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?
Where to drink?
Where to shop?
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.
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.
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.