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The Kaufmann’s Clock may be no Big Ben, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Brits want to be our new best friends.

Recently Becky Suter over at MTV UK wrote a travel piece touting Pittsburgh as a place that should be front and center on a British traveler’s list of dream vacations. “Pittsburgh is the new Brooklyn – you heard it here first,” boasts the first line, (OK, not exactly true, but let’s roll with it) citing our “driverless cars, amazing art, cool hotels, a woke Mayor and so much more” as reasons the city is “on the brink of being taken over by beardy dudes riding on penny-farthings and every drink being served in a jam jar.” (We had to Google penny-farthings but, well, fair enough.)

Suter then lists off eight specific reasons Pittsburgh is a hotspot, or should be, including “it’s like visiting the future,” (driverless Ubers) you can “get drunk in a church,” (we’ll give you one guess) and “so much food you’ll have to make your trip a cheat week,”–a tour of Lawrenceville restaurants had her thinking she “put on about a stone in two days,” (huh?) but she says it was “totally worth it.”

Sure, Suter went full tourist and visited a lot of the obvious spots: Primanti Bros., The Andy Warhol Museum, PNC Park, (which she refers to as PNC stadium–how charmingly incorrect) but the enthusiasm for what she discovers in our town is witty, genuine, and pretty dead-on. Need proof? Just look how she gushes about Randyland: “It’s a trippy, technicolour photographer’s paradise created by local artist/legend Randy Gilson, where it’s impossible to be unhappy. Think a mini Disneyland hyped up on Skittles, filled with neon-coloured salvaged art. Get there in the afternoon and you’ll meet the man himself to receive a lesson in love and positivity and a big hug if you’re lucky! We heart Randy.”

“Get in quick before everyone else does,” she warns.

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Ali Trachta

Ali Trachta joyfully returned home to Pittsburgh after a long stint at LA Weekly. Most recently she served as its online editor as well as digital strategist for its parent company, Voice Media Group, which owns seven alt-weekly newspapers. She lives in Stanton Heights with her husband and little boy.