01.Private White VC

"Private White VC is one of Manchester’s best kept secrets. The menswear collections are designed by Nick Ashley, son of Laura Ashley. Most of the materials are sourced locally and this brand is big on quality and heritage. The whole collection is inspired by WWI hero; Private Jack White so subtle military detailing, structure and craftsmanship are key elements to the look of these garments. Their raincoat is a beautiful bespoke item which is designed and made by Private White VC."

02.Fred Aldous

"Fred Aldous is a bit of a Manchester institution and has actually been around since 1886. This is still a family run art and craft supplies business, now in its fifth generation. From what was a small basement shop in the 1980s, this is the place to come if you have any kind of creative idea and want to make something. The store stocks their own range of products, including a variety of paintbrushes, designed to be affordable, but as they bear the Fred Aldous name you know they are quality too."

03.Fig and Sparrow

"Fig & Sparrow is a unique business structure which is a coffee shop, lifestyle store and an Airbnb apartment all in one. They stock a beautiful signature cushion which is printed with a map of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, where Fig and Sparrow reside. This would bring a bit of urban chic to your living room and a little bit of the city to your home."

04.Northern Flower

"Northern Flower is a small but perfectly formed plant paradise right in the centre of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. With a potting shed feel and an uber friendly vibe, it’s hard to walk out empty handed. Pay a visit to explore a wide range of house plants, flowers and cacti. They are known for their bouquets and take only moments to whip up something stunning to take home."

05.Tea Hive

"If you are spending some time in Chorlton then further up the road is Tea Hive – a cafe which has a warm and cosy vibe, with cake, tea and a hot food menu to match. The service here is fantastic; vintage china, vintage furniture and locally sourced ingredients make it a tantalising place to spend a few hours. The carrot cake is so moist and always sells out, make sure you try it! Tea Hive also put on special evening events with music and a restaurant standard menu."

06.Croma Restaurant

"Croma has been around for sixteen years and has won multiple awards – they do great pizza. Again, the service stands out here, staff are attentive and know their products inside and out. The pizza creations vary from your basic Margherita to Chicken PiriPiri and Pepper Steak, but I think the signature has got to be the Marinara. A pizza from the sea with no cheese, it shouldn’t work but it does."


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