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An Independent Guide to Manchester

Planning a city break to Manchester? From eclectic restaurants to design-led hotels, there’s so much to discover between the colourful streets, industrial canals and historic music scene. Let us take you on a tour…

Where to Shop in Manchester

Manchester is a true haven for indie boutiques, offering everything from clothing stores that stock cult brands to homeware shops with carefully curated collections of unique finds.

Next to its bestselling jewellery collection, Nordic Muse curates a growing offering of leading Nordic brands for your space - all housed in one beautiful space in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.
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Shopping for your pup? Sticks & Socks helps you extend your sustainable lifestyle to your four-legged friends, with everything from eco dog treats to knitted dog toys and stylish accessories for your walkies.
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Fashion boutique Kjole is run by a mother-and-daughter duo, who aim to bring positivity and empowerment through their range of clothing. Expect brands like Rino and Pelle, Laines London and Pilgrim jewellery.
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Also situated in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, Beaumont Organic offers a refreshing take on women’s fashion, offering classic to contemporary styles crafted from responsibly sourced materials such as cotton, bamboo, linen and wool.
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This independent family lifestyle store is filled with beautiful items for kids, their mums and a loving home. Favourite brands include Madam Stoltz, Maileg, Hunter + Rose and many more.
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Located in Stockport, Still Life Story is more than worth a little detour from Manchester. The gorgeous boutique offers a collection of the most gorgeous products, brands and makers that owner Ruby discovered on her world travels.
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Where to Stay in Manchester

Our favourite hotels in Manchester offer more than just a place to sleep, with co-working spaces, buzzing cafés, great dining and more.

The Alan prides itself on being an experimental hotel, collaborating with artists, chefs, designers and forward-thinkers to create their space, which spans 137 rooms, a pop up space, restaurant, café and bar.

Whether you stay for the weekend or a couple of months, Locke Hotels have redefined modern accommodation. Set in a 19th Century cotton factory, the space is home to rental apartments alongside a conservatory bar, a co-working lounge and a packed calendar of events, pop-ups and fitness classes.

Design hotel Leven aims to create spaces that inspire you to live your best life. Located alongside vibrant canal street, check into one of their stylish bedrooms to start your trip to Manchester off on the right foot.

Where to Eat in Manchester

Manchester’s dining scene is constantly evolving, with the city now being home to some of the UK’s most innovative restaurants. Prepare to be wowed by tasty dishes enjoyed in gorgeous settings.

This café and bakery has been a go-to spot for breakfast, brunch and lunch in Manchester since 2011. Expect classic brunch staples alongside a monthly creative chef’s special bringing you the best of each season's produce.

Erst is an atmospheric wine bar and restaurant offering delicious small plates designed for sharing. The menu changes regularly depending on what's in season and the quality of the produce available.

Speciality coffee, shiny glazed donuts, daal to-go, Siop Shop is a neighbourhood café with colourful interiors to match its tasty treats.

Where to Drink in Manchester

From brewery hangouts to cool coffee shops and natural wine bars, enjoy your afternoons and evenings at Manchester’s best places for any kind of beverage.

Order a glass of natural wine from the colourful display at Kerb Wine to end a busy day in the city. This spot is a true local’s favourite - you heard it here first…

Need a little pick-me-up? Head to one of Just Between Friends’ two locations in Manchester, for pastries, sourdough, brownies, bagels and - of course - coffee seven days a week.

Looking for some fun evening plans? Manchester’s cool crowd hangs out at Track Brewery’s taproom to enjoy a cold one at events like their chess, cheese, beer and blues nights.

What to See in Manchester

Take some time out from the hustle and bustle and enjoy Manchester’s cultural hotspots, discover new neighbourhoods or escape to a bit of greenery.

For a dose of culture, head to the Manchester Art Gallery, which aims to open minds to the essential role of creativity with their displays of local and international art.

This new and vibrant garden neighbourhood is quickly becoming Manchester's coolest spots for meeting up with friends. Expect secret streets, independent food and drink and a green space for the entire city.

Enjoy a great day out of exploration, relaxation and fun at Heaton Park, an historic estate that spans 600 acres of parkland. Trusted Site