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Earth Café

Restaurants & cafés

This vegan café, in the basement of the Manchester Buddhist Centre, serves food that's both fresh and, where possible, organic. The special platters are...

16-20 Turner Street

Fred Aldous


'Supplying the creative mind since 1861' states the sign. It doesn't sell opium, but Fred Aldous does offer a huge basement packed with everything the...

37 Lever Street

Frog & Bucket


The Frog has given an early boost to such comedians as Dave Gorman, Peter Kay and the inimitable Johnny Vegas over the years - a list the venue hopes to add...

102 Oldham Street

Greater Manchester Police Museum


An easily overlooked curiosity, this converted former police station - far larger than it looks from the outside - contains early CSI-style case histories,...

57a Newton Street

Hare & Hounds

Bars & pubs

This Grade II-listed building first opened as licensed premises in 1778; between the wooden panels, tiles and bar service bells, it's obvious that not much...

46 Shudehill



A short walk from Piccadilly station, Hatters offers hostel accommodation for backpackers and budget travellers. Rooms and facilities are basic, but added...

50 Newton Street

Hilton Chambers

Critics' choiceBudget

The Northern Quarter has little in the way of decent rooms, so hurray for Hilton Chambers. Part of the Hatters group, the accommodation falls somewhere...

15 Hilton Street

Koffee Pot

Restaurants & cafés

Home to arguably the best Full English in town, the Koffee Pot is where the city's creative types and bands head to when in need of a post-hangover fry-up....

21 Hilton Street

Light Aparthotel


The swanky Light Apartment Hotel includes an on-site spa, and the penthouse suites have rooftop jacuzzis.

20 Church Street



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

Manchester Buddhist Centre

Sport, health & fitness

One of the most beautifully refurbished warehouses in the Northern Quarter houses two shrine halls (one is open throughout the day for drop-in meditation),...

16-20 Turner Street

Market Restaurant

Restaurants & cafés

The unprepossessing decor here may underwhelm, but, as is so often the case in Manchester, appearance should not be read as an indicator of quality. The...

104 High Street

Matt & Phred's Jazz Club


A much-loved Oldham Street staple and Manchester's only live jazz club, Matt & Phred's also provides legendarily good pizza and cocktails. The cosy interior...

64 Tib Street

Mint Lounge


A venture of local promoters Electriks, Mint Lounge has grown from being the only burlesque bar in Manchester to a vibrant and varied club, popularly...

46-50 Oldham Street

Night & Day Café

Bars & pubs

Full of character, Night & Day is perfectly situated among Oldham Street's record shops: do some crate-digging, then head over for a relaxed beer and catch...

26 Oldham Street