The Northern Quarter
Right behind Manchester Piccadilly is the heart of art and culture in Manchester – The Northern Quarter.
The Northern Quarter has a unique character and charm and the narrow streets echo the city’s industrial past yet the area feels undeniably current and trendy. Many of the old buildings having been repurposed into flats, trendy offices, quirky independent shops as well as cool bars and restaurants. A creative hub, the Northern Quarter is perfect for a city stroll and offers vibrant street art around every corner and is also home to Manchester Craft and Design centre.
Just off Market Street, the legendary Affleck’s Palace is a must visit for those visiting the Northern Quarter. The indoor market is an emporium of eclectic, independent stores and boutiques selling everything from vintage wear, art, collectables, clothing and curiosities.
Music lovers should check out the independent record stores along Oldham Street such as Piccadilly Records and Vinyl Exchange. There are also some iconic live music venues in the Northern Quarter such as Night & Day Café and Matt & Phreds Jazz Club.
If you fancy a drink check out some of the Northern Quarters coolest bars like Dusk til Pawn, which is cleverly disguised as a pawn shop and serves fantastic cocktails. Common on Thomas Street is a popular spot and a great place for a beer and a bite to eat as well as being a gallery space. Just past the Northern Quarter is the industrial haven that us Ancoats, and further up the road is the famous Etihad Stadium.