Nine independent kitchens and bars have created one of the most vibrant and beautiful places to eat and drink in the city, let alone the Northern Quarter. A vast food hall housed inside an 1858 Grade II listed market building, Mackie Mayor is perfect whether you're after a fresh pizza, grilled meats and fish, a vegan brunch - there's something for every palate. And if it's just a nice bottle of wine or a craft ale you're after, there's that too.
You know what it's like - you wait years for a great neighbourhood to come along and suddenly two come at once! And whilst that might be a slight exageration, given they've been around for years, it's certainly true that the Northern Quarter and neighbouring Ancoats have recently taken great strides and really upped the city's game. And whilst Ancoats is still in it's honeymoon period as a cooler than cool place to hang out, the Northern Quarter feels more established, with so much more than great bars and restaurants on offer.
Established, yes, but far from tired or old hat, some of it's venues and appeal having lasted longer than current trends, tastes and fads, with cultural venues, live music and great shopping keeping it fresh.
And now, with much of it pedestrianised, the Northern Quarter has never been easire to spspend some easy time in. Here are te best reasons to do just that.