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Shopping in Manchester: A How To Guide

Manchester is a vibrant city, buzzing with the noise of tourists and locals alike. Manchester isn’t considered one of Britain’s best attractions, but it is anything but an eye sore; Manchester is better known for its shopping scene and culture. If you are thinking of doing your shopping in Manchester then its variety of shopping centres and markets will certainly appeal to you. Now to make the experience as easy and pleasant as possible here is a shopaholic’s guide to Manchester.

Manchester Arndale Centre

The Arndale Centre in Manchester is one the most incredible venues to shop at. Upon arrival you can ask for your own free style advisor who will shop with you and help you pick outfits that will complement your figure or complexion. The Arndale Centre also has its own food court which is open later than the majority of the other shops; the shopping centre is also extremely accessible with over 1,400 parking spaces available and Market Street Station and Studehill station less than a 5 minute walk away.

The Northern Quarter

The Northern Quarter in Manchester is the home of creativity and fashion, so for those looking for a great shopping experience or working in a creative industry, the Northern Quarter is perfect for you. The Northern Quarter is host to shops that cater for artists, fashion designers and there are even a couple of art galleries! Whilst I was in the Northern Quarter I also visited some of the sweetest little cafés; I don’t believe in shopping without rest breaks!

The Northern Quarter isn’t far from the Manchester Arndale Centre, and so you can also visit the Northern Quarter via the Market street station, although the Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly are much closer. The majority of the Northern Quarter is open every day from 8am – 5pm.

The Triangle

In Manchester there is only one place to find all of the latest brands and unique shops all under one roof. The Triangle in Exchange Square, Manchester, is located opposite Selfridges and used to be the corn exchange. The Triangle was reborn in 2000 as a shopping centre that specialized in health, fashion and beauty products

The Triangle is also host to a wide variety of shops that sell food and drink, as well as eateries, restaurants and cafés, examples include Zizzi and Pizza Express.

Again, the Triangle isn’t far from the other shopping centres or train stations, and there are several car parks available within the immediate vicinity where your other half could drop you off if they don’t feel like shopping with you.

The Fashion Market

There is a Fashion Market on Tib Street in the city centre of Manchester where you can browse a myriad of different wares at moderate prices. You’ll be sure to bag a beautiful bargain if you visit the Fashion Market, but if you’re not in the mood for spending a great deal of money you could just visit with your significant other and take in the sights and smells of this incredible place. The Fashion Market is also a location where budding designers and artists can display their products and demonstrate their talents in an open environment.

The believe that the market was easier to get to than any of the other shopping centres as City Buses stop at Piccadilly Gardens and Cross Street which are both incredibly close to the market, the nearest train stations would be Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly .

Manchester is a city full to the brim with interesting places and curious stores, but for the best experience you’d have to plan your trip as not all of the shops are as close together as the ones that have been described. And remember that shopping in Manchester is a must activity while you’re there.

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