An Alternative Day Out In The Northern Quarter Manchester

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Manchester is a home away from home for me. I spent a lot of my time visiting friends, going to gigs and going on night outs when I was at university. asked me if I would like to go for a day out exploring Manchester, so I decided to explore the Northern Quarter Manchester as it is one of my favourite places. I asked my friend Simon along to come explore Manchester with me. If you’re planning a trip to explore the city, there are plenty of options for hotels in Manchester to stay at. Below is what we managed to fit into our day in the Northern Quarter, but there are also plenty of other things to do and see.


Black Milk Cereal Café


Black Milk is a cereal and dessert café which is based in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, which I’d been meaning to visit for ages. The service was really friendly and they had items on the menu which were themed with the time of year, as it was approaching Easter when I visited. Simon ordered The Easter Feast, which was Easter themed chocolate treats, served inside an Easter egg, with a glass of milk on the side. I decided to give the Strawberry and Rose vegan freakshake a try, which was really delicious. I liked that the rose cupcake had a chocolate sponge, which matched perfectly with the strawberry flavours of the milkshake.




Affleck’s Palace



Manchester is great for shopping anyway, but the Northern Quarter also has a brilliant independent shopping scene. Affleck’s is an indoor shopping emporium, which inside boasts plenty of different stalls including fashion, jewellery, food, anime, beauty, treatments, vintage, retro gaming and so much more. It’s a great place to find alternative clothing and vintage items, I particularly liked one of the retro gaming shops. Affleck’s Palace is always worth a visit if you have the time!



Manchester Cat Café



I’d wanted to visit the cat café in Manchester for a long time and I’m so pleased I’ve finally done it. Although it is £12 per person, this does include drinks. Food does cost more on top though. You get one hour with the cats, where they are roaming, playing, snoozing, etc. There are some rules to follow, such as do not pick the cats up, don’t wake them up, etc which is all reasonable. I can’t wait for my next visit to the cat café as I will definitely be back! I really enjoyed myself and I loved the cats.



Street Art


The Northern Quarter has some very beautiful street art, which can be seen all around you. It’s absolutely everywhere. I did want to get a photo of the bees street art but I forgot to as we passed by it. If you are a fan of street art, you want be disappointed as it is so beautiful. There are a few guides online to help you find the street art, if you need a hand finding it.


The Washhouse



Of course, when I planned our day trip, I had to include some cocktails. I’d read online about this place called The Washhouse. The Washhouse is a secret speakeasy style cocktail bar, which is fronted as a laundrette. Once entering the laundrette, there is a phone and if you press the button, someone will answer. They then check you have a reservation and lead you through into the bar area behind the locked door. The bar has a very relaxed atmosphere and it is a table service. The staff were very helpful and gave advice of how to decide which cocktail would be most suited to your individual taste. Simon opted for the Oh Danny Boy cocktail, whereas I chose a honey based cocktail. We could have easily spent longer here, but we needed to head back to the station for our train. I really enjoyed the whole unique experience and I loved the receipt being presented to us in a Persil tin!



Overall, we were very lucky with the weather as it was such a beautiful day I’d picked to go explore Manchester. It’s one of my favourite places and I had such a great time looking around and experiencing the more alternative things to do in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

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