Monday, 5 May 2014

A Few Of My Favourite Places: Northern Quarter, Manchester

I've lived in Manchester for nearly three years now and I've been meaning to do a post about my favourite places for so long, so I took advantage of this Bank Holiday weekend and ventured into town to take some snaps. My camera ran out of battery after the first photo though sadly so these aren't as good as I'd like them to be, but they do the job!

I've focused on the Northern Quarter for this post (there may be more to come in the future!), it's a section of the city that's full off little bars, cafes, vintage shops and record shops. Full of my favourite things!

Here's a few of my favourite places...

Ryan's Vintage

48-50 Oldham Street, Manchester

This is one of my oldest haunts, I used to spend hours in here hunting through the rails of vintage treasure! I venture in there every time I have a spare half an hour, and always leave with a bag crammed full of vintage clothes and accessories.

They have everything from vintage dresses and antique tennis rackets to old school football shirt and cowboy boots, it's pretty reasonable too which is always nice. Plus, they have cheeky Frank Sidebottom graffiti just outside, the most Manchester thing possible.

To find out more info, take a look at their Facebook page here

The Castle

66 Oldham Street, Manchester

I was introduced to The Castle years ago by my good friend Kat and it instantly became my go to pub. It has quite a country pub feel for a city pub which I like, plus there's loads of ales, cider and savoury treats to be had! It's perfect for a winter drink, it's super cosy and they even have a piano if you fancy tinkling the ivories.

They also have regular gigs and a pretty awesome jukebox, not too shabby. It's owned by someone who used to be in Coronation Street, the second most Manchester thing possible.

If you go, try out a Manchester Egg, it's like a Scotch egg but with a Manchester twist, I'll let the twist be a surprise!

Visit their website for more info. They also have a pub in Salford called The Eagle Inn which is another of mine (and Guy Garvey's!) favourites.

Night & Day 

26 Oldham Street

Formerly a chip shop and gig hybrid, now one of the places to play in Manchester. So many bands, from I Am Kloot to the first line up of Kaiser Chiefs have graced the stage (and worked behind the bar), it's become part of Manchester's music history.

It's a great place to go for a relaxed gig, you can either get stuck in at the front or have a cheeky glass of wine at the back of the venue, I always like to have the choice!

They also do food throughout the day and DJ sets throughout the night, they hence the name...

For more info and to find out what's on, visit their site here.

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

17 Oak Street, Manchester

This is one of my favourite places to buy jewellery and little crafty bits from, it's a big building with small, independent shops in it. They have everything from perspex jewellery to handmade cards, it's perfect if you're looking to treat yourself to something unique or to get someone a thoughtful present. Most of the designers run the shops themselves so you can find out more about the products in person or get something bespoke made if you ask nicely!

They also have a lovely cafe that does yummy cake, workshops and regular exhibitions, what's not to like? It's like a little break from the city,  a nice little slice of calm.

For more info, take a look at their site or just take a trip down to see it in person!

Home Sweet Home

49-51 Edge Street

Home Sweet Home does a little bit of everything, there's generally something to suit everyone! There's not only amazing coffee and cake, but there's comfort food in the form of pulled pork, cocktails, a Moroccan inspired, heated courtyard, milkshakes (and hardshakes!). What's not to like?

We generally venture here at the beginning of a night out with friends or for a little (read: massive) slice of cake for a catch up, it's a bit lovely.

I love Common too which is just next door, but there was scaffolding all around it so I didn't fancy taking a photo!

For further info, visit their site here.

To find out more about the Northern Quarter in general, visit their site here! I'm not the best person to ask about hotels as I live here but I generally use a comparison site like this one to find somewhere to stay!

This won't be my last guide for sure, this is the start of many! Do you have favourite places in Manchester? Let me know if you do! We're always looking for our new favourite place.


  1. I've never been to the Craft & Design centre, but I'm hoping to go there soon.
    I honestly don't explore Manchester enough. Every now and then I'll try to go to different places, but I usually just end up in the Arndale.
    Rubi x
    The Den

  2. Lived in Manchester since October and only been to Home Sweet Home from this list/ Definitely want to check the other places out now, especially Ryans Vintage!
    Becca from Becca Said x

  3. Great write up Clare. Home Sweet Home is really sweet, though they need to stock better root beer than just AW, come on!

    Buckets & Spades

  4. sounds like a great place! have been there twice but haven't explored the area properly. plan to one day though! I really like the sound of the craft & design centre, will definitely be right up my street.

    Katrina Sophia Blog


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