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Ditch the guidebook and follow these famous locals as they show you around England’s “Capital of the North.”

Matthew Williamson
Creative director at Pucci and designer

“I love Opus One in the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, which used to be the Free Trade Hall and still retains some of the old features, like the huge ceilings. At Cloud 23 , in the [Hilton Manchester Deansgate], the view of the city at night is amazing through the double- vaulted windows.”

Eyck Zimmer
United Kingdom National Chef of the Year

Luso does great Portuguese food that’s simple, with a twist. [On a Friday night,] you’re likely to find me somewhere like the Argentinean steak house Gaucho Grill or at Armstrong’s -- they do amazing fish-and-chips!”

Maxine Peake
Actress, star of See No Evil: The Moors Murders and Shameless

“Hit the Northern Quarter for shopping at the great vintage and record shops. [Have] a light lunch at Cup or Oklahoma. Then, [try] a mini pub crawl, taking in the Northern, Trof, and Cord, and finish it off by catching a gig at Night and Day.”

Chelsea Norris
Breakfast presenter on Key 103’s Toolan in the Morning

“You should definitely have a slap-up meal in the Living Room; their steak and peppercorn sauce is to die for. And Manchester wouldn’t be Manchester without the shopping. The Arcade and the Royal Exchange [building] are favorites of mine.”

Alex Poots
Festival director of the Manchester International Festival

“Visit Chetham’s School of Music Library, the oldest free public library in the UK. Then, stop by the Circus Tavern on Portland Street. … Despite being the smallest pub in the city, they pull a good pint and put it in a proper pint pot, served at your table.”



SUSAN GALLACHER is American Way’s senior research editor and a freelance writer based in Dallas.

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Craig Gill
Drummer for the Inspiral Carpets; former resident DJ at the legendary Hacienda nightclub

“Check out Size? on Market Street, as they have all the best sneakers, and [try] Vinyl Revival for really rare records. Grab a drink and a bite to eat at Bluu, and then catch an up-and-coming band at Moho Live — which showcases Manchester’s best talent of the future.”

Gerry Yeung
Co-owner of the Yang Sing restaurant and Hotel Yang Sing Oriental

“I enjoy shopping in the Triangle with my daughter, relaxing with the delights of the Hallé Orchestra in the Bridgewater Hall, and cheering on the Manchester United at the Theatre of Dreams.”

Paul Heathcote
Chef and restaurateur; owner of the Olive Press and Grado

“I like China Town for the bustle, and I enjoy Pacific for dim sum. My taste in clothes has never been cheap, so having Selfridges and Harvey Nichols together is a credit card melter.”

Tony Hill
Acting director at the Museum of Science & Industry

“The Castlefield area is a total meeting of history and architecture. Then, it’s on to the terrace of Dukes 92, [the perfect] place to watch the world go by and a great way to end any day."

Paul Horrocks
Editor of the
Manchester Evening News
“Take a ride on the Wheel [of Manchester] in Exchange Square for a bird’s-eye view of the city. [And] you can’t go wrong with Sam’s Chop House for traditional northern cuisine.”

Mavis Smitheman
The Lord Mayor, Councillor

“There isn’t a better place for a cappuccino than Caffé Nero. For a good meal, I love Manchester’s curry mile in Rusholme. It’s about 10 minutes outside of the city center, and the restaurants there have the best Indian food.”



IF YOU GO...

Armstrong Fish & Chip
486 Bury Old Road, Prestwich
011-44-161-773-6023

Bluu
Smithfield Market, Thomas Street
011-44-161-839-7195
www.bluu.co.uk

Caffé Nero
80 Mosley Street
011-44-161-236-8555
www.caffenero.com 

Castlefield area
Castlefield Visitors Center
101 Liverpool Road
011-44-161-834-4026

Chetham’s School of Music Library
Long Millgate
011-44-161-834-9644
www.chethams.com

China Town
Square bounded by York, Portland, Oxford, and Mosley streets

Circus Tavern
86 Portland Street
011-44-161-236-5818

Cloud 23 (23rd floor of the Hilton Manchester Deansgate)
303 Deansgate
011-44-161-870-1688
www.hilton.co.uk/manchesterdeansgate

Cord
Dorsey House, 8 Dorsey Street
011-44-161-832-9494
www.cordbar.com

Cup
53-55 Thomas Street
011-44-161-834-2004

Curry Mile
Wilmslow Road, Rusholme

Dukes 92
18 Castle Street, Castlefield
011-44-161-839-8646
www.dukes92.com

Gaucho Manchester
2a Saint Marys Street
011-44-161-833-4333
www.gauchorestaurants.co.uk

Grado Restaurant
New York Street, Piccadilly
011-44-161-238-9790
www.heathcotes.co.uk

Hallé Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall
Lower Moseley Street
011-44-161-237-7000
www.halle.co.uk

Harvey Nichols
21 Cathedral Street
011-44-161-828-8888
www.harveynichols.com

John Rylands University Library
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
011-44-161-275-3751
www.library.manchester.ac.uk

The Living Room
80 Deansgate
011-44-161-832-0083
www.thelivingroom.co.uk

Luso Restaurant
63 Bridge Street
011-44-161-839-5550
www.lusorestaurant.co.uk

Manchester History Museum
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
011-44-161-275-2634
www.museum.manchester.ac.uk

Manchester Markets
www.manchester.gov.uk/markets

Manchester United
Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford
011-44-161-868-8000
www.manutd.com

Moho Live
Tib Street, Northern Quarter
011-44-161-834-8188
www.moholive.com

Night & Day Café
26 Oldham Street
011-44-161-236-1822
www.nightnday.org

The Northern
56 Tib Street
011-44-161-835-2548
www.thenorthernpub.co.uk

Northern Quarter
www.northernqtr.co.uk

Oklahoma
74-76 High Street
011-44-161-834-1136

Olive Press Manchester
4 Lloyd Street
011-44-161-832-9090
www.heathcotes.co.uk

Opus One Bar and Restaurant
Radisson Edwardian Hotel Manchester
Free Trade Hall, Peter Street
011-44-161-835-8904
www.radissonedwardian.com

Pacific Restaurant
58-60 George Street
011-44-161-228-6668
www.pacificrestaurant.co.uk

Royal Exchange building and Arcade
Saint Ann’s Square
www.royalexchange.co.uk

Sam’s Chop House
Back Pool Fold, off Chapel Walks
011-44-161-834-3210
www.samschophouse.com

Selfridges Manchester
1 Exchange Square
011-44-113-369-8040
www.selfridges.com

Size?
18 Market Street
011-44-161-839-8086

Theatre of Dreams (Old Trafford Stadium)
Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford
011-44-161-868-8000
www.manutd.com

The Triangle Shopping Centre
Exchange Square
011-44-161-834-8961
www.thetriangle.co.uk

Trof
8 Thomas Street
011-44-161-833-3197
www.trof.co.uk

Vinyl Revival
5 Hilton Street
011-44-161-661-6393

The Wheel of Manchester
Exchange Square
011-44-161-831-9918
www.worldtouristattractions.co.uk

Yang Sing Oriental Hotel
36 Princess Street
011-44-161-880-0188