18 Cool places to eat in Manchester [2023]

Manchester’s food scene has erupted over the past 2 years, and continues to thrive. With new restaurants, bars, gastropubs, micro breweries and cafes opening weekly, the city is establishing itself as one of the UK’s most exciting foodie destinations.

Whether you’re after Indian, fine dining, afternoon tea, street food or burgers, Manchester has it all and it’s a wonderful city to head out on a food crawl. Why not try foodie destination, the Corn Exchange, or experience contemporary pub, The Pilcrow at Sadler’s Yard, or even head to Manchester’s highest restaurant 20 Stories. There’s also the repurposed cotton mills of the Northern Quarter, to fine dining restaurants in the city’s new cultural district, they’ve got the lot – and all within walking distance of each other.

Manchester really has an ever-growing food scene, so get here quick and be one of the first to experience it. Here are my favourite cool places to eat in Manchester….

READ MORE: Ultimate Guide to a Weekend in Manchester

Weekend in Manchester


  • Northern Quarter
  • Vinyl shops
  • Victoria Baths
  • Ancoats
  • The Lowry
  • Manchester Pride
  • National Football Museum
  • Chinatown
  • Manchester Central Library

Weekend in Manchester

Weekend in Manchester

Weekend in Manchester


Neighbourhood is an amazing cafe located centrally with an amazing bottomless brunch. It’s the perfect place to head with your girls on a Saturday morning! For only £30 per head you get to choose a brunch dish and unlimited drinks for 1.5 hours.

Albert Schloss – Albert’s Schloss is Manchester’s first Tankovna, serving the freshest Pilsner this side of the Danube. Add to this, 10 heritage brews on the taps, Alpine cocktails, homemade Schnapps, an uber wine list and ‘push for Prosecco’ buttons on every table. We headed here on the Friday night when arrived and it was heaving, with an amazing atmosphere and crowd, before the drag queens even arrived!

Mackie Mayor – A huge converted Grade II-listed building close to Band on the Wall that promises 400 seats and cracking food from the likes of pizza Gods Honest Crust. The people behind it are also responsible for the regenerated Altrincham Market. A game-changer for the region’s culinary offering if ever there was one.

Evelyn’s Cafe – We stumbled across Evelyn’s not long after arriving in the city, and it was an amazing place to sit down, grab a glass of wine and relax. It’s also great for coffee and brunch, where you can dine all day!

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