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An (Un)official Foodie Guide to Manchester

Updated: Mar 6

What do I love to do as much as travelling? The answer is eating food. If you've read any of my other blog posts, you'll notice a lot of them mention quite a bit of information about where to eat and what to try in each city. I love trying out restaurants, and Manchester is full of them - lucky me! I mean who can resist the pull of all these new, unique restaurants popping up everywhere? Not me. Take a look below, and if you're in Manchester, make sure you try at least one of these places. I promise you won't be disappointed, because I'm quite picky and loved all of them. If you're staying in Manchester overnight or for a few days, Novotel Manchester City Centre would be my recommendation on where to stay (more information and photos at the bottom of this post). Don't forget to check out Visit Manchester for some helpful tips on things to do in the city. Happy eating!

Breakfast nachos and Coney Island

Let's kick things off with a little bit of a Canadian twist shall we? Moose Coffee is one of my favourite brunch spots in the city. They of course have the more traditional breakfast and lunch dishes, but why not try something new?

The Alchemist, Spinningfields

This is another of my favourite restaurants in the city, and I always make sure to stop here even if it's just for a quick cocktail. The Alchemist mix food and drink with science, making it a very fun experience! The cocktail list is extensive, and they now have some that are interactive when you use your phone camera on them! The food is delicious, you really can't go wrong. They have everything from dough balls you infuse with cheese yourself, to charcoal battered fish.

Rudy's Pizza, Peter Street
Portobello pizza

Rudy's has been named one of the best spots for pizza in all of Europe. And as a bit of a pizza lover, I would totally agree. Everything is freshly made in the open air kitchen, and the pizza takes almost no time at all to cook.

Radisson Blu, Manchester Airport
Fish & chips

It may seem a bit far out, but if you want to treat yourself to some amazing food with a view of the planes, take a train out to the airport! They have a very good breakfast selection too. It's also a great option if you find yourself at the airport with nothing to do before passing through security.

Home Sweet Home, Northern Quarter
Ultimate chicken and waffles

As far as unique lunch goes, Home Sweet Home is the place to go. They do a twist on American style brunch, and it's amazing. Waffles with chicken, bacon, maple syrup and gravy? Why not. Add some halloumi fries and you're sorted.

Teacup Kitchen, Northern Quarter
Banana pancakes

Mhmm, banana pancakes from Teacup Kitchen. Crispy banana flakes on top, soft and gooey slices inside. With a scoop of delicious cream on the side.

Black Milk, Northern Quarter
Rainbow and cookies & cream freakshakes

If you're looking for incredible freakshakes and desserts, Black Milk is where you should go! I mean, just look at these masterpieces.

Wilson's Social, Northern Quarter
Vegetarian breakfast

Wilson's Social is a new addition to the Northern Quarter, and another addition to the brunch scene in the city. I'd recommend the vegetarian breakfast, simply because of the large portion of halloumi!

Tim Hortons, Salford
Timbits, obviously

Canadians can sniff out a Tim Hortons anywhere. And Manchester is no exception. It's located in Salford, just a short bus or tram ride from Manchester's city centre. So get your cravings sorted!

Afternoon tea

Grand Pacific is absolutely gorgeous. And the afternoon tea is one of the fanciest ones I've ever had. All of the food was delicious, and there was even a second round with mini desserts on it!

Marinated Portobello mushroom pizza with truffle oil, and prosecco to go with it? Yes please! Flight Club is one of those restaurants that you really aren't expecting. I've never actually played darts properly before, but they have a a digital style dartboard with various games programmed in to it, with instructions on the screen, making it very easy even for first timers. There are cameras surrounding the dart board as well, so you can replay all those special moments. The decor is incredible too, and is definitely home to the unexpected.

Seasonal cocktails

We stopped at Menagerie for cocktails, but the food looked amazing as well! The setting is really unique, highly recommend stopping by!

Selection of tapas

Revolucion de Cuba is a great spot for some Mexican dishes and the cocktails are huge too! If you don't fancy a big meal, you can choose some smaller dishes from their tapas menu.

Dogs 'n' Dough (now Saloonville)
Pepperoni pizza

This is (was?) a really fun restaurant to find! It's located just off the main street, next to Albert Square. It's tucked underground so gives you the feeling of a speakeasy! It now goes under the name of Saloonville.

Brewski, Mosley Street
Classic poutine

Yes I managed to locate yet another restaurant that has some sort of Canadian dish. Brewski have a couple of twists on poutine, but why mess with an already perfect dish?

Alberts Schloss is a very popular Bavarian "bier haus" in the city centre, with an ever changing floral entryway. It gets very busy in the evening, especially around the bar area, but if you want a nice spot for breakfast they have a fantastic selection!

Located just past the ever popular Canal Street, Peru Perdu is the city's newest South American cuisine hot spot, and definitely lives up to the hype! It's a pop-up restaurant located in The Cotton Factory, and it has a great selection of dishes. It was my first time trying the Peruvian cuisine and now I'm hooked!

Exchange Food & Drink Lounge, Novotel Manchester Centre

Exchange Food & Drink Lounge is a great restaurant to visit even if you aren't staying at the hotel. We stopped by one evening after a long day of walking around the city and were pleasantly surprised by the extensive menu options.

Where To Stay

Novotel Manchester City Centre is in a perfect location to explore Manchester from (with a 12pm check-out). It sits directly opposite Chinatown, and is only a 5 minute walk from Oxford Road train station - handy if you have heavy luggage like we did! Our room was amazing. It had an enormous smart television in it, Bose speaker system, and a very cool glass wall in the shower that changed from transparent to solid with the press of a button! There's a buffet style breakfast served every morning which I'd highly recommend adding to your booking too. They also have an on-sight restaurant, Exchange Food & Drink Lounge, which has a good menu to choose from, and a bar if you just want a drink! We stayed here for three nights and loved everything about it. Prices vary depending on your room choice, but it's definitely good value for money.


My name is Krista, and like many people I love to travel! I think it's important that people share their travel experiences, so I hope that mine help you in some way in your own travels, or inspire you to travel more! 

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