It used to be a hard working city, now it´s much more about hard partying, shopping and eating out. A lot of people searching for jobs came to Manchester in the eighteenth century when the steam engine was found. It was vital to Manchester’s industrial success and affected a lot the way the houses were buit. As there was still no electricity at that time the high windows were meant to give daylight to the workers. In nowadays most of this industrial space turned into hip galleries, clubs and restaurants. Check out a couple of them:In the steak house „Smoak“ chains and fabric sacks replace drapes. Huge fridges with raw meat are part of the industrial “decoration”. The steaks are really huge&deli and there are also seafood and oysters on the menu.In the bar „The Alchemist“ (former farmacy) they serve some of the cocktails in test tubes and you can find a couple of this typical farmacy bottles full of medicine (=alcohol) at the bar. After a long party night „Koffee Pot“ in the cool Northern Quarter is definitely the right place to have breakfast and get your superpowers back. Just follow the Oldham Street to run into some vintage and record stores… The city centre has this cozy cute charme and your Grandma would definitely love it…… as well as your boyfriend: “Wedding rings only charged by weight”. Saves money to visit the Old-Trafford-Stadion where the Manchester United matches take place. Also a nice tip for this time of the year is the Manchester Christmas Market – one of the biggest and most visited in the UK (untill the 22nd of December). On a bad weather day (and it might rain in England sometimes) Odeon Cinema Complex is a funky place to spend a couple of hours with shopping or fast food. Or just visit the beautiful Royal Exchange Theater (the picture below).Another hip area is Castlefield where a lot of industrial brick was combined with modern glas. The best pub of Manchester is also located in Castlefield: Dukes 92. I loved the huge choice of mixed pickles, cheeses and liver sausages they were offering. Did you know that Oasis and Russell Brand started their careers in Manchester? Everybody who is interested in music should definitely visit the former Haçienda buiding, a legendary night club with amazing line ups opened in 1982, one of the first in Europe playing house music. Now it´s an apartment building which still kept some of the party elements, for example the speakers in the shower. Where to shop? Downtown you will find the two posh malls Selfridges (Jimmy Choo & Alexander McQueen) and Harvey Nichols (Prada & Louboutin). More afordable are Arndale-Centre (with more than 200 stores the biggest mall in Manchester) und Triangle. And the word´s biggest Primark store is also located in Manchester. You could certainly grab some food at the Christmas Market but they always have the same boring stuff at mostly every Christmas Market in the world. The dinner place I liked most in Manchester was „Room“. Your heels can never be too high, your dress never too short and your drinks never too strong at this place. They offer kind of traditional food prepared in a modern manner like posh fish & chips and pork in pomegranate sauce.
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