Chinese New Year in Manchester. Photo: Chris Payne.

Chinese New Year

Creative Tourist

Chinese New Year is always a colourful cultural highlight, bringing brightness to the dark winter days here in the UK. This is especially true for a city like Manchester, whose Chinatown buzzes all year round but becomes a veritable hive of activity come New Year.

Here are our top picks to help you make the most of Chinese New Year and welcome in the Year of the Dog:

Here are our picks

  • 1. Ho’s Bakery

    Ho’s Bakery, 56 Faulkner Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 4FH - Visit now

    Buns buns buns! The aroma of Ho’s drifts down onto the street, drawing you in like Yogi Bear to a picnic basket and causing you to part with your cash in exchange for calories. No, it’s not a healthy option – even the stuff that looks like it might be vaguely savoury is packed with soft and sugary sumptuousness – but who cares when it tastes this good. Get some to fuel yourself for the Dragon Parade.

  • 2. Sweet Mandarin

    Sweet Mandarin

    Sweet Mandarin, 19 Copperas St, Manchester, M4 1HS - Visit now

    Gordon Ramsay-approved Northern Quarter restaurant run by three sisters, featuring some of the city’s finest Chinese cuisine.

  • 3. Pacific, Chinatown Manchester

    Ian Jones

    Pacific, Chinatown Manchester, 58-60 George Street, Manchester, M1 4HF - Visit now

    A staple of Manchester’s Chinatown, serving up a vast range of dim sum and Chinese cuisine.

  • 4. Siam Smiles

    Siam Smiles, 48a George Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 4HF

    This is where we go to pick up our favourite Thai specialities that you can’t get anywhere else in the city centre. Its reputation for top Thai cuisine is well known and if you’ve not sampled their selection of soft drinks then you really should: each one is more magical than the last (although your dentist may disagree). It’s also a great place to buy ingredients, sauces and marinades for your own culinary efforts.

  • 5. Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art


    Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Market buildings, Thomas Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1EU - Visit now

    We’d recommend visiting the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art anytime of the year for its relevant and thought-provoking exhibitions, engaging events and beautiful shop . But of course during Chinese New Year it is especially relevant and filled to the brim with creative pursuits for all. Over the Chinese New Year weekend, CFCCA will be running free family friendly creative workshops in Gallery 2 throughout the day