You want to try out the best gourmet restaurant? You’re looking for a cosy café? You’re looking forward to relishing local specialities? Or you want to turn the night into day at a cool club? Let our select choices inspire you.

    • Albert’s Shed

      Beside the canal
      This glass-fronted open-plan restaurant in historically significant Castlefield started out as a tool shed. Today, it is where traditional English and Italian cuisine meet. You can sit on the spacious terrace beside the Bridgewater Canal and watch the old narrowboats pass through the lock.
      20 Castle Street
      Manchester M3 4LZ
      +44 161 839 98 18
    • Sam’s Chop House

      English cuisine
      Traditional English cuisine is «hip» again. «Mancunians» and tourists alike all appreciate that of Sam’s Chop House, which is made using fresh local produce. Enjoy the Brown Onion Soup and homemade Corned Beef Hash served in the comfortable atmosphere of the famous restaurant.
      Chapel Walks
      Back Pool Fold
      Manchester M2 1HN
      +44 161 834 32 10
    • Australasia

      Top location
      Australian lifestyle in Manchester – stylish and laid back. The Australasia is one of the city’s most popular locations, and appeals for its modern Australian cuisine. The entrance is formed by an almost invisible glass construction. A stairway takes guests down to enjoy fabulous culinary creations in the pleasing ambience of the gourmet temple in the basement.
      1 The Avenue
      Spinningfields Square
      Manchester M3 3AP
      +44 161 831 02 88
    • Jamie’s Italian

      Jamie Oliver
      Star chef Jamie Oliver’s restaurant is considered straightforward, fully of quality and yet affordable. As nothing was allowed to be changed in this listed building, fine antipasti are now prepared behind the counters where financial transactions were once conducted.
      100 King Street
      Manchester M2 4WU
      +44 161 241 39 01
    • ABode Restaurant

      Michael Caines
      The award-winning restaurant in the Hotel ABode appeals for its exclusive, innovative cuisine. Renowned chef Michael Caines uses regional products to create modern dishes that are served in a tasteful ambience. The taster menu, which is accompanied by carefully chosen wines, is highly recommended (£95).
      107 Piccadilly
      Manchester M1 2DB
      +44 161 247 77 44
    • San Carlo Cicchetti

      House of Fraser
      The perfect place to recover after a busy shopping session. Pizza and pasta, fish, various salads, crostini and a wide selection of sweet treats are served in the popular and much-visited Italian tapas bar in the House of Fraser department store.
      98-116 Deansgate
      Manchester M3 2GQ
      +44 161 839 22 33
    • Rose Garden

      Haven in the south of Manchester
      Tucked away from the busy shopping streets, this restaurant is the new meeting place on Burton Road. Minimalistic interior meets contemporary British cuisine in this family-run business in the southern suburb of West Didsbury. The exciting and varied dishes served here are made using seasonal and regional products. Booking ahead is essential.
      218 Burton Road
      Manchester M20 2LW
      +44 161 478 07 47
    • Red Chilli

      Szechuan cuisine
      This Chinese restaurant is a true winner, and delights with a huge selection of standard dishes that are far from the pseudo-Asian standards. A must: the Sizzling Beef with black pepper sauce – this highly spicy stew is not for the faint-hearted! Watch out, though – there are two Red Chillis in Manchester: the little basement restaurant on Portland Street, which is always busy, and its somewhat less inviting sister on Oxford Road.
      70-72 Portland Street
      Manchester M1 4GU
      +44 161 236 28 88
    • Hey Little Cupcake

      Sweet treats
      This little cupcake bakery in Spinningfields is sweet temptation on the very highest level. Cupcakes and cakes are baked fresh every day at the back of the shop. Large or small, refreshingly summery or rich and creamy, every single one is an enchanting work of art.
      Little Quay Street
      Manchester M3 3HF
      +44 161 832 02 60
    • Sugar Junction

      Afternoon tea
      This cosy 50s style café is in the middle of the Northern Quarter. There are around 25 tea varieties to choose from, and the homemade cakes and prettily decorated cupcakes are more than worth a sin. Very British: genuine afternoon tea with homemade scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream.
      60 Tib Street
      Manchester M4 1LG
      +44 161 839 14 44
    • Cornerhouse

      The city's first rock pub is now «the» cult address in Manchester for arthouse cinema, art books and exhibitions. It’s the perfect place for lovers of independent films and contemporary art. Pizza and snacks are served in the café until 11 pm. DJs assume the command in the bar at weekends. Incidentally, local musician Badly Drawn Boy is said to have composed the soundtrack to «About a Boy», which starred Hugh Grant, right here.
      70 Oxford Street
      Manchester M1 5NH
      +44 161 228 76 21
    • Richmond Tea Rooms

      Very British
      A visit to the lavish fantasy world of «Alice in Wonderland» is practically a must for all visitors to Manchester. Spend a relaxing Sunday in the lovely kitsch ambience of the Richmond Tea Rooms in the Gay Village, or just enjoy the wonderful British tradition of drinking tea.
      Richmond Street
      Manchester M1 3HZ
      +44 161 237 96 67
    • NoHo Bar

      This listed building has full-height windows, the wooden floors are original and the interior is pure vintage. The NoHo Bar can accommodate 180 guests, and after 5pm the former warehouse becomes a meeting place – it’s especially popular with the Bohemians who live and work in the Northern Quarter. At the weekends, various DJs appear at the NoHo Bar.
      Stevenson Square
      Manchester M1 1FB
    • Night and Day

      Pub with music
      The alternative pub with music in the trendy Northern Quarter is well known throughout England. A relaxed café by day, and in the evenings (except Sundays) guests enjoy cult songs of Manchester’s music scene or listen to the many newcomers who vie for the limelight. Best to experience it for yourself and enjoy the unique atmosphere with a pint of lager.
      26 Oldham Street
      Manchester M1 1JN
      +44 161 23 61 822
    • The Deaf Institute

      Café, Bar & Music Hall
      The events calendar of this original pub is always full. The Music Hall on the first floor offers cool beats for party-loving guests. The Café is open daily from 10 «till late», and offers an extensive breakfast menu, burgers, snacks – and even a full-blown Sunday lunch.
      135 Grosvenor Street
      Manchester M1 7HE
      +44 161 27 69 350
    • The Alchemist

      Exclusive cocktails
      This cool lifestyle bar appeals for the sheer variety of the cocktails it serves. Every single cocktail was created especially for the bar, and none are available anywhere else. The Dry Iced Tea, for instance, or the Smokey Old Fashioned are very special taste experiences – and don’t miss the brilliant bar snacks.
      1 New York Street
      Manchester M1 4HD
      +44 161 228 38 56
    • Cloud 23

      Beetham Tower
      Exclusive cocktails are served over Manchester’s rooftops on the 23rd floor of Beetham Tower. Situated at a height of 171 m, it offers fabulous views of the city and beyond. It’s worth making the small investment in the pricey «Manchester» cocktails just to make the most of the unforgettable views. Dress code: smart and stylish. Sports clothing and headwear are inappropriate.
      303 Deansgate
      Manchester M3 4LQ
      +44 161 870 16 70
    • Common

      Trendy meeting place
      One of the most popular bars in the Northern Quarter. The urban scene meets here, at this hip location with the fascinating interior, to discuss important issues such as the local music scene over good beer and home cooking. Although the focus is on the music, people are also attracted by the unusual exhibitions.
      39-41 Edge Street
      Manchester M4 1HW
      +44 161 832 92 45