Chorlton, Manchester

Creative Tourist

Chorlton is a left-leaning suburb a few miles south of Manchester’s city centre (and only 10-odd minutes away by tram).

A sprawling hive of artisan coffee shops, boutique clothing stores, parks, pubs, restaurants and bars, there’s an independent community spirit here, in an area well loved by young professionals and families.

And it’s loved for good reason. Chorlton has a lot going for it. It’s a tranquil spot, full of green spaces, but it’s also packed with things to do, from drinking, eating and shopping on the ever-trendy Beech Road to watching live music and performance at places like The Dulcimer and The Edge Theatre.

It’s also home to the annual (and excellent) Chorlton Arts Festival, the largest vegan supermarket in Greater Manchester (the country?), as well as an inordinate number of fashionable dogs.

Here are a few of our top tips for when you next find yourself in this south Manchester gem.

Our top picks

Barbakan Delicatessen

Barbakan Delicatessen, 67-71 Manchester Rd, Manchester, M21 9PW - Visit now

This award-winning, continental bakery is simply the place to go if you’re in need of some delicious, freshly baked carbs or posh bits and pieces for the pantry.

Barbakan Deli

Mary & Archie Chorlton

Mary & Archie Chorlton, 111 Manchester Rd, Manchester, M21 9PG - Visit now

Mary & Archie Chorlton is the second, and let’s face it, best of the Mary & Archie bars — a great choice for craft beer, happy hour cocktails and a hearty brunch. It’s also a summer suntrap.

Mary & Archie Chorlton

Chorlton Bookshop

Chorlton Bookshop, 506 Wilbraham Road, Manchester, M21 9AW - Visit now

Simply one of the best independent bookshops in Greater Manchester. We love this place. Go in, grab a book and head to one of the many nearby bars and start looking mysterious.

Chorlton Bookshop

Kingbee Records

Kingbee Records, 519 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 0UF - Visit now

Well into its third decade, Chorlton’s Kingbee is one of the Mancunian suburbs’ most recognisable and popular record shops, offering everything from early rock’n’roll to Northern Soul, prog-rock to punk.

Kingbee Rercords

97 Chorlton

97 Chorlton, 97 Beech Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester , M21 9EQ - Visit now

97 is an upscale bar serving top-quality cocktails on Beech Road. The candlelit ambience and dark décor create an intimate, romantic evening vibe, with large mirrors enhancing the space.

97

Longford Park Disc Golf Course

Longford Park Disc Golf Course, Longford Park , Manchester, M21 9TA - Visit now

At Longford park, you’ll find an unusual but very fun outdoor activity: Disc Golf. This eighteen hole course is exactly what it says on the tin. A golf course that uses frisbee-like discs rather than balls.

manchester disc golf

The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre

The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre, Manchester Road, Chorlton, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M21 9JG - Visit now

Based in a 19th Century former Red Cross Hospital, The Edge is both a community-focussed theatre and a thriving charitable arts centre that does a lot of good all round.

The Edge Theatre and Arts in Chorlton
The Edge via Flickr

Unicorn Grocery

Unicorn Grocery, 89 Albany Rd, Manchester, M21 0BN - Visit now

An ever popular food cooperative that’s been in Chorlton for more than 20 years. They stock a wide-range of locally and ethically sourced organic, fruit, veg and fair trade products, all vegan.

© Unicorn Grocery

Tea Hive

Tea Hive, 53 Manchester Rd, Manchester, M21 9PW - Visit now

With it’s mismatched furniture and crockery, Tea Hive isn’t short of character, and this is reflected on the menu, too.

Tea Hive

The Beagle

The Beagle, 456-458 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M21 0BQ - Visit now

Excellent boozer and eatery in the southern suburbs. The venue has gone through many names and owners but The Beagle has finally stuck. Good beers and a great menu with some superb vegan options.

Image courtesy The Beagle.

Sale Water Park and Chorlton Ees

Sale Water Park and Chorlton Ees, Rifle Road, Sale, M33 2LX

A nature reserve between Chorlton and Sale, perfect for summer strolls and getting yourself immersed in the great outdoors (without actually leaving the city).

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The Font Chorlton

The Font Chorlton, 115-117 Manchester Rd, Manchester, M21 9PG - Visit now

The Font is a popular bar in Chorlton which serves up a great selection of beers and cocktails as well as an ever changing food menu. It can be a little bit like a creche on weekend afternoons, but once the parents clear off, it’s an ideal place to enjoy a beer or seven.

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