The Lindy Life's guide to... Manchester

We know the feeling – you’re visiting a new place for the first time and all of the conventional travel guides just tell you the usual tourist spots. We want to dig a little deeper and help you to discover the tea rooms, gift shops and quirky cafes that we know you’ll love!

We’ve just relocated our office to Manchester, so it made sense to start this series with a guide to our new home city!

Where to eat?

Everyone loves a bit of indulge. Sugar Junction is the place to head to for breakfast or lunch, with a huge menu offering everything from Eggs Benedict and Blueberry French Toast to homemade lasagne and halloumi wraps. But what we really head here for are the cakes! Their delectable range covers a wide variety of flavours and (luckily for our dietary fussy team!) covers gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options. The Koffee Pot is a Manchester institution that recently relocated onto Oldham Street, serving up the best breakfasts in the city! Again, they are great for anyone with dietary requirements, and will alter their dishes if requested. We’re huge advocates of their no-nonsense menu, especially the salt-beef hash!
Image Source: The Koffee Pot

Image Source:The Koffee Pot


Where to drink?

The Northern Quarter is a hub of activity at night, but most of our favourite bars and pubs are tucked away down little side streets. If you prefer traditional pubs, The Castle and Gullivers are perfectly situated opposite each other on Oldham Street – and we also love Fringe, just down the road on Swan Street.
For a night on the tiles, head to Tariff Street, where you’ll find a selection of bars including Kosmonaut, El Capo, Whiskey Jar and the newly opened Tariff and Dale. The street has been revitalised in recent years to secure itself as the new hub of the Northern Quarter, and is lined by recently planted beautiful blossom trees.
Image Source: I Love Manchester

Image Source:I Love Manchester


Where to shop?

 Head to Oldham Street to check out Rockers – you might even discover a Lindy Bop dress amongst their selection of Rockabilly clothing and accessories! We’d also recommend venturing downstairs in Pop Boutique to delve into their archive of retro furnishings and décor. On the other side of the Northern Quarter, Oklahoma is situated right by our office and offers a quirky selection of unusual home décor bits and bobs.
Image Source: Manchester's Finest

Image Source:Manchester's Finest


Where to go for tea?

Book in at the spectacular Alice in Wonderland themed Richmond Tea Rooms, situated on the edge of Manchester’s Gay Village, for afternoon tea with a difference. The décor is quirky, to say the least, making for excellent photo opportunities, and the selection of tea, cakes and cocktails is impeccable.

Image Source: Richmond Tea Rooms

Image Source:Richmond Tea Rooms


Where to picnic?

Contrary to popular belief, the sun does occasionally come out to shine in Manchester! If you happen to be visiting on a sunny day, pack up your picnic hamper, adorn your favourite Lindy Bop dress and catch the tram out to Chorlton. After a brief stroll along Beech Road (which is lined with cute cafes and intriguing shops), you find yourself at the Green. Cross the Green and enter the woods, where you’ll find the perfect meadow in which to while away the day.

Where to go for culture?

The Whitworth Gallery has recently reopened with a snazzy new interior and an array of exciting exhibitions. Lovers of art, it is well worth the short bus ride down Oxford Road to discover works by Cornelia Parker, Cai Guo-Qiang, Sarah Lucas and many more. Their café and gift shop are also well worth visiting.

Image Source: GlobalTravelGuide

Image Source:GlobalTravelGuide


Where to shop for crafts?

If you’re anything like us, you’ll have a vested interested in arts and crafts! Famed craft shop, Fred Aldous is located in the heart of the Northern Quarter on Stevenson Square, and is filled with traditional craft supplies alongside a variety of quirky sundries including polka-dot paper straws, cute notebooks and Lomography camera lenses. Did we mention that they have a couple of retro chemical photo-booths to play in?


What to wear

The all-important question! Anything goes in Manchester, so feel free to fully embrace your individuality. One of our ‘Audrey’ swing dresses would be ideal for a day-to-night scenario, taking in picnics in parks, strolling around the Northern Quarter and sipping cocktails through the evening.

audrey collage

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