5 Places to visit in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

David Bowie Graffiti Art Manchester Northern Quarter

Manchester’s Northern Quarter is probably my favourite part of Manchester. There are just so many quirky shops, bars, cafes and restaurants and I always feel so inspired when I go there. The area just oozes cool from the artwork you find on the streets to the people who are there. It’s just got good vibes!

Trying to pick my top 5 places was hard because I just love the whole area! I’ve picked a mix bunch of places which are my faves and have good memories attached to them too. Whenever I go to NQ, I always have a good time. Whether that’s going for food, to drink to shop or to work; I genuinely think it’s not possible to have a good time there!

My Top 5 Places in the Northern Quarter:

Afflecks Palace

Is it even possible to do a post on the NQ without mentioning Afflecks Palace? This is honestly one of the coolest places. There’s such a mix of shops and people there are it just screams individuality and creativity. I remember the first time going here and just been blown away by how different it was. There’s an eclectic mix of shops, artists, cafes and tattoo places and there is definitely something for everyone here!

Dusk Til Pawn

If you’re looking for a unique little bar to go to, then this is the place to go! From the outside, it looks like an old pawn shop but you go in and it is a really cool bar which does some gorgeous cocktails and really nice wine. It’s not the biggest bar but it’s got real character and good vibes.


This is one of my go to work places when I want to get blogging or uni work done. Ziferblat is a really original place; instead of paying for your drinks and food, you pay 8p per minute and can have as much tea and cake and food as you like. I just love how you really feel at home there but I always feel quite productive there too! It’s also a really good way to try out different flavoured teas because they have so many different types.


Looking for a quirky gift? Head to Oklahoma because there is the most random, but awesome, mix of things in this shop. From flamingo statues to art prints there is something for everyone in there. I love going and having mooch about and just seeing all of the different things and getting ideas for peoples presents!


This is one of my go to lunch places as well as when you’re looking for somewhere to go for a drink. They have a fantastic little lunch menu with some gorgeous slider burgers (I mean, who doesn’t love eating mini burgers) to pizzas there is a really good mix of food. They also have really good drinks there and the interiors are to die for! It’s completely copper and is just fab and I love it!

Let me tell you, it was hard to choose just 5 places in the Northern Quarter because I love so many other places too. Let me know in the comments where you love to go in the NQ because I’m always on the look out for new places to visit!