Manchester was hailed as the world’s first modern city in the early 19th century, and the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution...
... still bristles with confidence and energy today. Whether you're coming for the buzzing cultural scene, one of the two huge football teams, or something else entirely, you'll be joining over 40 million leisure and business visitors a year. Manchester shows no signs of slowing down.
Food and drink
Food used to be one of Manchester's weak spots, but the city has reinvented itself as a foodie destination – and it’s increasingly hard to argue. The menu covers everything from fine dining to authentic noodle bowls to traditional afternoon tea at the top of soaring Beetham Tower.
City centre restaurants
You don't need to get off the beaten path to find great places to eat. For sheer variety and some crowd-pleasing favourites, try the Corn Exchange centre on Exchange Square. Trawl the long strip of Deansgate for everything from tapas to mezze to pub grub, or head to the UK’s second largest Chinatown for authentic Asian cooking. The centre is also the place for fine dining – try the restaurants at the Midland and Principal hotels.
If you're craving spice, head south to Rusholme, around five minutes from the city centre by taxi. This is Manchester’s legendary Curry Mile, where you’ll find over 70 restaurants competing for your business in a blaze of neon signs. Inevitably, it's a mixed bag – you'll have to trust your judgement, but that's part of the fun.
For up-and-coming restaurants, long established bastions of cool cooking, chic cafés, and an extraordinary number of intriguing bars, head to the hip Northern Quarter, tucked between Manchester Piccadilly Station and Manchester Arena.