It was a fun, action-packed couple of days on a collaboration with Visit Manchester, Visit Britain and Virgin Atlantic trip in Manchester this month. I loved getting to explore this energetic city and we had some incredible dining experiences at these 15 restaurants not to miss in Manchester, England. We certainly did not get to eat at all of them (I would have needed someone to roll me onto the plane if I did!) but I wanted to recommend a few more in addition to where we went. The extra restaurants on this list came highly recommended from other friends and locals from Manchester.
Get ready to eat your way through Manchester….
15 Restaurants Not to Miss in Manchester, England
1. The Refuge
With multiple rooms featuring a winter garden room, a bar, and a restaurant, the Refuge should be your first stop while visiting Manchester.
2. Albert’s Schloss
I loved this German-inspired restaurant with fresh radlers poured and a variety of choices on the menu ranging from fish to salads.
A solid choice for good eats inside posh digs.
4. Mackie Mayor
If you love the food hall experience, look no further than this space. The vaulted ceilings with a warehouse feel sets the stage for the perfect spot to grab a a bite from one of its multiple vendors inside.
5. Evelyn’s Cafe
One place I wish I would had gotten to while in Manchester was Evelyn’s Cafe. Known for classic brunch, it’s recommended to book in advance for a seat here.
6. Federal Cafe Bar
Can you say no to an all-day brunch menu?
7. Foundation Coffee House
I loved stopping in here for a cortado and I tried their espresso soft serve which was to die for!
8. Fig & Sparrow
One of the original coffee shops that put artisanal coffee on the map, head here to get properly caffeinated.
9. El Gato Negro
If you’re looking for tapas, look no further!
10. Alabama’s All American Eatery
If you’re looking for a fix of indulgent American food, then look no further than this place.
11. The Washhouse
A speak-easy style bar hidden behind a laundromat. Inside expect mind-blowing drinks served in the most creative way. *Book in advance for password entry.
12. Cottonopolis Food & Liquor
If you’re looking for Asian-inspired food with sushi as an option, head here.
13. Ancoats Coffee & Co
Another solid choice for good coffee in the city.
14. 20 Stories
Every time we went by here, there a was a queue to get in, noting just how popular this restaurant with a view is. Good food and great drinks, and certainly the place to catch sunset in the city.
15. Northern Soul Grilled Cheese
Creative grilled cheese sandwiches, should I say anymore?!
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