Move over M20, there’s a new cool kid on the block. And it’ll probably come as no surprise to anyone who’s lived in Manchester in recent years.
Completely transforming into a millennial wonderland over the past decade, Ancoats has found itself gracing the Sunday Times 2022 list of the ‘hottest’ postcodes to live – a far cry from its derelict and crime-ridden history that saw locals avoid the area back in the 90s.
Joining a number of other uber-cool neighbourhoods that journalists in the know have deemed ‘hip’ enough to make the cut, M4 is interestingly the only Manchester postcode to make the selection, overtaking Didsbury as the ‘cool place’ to live in the city region.
Praised for everything it has to offer the ‘party crew’, the Sunday Times talks up local businesses such as Mana, Ancoats General Store, Rudy’s, Jane Eyre and the Hip Hop Chip Shop in its explanation for choosing Ancoats in the list, with its hospitality scene, in particular, helping make Ancoats regeneration such a successful one.
Here’s the list in full:
- NG1, Hockley, Nottingham (For hipsters who have moved on from Hackney)
- NE67, Beadnell, Northumberland (For grown-up off-gridders)
- SA3, Mumbles, Swansea (For stylish seasiders)
- M4, Ancoats, Manchester (For the party crew)
- TA13, South Petherton, Somerset (For the cool country set)
- DT7, Lyme Regis, Dorset (For Hollywood-on-sea)
- PO40, Freshwater, Isle of Wight (For the new Sloane Rangers)
- IV26, Tanera Mòr, the Inner Hebrides (For Succession junkies)
- L39, Aughton, Lancashire (For serious foodies)
- BN1, Brighton, Sussex (For those who love a comeback queen)
- TQ13, Widecombe in the Moor, Devon (For wild things)
- BT18, Holywood, Co Down (For the beautiful people)