News of Manchester’s thriving cultural scene has landed across the pond, after the San Francisco Chronicle listed the city as one of the best places to visit in 2017.
In the feature, ‘ Where to go in 2017 ‘, the newspaper – which is read by more than one million people a week – picked Ancoats as one of the top cultural areas to visit, “where derelict mills and a gritty street scenes have been transformed by a surge in unique cafes, bars and arts venues”.
The article goes on to highlight Hope Mill Theatre as an embodiment of all three, and a must-visit for any tourist. Glitzy Spinningfields also gets a mention, with the Alchemist, Artisan and Manchester House noted as the area’s best restaurants and bars.
In addition, San Franciscans will be heading to one of the city’s newest pubs, The Pilcrow , which is described as illustrative of Manchester’s “makers-style creativity”.
For a touch of grandeur, weary travellers should rest their head at the newly revamped The Principal, the article recommends, which is described as a “Gothic Victorian Revival landmark.” The hotel’s in-house restaurant The Refuge by Volta “typifies the cutting-edge cuisine in the British city,” it says.
Wales also features on the list of where to go in 2017. “It’s a great time to go now, when the exchange rate benefits the U.S. dollar,” the paper advises. The eclectic list also selects Rwanda, Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago, and South Korea as travel hotspots for the coming year.
Previously, Manchester was the only British city to have been named on the New York Times list of places to visit in 2015 . At the time, the newspaper said the “flurry of cultural openings” made it a must-visit for Americans. These included the renovated Whitworth Art Gallery on Oxford Road and the new £25 million arts centre HOME.