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As one of the most vibrant cities in the UK, Manchester has an abundance of independent places to eat and drink. Whether you’re looking for a traditional Sunday lunch or some of the best dim sum you can find, Manchester is the place to go.

Check out our favourite places.



Start your day off right with a coffee from Pot Kettle Black where you can grab a healthy treat to go alongside your caffeine fix. If you fancy something a bit more indulgent, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Alabama’s All-American Eatery. You may need to queue to get a table but trust us, when that stack of fluffy pancakes arrives to your table, you’ll forget all about the wait.

If you’re looking for brunch in Manchester’s Northern Quarter you’ll be truly spoilt for choice. Alabama Manchester is the perfect pitstop for a Sunday morning treat. Famous for its American-inspired menu, it’s designed to set you up for a Sunday full of exploring. Whether you prefer French toast or a classic Monte Cristo, there is something to suit everyone’s taste with carbs-a-plenty. With its friendly staff and comfortable atmosphere, it’s definitely one to try.


 Photo credit: Pot Kettle Black 


Take a wander around the second largest Chinatown in the UK and indulge in some authentic Cantonese dim sum at Little Yang Sing, one of Manchester’s best kept secrets.

For the first and only vegan diner in town, pay a visit to V-Rev, the funky retro diner that serves up massive burgers so good you won’t realise they are meat-free!


Photo credit: Little Yang Sing


Stopping off for a drink or two before dinner in one of Manchester’s famous pubs is a piece of British culture Manchester has in abundance. If you’re looking for craft beer bars look no further than 57 Thomas Street or Bar Fringe. Both have an impressive selection of beer on tap and constantly rotating lines for even the most discerning beer connoisseur.

If cocktails are more what you’re after, pay a visit to Dusk ‘Till Pawn, a speakeasy bar masquerading as a pawn shop. The Liars Club is also a must visit if you fancy embracing the tiki bar vibe and tasting a Mai Tai or a zombie. For a well-kept Manchester secret, go to Behind Closed Doors, located in a basement on Oldham Street. This dive bar is so hard to find that you have to ring a buzzer on a well-hidden door to get inside.



If you’re a fan of trying cuisines from here, there and everywhere, Manchester is the place to be. Some of the best restaurants in Manchester lie within walking distance of the city’s main train stations – check out Iberica for tapas or Rudy’s Pizza for the best slice in town. If you’re looking for a different dining experience, Australasia needs to be your new go-to spot. There’s an array of delicious smaller plates to choose from so you can mix and match your cuisines. From sashimi to tempura and fish to steaks, there’s sure to be something you’ve never had the chance to try before.


Looking or something new? Mackie Mayor is one of Manchester’s newest openings and has quickly become a favourite among locals and visitors. Located in a Grade II listed former meat market on the edge of the popular Northern Quarter, Mackie Mayor is worth a visit thanks to its delicious aromas coming from every corner and stunning interior all housed under an enormous glass roof where drinkers and diners can indulge in the many street food vendors. From craft beer and flat whites to sourdough pizza and fillet steaks there is something for every taste and budget.

 Photo credit: Claire Harrison Photography