Nice Neighbourhood is sort of like its own cultural quarter. At the city end of Glossop Road, seven beautifully kept Georgian townhouse exteriors give way to one open-plan, minimalist interior that houses an easygoing cafe-bar, creative workspaces, and room for social and cultural events.
Walk through the welcoming doorway and you're greeted by the cafe-bar. With its sun-trap roof terrace and courtyards, this place fast became popular with staff and students at the nearby university during the week. It's a handy oasis on Saturday: the perfect place to read the papers and recover from any Friday night antics over brunch and coffee. It opens late from Thursdays to Saturdays too, making for a great spot in this corner of the city to enjoy craft beer, locally-inspired cocktails and delicious flatbreads topped with everything from Spanish smoky chorizo to beetroot and goats cheese. Look out for the monthly, informal Doodle Club hosted by illustrator Geo Law and the occasional creative socials in the bar.
Alongside the cafe, Nice Neighbourhood's various event spaces mean the place is prepped to host anything from an intimate gathering to a large-scale get-together (they're currently looking for a designer or artist to create a mural for the event space – visit on the open day on Saturday 15th June, 10am-12noon if you're keen to apply!). On top of that, the building is home to three floors of studios, where the likes of architects, designers and photographers get creative.
Time to take up residence – if not in one of the studios, then at least in its cafe-bar.
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