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.

From artisan shops like The Cheese Hamlet to beautiful restaurants like Gusto, Didsbury Village does have its gems, but the majority of your time should be spent exploring Burton Road, the heart of West Didsbury. Here you’ll find an especially strong bunch of restaurants, among them the superb-looking FOLK, and intimate bistro bar Volta.

For more of our picks, including cocktail bars, cafés and independent shops, scroll away.

Our top picks

FOLK Didsbury

FOLK Didsbury, 169 - 171 Burton Road, Manchester, M20 2LN - Visit now

Everyone in South Manchester knows about Folk. It’s been around for years, under various guises, but it appears to have reached its final form: a bright, breezy, late-night cafe, staffed by a bunch of upbeat twentysomethings.

The Wishing Well

The Wishing Well, 1d School Ln, Didsbury, , Manchester , M20 6SA - Visit now

Whether you’re looking for a place to visit with friends or a new location for date night, cocktail bar The wishing Well is a relatively new addition to Didsbury Village, and it does what it does extremely well.

The Wishing Well

Albert’s Restaurant & Bar

Albert’s Restaurant & Bar, 120-122 Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester, M20 2PU - Visit now

This impossibly white building is an iconic feature in Didsbury, with a grand interior and menu to match. A top spot for a lunch of refined light bites.

Albert's Restaurant & Bar

Cheese Hamlet

Cheese Hamlet, 706 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Greater Manchester, M20 2DW - Visit now

This cornucopia of excellent cheeses is a must visit treat for any foodie. Everything on the shelves is hand picked by people who are incredibly passionate about what they do.

Cheese and Win platter by Cheese Hamlet
Image courtesy of Cheese Hamlet

Lentils and Lather

Lentils and Lather, 50 Burton Rd, Withington, M20 3EB - Visit now

A top destination in South Manchester for a wide range of sustainable, plastic-free and zero waste products, Lentils and Lather makes it easy to shop in an environmentally friendly way.

Image courtesy of Lentils and Lather


Volta, 167 Burton Rd, West Didsbury, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 2LN - Visit now

Helmed by Guardian-lauded chef Alex Shaw, Volta completely raises the bar; no mean feat for a place on West Didsbury’s eats-heavy Burton Road.

Plate of halloumi and fig

A Taste of Honey

A Taste of Honey, 138 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 1JQ - Visit now

Based on Burton Road in West Didsbury, A Taste Of Honey is a local deli, community hub, arts space and all-round friendly face.

A Taste of Honey
A Taste of Honey

Moth, Didsbury

Moth, Didsbury, 154 Burton Rd, Manchester, M20 1LH - Visit now

Moth is an interior and lifestyle concept store founded in 2006 by stylist, designer & owner Hazel. It sits on Burton Road and acts as a palate cleanser between the vivacious colours of G.T. Blagg’s plants and Proove pizzeria’s enticing aromas.

Moth, independent shopping in Manchester

Goodtime Games

Goodtime Games, 212 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LW - Visit now

A treasure trove of table top fun, Goodtime Games’ shelves are piled high with hours and hours of turn-based amusement, while serving an entirely vegetarian (and vegan) menu of treats which make the perfect accompaniment to a rainy afternoon’s entertainment.

goodtime games
Goodtime Games

Rudy’s Didsbury

Rudy’s Didsbury, 653 Wilmslow Road Didsbury , Manchester , M20 6QZ - Visit now

Rudy’s is a delightful light, airy and spacious restaurant most loved for its authentic Neapolitan pizza. As ever, the specials board has tantalising offerings alongside the standard menu of well-executed favourites plus a few exciting wildcard options, complete with a respectable wine list and excellent service.

Rudy’s Didsbury

Greens Didsbury

Greens Didsbury, 41-43 Lapwing Lane, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 2NT - Visit now

Simon Rimmer’s Greens has been waving the V flag for nearly 30 years and is certainly one of the best regarded veggie restaurants in Manchester.

Greens Didsbury

The Metropolitan

The Metropolitan, 2 Lapwing Lane
, Manchester, M20 2WS - Visit now

Your friendly local in Didsbury, full of style and character serving quality food and drink. Pop by for a drink, something to eat or just a chinwag with the lovely staff.

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