By now, you’re probably aware that I’m a Northern gal. Living in the Manchester area for 24 years, whenever I’m out and about in the City, I always think I’ve exhausted the things to do and the places to go, but something new always pops up, whether it’s a cool and quirky bar in the Northern Quarter, a stylish hotel in the heart of the City or an elegant fine dining restaurant in classy Spinningfields.
Last week I was challenged to explore my own City for the day to find some of the lesser-known hidden gems of Manchester. This was so much fun because not only am I sharing some fun, new places for you to visit, I’m playing tourist in my own City! The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.
We started things off with lunch in the Northern Quarter. Now, we ALLLL know by now that I was in New York over Christmas time (because I haven’t shut up about it), so when we stumbled across Eat New York, I was straight in there.
After two years of serving up some of the best New York-style bagels from their food truck, Eat New York set up shop on Oldham Street in the heart of the NQ in 2017.
As soon as you step inside the shop, you’re transported straight to The Big Apple itself; think exposed brick, moody lighting and a banging playlist.
In addition to their incredible bagels, Eat New York also serve up their famous Reuben sandwich, deep-fried pies and a newly introduced bottomless brunch.
The staff were super friendly and were happy to recommend their favourites if you’re struggling to decide on what to get (it’s hard, everything sounds delicious!). They’re also on Deliveroo and Just Eat, so I’m going to count myself lucky I don’t live closer to the City centre, as I’d be ordering all the time!!!
After food, we started to make our way down Oldham Street towards Market Street when I noticed a sign for the Great White Shhark Comedy Show at The Patron. Dubbed ‘the greatest comedy show in Manchester’, the show is hosted by world renowned comedian Evan Desmarais and takes place every Wednesday from 8:30-11:30pm.
We decided to go to the show that evening and were shocked to learn that it was free! I expected it to be at least £10.
With a little time on our hands before our next stop, we had a little wander around The Arndale, which is always my go-to for a shopping spree. After a quick pop in lush and a bit of window shopping, we made our way to The Washhouse.
Now, the first rule of The Wash House is that you don’t talk about The Washhouse, so I won’t be going into that much detail….just know, you shouldn’t trust these guys with your laundry. A visit is a must whether you’re visiting or living in Manchester, so happy hunting…
After sorting out the washing, we made our way back to Oldham Street for a night of fun and laughter.
The show is held in a dedicated basement room, complete with a bar and a full-stage set up. With new talent every week, you’re guaranteed a night that’ll leave you in stitches for the rest of the week.