Where to eat in Manchester
The Manchester food scene is ever changing. With new developments in different parts of the city, new restaurants pop up and close down with almost unrivalled speed. But there are some stalwarts of the restaurant trade in the city, and we’ve covered off the best of them.
El Gato Negro
Owned by Simon Shaw and found on King Street, El Gato Negro is a firm favourite with residents of Manchester. Warm friendly staff, and huge selection of drinks, inviting decor, and of course, great food, this isn’t a place to be missed.
Greens has been around since 1990 and is owned by TV chef and personality Simon Rimmer. It’s the best spot for any vegetarian or vegan out there and offers a huge choice of foods, from great sunday dinners to a vegetarian twist on the good old bangers and mash.
If you want to eat an authentic pizza that holds true to Neapolitan pizza, look no further than firm resident favoured Rudys. Once upon a time there was just one, nestled into the corner of Ancoats, queues spilling out the door. Now though, you’ll likely get your pizza fix a little quicker with the bigger Rudys found smack bang in the middle of the city.
Like good pub grub or that perfect Sunday roast? There’s no better location than The Wharf. Sat idly next to the canal in Castlefield it’s the best pub in the city, with ample room outside to enjoy some summer drinks and plenty inside for the family dining experience.
Things to do in Manchester
As the third most visited city in the UK (after Edinburgh and London) Manchester is littered with things to do and occupy your time with. The city’s a good size too, and so much of travelling around it can be done on foot or on the good local transport links.
Museum of Science & Industry
If you’re looking for a family day out then the Museum of Science and Industry in Castlefield isn’t to be missed. It’s full of attractions that explore the history of science and which are accompanied by interactive elements, making it a super fun day out.
Opened in 1906, these baths served residents with one of the swankiest swimming experiences in the country. And they did so all the way up until 1993 when they closed their doors. Now, they play host to a huge variety of events, including antiques fares and food festivals.
The Pankhurst Centre celebrates Emmeline Pankhurst and the first meeting of the Women’s Social and Political Union (later known as the Suffragettes). It’s where they first met and is a wonderful glimpse into the political history of our country.
What to do in the evening in Manchester
Manchester isn’t without it’s range of nighttime attractions either. The Northern Quarter is home to some of the cities coolest bars and then are theatres, cinemas, and music venues a-plenty.
The Northern Quarter Bars
The Northern Quarter is an area of Manchester renown for its huge variety of bars, so if you’re looking for a drink, you'll be sure to find somewhere here. We’ve put together just a small handful of our personal favourites.
Night & Day
It started life as a chip shop in 1991 and quickly grew into one of the most influential music bars in the North West. It has played host and a huge part of the growth of influential bands including Elbow and is still a wonderfully cool hotspot to grab a drink now.
This urban styled bar has ample room for large parties looking somewhere to start their evening. It offers some great food and quality drinks, making a must visit for anyone in the Northern Quarter area.
If you like your real ales then The Knott bar shouldn’t be missed. Found on Deansgate, this homely pub has a huge array of beers available to choose from along with great food options, pub quizzes, and other nights to immerse yourself in.
Consider this bar, come theatre, come cinema, come restaurant as the home of the arts in Manchester. If you're looking for a way to whittle away your evening, then head down to HOME and select from a variety of things to do!
Manchester isn’t just made up of bars and museums though. There are plenty of other things to do in this northern powerhouse, and here are just a few of our favourites.
The John Rylands Library
Found on Deansgate, this Library was created in a late Victorian, Neo-Gothic style. It was opened in 1900 to the public and built by Enriqueta Augustina Rylands in memory of her husband, John Rylands.
National Football Museum
Manchester is well known to have two world class football teams in Manchester City and Manchester Utd. But it also has a wonderful football museum exploring the history of the sport. It’s free to visit, too, and so a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.