The food places in Manchester to try before you die

Say goodbye to your beach bod


Manchester is well-established as the cultural hub of the North, and there’s always something new to discover in the Northern Powerhouse.

We’ve condensed the very best (and most affordable) here, so go out and see how many you can find.


Beautifully situated on Deansgate, in Spinningfields, adjacent to the Emporio Armani building. A striking glass pyramid lures clients down the sheltered staircase to an underground bar and restaurant.

A combination of Japanese fusion food, daring cocktails and experienced bartenders, this is not for the faint hearted.

The Blue Pig

Located on the outskirts of the Northern Quarter, this is a great place to brunch. The music inside is not shy in volume, but the atmosphere is relaxed and informal.

There’s something for everyone on the menu, if you can bear the blue pig watching over you on the ceiling.

Kro Bar

While the burgers and normal pub food are exquisite, their daily specials are the main attraction. Rather than advertising, however, it is up to you to enquire about them – don’t worry, their staff are super friendly.

That’s where their food steps up a gear: meals such as moroccan-spiced trout and roasted vegetables are revealed.

Turtle Bay

Specialising in rustic Caribbean food, this restaurant serves the likes of curried pigs’ cheeks along with the staple rice and peas.

One of the most aesthetically-pleasing joints in Manchester, their veggie butter bean, pumpkin and coconut stew is just as beautiful.

The Alchemist

Set in Spinningfields, The Alchemist is open from breakfast through to after-dinner drinks.

The food is delicious and caters to a wide range of cuisines as well as dietary requirements, so grab everyone and try their blackened salmon.

The drinks are out of this world and their team of mixologists (bit pretentious, but that’s okay) are constantly creating new concoctions to tempt the tastebuds.

A firm favourite among students, it’s a must for relaxing on a warm summer’s day.

Teacup Kitchen

Despite the name suggesting this is Manchester’s answer to high tea at The Ritz, this canteen serves good quality food for those on a budget. With breakfast starting at £4 for a full English, there really is no excuse not to pop in.

Home Sweet Home

Forget getting beach body ready, this is comfort food at its finest. Burgers, fries (always with cheese) and desserts are in abundance, so there’s no room on the menu for a (boring) healthy salad.

Federal Cafe and Bar

Serving the best brunch in Manchester, the UK and probably the whole world, this is the cream of the crop. Their french toast is exquisite, the prices are affordable and the portions are monstrous.

Even if the others don’t appeal, this is the place to try before you die in Manchester.