We’ve teamed up with our friends from the blogosphere to give you the ultimate lowdown on our favourite cities. So, if you’re planning a visit to Manchester or you’re a local looking for new places to hang out – this is the guide for you!
Manchester is the perfect blend of old and new, and of industry and creativity. Museums, music, fashion and food. Manchester is also the birthplace of Missguided – and home to some of the UK’s most stylish femmes, including fashion blogger Hannah Louise F who’s given us the heads up on her top places to visit, what to eat and how to dress.
What to Wear
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Take it from us, layering is the key for AW sartorial success in Manchester. Hannah has picked the perfect outfit for the temperamental Manchester climate.
‘I chose a black and grey outfit to represent good old Manchester weather. I love the roll neck especially – it’s perfect for warmth and a hair tuck for bad hair days, but it’s also not too thick so can be layered.’
Hannah is wearing the Carina Chunky Knit Roll Neck Jumper Grey, Leanne Black Cigarette Trousers, Jerika Quilted Ankle Boots and the Malaguena Studded Trim Shopper Bag.
Where to Shop
‘Manchester is great for shopping, I love the new parts around Selfridges and Harvey Nichols and in Spinningfields, but also the independent boutiques and vintage shops in the Northern Quarter.’
Manchester’s Northern Quarter is a great spot for vintage finds, head to Oldham St to bag yourself some retro bargains. If you’re more of a high street honey, the shops around Market St and the Arndale will have everything you’re looking for.
Where to Hang Out
‘My favourite places to hang out in Manchester are cafes and restaurants! Proper Tea is a quaint little tearoom near Manchester Cathedral which serves every kind of tea you could wish for! Home Sweet Home is a Manchester favourite for pulled pork and sweet potato fries or a ridiculously large slice of cake.’
We love Home Sweet Home for extraordinary, delicious and totally Instagramable cakes. SoLiTa in Northern Quarter is our pick for the best Italian-American style food cooked in an Inca grill oven or Red’s True BBQ in Albert Square by the town hall. THAT donut burger, need we say more.
If you’re after culture, make sure you visit the beautifully refurbished Central Library in St. Peters Square, it’s stunning inside and a really peaceful way to spend an afternoon. Just a short walk from the library, on the edge of Chinatown is the Manchester Art Museum. The gallery is home to classic romantic art from Turner to William Blake and is open late on Thursday evenings when visiting musicians will play in the foyer.
For those who love to finish off the day with a glass of wine, head to Terrace Bar in the Northern Quarter. Dimly lit and beautifully decorated, Terrace has a warm intimate feeling and boasts an amazing Sunday roast.
What to Listen To
Manchester has forever been a musical mecca, but right now we’ve got a total girl crush on PINS. Faith, Anna, Lois and Sophie make up the rock-pop fourpeice once called “the most Brooklyn band ever to come from Manchester”.
Check out new single Come Back here