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The Northern Quarter - Manchester’s creative hub

Known for its independent galleries, alternative bars, cool restaurants and rocking music venues, this boho neighbourhood in the city centre celebrates Manchester’s creative diversity in all its glory.

Walking around you’ll see lots of vibrant street art, from landmark sculptures to the ever-changing graffiti of Stevenson Square.

Browse hipster shops

The Northern Quarter has some fantastically quirky shops to explore. Oklahoma is a good place to find unusual gifts, while Manchester Craft and Design Centre, housed in a converted Victorian fish market, offers contemporary jewellery, ceramics, textiles and clothing direct from the designers.

One of the biggest draws is Afflecks Palace, a treasure trove of independent shops and boutiques, offering everything from top hats and designer suits to tattoos and Star Wars figures.

Nights out with a difference

This area of Manchester is known for its imaginative nightlife. Unleash your inner Viking at Whistle Punks in trendy entertainment hub the Great Northern Warehouse. Throw axes at targets to see who will be crowned the Viking king or queen.

Alternatively, take on your friends in a game of ping-pong at Twenty Twenty Two to a soundtrack provided by some of Manchester’s best DJs.

Looking for accommodation in the Northern Quarter? Travelodge Manchester Ancoats Hotel is right on your doorstep. Travelodge Manchester Piccadilly Hotel and Travelodge Manchester Central Hotel are also close by.