Discover the best shopping in Manchester
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Manchester rocks when it comes to retail with its mixture of high street favourites, designer boutiques, cool independents and malls. Manchester’s shops rival those in the capital and many of the high street brands have opened flagship stores in the city, like Uniqulo and Next with its pizza and prosecco bar.
The high-end stores such as Harvey Nichols and Selfridges offer personal shopping services for men and women. Designer shopping can also be found at the Deansgate end of the city with boutique stores like Paul Smith, Hugo Boss, Ted Baker, Burberry, Michael Kors and Ugg on New Cathedral Street.
When the famous Manchester rain falls or you just fancy a respite from the action outdoors, head into the Arndale. This is home to the Apple Store, Accessorize, the City Store, a shop dedicated to one of the two local (and quite famous) football teams. Here you’ll also find, Gap, the Foot Asylum, Topshop, River Island, Radley, Hollister, Jack & Jones, Waterstones, Dune, Next and an indoor market where you can buy anything from fresh lobster to fancy dress.
The Northern Quarter is Manchester’s boho area, a warren of atmospheric streets packed with independent shops, bars and restaurants, including Jean Jackson NQ, a funky bridal boutique and Frog Flowers.
It has at its centre the alternative shopping mall, Afflecks, which has managed to survive against the odds as an indoor market and meeting place for the funky and young for more than 30 years.
52 Church St, Manchester M4 1PW
Afflecks is a Manchester institution; a world-famous totem of eclectic and alternative culture, frequented by everyone from local teenagers to Lady Gaga. It is part of the heart and soul of Manchester – disruptive, different, independent, individual, trailblazing – it embodies the spirit of the city perfectly. It holds a special place in the hearts of Mancunians and is beloved of visitors to the city too. Afflecks is an emporium of independent food outlets, artists and fashion retailers. From its very beginnings it has always been a champion and incubator of independent business, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Sprawling over four floors and housing over 60 bespoke retailers selling, making and creating a vast and incredible array of products and services – from vintage fashion to artisan ice cream to ear piercing – there’s nowhere like it in the country. Visit website
1 Exchange Square, Central, Manchester M3 1BD
Selfridges has two Manchester stores, Selfridges Trafford at intu Trafford Centre and Selfridges Exchange Square, conveniently located in the city centre, within the luxury retail district. If you haven’t visited Selfridges before, ready yourself for the most extraordinary customer experience of its kind. Offering cutting-edge fashion, the most sought after watches and jewellery, beautiful accessories and the best beauty brands all under one roof, Selfridges is a one-stop shop for a luxurious retail experience. Visit website
17 Oak St, Manchester M4 5JD
A hidden gem at the heart of Manchester’s creative Northern Quarter, Manchester Craft & Design Centre is home to 18 studios housing 30+ designer-makers who design, create and make a variety of hand-made work, from textiles and ceramics to pewter and paint, all of which can be bought on-site from the maker themselves in their independent and unique studios which are open to the public six days a week. Visit website
162 Arndale Centre, Manchester M4 3AB
House of CB pieces, particularly dresses, have graced famous faces (well, bodies!) and the pages of your favourite magazines. The brand has evolved from the signature bodycon dresses to gorgeous statement pieces that are unmistakably CB. The style is inspired by iconic women, killer curves and everything empowering. When you rock CB, everyone will know about it. They’re all about being kick-ass and having fun. So, if you’re looking for the perfect ‘fit, they’ve got you. Visit website
Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3FL
Spinningfields is Manchester’s luxury shopping and dining quarter, home to some of the top restaurants in the city. You’ll find the best of city centre shopping including Mulberry, Oliver Sweeney, Flannels, Emporio Armani and Nicky Clarke. Visit website
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Image credits: ©Chris Payne/Manchester Craft & Design Centre; intu Trafford Centre; John Clarke/www.Clarkephotography.co.uk/Afflecks; Lev Dolgachev/stock.adobe.com; Lewis Roberts/Unsplash