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Chorlton is the Guardian-reading liberal heart of Manchester..

Chorlton is known for its organic delis, independent bars and restaurants, sustainable lifestyle stores, wholesome community spirit and Guardian readers.

There’s a saying in Chorlton that pretty much sums the place up: “be different, just like everybody else.”

This quirky south Manchester suburb is the heart of liberal, left-leaning Manchester and is mostly populated by what my mum would call ‘lentils’ – a mix of well-off professionals and young families with a penchant for chick peas, yoga and hareem pants. And as for the women…

It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that Chorlton is known for its organic delis, independent bars and restaurants, sustainable lifestyle stores, wholesome community spirit and Guardian readers – apparently, more copies of the paper are sold here than anywhere else outside London.

It’s been home to such Manchester icons as Morrissey, The Stone Roses, Badly Drawn Boy and even the Bee Gees.

According to the 2011 census, Chorlton is also home to Manchester’s biggest gay community outside the Gay Village.

Transport and travel

Chorlton has three tram stops – the main Chorlton stop, St Werburgh’s Road, and Firswood. It’s also easily accessible by bus via numbers 85 or 86 from town, with routes that run through Moss Side and Alexandra Park. There’s also plenty of street parking if you’re looking to take the car. But that wouldn’t be very Chorlton of you, would it?

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