Manchester City Centre

You will definitely not fall short of things to do when visiting the city centre of Manchester. Home to some of the most exciting events and thrilling attractions, there are plenty of things to discover. Not forgetting the beautiful gothic architecture and both historical and contemporary museums which are a must see. Manchester is rich in history with Manchester playing a vital role in the British Suffragettes movement and the Industrial Revolution, which consequently is the reason Manchester is the bustling city that it is today.


Manchester city centre is renowned for its amazing shopping district, with Arndale Centre accommodating many popular high street stores. Step out to the city and you will find huge department stores selling some of the most sought-after designer brands and popular international brands. Shoppers will definitely not leave the city disappointed – or empty handed.

Eating & Drinking

The city also has a huge reputation for its fantastic food and beverage scene, with an extravagant and extensive range of specialties to cater to all. The city is always growing with new bars and restaurants opening weekly, visitors will always be welcomed with new experiences. Whether you are looking for an amazing fine dining experience or the best tasting brunch at Federal Cafe Bar, the city is packed with options to suit any mood.

Northern Quarter

The Northern Quarter has been transformed into the Hub for alternate and bohemian culture in Manchester and can be argued to be the trendiest neighbourhood within the area. The city embraces its award winning creative industry, with designers flaunting their unique creations at the vibrant indoor markets. 

Explore more of the Northern Quarter and become immersed in incredible architecture, with vibrant street art filling the rest of the streets. Here you will find vintage fashion boutiques, independent cafes and buzzing restaurants, no wonder it has previously been named as Britain’s best neighbourhood. 

With fashionable bars, lively music venues and busy bustling streets filled with people spilling out the quirky bars, the Northern Quarter is the place to be for an unforgettable night out.

Eating & Drinking in the Northern Quarter

Make sure to make a stop off at Mackie Mayor whilst in the Northern Quarter, a cosmopolitan food hall enclosed in an 1858 Grade II listed building, which was once an active market area. Offering an eclectic range of foods to suit each and everyone of its visitors. From breakfast to brunch, you sure won’t leave here with an empty stomach. Fancy a cheeky drink to wash it down after? Well you’re spoilt for choice. Grab yourself an ice cold pint, refreshing glass of wine or a quick pick me up from a local coffee roaster.

With The Northern Quarter being one of the best places in the city for independent and eccentric bars, we thought we would fill you in on some of our favourite spots. First up is Behind Closed Doors, hidden beneath The Northern Quarter, this little secret bar is the perfect place for an unusual yet exciting night out. Playing Boogie, Soul & Up Beat Funk all night long, you sure won’t forget your experience here! Even ordering your drinks isn’t as normal as it seems.

Another of our favourites is Cane & Grain, an alternative bar which consists of three very distinctive drinking experiences, all under one roof. You need to experience this bar to believe it. Finally is Terrace NQ, one of the liveliest places to be in the Northern Quarter. With four outdoor seating areas, this place is the perfect spot to socialise with friends, especially on those sunny days.

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