The front of Didsbury restaurant Volta.

Didsbury, Manchester

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Follow Oxford Road South through the Curry Mile, along Wilmslow Road, past Platt Fields Park and through Withington and you’ll eventually reach Didsbury, an area divided into two main parts. There’s Didsbury Village, dominated by prestigious chains, and West Didsbury, which has an altogether more independent feel. Cheese shop The Cheese Hamlet, beautiful patisserie Bisous Bisous, Italian restaurant Gusto and meat and hard liquor stop Bourbon & Black in Didsbury Village are all worth a visit, but the majority of your time should be spent exploring Burton Road, the heart of West Didsbury.

Here you’ll find Spanish tapas at Volta, sweet café with an unwieldy name And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon, high-end fare at The Rose Garden and excellent vegetarian food at Greens, just around the corner. There are a couple of good food shops, too, in the form of Cocoa Cabana Chocolatiers and Thyme Out, a deli stocking olives, cheeses, homemade pies, charcuterie and eye-widening cakes, which also does excellent breakfasts. A great day-to-night destination.

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