Buzz·Posted on 15 Jun 201624 Reasons Why Manchester Is The True Capital Of The NorthBecause it is, isn't it?by Harriet WilliamsonBuzzFeed ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. In 2015, Manchester was voted the best UK city to live in. Flickr: wojtekgurak / Creative Commons You can't argue with the Economist Intelligence Unit's global liveability survey! 2. Manchester has the tallest UK skyline outside of London. Flickr: 27572573@N05 / Creative Commons The Manchester skyline combines 1800s architecture, historic factories and warehouses, and hyper-modern structures like the 47-storey Hilton Hotel. 3. We’re a proudly multicultural city. View this photo on Instagram Via manchesterrestaurants.com Manchester has a thriving Chinatown and the distinctive Curry Mile, where you can find Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Indian restaurants, shisha lounges, traditional sweetshops, and jewellers. 4. Our gay village attracts visitors from all over the world. Harriet Williamson / BuzzFeed 5. Manchester has a rich musical history and artists from Greater Manchester have forever altered the cultural landscape of the UK. Pete Cronin / Redferns / Getty Images And no, we're not just talking about Oasis. 6. And it's home to some of the best independent music venues. View this photo on Instagram Via designmynight.com Even Manchester Cathedral puts on gigs and serves beer! 7. Since the hazy days of Madchester and The Hacienda, Manchester has always been renowned for its nightlife. Flickr: keithyong / Creative Commons 8. Urban festivals are made for Manchester. dottodotfestival.co.uk 9. For fans of theatre and the arts, Manchester is the place to be. View this photo on Instagram Check out the Royal Exchange Theatre, the £25m HOME arts centre, or The Whitworth, which was named museum of the year in 2015. 10. The "Oxford Road Corridor" is the busiest bus route in Europe. en.wikipedia.org This might sound like a nightmare, but it means that you're rarely waiting for a bus. 11. Our distinctive Northern Quarter is filled with vintage shops, indie bars, retro cafes, and unique street art. Flickr: manchesterstreetsnaps / Creative Commons 12. Vegan? Gluten-free? Lactose intolerant? You'll be catered for in Manchester. View this photo on Instagram 13. And our chip barms are second to none. Flickr: _mia / Creative Commons 14. In Manchester, no one judges you for drowning your dinner in gravy. View this photo on Instagram In fact, it’s expected. 15. Manchester has two world-class universities. Flickr: binaryape / Creative Commons Even if you’re not a student, you can still take advantage of the cheap drinks and £1 buses. 16. And it's the birthplace of numerous scientific discoveries. SSPL / Getty Images Including the steam-powered mill, the splitting of the atom, the electronic programmable computer, the world's first passenger railway, and the development of the thinnest material in the world, Graphene. 17. Manchester is the sporting capital of the UK. Gary M. Prior / Getty Images We were named Sporting Capital in 2015 in research from ESPN. The Commonwealth Games has blessed Manchester with the Aquatics Centre, National Squash Centre, Velodrome, and Regional Athletics Area. 18. Manchester is heaven for shopaholics. Flickr: boblinsdell / Creative Commons Whether you want to search for vintage gems or spend serious cash on designer purchases, Manchester has you covered. Our Trafford Centre is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe and we're also home to the biggest Lush store in the North. 19. Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the suffragette movement, was born in Manchester's Moss Side. Hulton Archive / Getty Images She was instrumental in women achieving the right to vote, and will be the first woman to have a statue in Manchester in more than 100 years. 20. There are plenty of diverse districts across the city. View this photo on Instagram From the middle-class heaven of Didsbury and Chorlton, to the student enclaves of Fallowfield and Withington, and the up-and-coming areas of Levenshulme and Walley Range – there really is somewhere for everyone. 21. If you need a break from city life, the Peak District is right on Manchester's doorstep. Flickr: 22775126@N00 / Creative Commons 22. Manchester's first cat cafe is opening this summer. Facebook: catcafemanchester For feline fans only. 23. Your money goes further in Manchester. Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images House prices are four times higher in London than in Manchester, meaning that you can live in a major city filled with culture and opportunities for a quarter of the price if you move to Manchester. 24. Manchester folks are funny, friendly, and know how to have a good time. Elizabeth Kerrigan @Elizigan modern renaissance art 01:29 PM - 01 Jan 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite And most importantly, in Manchester you can have a couple of pints, find a traffic cone crown, and your mates will be already chanting "King in the North, King in the North".