I’ve visited Manchester a few times now and each time I love it even more. It’s always got so much going on, you could never be bored here, and the city has a great atmosphere. It feels completely different to other cities I’ve visited as it has such a mix of things to and see. After spending a few days there last week I wanted to share why I think everyone needs to visit Manchester.
1. Food and Drink
From fine dining restaurants, to delicious steakhouses, to independent cafes, Manchester has it all. Of course, it has every chain restaurant you could think of but it is so worth looking for somewhere a bit different to try. I would really recommend visiting Evelyn’s Café Bar, situated in the Northern Quarter. Its as if the place was just made to be Instagrammed and the food is amazing. I went for brunch and couldn’t have been more impressed. There’s also plenty of bars and pubs that are definitely worth a visit.
While there’s plenty of other things to do in Manchester, I still love to shop. In the city centre there’s the Arndale for all your high street shops and there’s also Harvey Nichols and Selfridges for something a bit special and the beauty halls are a must visit. Manchester is also full of smaller, independent retailers for when you’re looking for something a bit different.
You’re spoilt for choice when choosing somewhere to stay in Manchester as it has somewhere to suit all budgets – from fancy hotels to affordable hostels. This time we chose Staycity Aparthotel Piccadilly and I would really recommend it. We got an apartment with a separate kitchen/living room and bedroom. Even though we didn’t use the kitchen I loved having a bit more space of separate rooms and it’s a really good price as you aren’t paying for housekeeping everyday. The apartment was simple and pretty basic but styled really well in grey and yellow. It was also really clean – very important! I loved all the little touches while staying here – from friendly staff to how well presented the continental breakfast was.
4. The Northern Quarter
This is one of my favourite places as it’s really unique to Manchester. The area is developing and in between the old, industrial architecture you can find loads of indie shops, bars, and cafes that are great to visit if you like vintage clothing, some delicious food, or want to watch an upcoming band. It’s also home to Afflecks, an indoor market set over several floors full of vintage clothing stalls and indie boutiques, gift shops, and little cafes. It’s really a maze that you can spend a few hours exploring!
Manchester will always be famous for it’s music scene, which I’ve always loved, and plenty of shops and bars in the city reflect this. There’s always new bands to discover in Manchester or you can go and visit some famous venues from Manchester’s musical history. It’s also worth taking a tram to Media City at Salford Quays. This where BBC and ITV have their studios – and if you’re a Corrie super fan this is where they film! It’s also home to the Lowry gallery where you can see all the famous works of the Lancashire artist up close.
These are just a few of the reasons why I love visiting Manchester and I can’t wait for the next time I can go back!