Shopping in Manchester

Grab your purse or wallet, and set aside at least a few hours for shopping in Manchester. The city has popular shopping centres and unique unforgettable shops that cater to every budget and taste, and all are easy to access using public transport/ the Metrolink. With numerous pedestrianised squares and inter-connected shopping spaces, Manchester rocks as one of the North’s top shopping city breaks with a great mix of vintage classics, designer favourites including a Harvey Nichols and year-round themed markets – not to mention on the periphery shopping centre gems – the Trafford Centre and Lowry Outlet.

Always busy and bustling, central shopping hub The Manchester Arndale is where to head for all your top name fashion stores alongside quirky independents and a great indoor Manchester market. Inside the Arndale are the real treats – Manchester Arndale’s Topshop is a flagship for the brand, one of the best Topshop stores outside of London! The Arndale is your one-stop shopper with familiar brands across fashion, homeware, jewellery and more plus a food court, clean and numerous toilets and Manchester football club stores. With all its great facilities, The Arndale is a family favourite.

Northern Quarter Manchester

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Manchester’s funky bohemian Northern Quarter sits just off Piccadilly Gardens, clustered around Oldham Street, Church Street and Manchester’s most famous, vintage, all in one emporium – Affleck’s Palace – which first appeared in the city centre in the early 1980s. The Northern Quarter is where you’ll find a premier cluster of vegetarian, vegan and organic restaurants, chic wholefood cafes and cafe bars.

Flagship vintage Pop Boutique sits in the heart of the quarter on Oldham Street, packed with vintage fashion classics and quirky gifts, plus a downstairs vintage housewares area not to be missed! Check out the unique gift selection with a Retro edge at Oklahoma on the Northern Quarter’s High Street – also with great vegetarian cafe and outdoor seating area. If you’re looking for the coolest bars and vintage fashion, the edgiest haircuts, a superb selection of veggie restaurants and fabulous bars and cafes, some of which become live music venues by night – find them all while shopping in Manchester’s unique Northern Quarter.

Affleck’s Palace is an independent shopping centre in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Affleck’s shops include retro and American sweet shops, vintage fashion boutiques, gift shops, a 50s diner, a retro games shop and pagan shops.

The Arndale Centre

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The Arndale Centre is one of the biggest shopping centres in Europe and takes pride of place in the centre of Manchester. Featuring all the big name, high street brands and smaller businesses. The shopping centre is beautiful and modern, with a fantastic food court and indoor market. It’s got everything you could ever need all under one roof!

As one of the best places for shopping in Manchester, the centre is constantly updating and improving to bring flagship stores to the UK and creating some of the biggest sites in the UK for international brands.

Choose from over 240 retailers in the heart of the city, The Arndale is only a short walk from Manchester Piccadilly Station and Manchester Oxford Road Station, or hop on a free bus that takes you nearly to the front door. The tram system in Manchester has undergone vast work in the past few years and is now one of the best systems in the country, plus, there is a tram station right outside The Arndale Centre!

Designer Shopping in Manchester

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Clustered around the Cathedral Quarter and Exchange Square development near the Arndale is Manchester’s city centre designer shopping hub where you’ll find Harvey Nichols on New Cathedral Street alongside high-end fashion store names and brands like Hobbs and Reiss. You’re guaranteed to spend hours in Manchester’s Selfridges department store in this area. and stores are conveniently inter-connected so you pass seamlessly from Selfridges back into the Arndale Centre – great for rainy days.

From the city centre cluster of shops around the Arndale, move towards St Ann’s Square around which sit chic cafes, the Royal Exchange Theatre and great shoe shops including a Camper. From here push towards King Street for another Manchester designer shopping hub for fashion, jewellery and fabulous shoes including a long-standing Russell & Bromley.

The Trafford Centre

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Manchester shopping treats aren’t just to be found in the city centre – this northern shopping mecca has some shopping gems on the outskirts including The Trafford Centre – you’re ultimate indoor shopping experience in Manchester. Stores here include flagship Selfridges and Debenhams department stores, the best of top fashion brands like Topshop, River Island, H&M and Zara plus a vast food court, cinema and on-site family attractions including Legoland and a Sealife centre.

A shopping and entertainment hub, The Trafford Centre also includes a package of leisure activities from Laser Quest and Adventure Golf to Aerial Extreme as well as on-site accommodation, an adjacent indoor snow park and regular bus links into Manchester city centre!

Lowry Designer Outlet

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If you’re on the hunt for designer fashion, gifts and homeware bargains – head to the Lowry Outlet shopping centre on Salford Quays. If you’re shopping in Manchester in the Lowry Designer Outlet, you can pick up everything from big-name footwear brands to jewellery, lingerie, sports/ outdoor clothing and confectionery here at discount prices – up to 70% off! Ample underground parking sits beneath the shopping outlet or arrive by Metrolink from the city centre!

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.