Manchester boasts a wide variety of restaurants serving everything from traditional British dishes to top-notch Asian cuisine. Areas with the greatest concentration of restaurants, cafés and coffee shops include the Northern Quarter and Salford Quays. Here you’ll find everything from a quick sandwich to traditional British favourites such as bangers and mash.
The city also has its own Chinatown. Here you’ll find lots of places serving Asian cuisine, with many of the restaurants offering great buffet deals. There’s also the Curry Mile. This is a long stretch of Wilmslow Road, which is a continuation of Oxford Road. Neon-bright curry houses, Indian takeaways and Middle Eastern restaurants line both sides of the street. Manchester also has a selection of Mexican and Italian restaurants too.
Lots of restaurants in the city offer meal deals, set menus and specials, and this means you’ll always be able to find a reasonably priced meal, whatever your budget. Many of these eateries also open until the wee hours of the morning, so you should always be able to find somewhere for a bite.
For some of the best fresh foods in the UK, head to Bury Market, which is about 25 minutes by tram from the city centre. There’s a huge selection of food on offer here, including seafood, meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables and more.
The Triangle Basement, Exchange Square, Manchester, England
A wonderful alternative to the big chain coffee shops, this café is 100% independent. Offering lots of organic and fair-trade products, it’s a great spot to stop for breakfast, a light lunch or simply a cup of coffee and a snack. The view of the surrounding shops might not be stunning but the tasty, good value food and friendly service more than make up for it.
Open Mon-Sat 8am-6pm.
75-77 High Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, England
From a choice of pasta dishes and salads to a huge selection of pizzas, including gluten and dairy free options, this large Italian restaurant is a great place to check out if you’re looking for substantial portions at low prices. Relax in the chic yet comfortable interior and enjoy the fast, friendly service and tasty food.
Open daily 12pm-11pm.
33 Oldham Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, England
Relax with a coffee in one of the comfortable armchairs by the big window at the front of the store or set up your laptop at one of the tables and take advantage of the free WiFi on offer here. As well as a large range of hot drinks, you’ll also find juices, smoothies, pastries, cakes and sandwiches on the menu.
Opening hours Mon-Sat 7am-7pm, Sun 9am-7pm.
77 Princess Street, Chinatown, Manchester, England
More than just your typical greasy spoon, this comfortable café serves up a full English breakfast at a great price. It’s not huge inside, but it’s in a great location close to some of the city’s major attractions. As well as a fry-up, you’ll also find things like sandwiches, jacket potatoes and soups on the menu.
Open Mon-Fri 7.30am-7.30pm, Sat-Sun 8.30am-7.30pm.
Wilmslow Road, Rusholme, Manchester, England
Stretching along a large section of winding road, the Curry Mile, as the name suggests, is home to a huge concentration of neon-lit curry houses, Middle Eastern restaurants and Indian takeaways. Some of these include Shere Kahn, Sangram, Musicana Café, Darbar and Royal Naz. Open well into the early hours of the morning, it’s particularly popular with the crowd of post-club diners.