Vivian Suter at Tate Liverpool Valentine's Day Manchester
Vivian Suter, Nisyros (Vivian’s bed) 2016–17 © Courtesy of the artist and Karma International, Zurich and Los Angeles; Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels; House of Gaga, Mexico City; and Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City

Valentine’s Day

Creative Tourist

It’s almost Valentine’s Day in Manchester and across the North – everywhere else too for that matter, but that’s none of our concern. If you’re looking romantic things to do then you’ve come to the right place.

Our Valentine’s Day picks transverse between your stock-in-trade schmaltz and the ever so slightly alternative. From flowers and candlelight to physical theatre and up and coming rock n’ roll.

If you’re still stuck for inspiration, don’t forget our guides to the very best cinema, theatre, music, exhibitions and food and drink in Manchester and the North.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Bundobust Manchester

    Bundobust Manchester
    Ian Jones

    Bundobust Manchester, 61 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2AG - Visit now

    You can’t really go wrong with Bundobust. Whether in Manchester, Leeds or Liverpool, there’s no greater indicator of the health of your relationship than your significant other sharing a bite of their Vada Pav.

  • 2. Australasia

    Photos by Ian Jones

    Australasia, The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3AP - Visit now

    Not only one of the most luxurious restaurants in Manchester, this year they’re offering a special sharing dessert Valentine’s Bento Box (£16), plus a Charlotte Tilbury make-over voucher will be given with each purchase.

  • 3. Canto

    Canto
    Ian Jones

    Canto, Fairbairn Unit A, Fairbairn Building, Henry Street, Manchester, M4 5DH - Visit now

    You can pretty much walk down any random cobbled street in Ancoats and come across another acclaimed restaurant. This Valentine’s Day we’re suggesting Canto. Their updated menu promises to beat away the sad, cold, dark, Manchester climate with a range of new, powerful dishes and the return of some familiar faces.

  • 4. Northern Flower

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

    Outside Northern Flower, overturned wooden crates display cacti, potted trees and ivy in pots, while, inside, the friendly florists will ask for a budget and make up a cut flower bouquet accordingly. No excuses for hitting the petrol station at the last minute!

  • 5. Hotel Indigo Manchester Victoria Station

    Hotel Indigo Manchester

    Hotel Indigo Manchester Victoria Station, 6 Todd St, Manchester, M3 1WU - Visit now

    This Valentine’s Day, Hotel Indigo Manchester are offering a luxury romance package: a one-night stay in a boutique room, a specially curated five-course tasting menu at the in-house restaurant Mamucium, plus a champagne breakfast in bed the next morning. It doesn’t get much more romantic than this.

  • 6. The Ivy Asia

    Ian Jones

    The Ivy Asia, The Pavilion, Byrom St, , Manchester , M3 3HG - Visit now

    This is one for those wanting to push the boat out. You probably wouldn’t visit The Ivy Asia on a daily, or even weekly basis, not unless you have deep deep pockets, but when it comes to event dining it’s up there with the best. Manchester is a world class city, The Ivy provides food – and an experience – to match.

  • 7. 20 Stories

    Cocktails in Manchester
    Ian Jones

    20 Stories, No. 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Manchester, M3 3EB - Visit now

    Enjoy a high-end four-course meal, accompanied by electric violinists for the ultimate modern Valentine’s experience.

  • 8. Great John Street Hotel

    Great John Street Hotel in Spinningfields in Manchester.

    Great John Street Hotel, Great John Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M33 4FD - Visit now

    If you want to go all traditional, then Great John Street Hotel are bringing out the champagne and canapés for a special candlelit Valentines evening on their rooftop lounge.

  • 9. Asha’s

    Ian Jones

    Asha’s, 47 Peter Street, Manchester, M2 3NG - Visit now

    Got a penchant for spice? One of the city centre’s top Indian restaurants is offering a superb three-course romantic menu inspired by authentic Indian recipes with the kind of contemporary twists we’ve come to expect from the excellent kitchen team.

  • 10. Tattu

    Tattu Chinese restaurant Manchester
    Ian Jones

    Tattu, Gartside Street, 3 Hardman Square, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3EB - Visit now

    One of our most-loved Chinese restaurants, Tattu, is bringing back its popular screenings event this month, showcasing three classic romcoms on Sunday 16th February: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, The Proposal and Crazy, Stupid, Love. Perfect for a romantic date or just to celebrate with friends.

  • 11. Parks and Gardens in Manchester

    Blossom on trees in Manchester

    What could be more romantic than a wander through the winter wonderland of Manchester? Okay, there’s a good chance that the weather might be miserable, but with the right person, you don’t have to be. Here’s some of our favorite parks and gardens to explore together in Manchester.

  • 12. Lunya Manchester

    Image by Martin Kevill

    Lunya Manchester, Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 2BB - Visit now

    Lunya are bringing a special wine-themed evening on 13th February. Head along for fun but relaxed evening to think wine, talk wine & drink wine. What’s more romantic than drinking too much wine?

  • 13. Exhibitions

    Phoebe Davies: Points of Rupture at Site Gallery in Sheffield
    Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here is also on show at the Whitworth. It was co-organised by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), San Francisco.

    There are so many must-see exhibitions happening right now, we’ve rounded up the best the North has to offer. Have a read and impress your date without our editor’s wise words.

  • 14. Vivian Suter at Tate Liverpool

    Vivian Suter at Tate Liverpool Valentine's Day Manchester
    Vivian Suter, Nisyros (Vivian’s bed) 2016–17 © Courtesy of the artist and Karma International, Zurich and Los Angeles; Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels; House of Gaga, Mexico City; and Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City

    Vivian Suter at Tate Liverpool, Waterfront, Until 16 March 2020, free entry - Visit now

    Over in Liverpool you can share the beauty of the Guatemalan rain forest at Tate Liverpool who present the first UK solo exhibition of work by the Swiss-Argentinian artist, Vivian Suter.

  • 15. Madre Liverpool

    Madre

    Madre Liverpool, Atlantic Pavilion Albert Dock, 6, Liverpool, L3 4AE - Visit now

    If you plan on making a day of it, Madre Liverpool is the latest recruit to the Royal Albert Dock’s independent offerings, firmly establishing it as a location for great eateries.

  • 16. The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel

    Ian Jones

    The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Salford, M3 5LH - Visit now

    Along with a series of love-tinged offers at the hotel itself, The Lowry Hotel’s in-house restaurant is offering a Valentine’s Day to remember thanks to the special five-course tasting menu in the newly refurbished River Restaurant. This includes a choice of Iberico pork rump, honey fig & goat’s bread or mackerel ceviche to start, carrot and anis velouté or pink champagne sorbet as an intermediate course, and for the main course, roast halibut, Black Bomber pithivier or prime cut sirloin of beef. For dessert, indulge in passion fruit cheesecake, white chocolate parfait or the signature The Lowry Gin dish, with lemon mousse, tonic gel and cucumber ice. To finish, share a selection of regional cheese, chutney, preserves and biscuits. Cupid would be proud.

  • 17. The Hepworth Wakefield

    The Hepworth Wakefield

    The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, Yorkshire, WF1 5AW - Visit now

    One of our favourite galleries in England, nestled handily between Manchester and Leeds. The Hepworth should be towards the top of the list for those looking for a romantic day out.