Ay up our kid! Our wonderwall (woops, we mean wonderful) Manchester Store team are here to give you all the gossip on trams, canals and everything in between in our Irregular guide to Manchester!
What hotels/accommodation offer the most uplifting stay?
The Gotham Hotel is just STUNNING if you really want to push the boat out! With a rooftop infinity pool which grants you gorgeous views across Manchester’s skyline.
Where do you go for a yummy breakfast?
If you want to stay in the city centre, Gorilla (just off Oxford Road, opposite the Ritz) does the most amazing full English! Plus if you fancy popping back for a few cocktails, the bar/eatery makes incredible cocktails and has a well-stocked gin bar.
If you fancy jumping on a Bury-bound tram, take yourself to Cuckoo in Prestwich for coffee and brunch, our store manager Charlotte’s favourite Sunday morning haunt.
Most quirky coffee shop?
Manchester has some incredible independent coffee shops with Pot Kettle Black in Barton Arcade being a personal favourite of the team. If you fancy wandering towards the Northern Quarter, there is Teacup Kitchen, Fig and Sparrow, Koffee Pot and North Tea Power. If you prefer to drink tea, visit Sugar Junction for cake and specially blended loose leaf teas.
Most amazing flavours of Icecream?
The are some great ice cream parlours which have popped up across the city centre in recent years – all serving a variety of delicious flavours -we can't pick!
What's the most irregular place to go to eat?
If afternoon tea takes your fancy, most definitely pay a visit to Richmond Tearooms in the Gay Village. It is Alice in Wonderland themed and just gorgeous.
If you’re looking for somewhere to go for dinner, the Corn Exchange houses several restaurants in one place like The Cozy Club, Cabana, Mowgli, and Salvi’s Traditional Italian Deli.
If you prefer one of a kind, we definitely recommend going on a trip to the Northern Quarter where you can find Home Sweet Home, Solita, and Evelyns.
Local delicacy we mustn’t miss?
Bury Black Pudding!
What do you consider your most beautiful street?
King Street in the middle of Spring is just beautiful. The blossom on the trees, with the sun streaming through the petals is just gorgeous.
Where do you wander to get inspired?
When the sun shines and the blossom blooms, we love to sit on Parsonage Gardens for our lunch break. It’s a little hidden-gem of green space, tucked away.
Where to go to experience your culture first hand?
Manchester has some incredible theatres and hidden art spaces. The Royal Exchange Theatre is a theatre in the round, where you can see a beautiful interpretation of some well-known classics. It is also a great place to see quirky one-off plays, with Maxine Peake, Suranne Jones and Julie Hesmondhalgh as their stars.
Best park to see colourful flowers?
Heaton park, a 10-minute tram ride out of the city centre, is 600 acres of beauty. From the historic Heaton Hall based inside the grounds to the farm and the surrounding grounds, you would do well to find anything quite as beautiful.
Most fun to have with kids?
The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is incredible and charts the amazing part Manchester played in the Industrial Revolution!
Where to dance like nobody's watching?
Satan’s Hollow! Unleash your inner goth and rock out to your favourite old skool punk, emo, metal and rock classics!
What area would you say an Irregular girl would love to shop in?
The Northern Quarter has some fab vintage shops, and Affleck's Palace is an incredible place to find some amazing hidden gems!