TASTE fish tacos, sip kumquat cocktails and lose hours browsing the city’s indie boutiques, says beauty editor Tara Ledden.
Here she reveals the best places to visit in Manchester.
Manchester is a treasure trove of quirky independent shops.
Visit the Northern Quarter and iconic Afflecks, a wonderful trading center for eclectic goods.
This three-story maze of small brand boutiques is the perfect getaway for rainy afternoons (Afflecks.com).
Close by, Fred Aldous stocks an abundance of crafts and photography supplies (Fredaldous.co.uk).
Meanwhile, Deadstock General Store has unusual gifts and unique homewares (Bindlestore.com).
Look out for the beautifully ornate Barton Arcade between Deansgate and St Ann’s Square, which is home to fabulous indie menswear stores like R Store (Therstore.com) as well as Classic Football Shirts, which sell retro football tops from around the world (Classicfootballshirts ). co.uk).
Indulge in cider tapas
Built from shipping containers, Escape To Freight Island is home to six bars and ten restaurants.
Make your way to Madres Baja Fish Tacos, £8 – they’re a collaboration between Liverpool favorites Belzan and Volpi and London’s Breddos Tacos.
DJs, comedians and bands also perform five nights a week (Escapetofreightisland.com).
In the center of town, Mackie Mayor is packed with long tables flanked by stalls serving every type of cuisine imaginable – be sure to order the pork belly bao at New Wave Ramen, £9.
After a seated meal? Head to El Gato Negro on King Street for great tapas.
Take a seat on the first floor opposite the kitchen and order whatever comes along, especially the small Catalan chorizo with Aspall cider, £8.50 (Elgatonegrotapas.com).
Glug wine cocktails
Brawling entertainment, roaring fires and overflowing tankards bring Oktoberfest spirit to Albert Schloss (Albertsschloss.co.uk) all year round.
Fancy cocktails? Beat three little words in the historical arc of The Spirit Of Manchester Distillery.
Grab a cozy corner to sip on creations like Make Me Blush, an elderflower, kumquat and rhubarb fizz, £11.50 (Threelittlewordsmcr.co.uk).
Meanwhile, things don’t get much more relaxed than Arlo’s – a café by day, bar by night, where the wine cocktails, £9.50, are as dangerous and delicious as they sound (Arlosmcr.com).
Get your geek on
Culture lovers should visit the John Rylands Research Institute and Library.
It’s free, full of ancient artifacts, and the interiors look like something out of Harry Potter (Library.manchester.ac.uk).
From February 2023 the Manchester Museum will reopen and as it previously hosted an extensive living frog exhibition it is sure to have some unique collections (museum.manchester.ac.uk).
For some light-hearted fun, try Treetop Adventure Golf at The Printworks, with its two 18-hole rainforest-themed mini-golf courses, £10.50 per adult.
Don’t worry, there’s also a bar (Adventuregolf.com).
Grab an apartment
As the world’s first industrial city, there’s now no shortage of red brick warehouses converted into cool spots like the Native Places Aparthotel on Ducie Street, less than a five-minute walk from Piccadilly Station.
In addition to the chic apartments, it offers a bar, restaurant, gym, cinema, café-deli, florist and bakery.
Oh and they are dog friendly.
Come for breakfast, order the stack of pancakes, £8.50 – you won’t be disappointed.
Apartments start from £107 per night (Nativeplaces.com).
The suffragette movement began in Manchester.
Visit the Pankhurst Centre, the former family home of Emmeline Pankhurst where the first meeting took place (Pankhurstmuseum.com).
Plan your trip at Visitmanchester.com.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/20428407/eclectic-restaurants-shops-museums-hotels-manchester/ Fom eclectic restaurants, to bars, shops, museums and hotels – Manchester has it all