While it may not be the biggest city in the UK, Manchester has culture, shopping and nightlife in abundance. Not to mention boutique hotels, award-winning restaurants and vibrant food festivals, too! Just a short train ride away from other must-visit cities Liverpool, Leeds and York, it’s also the perfect base for exploring the north. 

Here’s how to make the most of your stay in the bustling city break destination. 

What to do

Stock up on designer labels at Manchester’s King Street and Exchange Square where you’ll find Harvey Nichols, the Corn Exchange and other high-end stores. Want to find a bargain? The Northern Quarter’s vintage boutiques house plenty of fashion treasure! Manchester is bursting with things to do, including spas, historical libraries and cruises across the Manchester Ship Canal for fantastic views. The city’s guided tours are also recommended where they show you the historical and quirky parts of the city.

Manchester Canal

Enjoy a coffee by the water on Canal Street, Manchester.

Where to eat

With so much to see and do, why not fuel your energy with Manchester’s street food at lunch. Using local sourced ingredients expect quality food from tasty burritos, indulgent ice cream, hand-made exotic foods. The hardest thing on your trip would be choosing what to eat! To help you out, perhaps start off at Fire and Salt BBQ for traditional barbeque foods inspired by South America cuisine, followed by Ginger’s Comfort Emporium for award-winning ice cream with some very unusual, yet equally brilliant, flavours!

Fancy a spot of afternoon tea? Head for tempting Tea 42. With a delicious range of gluten-free sandwiches and cakes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Why not try a bespoke tea or a cheeky cocktail while you’re at it?


After a long day in the bustling city feel at home at the Aumbry, a cosy restaurant in a converted cottage – cute!

Where to stay

In the heart of the city lies Mercure Manchester Piccadilly hotel, with spectacular views of the Manchester skyline and exceptional service. The four star hotel starts from only £59 a night making it the perfect place to come back to after a tiring day exploring the city.

Want a home from home? Blue Rainbow Apartments in the heart of Manchester’s city centre offer just that! With luxury interiors at affordable prices, there’s plenty of room to relax and unwind in these spacious apartments.

Blue Rainbow offer one and two bedroom apartments

Blue Rainbow offer one and two bedroom apartments

For more info visit visitmanchester.com

By Hanaa Foura