Shopping

Creative Tourist

Like retail therapy? Well, don’t we all. But what we like in particular are Manchester’s 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

The inside of stationary shop Fred Aldous

Independent Shops in Manchester

Make time for the independent shops for which Manchester is known so well – here’s our guide.

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.

Vintage record players

Second Hand Shopping

We’ve trawled the stalls to find the best second hand shopping in Manchester. From vintage fashions to…

Culture Guides

Black Men Walking at the Royal Exchange

Theatre

Vibrant and celebratory – you may be having a dry January but the Northern theatre scene is sure to satisfy your creative thirst.

Cinema

Featuring live scores, forgotten curiosities and cutting edge indie gems – we take a look at the best cinema coming to a screen near you.

Exhibitions

2018 kicks off to an exciting start culture-wise, with a number of major anniversaries to be marked and must-see exhibitions in store.

Families

Think January can’t be a magical month? Think again with our guide to the best things to do right now with kids and book ahead for.

Poet Jazmine Linklater.

Literature

There’s splendid spoken wordage a-go-go as we sashay forth into the first half of 2018: award-winning authors and emerging writers, book-buying opportunities, experimental and avantgarde wordage, and plenty of festival fun.

Music

Manchester’s top music venues have been busy filling their diaries for the year ahead – with early highlights include Iron and Wine, Jeff Tweedy, Mogwai and Joan as Police Woman, plus whole seasons by the likes of The Stoller Hall and the RNCM.

Things to do right now

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