Manchester is a city that is rightly known for its shops. Home to the high-end thrills of Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, it also boasts one of the largest shopping centres in Europe: the Manchester Arndale. But once you have had your fix of known labels and high-street shops, make time for the independents for which Manchester is known so well.
Here are our picks
Proving that Manchester can do quirky as well as any city you care to name, Thunder Egg is a post-modern treasure trove of kooky finds. Bright colours and prints are the order of the day, from Hello Kitty to owls, apples and Moomins. Youthful retro clothes are complemented by bags, baubles and knick-knacks that should appeal to a broader age range, including striking costume jewellery and homewares.
– Jo Nightingale
Online and in the Northern Quarter, an indie boutique that sells the sort of hard to source, beautifully made menswear that’s good enough to make women cry with jealousy. Deadstock General Store around the corner on Edge is also perfect for all your gentlemanly needs.
– Susie Stubbs
Located in the scraggy west end of the Northern Quarter, you’re likely to hear the Paramount before you see it, as opera and jazz boom from speakers positioned above the door. A large part of the shop is stacked with crates of Action Comics, Picture Postsand vintage girly magazines with seemingly innocuous yet strangely ominous-sounding titles like Beautiful Britons and Health & Efficiency. If you buy a volume here, you’ll get a piece of fruit from the owner with the spectacularly un-lifelike false arm.
– Matthew Hull