*The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.

Since moving to the UK, Manchester has been my new hometown. And man, do I love it here. The people are super friendly, the pubs are good and the city’s got so many amazing spots to offer that not everybody knows about!

Today I’m collaborating with Hotels.com to share some of my favourite hidden gems in my city. If this post makes you want to visit the city yourself, please check out these great hotels in Manchester.

One of the great things about Manchester City Centre is that is isn’t too big. You can easily walk from one end to the other. So if you’re staying in the City Center, you’ll have enough time to explore more than one of the exciting places this city’s got to offer

Manchester Central Library

Manchester has some stunning pieces of architecture, one of them being the gorgeous Central Library near St. Peter Square. It’s very impressive to look at from the outside, but the inside might even be prettier. You’re free to have a walk around inside the library, just make sure not to be loud in the quiet areas (students use this place often!)

(St Peter’s Square, Manchester M2 5PD)

Manchester Travel Tips, Manchester Central Library

Manchester China Town

China Town isn’t very big, but it has a great variety of shops. I always love walking through it and exploring the small street. Of course, there are the Asian supermarkets with tons of exciting stuff, but my favourite is the Art and Craft shop, located near the Arch. There are also tons of great places to eat – Wasabi being my favourite.

Manchester Travel Tips, Manchester China Town
Manchester China Town

Northern Quarter

The Northern Quarter is by far my favourite place in the city centre of Manchester. This part of the city is filled with tons of independent shops, cafes, and bars. The whole vibe screams creativity (especially looking at all the amazing street art everywhere).

If you ever find yourself in Manchester, make sure to stop by for some vintage shopping, an amazing cup of coffee and an exciting stroll around.

Manchester’s coffee scene is amazing and there are tons of independent coffee shops to choose from before heading to Cow – one of my favourite vintage shops – and a walk through the famous Afflecks Palace. This building is filled with independent shops where you can find the craziest things. I adore it so much!

Manchester Northern Quarter
Manchester NQ
Manchester Northern Quarter

The Cat Cafe

There are tons of cafes I love and would love to recommend to you, but if you’re only in Manchester for a day (and you’re not allergic to cats) you should definitely check out the Cat Cafe. This cafe is perfect to sit down, de-stress and enjoy the company of many fluffy cats. For only 12 pounds you get to spend a full hour with the cats, plus unlimited drinks are included! They also have special events as Yoga with Cats or Movie Nights, but all of that is on their website. It’s such a unique place in the city centre!

(103 High St, Manchester M4 1HQ)

Manchester Cat Cafe
Manchester Cat Cafe
Manchester Cat Cafe, what to see

Northern Soul Grilled Cheese

Fancy something affordable and quirky? Northern Soul is the place to go. Located just outside the Northern Quarter you can get the best grilled cheese and mac&cheese in town. You can even combine the two and get a grilled cheese sandwich with mac&cheese (my personal fav).

(10 Church St, Manchester M4 1PN)
(There’s also a recently opened branch near the main train station: Piccadilly Station Approach, Manchester M1 2HY)

Manchester Northern Soul
Manchester Northern Soul Grilled Cheese
Manchester Northern Soul Grilled Cheese

Junkyard Golf

Manchester isn’t short of bars and pubs to spend your evening at. The locals love their pint and there’s more than enough places to have a cocktail in the city centre. Instead of sitting down and having a drink, we decided to do something a bit more exciting. Junkyard golf is a mini-golf course/bar located near Deansgate train station. It feels like a bar or a club, but you get to play mini golf too!

(2 First St, Manchester M15 4RP)

Manchester Junkyard Golf
Junkyard Golf
Junkyard Golf
Manchester Junkyard Golf
Junkyard Golf

There’s so much to see and do in Manchester, it’s hard to pick and choose. These things can fill a great day in Manchester! If you have any questions or would like to see more about the city I now call home, please let me know!

6 Comments on Hidden Gems in Manchester, UK | Travel Guide*

  1. Oh my god, there’s a grilled cheese place!!! And a junk yard golf club, there’s one of those in London that I’ve been eyeing up for a while! I’ve been to Manchester loads of times as my sister lives there but I’d actually have no idea where to go “as a tourist” – but I do like the northern quarter, I need to spend more time there. 🙂 Affleck’s Palace used to be my favourite!!

  2. I haven’t been to Manchester in years! I’m going in a few weeks so I thought I’d try and find some guides. This ones fab 💕 I’m hoping to pop in to China town and hopefully find some great food.
    Also definitely want to visit the cat café, our local one closed so I’m definitely going to make an effort to go!


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