So, you’ve made the excellent decision to take a mini-break in Manchester. The northern powerhouse known for its liberalism, culture and football prowess promises a stellar city break.
Not sure how to make the most of everything Manchester has to offer? Not to worry, at DMT, we have curated the perfect 24-hour itinerary to ensure you have a belting time in our rainy home. Thank us later!
1. Have a relaxed lunch at Mackie Mayor
You've made it, and now it's time to kick back and enjoy yourself! Drop those bags and head to the culinary cornucopia of Mackie Mayor. Sequestering itself in the brick walls of the old Smithfield produce market, Mackie Mayor has become the home of relaxed communal dining and a place to sample the fare from some of the city's most talked-about vendors. Dig into steaming noodles at New Wave Ramen, wood-fired pizza from Honest Crust or moreish tacos & frozen margaritas from Pico's. Once you've had your street food fill, wash it all down with a glass of rosé from local wine legends, Reserve Wines, or a frothing coffee from master brewers Atkinsons.
2. Discover Sporting Legends
In 2019 alone, the exhilaration of the premier league brought 1.5 million football tourists to the UK, and Manchester is their premier destination. Boasting two world-class football clubs, Manchester United FC and Manchester City FC, there is no better way to spend your afternoon in the city than booking a stadium tour at one of these sporting giants. The only decision is: are you red or blue…?
3. Dinner in the Far East
Manchester is a city of culinary excellence. From Michelin starred Mana in trendy Ancoats to underground supper clubs in Whalley Range, there is something on the menu here for everyone. However, the crowning jewel of Manchester's food scene is Chinatown's aromatic spices and heady aromas. This small patch of the city running from Mosley to Portland Street is the second-largest Chinatown in the UK (after London) and the third-largest in Europe, making it an enclave of authentic pan-Asian cuisine. Take a walk through the neon-lit streets and a seat in front of the flames at Teppanyaki Chinatown or on the lacquered chairs at The Little Yang Sing.
4. Post-Dinner Delights
After all, Manchester is a party city, and there is no better place to see the night out into the early hours than down Canal Street. A night in The Gay Village promises none stop party anthems and drag queen glamazons. But if dancing till the dawn isn’t your jam, a more sedate nightcap can be found at Speak in Code. Hidden down Jackson’s Row just off Deansgate, this place guarantees unorthodox cocktails and an intimate atmosphere.
5. Catch Some zzZ
There are a plethora of uber-chic hotels to rest your weary head in Manchester. Traditionalists will want to hunker down in the revived industrialist grandeur of The Midland or the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel. But if unearthing a best-kept secret is more your vibe, tuck between the sheets at Northern Quarter hideout Cow Hollow Hotel or the new address on everyone's list, Native at Ducie Street Warehouse.
6. Breakfast at Moose Coffee
After a great night's sleep, it's time to rejuvenate yourself for the day ahead with the ultimate Manchester breakfast. Consistently voted one of the best brunch joints in the city, York Street hotspot Moose Coffee promises authentic American stacks & Canadian treats. If you don't get there early, you may have to join the queue, but you won't be able to turn around once you smell the bacon sizzling.
7. Get in Some Retail Therapy
No trip is complete without some indulgent retail therapy. Once you're filled with pancaky goodness, take a trip down to Exchange Square, where you'll find upmarket department stores Selfridges and Harvey Nichols nestled between high street favourites and the most sought after designers. For those who relish searching for vintage finds and thrifted gems, head over to the Northern Quarter and scour the rails of Affleck's Palace, Blue Rinse and the many other goldmines on Oldham Street.
All that’s left to do now is pack your bags! We hope our recommendations ensure you a truly unforgettable trip to our great city.
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