A Guide to The Northern Quarter, Manchester
The Northern Quarter, Manchester
One of my favourite things about visiting Manchester is the northern quarter. Consisting of a jumbled network of streets; bursting with independent cafes, shops, bars and boutiques. Lined with New York inspired fire escapes, which are regularly used for film sets. It’s safe to say that the Northern Quarter always has a lot going on.
With a laid back relaxed bohemian vibe during the day, transforming at night into a stream of club-goers and those seeking pop-up events, craft beers, and life music. Walking around you’ll find lots of public art, including sculptures high on the walls of John Street, and in the windows of lots of creative agencies who’ve made it their home.
It’s in the Northern Quarter where you’ll find some of the best vintage and second hand shops. From vintage fashions to books and homeware, there are lots to be found in the Northern Quarter. Most notable in the Northern Quarter is Affleks Palace. What was once a department store, now contains dozens of vintage and fashion stalls. Selling everything from military and Goth ware to pretty tea dresses.
Bars & Coffee Stops
With it’s popular nightlife culture, the Northern Quarter is home to many Instagram worthy bars. Check out Apotheca, a modern day chemist offering boozy pick-me-ups as its forte. Or if something more traditional is your thing, take a step back in time to the Marble Arch. Lined with beautiful tilled walls and floors dating back to the pubs early beginnings, it’s something that’s here to stay a while. If you’d rather have a good old British cup of tea in the afternoon, check out the Sugar Junction for a relaxed cosy vibe where you almost feel like you could be in your living room enjoying a chat with a friend over some divine homemade cakes.
What are your favourite spots in Manchester’s Northern Quarter?