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Manchester is one of my favourite places to visit in the UK, I think it is an underdog when it comes to cities in the UK and people often overlook it when looking for places to visit. For the last two years, I’ve stayed in Manchester for my Birthday and I’ve always enjoyed it and would love to go back just to explore what else Manchester has to offer. I thought today I’d talk to you about some of the reasons I love Manchester and why I think it’s worth a visit if you get the chance to do so.
Manchester is the ultimate place to go shopping, with two shopping centres (one being the Trafford Centre!) and a bunch of department stores throughout the city you are spoilt for choice. If you want to stay central you can visit the Arndale, however, if you’re willing to go further a-field I’d totally recommend the Trafford Centre. Plus Manchester has a huge Primark for any fans of the good old Primarni.
If you’re on the lookout for a place for the perfect pub crawl Manchester has you covered, whether you’re on a day sesh or drinking throughout the evening, there are so many choices. Have some luggage with you which you don’t fancy dragging around (I know them feels too well) Excess Baggage has you covered with an easy drop-off and pick up point to allow you to collect your luggage when convenient. I don’t know if you’re like me but I do not trust myself with anything valuable when I am out drinking so this is the perfect solution. In Manchester, you have to check out The Washhouse as well as Gorilla, Fab Cafe and the Apocothary. But there is pretty much a bar/pub to suit everyone, that’s why it’s known as having some of the best nightlife in the entire country.
Of course, food had to make it on the list, as you probably know, I love my food. With hundreds of bars, restaurants and cafes to explore you’re in for a treat! One of my favourite places to go for some grub in the northern quarter where you will find some amazing places, which are unique to the city or chain restaurants such as Chiqutos, Bella Italia and Wetherspoons, of course! I love that Manchester also has a Hard Rock Cafe, as it has its own amazing vibe. 110% would recommend.
Manchester is full to the brim with vintage stores, and often you can get yourself some great goodies from kilo sales, or if you’re feeling adventurous, I’d recommend checking out Afflecks which is known as a totem of Indie commerce. With floors and floors of quirky little shops, my favourite shops were Bad Mother Sugar, Thunder Egg and Sour Cherry. Dependant on what you’re looking for they have some really great stuff. Also, the walls in the place are insane and great for taking fashion posts in the stairwells.
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For this section, I thought I’d just share with a few of my personal recommendations in Manchester. Firstly is the Cat Cafe, which in case you didn’t guess is a cafe where you can hang out with cats! On their website, it allows you to ‘meet’ the cats to see who you will be seeing on your visit. Next is the Junkyard Golf Club which is my latest recommendation, all I am going to say is mini-golf meets alcohol and a ton of amazing props. My final recommendation which isn’t unique to Manchester but they have a Lego Store which allows you to do a Lego Pick n Mix, as well as making ‘yourself’ out of Lego which is a super fun experience if you haven’t done it before.