Everyone knows that the best way to end a good week or to celebrate some great news in Manchester is to head out to the best place in town to get something to eat. But where do you go when there are just so many choices? How do you decide?
Here is a shortlist of 20 amazing restaurants in Manchester, home to thousands of fantastic recipes you just have to try out. Whilst there is always something new popping up in the Northern Quarter or just around the corner from Deansgate, these are some firm favourites from the past few years. Work your way through slowly, savour your finds and don’t forget to share around any new places you might find that could be added to this list.
1. Rudy’s Pizza
Located just outside of the Northern Quarter in Ancoats, Rudy’s Pizza is a small business which makes some of the most sensational pizza you’ll ever taste. They have a secret dough recipe that will blow your mind, with just a pinch of basil and oregon to top everything off. Not one to miss.
2. The Pasta Factory
Love pasta but want a few more options than you can currently make at home? Head to the Pasta Factory for a range of affordable, delicious options that will provide you cooking inspiration for weeks to come.
3. Bowler’s Cafe
After exploring local areas such as Spinningfields and admiring the stunning central library, cross over the street to a heritage building with a twist. Bowler’s is tucked away in plain sight, offering some of the best fish and chips in central Manchester which always make a lunch time stop worthwhile.
If you want to know where to start with the curry mile (though everything along here is definitely worth trying) Mughli is the place. It has some of the best Indian cuisine for miles around and is a favourite haunt for the Manchester crowds who know where’s best to go. Perfect for a treat to celebrate your recent move or completing exams!
5. Chapter One
A blend of books and home made cuisine, you can’t go wrong by curling up in a comfy spot of Chapter One for your afternoon meal. Lose yourself in the latest stories whilst enjoying a slice of creamy chocolate cake or the recommended dish of the day.
Whether you want to order a dish or put together something yourself using the ingredients in the kitchen, Ziferblats makes for a fantastic dining experience. Here you pay for the time you are there and not what you eat, meaning you are welcome to sample different snacks for hours at a reasonable price.
This tea room is just around the corner from the Royal Exchange theatre making it the go to place before your show or if you’re just in the area. Order some tea and cakes to enjoy with friends, but make sure you take some photos first as these delicious desserts are beyond instagrammable!
At Zaytoon you can try everything from perfectly prepared Vegetarian/Vegan dishes to traditional Mediterranean sea food. It’s a place to go to to please everyone as the menu has so much potential and the staff are always pleased to help. I can highly recommend the Sea Bass.
Another Indian restaurant which food you won’t be able to stop thinking about is Mylahore. Also located on the curry mile, don’t miss out on the chance to try some award winning dishes. Be sure to book in advance though to miss out on the crowds!
There is nothing more Northern than a pie and this is the place to get spoiled for choice. The pastry is always crisp to perfection, with friendly staff and a menu to die for.
11. Salvi’s Mozzarella Bar
For an Italian dining experience you won’t forget in a hurry, make reservations at Salvi’s Mozzarella bar. The recipes are incredibly authentic and blend just the right amount of spice and of course, mozzarella!
12. The Corn Exchange
Salvi’s is located in this area, but there are also so many other places to try if you want to sample something else. The Corn Exchange is one of the most chic areas in all of Central Manchester, hidden as usual in plain sight and with options that will please everyone.
Delicious but also healthy, Fress is exactly what it implies on the label – Fresh! Stop by to embrace your inner millennial with some Avacado toast or have a quick salad on your way to work. The breakfast food is by far the most popular array of options though, so I highly suggest you begin here.
14. The Makers Market
Hosted on a Sunday, an array of all the independent businesses in town gather together to sell their products at the Makers Market. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the choice and don’t know where to head next, here is the place to be.
15. No.1 Canal Street
For a classic Sunday Roast and a vibrant spot of city life, or even just a cold beer to end your week, you really can’t beat Canal Street. Schedule your next afternoon post-meeting meeting here for smiles all round.
16. Flour And Flagon
Another place to head for a different range of British dishes and sides is the Flour and Flagon. Rennovated in the past year to bring a higher quality of food the student area of the city, the Flour and Flagon is an excellent location for affordable but brilliant cuisine.
17. Cote Brasserie
Want a touch of Paris in your life? Cote Brasserie knows just what you need. Travel back in time with the succulent menu proffered by Cote Brasserie and let your inner Parisian pick out something from the menu that you’ve always wanted to try.
18. The Laundrette
From late night evening meals with friends to an early morning breakfast treat, savour the flavour of something fantastic from The Laundrette. It’s quirky, it’s cool, it’s beyond tasty – what isn’t to love?
19. Arndale Foodcourt
If you’re out shopping and just want to grab something quick, the Arndale foodcourt has a lot of options to offer. From fast food chains to something a little more chic, you and those you’re with will all be able to find something to match your appetite here. The best part is you can all dine together, no matter what you choose.
And finally, Whetherspoons! Would you really be in Manchester if you weren’t heading out for an amazing time at what is hailed as the place to be when in the North? There is one practically on every block, so don’t miss out.