To celebrate the opening of our Trafford Centre flagship we got in touch with two of our favourite menswear bloggers, Jordan Bunker and Matthew Pike, to get the inside track on what to see and where to go in Manchester. Two of the north’s most stylish men, they showed us everything from where to get your coffee and where to find vinyl and, to top it all off, we even had them cut the ribbon to open our new store. Here are their 8 must see Manchester hotspots:
By visiting Manchester, you’ll find yourself in the middle of a city that’s proud of its
Northern charm and the music, architecture and culture it offers up. The city centre is
where you’ll find a whole bunch of stores, restaurants and coffee shops to keep you
occupied. We’ve highlighted a few of our favourites that you’ll easily be able to cover
in just one afternoon.
Grindsmith Coffee Pod
Victoria Bridge Street
Located in one of the city centre’s busiest streets you’ll find this curious little concept
coffee shop. The Grindsmith Coffee Pod is not only a unique use of space which
creates an intimate atmosphere, it also comes in with a great selection of speciality
coffees, and feels like a nice break from the madness of the high street.
53 Oldham Street
Somewhat of an institution in Manchester, Piccadilly Records is the best spot for
those of you looking to pick up the latest vinyl releases. Head in there when you’ve
got some time to kill; chat to the staff, ask for recommendations and uncover those
records that will soon become your favourite new albums.
22 Oldham Street
Down the road from Piccadilly is its wordy equivalent, Magma. This store includes a
wide selection of your favourite reads, along with a carefully selected offering of
independent magazines that’ll have you flicking from cover to cover before you leave.
If you’re unsure on what to go for, the Magma staff are on hand to help you find
something to twig your interests.
Manchester Art Gallery
Manchester is blessed with a strong creative community and close links to the design
and art industry. There’s no better way to soak a big portion of this in than a visit to
the Manchester Art Gallery, located 5 minutes from Piccadilly Gardens. The
gallery’s traditional paintings, ceramics and design pieces are mixed with a
constant rotation of contemporary art, photography and design innovations.
58 Mosley Street
Food is always on the agenda when you’re up for visiting a new city, and the best
ones usually come recommended by friends. Our photographer Jake Millers
gets the props for urging us to try 1847 for lunch. Just across from the Manchester
Art Gallery you’ll find this inviting, modern vegetarian restaurant. The menu is jampacked
with tasty dishes, – we’d definitely recommend trying the Battered Halloumi.
Foundation Coffee House
Sevendale House, Lever Street
We can’t create a Manchester city guide without Foundation Coffee House. An
expansive unit – something few and far between in the capital – Foundation is
perfect for both work and a quick coffee pit stop. With spaces to suit each and every
coffee drinker, make sure you swing by to sample their beans.
37 Lever Street
Now be prepared to step into a two-tier store packed with plenty of stationary,
interiors and design gifts to tie you over for a lifetime. For those that just want to
capture their Manchester trip in the photo booths or geek out over paper with the
Fred Aldous gang, then this is the place for you.
Topman/Topshop Manchester Trafford
The new Trafford Centre store is a great space to go and visit while in Manchester. The size of the new store really gives you a chance to see the Topman range in its entirety. Then there’s the new personal shopping lounge which was on hand to offer style advice for that much needed second opinion. We walked away with a couple of revere collar shirts and some sunnies that will be bang on for the summer.
Thanks to the guys for showing us around and to Jake Millers for the photos. If you want some exceptionally stylish and well-curated menswear photography in your life, you’ll want to follow Jordan on instagram here and Matthew here.