On the heels of the CNN programme “Quest’s World of Wonder” naming Groningen one of the best places to visit in Europe, the city is in the international travel spotlight once again, this time in The Guardian.
By Hans de Preter / Translation by Traci White
The Guardian put together a list of the best party destinations for backpackers in 2019, and Groningen made the cut. The Groninger Internet Courant reports that Groningen is one of the smaller cities to be included in the list alongside the likes of Istanbul, Shanghai, Bangkok, Kiev, Seoul and Marrakesh. The list was published as part of The Guardian’s travel section and deemed Groningen the best place for “an alt city-break”:
“With students making up a quarter of its population, this northern Dutch city has a host of late-night drinking haunts, ranging from hip brew house and live music venue Brouwerij Martinus to the bars and cafes of Grote Markt and Poelestraat. Groningen is also home to Paradigm – a music and art collective that has been running raves in the area for years and last year moved to the Suikerunie, an incredible new club and festival site occupying a Mad Max mix of disused industrial buildings by the Hoendiep canal.The city centre’s club scene has also gone up a notch or two since the opening of Oost in 2016 – an intimate 250-capacity space with a focus on house, techno, disco and funk. Oost also runs Discours, a space for public debate on social issues.”.