Manchester's Northern Quarter

You could spend a whole day (or even a whole weekend!) exploring the Northern Quarter in Manchester. With its unique character, the creative heart of Manchester is more than just the newest hipster spot in the city.

2019 June 19

Full of street art, independent stores, restaurants, bars and cafes, the Northern Quarter is fun, welcoming and charming. Located between Piccadilly and the Ancoats, it’s also easily accessible (especially if you’re staying at easyHotel Manchester City Centre!)


With all its vintage shops and independent fashion stores, the Northern Quarter is a great for some alternative shopping in Manchester.

Affleck’s Palace is a must-have experience for first-timers to the Northern Quarter - take your time wandering up and down the stairs and enjoying all the affordable outlets full of independent designers and traders. Plenty of vintage vibes here - clothes, posters, retro t-shirts... You can even grab a more permanent souvenir of your time in Manchester with a tattoo or piercing in Affleck’s!

Retro Rehab’s vintage clothing boutique is great for unique and hand-tailored clothes and accessories, while Manchester Craft and Design Centre is also worth a visit. Set in a restored former Victorian Fish and Poultry market (don’t worry, the smell has gone), check out the artist-run studios that are open to the public, with local art, jewellery and sculptures all on sale.

Street Art

The Northern Quarter was already a great spot to see street Art in Manchester, but since Cities of Hope, a street festival raising awareness of world issues, a number of large murals have popped up around the area.

Head over to Stevenson Square for the best of Manchester’s street art, filled with ever changing graffiti, each time you visit you could be greeted with something new. You’ll find a large-scale mural of a blue tit just nearby the easyHotel Manchester on Port Street, by artist Sarah Yates. It was commissioned in 2011 by Converse.

There are Manchester Street Art tours that you can take to learn all about the street art in the area, the architecture and the gentrification of the Northern Quarter.

Record shops

Along Oldham Street you’ll find record shops with rare vinyl and independent music. Check out the Northern Quarter for the best record shops in Manchester. Here you’ll find Piccadilly Record for an eclectic range of local and international artists, along with Eastern Bloc and Vinyl Exchange. The Northern Quarter is an area long associated with Manchester’s legendary music scene!

By night

The Northern Quarter is the city’s favourite place to spend the evening - with its abundance of independent bars and restaurants there’s something for everyone’s tastes. Look out for hidden bars and secret streets tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Manchester city centre. There are many drinking and dining options in the Northern Quarter, from classic pubs to secret cocktail bars. For cocktails in Manchester, why not try Walrus or The Whisky Bar?

Twenty Twenty Two is the place to go for late night ping pong - you can even challenge the bar staff to win your next round! Don’t worry, there’s also plenty of dancing here too, with the bar open until the early hours. Mint Lounge is an alternative choice if you want to dance the night away.

Getting to the Northern Quarter in Manchester

From easyHotel Manchester City Centre - well, then you’ve already arrived! The Northern Quarter is ideal for walking and wandering at leisure and easyHotel Manchester City Centre is the perfect base for exploring the Northern Quarter.

The closest train station is Manchester Piccadilly, just a short walk away. Manchester Piccadilly is the main train station in Manchester, making Manchester easily accessible from all over the UK.

Manchester airport is a 20 minute train ride from Manchester Piccadilly train station.  

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