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Johnny Roadhouse

Shops

Trading from the same premises for over 50 years, Johnny Roadhouse is a rite of passage for every Manc musician and wannabe. Johnny himself passed away in...

123 Oxford Road

Kingbee Records

Shops

Record shops are ten a penny in Manchester - but some still achieve legendary status. Despite sitting on an anonymous suburban drag, Kingbee is the...

519 Wilbraham Road

Magma

Shops

Though this is a small chain, Magma retains the feel of an independent bookshop, with obscure and glossy photographic and art books. Some of the...

24 Oldham Street

Mappin & Webb

Shops

A proper - and proper pricey - jewellers, Mappin & Webb proves that diamonds really are a girl's best friend. And so are watches, earrings, pendants,...

12-14 St Ann Street

McQueen

Shops

Not to be confused with the late fashion designer, McQueen is a small, independent boutique with hand-picked stock featuring up-and-coming labels,...

54 Beech Road

No Angel

Shops

With its hot-pink chaise longue, wooden floors and gargantuan mirror, No Angel could be a high-end boutique. It's much cooler than that, though - and much...

20 Oldham Street

Northern Flower

Shops

A flower shop with personal service and knowledgeable staff is something of a rarity in a world where the choice is often limited to wilted garage...

58 Tib Street

Oi Polloi

Shops

Oi Polloi seems to have the menswear market nailed, as the recent move to a new (and bigger) store on Thomas Street would suggest. It offers a selection of...

63 Thomas Street

Oklahoma

Critics' choice
Shops

If a giant piñata were to explode in Manchester, the results might resemble Oklahoma. Defying categorisation, this airy, wooden-floored shop-cum-café stocks...

74-76 High Street

Oliver Sweeney

Shops

This modern store, with its glazed façade and lime-green decor, looks futuristic, but the wares are traditional. Perfectly placed for Spinningfields' suited...

Unit G21

Piccadilly Records

Critics' choice
Shops

A Manchester institution, Piccadilly is a much loved, old-fashioned independent record shop. As well as a huge choice of classic vinyl, it stocks the newest...

53 Oldham Street

Pixie

Shops

A place like this could probably only work in Didsbury - the flashy, moneyed part of Manchester - as it appeals to mothers who don't believe in cheap and...

6 Albert Hill Street

Pop

Shops

Pop is a student institution, selling original and recreated '60s and '70s styles upstairs, including jeans, cute tops and cotton dresses. The basement is...

34-36 Oldham Street

Pretty Green

Shops

Liam Gallagher may be better known for his music, but the former Oasis singer recently revealed an unexpected aptitude for high-fashion menswear too. The...

81 King Street

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