Since visiting Manchester a few years ago for the first time, I have made a point to try and head there each year for a weekend stay. I immediately fell in love with the creative and exciting city, and always look forward to going back.
Manchester is home to some of my favourite places to eat, drink and spend time so I wanted to share them with you and hopefully add them to your must-visit list!
This was always going to be top of the list because it’s my all-time favourite restaurant. Whenever I am in MCR, I eat at Bundobust a number of times because I just cannot get enough of the variety of delicious dishes!
Bundobust is an incredible Indian street food restaurant and craft beer bar in the centre. It’s currently open in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds so if you can get to one of their spaces I highly recommend visiting.
The okra fries and egg bhurji are out of this world!
Having visited V-Rev back when it was a small and simple vintage-styled diner, it’s awesome to see how it has grown and developed over the years.
V-Rev is an awesome diner-style restaurant serving up delicious vegan junk food including burgers, hot dogs, fries and more. The flavours are incredible and they’re able to recreate some of the best dishes without any animal-based products! Win-win.
This is usually one of the first places I head when I get into Manchester. I hop off the train after a 4 hour journey and I am definitely ready for a great coffee!
I’m excited to try a few more coffee shops around Manchester but Foundation is a lovely place to sit and relax. The huge, open and industrial style building and décor is effortlessly cool and I love the little tradition I’ve made of heading straight there to welcome in the beginning of my MCR trip.
Deceptively small from the front (it took me ages to find it the first time around!), Jimmy’s is definitely one of the coolest bars I have ever been to.
Alongside the great range of beers and cocktails, the bar is also a venue putting on live music. It’s got a proper rock ‘n’ roll vibe and is full of neon lights. Grab yourself a drink and enjoy the atmosphere!
The Northern Quarter
If you’re ever in Manchester, the NQ should be top of your list of places to visit. It’s the creative heart of MCR and full of amazing bars, restaurants, cafes and quirky shops.
Whenever I’m in the city I spend a lot of time in and around the Norther Quarter so I highly recommend spending a day exploring the area. It’s great for graffiti-spotting too!
One of the main reasons I visit MCR is to get tattooed by one of my favourite tattoo artists, Hannah Clark. Now based in Chinatown, RCTC is a collection of some of the best tattoo artists around.
If you’re into traditional, fun tattoos then get yourself booked in with Hannah. Her ladies are the best!
I haven’t been lucky enough to get tattooed at Tooth and Talon (yet!) but I will be rectifying that as soon as possible.
The studio is home to some of my favourite tattoo artists in the UK including Dan Morris, Alex Frazer and Harriet Heath. Whether you like creative designs, colourful pieces or gothic blackwork tattoos then check out Tooth and Talon.
NM is an independent brewery based in Holbeck, Leeds but they have also opened a bar in Manchester.
Although I haven’t actually been there yet, it’s top of my list of places to visit on my next trip. The space looks right up my street and I can’t wait to pop in so I thought it deserved an honourable mention on the list.
The John Rylands Library is a late-Victorian neo-Gothic building which opened to the public in 1990. It’s an absolutely stunning building that is well worth a visit just to appreciate the deep red brick work.
It’s free to visit, and inside you’ll find unique collections of art, books and historical objects. You can spend a good while here just wandering around appreciating the artefacts inside and the stunning architecture outside.
This such a fun place to visit if you enjoy a cocktail or two.
The Liars Club is an underground tiki bar with tropical vibes and an exciting menu of cocktails – including those that are set on fire right in front of you!
It’s a great place to start or end a night out in Manchester.
Would you like to visit Manchester?
Hopefully this blog will have given you some new ideas of place to visit in Manchester (or convinced you to pay a visit to this wonderful city!).
Let me know if you’re planning to go or if you have any recommendations for places that I should check out on my next trip.