Manchester has grown to be one of the most attarct8ve and popular destinations in the United Kingdom and the larger Europe. Recently, the city was recognized as one of the “Best in 2016” by Lonely Planet. Manchester has solidified its position as a reputable arts and cultural hub in the region. In addition to this, the industrial history of Manchester combined with its resurgence of culture makes it a must visit city not only in the UK but also in Europe.
Thanks to its celebrated music history and massive student population, Manchester has one of the most creative and diverse populations in the UK.
When you get to Manchester, there are lots of places that beckon for your attention amongst them:
Northern Quarter – Formerly a run-down area of ragtag squats and industrial warehouses, Northern Quarter is now home to trendy shops, underground basement clubs, and pretentious cafes. This makes the area lively.
Deansgate – This is a long street that comprises most of the biggest nightlife sports in Manchester. Towards the southern end of Deansgate is the Deansgate Locks which is a hub for Manchester’s nightlife. There are lots of live music venues and trendy bars on the northern end of Deansgate.
Chorlton – This is one of the newest and vibrant hipster neighborhoods in Manchester. It is located on the southwestern part of the city and can be easily accessed by both the Metrolink and bus. The centre of action in Chorlton is the Beech Road which has lots of cool bars that serve local grub and trendy cocktails.
Manchester has a growing startup tech scene which has largely contributed to a new wave of coffee shops and working spaces all around the city particularly on the Northern Quarter neighborhood. While some of the cafes close early, restaurants double up as bars and club venues at night. The following are some of the popular cafes and restaurants you may want to visit.
Takk – This is an Iceland-inspired coffee house serving topnotch coffee and super tasty food. If you are a fan of smashed avocado and chipotle ketchup or Mediterranean sandwiches, this is the joint to visit. You can also work from here.
Foundation Coffee House – Measuring approximately 3500 feet, this joint sells a variety of healthy juices, yummy cakes, and lots of coffee.
North Tea Power – This is a popular café serving high quality coffees, loose leaf teas, salads, delectable sweets, soups, and cheese sandwiches. It has a superb ambiance consisting of an electric mix of furniture, industrial light fittings and stripped wood.
Other joints to visit include Home Sweet Homes, Northern Soul Grilled Cheese, and Ziferblat.
With approximately 2.6 million people, Manchester is UK’s largest city. It has lots of great entertainment options which form a major attraction not only for Brits but also other people around the world. The BBC Media City is one of the favorite attractions particularly for journalists and media enthusiasts. There are also a number of festivals that run each year in Manchester including Biennial International Festival that celebrates arts and the LGBT Pride Festival which is among the UK largest festivals.
Among the museum and cultural centres to visit include Home, Whitworth Gallery, Contact, The Lowry, and the People’s History Museum.
The working class heritage in Manchester and its new found Bohemian sub-culture, make shopping such an exciting experience in the city. There are many High Street shops throughout the city and the Northern Quarter leads in alternative and independent shops. One of the most unique attractions in Manchester is the Afflecks Shopping Centre which is a multi-shop building stocking everything from cereal cafes to barber shops. Others include MAGMA, Oi Polloi, Picadilly Records, and the over 128 years old Fred Aldous.
Because of the drinking Notthern English culture, Manchester is teemed with pubs and clubs which together create a thriving night life. Thanks to legendary Mancunian artists, Manchester has loads of live music. Among the nightlife joints to visit once you are in Manchester include The Temple, Gorilla Bar, Soup Kitchen, The Factory, and Fab Café.
If you find yourself in Manchester and looking for a place to stay, there are a number of world class hotels in the city as well as backpacker-friendly budget accommodation. Hotels such as Hotel Gotham, INNSIDE Manchester, and Hotel Novotel Manchester Centre are a great choice.