An hour in Manchester by Catherine Nangle

11 am

It’s the perfect time to grab a hot drink to wake you up. I’d recommend Takk for a decent espresso, a Nordic inspired coffee house in Manchester’s famous and trendy Northern Quarter. I sipped the delicious coffee for exactly fifteen minutes, but if you had more time, you’d definitely stay longer and try their delicious brunches.

11:15 am

It’s a short walk to Afflecks, which is a definite to check off on your Manchester list. It’s a unique indoor market in Manchester’s Northern Quarter where you can grab a number of brilliantly crazy items. I grabbed an amazing art print from The Fox Fairy, a gorgeous shop full of pretty handmade art, jewellery, clothing and more.

11:30 am

My next stop was towards Market Street, inside Manchester’s bustling shopping centre. The Arndale Centre’s food court is the perfect place to grab a quick bite, try the Vietnamese street food stall, it’s seriously to die for!

11:40 am

I moved on to St Anne’s Square with a full belly to watch the buskers, and have a relaxing sit down by the fountain. The perfect spot for a people watch, there’s also St Ann’s church to check out, a unique building consecrated in 1712. What Manchester lacks in green space, it certainly makes up for with its amazing architecture and busy, vibrant streets.

11:50 am

I took a walk down towards the beautiful Victorian Neo-gothic building that is Manchester’s town hall. It’s a great spot to take in the splendour of this place. I’m especially fond of the huge clock tower, that for me marks the heart of Manchester. You can walk through into the building itself if you have more time, it’s really worth having a look.

12:00 am

Realising I didn’t have long, I legged it down from the town hall to the cities glamourous financial, shopping and restaurant district Spinningfields, to grab a cheeky drink in the famousOast House (it’s 5’oclock somewhere right?) and kicked back as the day finally slowed down !