.”

And if you’re looking for something to do once you land in the district, this is how it described the perfect day out: “Take breakfast with a strong coffee at Ezra and Gil, followed by a browse for quirky handmade knick-knacks in Oklahoma and a flick through the records at Vinyl Exchange.

“Spend the afternoon picking out something special in the Craft and Design Centre before heading to pioneering food hall Mackie Mayor for dinner.

“End the day with a gig at Band on the Wall before retiring to the best aparthotel in the city, Native.”

Some other neighbourhoods out of the UK that made the list, include; Neukölln in Berlin (number 15), Sants in Barcelona (18), Barrio de Las Letras in Madrid (23), Vesterbro in Copenhagen (24), Letná, Prague (31), Noord in Amsterdam (32), Pragati in Athens (39), Haut-Marais in Paris (44), Moda in Istanbul (48) and Stoneybatter in Dublin (49).

Colonia Americana in Guadalajara, Mexico was awarded the top spot!