I’m Mancunian, born and bred. Apart from short stays in London and NYC, I’ve called this city home for my whole life. In the past, Manchester has felt like a grey city, with not much going on. But in the past year, the city has experienced a renaissance, and hasn’t looked back. I own two businesses here - Matt & Phred’s Jazz Club in the Northern Quarter, and Comme Ca Art Dealers in Ancoats. I work, live, sleep, and eat between the two, and love being able to jump on my bike or walk to and from work - the city is so interconnected and easy to explore.
From it’s world-renowned music scene, to a wealth of sporting heroes, there’s so much to be excited about in Manchester. I’ve picked out my favourite spots in the city, for a jam-packed day of exploration, eating, and entertainment.
‘The City has experienced a renaissance, and hasn’t looked back’
Start the day with the best brunch in the city at Federal Cafe Bar on Nicholas Croft - the perfect way to fuel your wanders. The city centre is quite small, so you can hop from one neighbourhood to another with ease. And everywhere you step, elegant architecture lines the streets. Princess Street is packed with faded grandeur, and the Central Library and Town Hall are breath-stealing.
Long lunches are best enjoyed at Mackie Mayor on Eagle Street, before catching a matinee at The Royal Exchange or the Palace Theatre. From mind-bending ballet, to forward-thinking theatre, there’s always something on to enjoy.
‘...you can hop from one neighbourhood to another with ease’
Cicchetti off King Street is my favourite haunt for meeting friends, and sharing Italian tapas over a bottle of wine. The Hawksmoor on Deansgate is also worth a mention. Although best-known for steaks, they can cook fish to perfection too - and don’t leave without trying their mac and cheese!
For post-dinner dancing, and some of the best jazz around, I (obviously) love Matt & Phred’s Jazz Club - I can plug my own Jazz Club, right?! A neighbourhood favourite, we have live music six nights a week and visitors from around the globe - expect an audience from the Northern Quarter, Norway, and even New Zealand. Then, end your evening savouring the Salford sunset from the Comme Ca Art Gallery balcony.