Shopping in Manchester
For those who love a good shop, Manchester has a wide range of stores, markets and independent retailers to suit any taste. Popular spots include the Arndale, Market Street, St Anne’s Square and Exchange Square. This area of the city is home to high street and big retail brands including cheap and cheerful Primark and the designer labels sold at Selfridges. The city centre offers a superb selection of international brands as well as the best of British, the Arndale alone has over 200 stores.
Next on your list has to be the Northern Quarter. Filled with a huge variety of independent clothing stores, record stores and the legendary Affleck’s Palace Emporium, you’re certainly in for a treat. The Makers Market is every second Sunday of the month and sees Stevenson Square become a buzzing hive of activity with an eclectic mix of local artists, producers, creators and bakers selling their goods. This quirky area of Manchester is the perfect place to pick up unique trinkets and art.
A look around Spinningfields & Deansgate is also worth the trip – even just to enjoy how the modern architecture intertwines so beautifully with the old. This area is home to stores like Flannels and Mulberry UK as well as outdoor brands like Blacks and Ellis Brigham. The National Football Museum is also just at the top of Deansgate, near Victoria train station.
No shopping trip to Manchester is complete without visiting the Trafford Centre. Located in the suburbs of South Manchester, the huge shopping mall and leisure complex is easily a day trip in itself boasting a huge selection of retailers, restaurants and things to do. Catch a movie at the Odeon Cinema or take the family to the Legoland Discovery Centre or Sea Life Manchester to name a few.