Tib Street, Manchester

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It’s not often that you find a street you could while away a whole day on: from beautifully made coffee in the morning, through to shopping, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and dancing, Tib Street in the Northern Quarter has it all. Close your eyes to the crusty bits around Sachas Hotel and the car park behind, and use Lemn Sissay’s poem Flags (pressed into the pavement, now sadly missing bits) as a leading light down all the way along the street. Further down, you’ll walk past the Tib Street Horn, a giant, dragon-like musical instrument perched on the remains of an old hat factory, as well as the illuminated, 12 metre-tall Big Boys Toy installation on the top of the NCP car park.

Tib Street is dotted with shops, including the gaudy emporium of vintage, piercing parlours, cabaret clothing and more that is Afflecks. There’s also the Northern Flower florist, the ever-excellent COW Vintage, specialist beer shop Beermoth and a load of other independent gems.

You’ll not go short for food and drink, either. Manchester institution North Tea Power takes all things caffeinated beyond seriously, Evelyn’s is where it’s at for brunch, and 10 Tib Lane is, well, just a bit special. And when you’ve got that off your plate, head over to the excellent Matt & Phred’s for the best live jazz gigs this city’s got to offer.

Our top picks


Afflecks, 52 Church Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1PW - Visit now

Sitting on the junction of Church Street and Tib Street you’ll find Afflecks, a towering indie emporium containing dozens of vintage and fashion traders, plus everything from a cassette shop (the only one in the UK) to an eco-friendly ‘hemporium’.

Image of Afflecks Palace in Manchester's Northern Quarter
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Matt and Phred’s

Matt and Phred’s, 64 Tib Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1LW - Visit now

Manchester’s most intimate jazz venue, Matt and Phred’s is nestled rather secretively into the brickwork of Tib Street. But follow the radiating sound of brass and, once inside, the tidal wave of warmth and energy are harder to miss.

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10 Tib Lane

10 Tib Lane, 10 Tib Lane, Manchester , M2 4JB - Visit now

A meal at 10 Tib Lane is something special. At a time when many city-centre restaurants are fighting to be the loudest and most ostentatious, this elegant destination is all about gimmick-free but sophisticated dining.

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Beermoth, 70 Tib Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1LG - Visit now

“We only sell beer, and we only sell really good beer”. Beermoth is the place to go for craft beer in the Northern Quarter, each can and bottle chosen with care by the incredibly knowledgable staff.

Beermoth shop in Manchester's Northern Quarter.
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Queer Lit

Queer Lit, 27 Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, M45AJ - Visit now

Queer Lit stock over 2,000 titles, among them hard hitting non fiction writing that tackles the grey areas of queer politics, through to disarmingly charming children’s story books that explore everything family can be in today’s world.

Queer Lit
Queer Lit

Northern Flower

Northern Flower, 58 Tib Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1LG - Visit now

This small shop has “Northern Quarter” stamped all over it, from its “potting shed”-feel to its bunting for sale and unusual selection of potted-up plants.

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North Tea Power

North Tea Power, 36 Tib Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1LA - Visit now

Our favourite café in this area has to be the mighty North Tea Power, with its addictive cakes, serious selection of teas and coffees and excellent playlist.

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Bags of Flavour

Bags of Flavour, 33 Tib St, Manchester , M4 1LX - Visit now

Forget kilo sales, forget the slightly musty smell we’ve learned to associate with vintage clothing and get used to vintage’s equivalent of high fashion. Bags Of Flavour is a great shout if you’re in the market for some new threads.

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Evuna Northern Quarter

Evuna Northern Quarter, Tib Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1LG - Visit now

Somehow the only tapas bar in the Northern Quarter, Evuna is where it’s at for traditional Spanish grub and damn fine drinks.

Evuna in Manchester's Northern Quarter
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COW Vintage Manchester

COW Vintage Manchester, 61 Church Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1PD - Visit now

COW Vintage is one of the biggest and best vintage shops in the UK. Their handpicked clothes and accessories are ethically sourced from around the world, and span a good 50 years, from 60s mod attire right through to 00s revival pieces.

Evelyn’s Cafe Bar

Evelyn’s Cafe Bar, G18 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1NB - Visit now

Spend an hour or so in Evelyn’s Cafe Bar and you might just want to spend a few more. It’s casual, it’s friendly and it’s very, very comfortable. Oh and it does an excellent brunch.

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Vinyl Revival

Vinyl Revival, 5 Hilton St, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1LP - Visit now

Just off Tib Street you’ll find a piece of Mancunian music history. Vinyl Revival specialise in the sounds of the city from the 50′s to the present day, and stock a range of records and collectibles that you’ll struggle to find anywhere else.

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