Creative Tourist

Like retail therapy? Well, don’t we all. But what we like in particular about shopping in Manchester is the variety: independent shops, and the sorts of boutiques that peddle one-off goods, everything from vintage and second hand shopping to limited-run artworks, contemporary craft, independent markets and interesting interiors. We love print – magazines, posters, screen prints – and we like shopping that shows both a love of place and a love of making. So here’s our guide to the best shopping in Manchester.

Visitor guides

OBJECT, Chorlton. Independent Shops Manchester

Independent Shops in Manchester

Here in Manchester, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to local, independent shopping gems – so we thought we’d put together a list of our favourite.

Levenshulme Market in Northern Quarter photo Ed Sprake 7

Markets in Manchester

We’ve hunted out some of the best, and most eclectic, markets in Manchester.

Record Shops in Manchester

With vinyl sales reaching a 25-year high in 2016, it’s easy to argue that record shopping is in rude health. And while some may prefer to do their crate-digging online these days, there is still an integral place reserved for the humble record shop. We pick out our favourites from around the city.

Vintage Shopping in Manchester

A roundup of vintage shops in Manchester that are pleasingly organised and have strong stock. Get stuck in.

The inside of a Spanish and Catalan deli

Food Shops in Manchester

We’re not talking supermarkets or department store food halls here: these are Manchester’s truly independent food emporiums.

Second Hand and Vintage Shopping; Manchester, Stockport, Liverpool

Second Hand Shopping

As much about the hunt as the find, the simple pleasure of searching out, rediscovering and breathing new life into forgotten objects of the past has an enduring appeal. Check out our guide to the best second hand shopping to be had in Manchester and beyond.

Culture Guides

Theatre: RASA and Contact: Handlooms


Let us chase off those winter blues with our picks of the best theatre and performances happening in Manchester and beyond.


From death-themed musicals to day-long explorations of the current freakscene, via rising country stars and celebrations of our shared heritage with South Asia, the musical calendar for Manchester and the North is packed to the rafters.


From the astounding new movie from Lynne Ramsay, to HOME’s One Film Wonders and Cumbria’s Picnic Cinema, we round up the best films showing in Manchester and the North.

Changing Lives: 200 Years of People and Protest in Sheffield at Weston Park Museum


Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s packed 2018 programme, 200 years of activism and protest in the Steel City, and the curious history of colour top our latest list of exhibition highlights.

Feast of Fire


Outdoor feasts of fire, indoor theatrical adventure and space sagas with the Soyuz capsule that brought Tim Peake back to earth. March is looking hot to trot.

Poet and performer Hannah Silva. Photo by Field and McGlynn


March ahoy, and we can even spot April on the horizon! There’s lots of brand-new work from both established and emerging writers, and plenty of prose, poetry and performance to fill your mornings, afternoons and evenings, weekdays and weekends.

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