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57 Thomas Street

Bars & pubs

This unassuming bar is the City Centre home of Manchester's best-known microbrewery, Marble Beers. Unlike the beautiful surrounds of the Marble Arch Inn),...

57 Thomas Street

A Few Fine Things


You could be forgiven for thinking that a shop selling bespoke tweed and leather goods would be more at home in the Cotswolds, but A Few Fine Things'...

7 Oak Street

Abergeldie Café

Restaurants & cafés

While the nation's obesity levels are now threatening to sink our little island, some may still find a dirty thrill in willingly eating fried foods. Greasy...

40 Shudehill



At weekends, this four-floor alternative shopping institution crawls with disaffected teens - for a leisurely browse, go midweek. You'll find new designers,...

52 Church Street

Arndale Market


The recently refurbished weekly Arndale Market, which was once a grim repository of cheap tat, now offers speciality teas, organic breads, hot food and...

Arndale Centre, 49 High Street

Band on the Wall

Critics' choice

Band on the Wall, one of Manchester's best-loved music venues, has fought a long battle to get to where it is today. Although its musical pedigree dates...

25 Swan Street

Bikram Yoga Manchester

Sport, health & fitness

Not for the faint-hearted, this studio teaches Hatha yoga in a sweltering 40ºC (104ºF) heated room, the high temperature apparently protecting vulnerable...

Smithfield Building, 51 Church Street

Black Dog Ballroom

Bars & pubs

With its exposed brickwork, softly lit booths and crimson-felted pool tables, this basement bar is like a little piece of New York's Lower East Side...

Corner of Tib Street & Church Street

C Aston


There are very few good reasons not to give up smoking, but this shop is one of them. Its smell immediately transports you to Havana, and the place offers...

Unit 8


Bars & pubs

A wide range of continental beers and munchable, reasonably priced bar food make up a small part of Centro's kaleidoscopic appeal. Split over two floors,...

74 Tib Street

Chinese Arts Centre

Critics' choice

Established in 1986, this organisation occupies a specially designed building that was opened in 2003 and now acts as a national centre for the promotion of...

Market Buildings


Bars & pubs

A sure-fire bet in the Northern Quarter for consistently friendly staff serving quality drinks in a down-to-earth and lively environment. There's an...

39-41 Edge Street

Craft & Design Centre


This long-established creative hub continues to draw the best local talent. Each floor is lined with small shops and studios, and many traders design on...

17 Oak Street

Den Furniture


The perfect antidote to chain shops, Den stocks a mixture of its own made-to-order furniture and individual (and often 're-loved') vintage finds - all made...

42-44 Oldham Street

Dry Bar

Bars & pubs

A Northern Quarter mainstay long before the area's regeneration kicked in, this former Factory Records-owned bar was one of the first in the country. A must...

28-30 Oldham Street
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