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Agent Provocateur

Critics' choice
Shops

One word: gorgeous. (For men, the one word is 'phwoar'.) But there's nothing sleazy about AP's beautifully constructed lingerie. The shop's interior suits...

Manchester Club, Unit GA

Chaophraya

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

Chaophraya might be decorated with the standard array of orchids, Buddha statuettes and bamboo that characterises Thai eateries, but the food is anything...

19 Chapel Walks

Hotel Chocolat

Critics' choice
Shops

Chocolate. In beautiful, minimalist black packaging, sprinkled with such enticements as swirls of cream, dried raspberries and orange peel. It's a long way...

Arndale Centre, Northern Extension

John Rylands Library

Critics' choice
Attractions

Despite giving the impression of near-medieval antiquity, this glorious building is in fact just over a century old, having first opened in 1900. Among its...

150 Deansgate
FreeMajor venue

Lowry

Critics' choice
Hotels

The hotel of choice for visiting actors, politicians and Premiership footballers, the Lowry is Manchester's original five-star hotel. The address may be...

50 Dearmans Place

Manchester Art Gallery

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

The gallery is home to some stunning Pre-Raphaelite art; highlights from the three floors of its permanent collection include Rossetti's Astarte Syriaca,...

Mosley Street
Free

People's History Museum

Critics' choice
Museums

Reopened in 2010 after a £12.5 million development, Manchester's only national museum is dedicated to telling a 200-year tale of British democracy. Dry and...

Left Bank
Free

Purple Pussycat

Critics' choice
Clubs

The name and the neon outside suggest something seedier than the cheeky electro- and funk-oriented disco within this club. The strip-joint theme continues...

19A Back Bridge St

Ran

Critics' choice
Shops

This hard-to-find pair of shoe and clothing shops rewards perseverance. Small premises house an eclectic mix of shoes on one side of St Ann's Arcade, and...

8 St Ann's Arcade

Royal Exchange

Critics' choice
Theatre

The Exchange, once the world's biggest commercial trading floor, has its history writ large on its interior - literally, as cotton prices are still posted...

St Ann's Square

Sam's Chop House

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

If you fancy traditional British cooking, then Sam's is the place to go. It might be a beautiful old pub, but you don't go there for the Victorian tiles....

Chapel Walks

Selfridges

Critics' choice
Shops

It would be a crime not to guide the discerning visitor to Selfridges; five floors of loveliness, desirability and luxury. The basement food hall is worth a...

1 Exchange Square

South

Critics' choice
Clubs

South reopened in 2010, redesigned by Ben Kelly of Haçienda and FAC251 fame. The old space has been modernised - the new additions include a bespoke...

4a South King Street

TK Maxx

Critics' choice
Shops

For designer bargains, TK Maxx is unbeatable. Dedicate at least two hours to searching through the endless racks of last-season and surplus stock designer...

51-55 Market Street