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Manchester Is the Next Cool City

Photo by Kendall J Bush

The Queen City is challenging Portsmouth’s reign as the state’s coolest city. Explore Manchester’s art scene, foodie culture, local brews, indie book store, cocktail bars and more while parking is still (relatively) easy.

By Tiffanie Wen


There’s something going on in downtown Manchester. In the last several months, businesses catering to a newer demographic and acting as gathering spaces have opened their doors — places like the Bookery Manchester, a light, airy independent bookstore complete with a café in the back, and Boards and Brews, a board game café and bar where large groups can be seen playing everything from UNO to The Settlers of Catan for hours on a Saturday night. And there’s plenty more coming down the pike. If you blink, you might miss Manchester’s latest transformation.

We’re calling it first — Manchester is about to get really cool.


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