It can be somewhat confusing at first to get around Manchester if you’re a first time visitor. So to help you out, here are some Manchester travel tips that should make your travel more enjoyable.
Know when to visit. There’s really no such thing as the “wrong” time of year to visit Manchester much like it is in Hawaii. But if you come here during a major football match, a huge concert or a popular annual event such as the Manchester Pride held during the August bank holiday weekend, hotel rates can be expensive—if you can find a room, that is. If possible, visit during late July or early August. Early January is also recommended if you want to find affordable hotel rates.
Start with Exchange Square. This area is always a good place to begin your exploration of the city. Many of Manchester’s best shops are nearby, you can always visit the spectacular cathedral, and the National Football Museum is also a fascinating visit. Then head on out to the Northern Quarter for some food and drinks.
Best coffee in the city. England is a country of tea drinkers, but many visitors are coffee fanatics. If you are looking for good coffee, you can go to Takk, which is also in the Northern Quarter. The coffee comes from The Barn in Berlin, the food is tasty, and the Icelandic décor offers you a quiet place for some work or relaxation.
Best sashimi. Looking for some great Japanese food? Head to Yuzu in Chinatown. They don’t serve sushi because they admit they don’t have a “sushi master” with the proper training. But the sashimi section of the menu is a sure delight.
Try some vinyl records. The Northern Quarter still has record shops for those who don’t quite appreciate mp3s as much as LPs. Vinyl Exchange on Hilton Street offers secondhand treasures, while Piccadilly Records on Oldham Street offers brand new releases on vinyl.
Nightlife. Aside from the Northern Quarter, you can also try the Deansgate Locks in the southern end of Deansgate Street. You can also head for the northern end, from King Street West to Blackfriars Street, where the bars are trendy and the music is played live.
Time is money. Another unique place to visit is the Ziferblat, where everything inside is free. You can drink coffee, eat cakes, read books and newspapers, play board games, enjoy Wi-Fi, or hold meetings. You just have to pay for the time you spend here, at a rate of 6p per minute.
Canal Street in Gay Village. This is one of the most vibrant gay hotspots in the world. During the day this stretch of road showcases cafés and restaurants. At night, these places turn into clubs and bars with gay owners at the helm.
Excellent art at the Whitworth Gallery. This place received the Museum of the Year Award in 2015, and its large collection includes works by Picasso and Van Gogh.
Arts and crafts paradise. Visit Fred Aldous on 37 Lever Street, which offers arts and crafts materials of every type. This shop has been open for almost 130 years!