Eat Like a Local in Manchester


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Manchester makes for the ultimate short break destination with its urban culture, unusual attractions and hidden gems as well as, you’ve guessed it, phenomenal food.

With our handy foodie guide, it’s time to scrap the mainstream and eat like a local in Manchester. Trust us… you’ll never look back.

For: The Best Breakfast Eggs

We’ve got to admit, brunch is our favourite meal of the day. Perfectly amalgamating breakfast and lunch into one neat, tasty bundle is a stroke of genius; especially when served with a generous helping of perfectly cooked food. Head to Federal Cafe Bar and sink your teeth into sourdough toast, smashed avocado and any-way-you-like-em eggs. 

For: A Fine Selection of Gins

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Gin is the in-thing at the moment, and it’s not hard to see why. Superbly drinkable and a perfect bedfellow for, well, pretty much any flavour you can think of, the gin trend is here to stay. We recommend Allotment for a wide selection of the juniper-based favourite tipple – chin chin!

For: Indulgent Desserts

Cakeshakes, pancakes and the fluffiest waffles in the city… tuck into a plate of Home Sweet Home during your time in Manchester! For those with a sweet tooth, it’s the perfect destination for some confectionery heaven. Prefer savoury? Fear not, as the cafe also offers a delectable selection of other treats, including buttermilk fried chicken, stacked sandwiches and toasties. 

For: Flavoursome Vietnamese Street Food

Mosey on down to the Arndale Food Market for some of the freshest, most authentic Vietnamese cuisine in the city. The food is quick, cheap and super-healthy, meaning you can enjoy your lunch break in style (and still have the time and money for a quick shop in Manchester’s famous Arndale Centre). From BBQ meats served with sticky rice to deliciously zingy spring rolls, ViET SHACK is somewhere you’ll want to revisit again and again

For: Authentic Stone Baked Pizzas

Whether you’re a Margherita kinda person or prefer more unusual flavours (think ‘Nduja & Piquillo Pepper or Beef, Lancashire Blue & Red Onion), Tariff & Dale is the place to be. All of their pizzas are freshly prepared and use a sourdough base, for an unbeatable stone baked taste.

For: Cocktails with Enviable Views

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Friends, drinks and great views – these are what good nights out are made from. Take to the skies with Manchester’s very own sky bar: Cloud 23. Whether you’re a champagne sipper or a cocktail sampler, summer nights are designed to be spent somewhere special.

For: Shockingly Good Mexican Cuisine


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When Mexican food is good, it’s really good. Think nachos loaded with chilli beef and oozing cheese, generously-filled burritos and crispy tacos with a range of interesting sauces. Hungry yet? Visit Lust Luck Liquor & Burn for your fill of the best Mexican cuisine in Manchester, promise.

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