FEAST on fish tacos, sip kumquat cocktails and lose hours trawling the city’s indie boutiques, says Beauty Editor Tara Ledden.
Here, she reveals the best spots to visit while in Manchester.
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Manchester’s a treasure trove of quirky independent stores.
Hit the Northern Quarter and the iconic Afflecks, a wonder emporium of eclectic goods.
This three-storey maze of small-brand boutiques makes the perfect rainy afternoon refuge (Afflecks.com).
Nearby, Fred Aldous stocks arts, crafts and photography supplies galore (Fredaldous.co.uk).
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Meanwhile, Deadstock General Store has unusual gifts and unique homeware (Bindlestore.com).
Keep an eye out for the beautifully ornate Barton Arcade, between Deansgate and St Ann’s Square, which has fab indie menswear shops like R Store (Therstore.com), plus Classic Football Shirts, selling retro footie tops from all over the world (Classicfootballshirts.co.uk).
Tuck into cider tapas
Built from shipping containers, Escape To Freight Island plays host to six bars and 10 restaurants.
Make a beeline for Madre’s Baja fish tacos, £8 – they’re a collab between Liverpool faves Belzan and Volpi and London’s Breddos Tacos.
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