More than set-dressing for your brand new vintage shelves, books are there to learn from and lose yourself in — and are the perfect gift for just about anybody. From best-selling new releases to well-thumbed hand-me-downs, via comics, cookery, and the downright kooky, here’s our guide to the best bookshops in Manchester.
Here are our picks
Waterstones Manchester Deansgate, 91 Deansgate, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 2BW - Visit now
Waterstones are the reigning champions of high street bookshops, but don’t let that put you off. Filled to the brim with all the titles you would expect, the Deansgate branch of Waterstones frequently appears in our Literature Guide for hosting regular signings and in-store events.
Magma Books, 22 Oldham Street, Manchester, Manchester, M1 1JN - Visit now
If you need a book on which to rest that Leica camera you’ve never got around to using, head straight to Magma. Lots of beautiful books and a great choice of magazines alongside some excellent stocking fillers. No need to panic on the 24th December.
Aspidistra Books, Kiosk 1, Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EN
A somewhat unusual but incredibly welcome addition to the Great Northern Warehouse, Aspidistra Books are independent retailer who have crafted a gorgeous little spot near the AMC cinema box-office.
Blackwell’s Manchester, Nr Arthur Lewis Building, The University of Manchester, Bridgeford Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 9PL - Visit now
Currently living in a temporary home as the universities continue their endless game of knocking down old buildings and putting up new ones. Blackwell’s are the specialists in specialist and academic reading.
Forbidden Planet International, 65 Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JR - Visit now
If you’re still wondering how C3PO got that red arm (and I mean, who isn’t?), then you’ll probably want to start your shopping here. The Waterstones of the geek world, Forbidden Planet have books, comics and some undeniably cool pop culture merch to boot. Hulk Hands anyone?