Shopping in Manchester

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.

Here are our top 5 picks

  • 1. Manchester Craft & Design Centre

    Manchester Craft & Design Centre, Northern Quarter Manchester shopping copyright Edward Chadwick

    The thing we love best about Manchester Craft & Design Centre? The fact that you can buy unique, unusual pieces direct from some incredibly talented designers. Being able to see right into someone’s studio, the place where they spend hours trying things out, refining designs and finally putting the finishing touches to the piece you then walk away with… that’s pretty special.

    – Polly Checkland Harding

  • 2. Fig and Sparrow

    Fig and Sparrow, Manchester shops, Northern Quarter

    Fig and Sparrow: sells limited run, Manchester-made and refreshingly affordable homewares, stationery and gifts. There’s also an artisan coffee shop at the back, the perfect place in which to consider your purchases. Also run by possibly the nicest people in Manchester (just sayin’).

    – Susie Stubbs

  • 3. Chapter 1 Books

    Photo of a new releases bookshelf

    Independent bookshop Chapter 1 Books is everything you might hope for and more; there are Sherlock Holmes style armchairs, neat café tables and even a running fountain, as well as a fantastic mix of authors – all set in a light, modern space. Chintzy teacups adorn the café, where you can buy tea, coffee and generous slices of cake.

    – Polly Checkland Harding

  • 4. Oklahoma

    Image of Oklahoma shop in Manchester's Northern Quarter
    Ben Williams

    Kitsch homewares, kooky gifts, jewellery and a cafe all vie for attention in this busy little shop. Felt slippers, mid-century-esque vases, cards and Mexican badges are all yours for the taking.

    – Susie Stubbs

  • 5. Afflecks

    Image of Afflecks Palace in Manchester's Northern Quarter
    Ben Williams

    No trip to the Northern Quarter would be complete without a visit to Afflecks Palace, where you’ll find independent shops selling anything from vintage and contemporary fashion through to piercings, as well as superb sweet treats (at Ginger’s Comfort Emporium) and even the tiny Three Minute Theatre on the ground floor.

    – Polly Checkland Harding

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