5 Things to do in Manchester

5 Things to do in Manchester

Manchester. London’s cooler (and more affordable) little brother. Located in the north-west of England, Manchester is a hub for creativity and community. Having stayed true to its industrial past (as you can see back in its amazing architecture) mixed up with cool and innovative little businesses - Manchester is THE place to be. Visiting Manchester soon? Here are five spots you should definitely check out.

5-Shop in Afflecks Palace

The Northern Quarter is Manchester’s creative district. Filled with pubs, coffee shops and small independent businesses, it’s a place that should be on your list. My favourite place in the entire Northern Quarter is Afflecks Palace. This indoor market is basically a huge building in which tons of awesome businesses are located. Every room is another shop and they all have really cool and unique things to sell. From vintage clothing, retro video games, crystals and jewellery to an American Candy shop and a Cereal Bar.

Afflecks Palace

Afflecks Palace

Idle Hands

Idle Hands

4-Coffee break in Idle Hands

While in the Northern Quarter, have a little caffeine break at Idle Hands. Manchester has 40+ coffee shops, so picking your favourite can be tough. Especially in the Northern Quarter, it seems like there are at least 2 coffee shops on every street corner! But Idle Hands matches great coffee with a lovely atmosphere, making it the perfect place for a quick stop. They also have a lovely selection of pastries.

3-Visit Manchester Cathedral

On we go to our next stop: Manchester Cathedral. Apart from the cool hipster-ish places, Manchester also has a lot of culture to offer. The cathedral in Manchester is free to enter. After your visit, you can grab a pint at Manchester’s oldest pub: the Oyster Bar, which is located just outside the Cathedral. 

John Rylands Library

John Rylands Library

View from Cloud23

View from Cloud23

2-Visit John Rylands library

Another culture hotspot in Manchester is John Rylands Library. This late-Victorian neo-Gothic building can be found on Deansgate. Just like Manchester’s town hall, this building gives you those real Harry Potter vibes. J.K. Rowling actually got the idea for Harry Potter on a delayed train from Manchester to London. It makes me think that the architecture in Manchester definitely played a role in sparking the idea!


1-Drinks in Cloud23

End your day at Cloud23. This bar is located on the 23th floor of the Hilton Hotel on Deansgate. Drinks might be on the expensive side, but you get an amazing view across the city. If you want to avoid crowds, you might wanna go during the afternoon on Friday and Saturday - but usually they have enough space to seat you. After walking into the Hilton Hotel, you can find a seperate elevator taking people up to the bar. It only has two stops: floor 23 and the ground floor!

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