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Blue Cat Café

Critics' choice
Music

The Blue Cat is a little enclave of city bohemia picked up and transplanted to the 'burbs. It proudly showcases the best new bands, both local and touring,...

17 Shaw Road

Electrik

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Before Electrik, Chorlton's barlife was obstinately focused on the salubrious but secluded Beech Road area. Electrik heralded a shift back to the arterial...

559a Wilbraham Road

Fletcher Moss Gardens

Critics' choice
Attractions

Donated to the public by Alderman Moss in 1914, these lovely gardens - stretching across some 21 acres in the suburbs - are notable for their rare plant...

Wilmslow Road
Free

Greens

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

After a visit to Greens, it's more or less compulsory for carnivores to declare: 'I loved it, and I'm not even vegetarian.' The short set menu (three...

43 Lapwing Lane

Isinglass

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

Suburban Urmston is the unlikely home of Isinglass, one of Manchester's most impressive restaurants. The name refers to a gelatin-like substance made from...

46 Flixton Road

Lowry

Critics' choice
Art, Comedy, Dance, Museums, Music, Theatre

A long way from the grimly functional mill buildings so often captured by its eponymous subject and raison d'être, the Lowry marked a tipping point for the...

Pier 8
Free

Manchester Monastery

Critics' choice
Attractions

Designed by Edward Pugin and built between 1863 and 1867, this spectacular piece of ecclesiastical architecture, which was originally the Monastery of St...

Gorton Lane
Free

Marble Beer House

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Small and intimate, this pub has a nice line in reclaimed furniture and an ever-changing choice of guest beers. There's a well-stocked chiller, with some...

57 Manchester Road

Sifters

Critics' choice
Shops

Enjoying the timeless publicity of a mention in an Oasis song (Mr Sifter in 'Shakermaker'), this small second-hand record shop emits a high-pitched...

177 Fog Lane

Whitehouse Manor

Critics' choice
Hotels

Leafy land of footballers' wives and long gravel drives, Prestbury is 20 miles from Manchester, but worth the journey if your destination is the Whitehouse....

New Road