A weekend in ManchesterFriday 31 July 2015 by Vicci Hollies Manchester has emerged in recent years as a vibrant and happening city – full of trendy bars, fancy coffee shops and a burgeoning art and music scene.
One of the best things about Manchester is that you’re always discovering something new, so although we’ve included some of our favourites on the list, one of the best things to do is to explore and find your own gems!
Treat yourself to a fancy coffee and trendy breakfast at the Fig and Sparrow. Be warned though, they’re loaves of sour-dough bread are delicious and the café doubles up as a shop, so you might end up spending more than you budgeted for, if, like us, you can’t resist handmade gifts and the smell of bread fresh from the oven!
Next up, head to the opposite side of town to the Lowry Theatre to browse the exhibitions and marvel at the building itself. The Lowry has a brilliant restaurant and bar as well, so grab yourself a coffee and cake, or if you’re feeling peckish, treat yourself to some food too. Just across the canal you’ll find the Imperial War Museum North which has a fascinating wartime exhibition with a focus on the impact of the war on the north of England.
After heading back across the city and perhaps freshening up at your apartment, it’s time to head out for dinner. Grill on New York Street serves up some of the best steak in Manchester (not for the vegetarians out there!) and best of all, SACO guests get 20% off! If steak isn’t quite your thing, try out Evuna, a Spanish tapas bar that serves the most delicious tapas in the city, and the wine isn’t bad either!
Manchester has endless places to go for drinks, but it all depends what mood you’re in. All Star Lanes is a bowling alley which also serves delicious cocktails, perfect if you’re someone who needs an activity… If you’d rather have a dance, head to The Liars Club, a Tiki bar with brilliant Caribbean cocktails! If you’re more of a beer drinker, The Molly House is a real ale pub and does what it says on the tin - delicious ales, most of which are brewed locally in the city.
A proper greasy spoon is what’s needed if there’s a chance you had one too many cocktails last night, so head to Linda’s Pantry or the Koffee Pot for some of the best breakfasts in Manchester. Generous portions and both are only a short walk from your apartment!
For the Harry Potter fans out there, a trip to John Rylands Library is a must. Stuffed full of ancient manuscripts, the building itself is a Gothic masterpiece, so you can pretend you really are at Hogwarts! If you’ve got a more sciency mind, head to MOSI, the Museum of Science and Industry which showcases the development of science, technology and industry over time and has a particular focus on the role Manchester has played in the field.
For lunch, the Urban Cookhouse is on the list, it’s a New York loft-style restaurant specialising in delicious home-cooked food in a beautiful converted shipping warehouse. Stop off for afternoon tea at the Richmond Tea Rooms before browsing the trendy shops and boutiques of the Northern Quarter.
For dinner, head to Wasabi, a delicious sushi restaurant in the Northern Quarter. Not only is the sushi delicious the noodles are fabulous and there’s plenty of choice for the fussiest of eaters!
You can’t go to Manchester without stopping off at the Circus Tavern, even if just to say you’ve been there. Converted from a public loo into a pub, it’s the smallest pub in the UK! Pop in for a quick half before heading home!
Don’t forget to let us know if you think we’ve missed something out!