What To Do In The Northern Quarter
Away from the hustle and bustle of Market Street lies Manchester’s hipster hotspot, the Northern Quarter. Here’s our pick of the best places to spend your day out on the city’s trendiest streets.
For the upcoming autumn months where the skies get darker and the weather gets colder, head to Soup Kitchen on Stevenson Square and warm up with some of their delicious food. Their vegetarian-friendly menu boasts Caribbean flavours with a variety of stews and jerk dishes, not to mention their famous sandwiches and soups. If you think the food is good, be sure to return after dark when it’s transformed into a club, complete with bands and DJs from across the country.
Priding itself on classic British dishes, TNQ is the perfect location to wind down after exploring the corners of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Regularly updating the menu, you’ll be treated to something new every time you visit and boasting an outside seating area, you’ll be tempted to make the most of any sunny spells. Be sure to book for their seasonal à la carte menu for some real autumn comfort food – tuck into the likes of venison carpaccio, roast monkfish or vegan roast cauliflower.
Not the kind of place you head to for a pint of milk, this convenience store theme bar is complete with neon signs and a newspaper stand. With a drink’s menu straight out of an 80’s flick, you’ll be spoilt for choice as you pick from the likes of an ‘Agent Orange’ or ‘Stranger Tings 2’ cocktail, filled with gin, Aperol, watermelon and fresh lemon. With a pinch of cinnamon, be sure to try their hottest choice, Flaming Moe. It’s a big hit!
Find out more at conveniencestorenq.com
Aiming to bring some Mexican culture to the Northern Quarter, El Capo’s is a firm favourite for Manchester locals. The drinks menu is home to over 70 tequilas, not to mention over 20 delicious cocktail choices just right for an evening tipple. Be sure to head over midweek and take advantage of their 2 for 1 #tequilatuesdays.
Find out more at elcapo.co.uk
Skyliner Street Art Tours
From graffitied walls to the Northern Quarter’s most iconic hotspots, Manchester’s architecture blogger Hayley Flinn specialises in alternative tourism. If you’re captivated by the history of our city then Flinn’s walking tours are an ideal match to learn about the on-going renovation of the Northern Quarter and get involved in some urban exploration at the same time.
Find out more and book tours at theskyliner.org.
If you’re looking for some extra company during your Northern Quarter visit, the Cat Café has 10 cats that are ready to curl up on your lap. For £12 an hour, you can enjoy unlimited food and drinks in the company of some feline friends. Whether you’re stressed, sad or just in need of some furry companionship, the Cat Café is a great place to unwind, but we warned – the kitties get quite busy so be sure to book in advance.
Find out more at catcafe.co.uk
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