Living in the centre of Manchester, it often seems like a new restaurant, bar or coffee shop is opening up on my doorstep (usually literally) every week. As you’ve probably seen from my previous blog posts and Friday favourites, I’m a bit of a foodie/coffee snob, and weekend plans for me generally involve checking out newly opened spots around the city.
I’ve rounded up my pick of recently opened places to eat or drink in Manchester, along with places that are on my list to try soon.
Featured as my Friday favourite last week, this coffee lounge and design store is a chilled spot to enjoy a coffee, glass of wine or bite to eat, or a browse around the homeware offerings on sale. Did I mention that I’m obsessed with the interior? Think grey tones, marble and lots of greenery – aka Instagram goals.
With Ancoats General Store literally on the Avant office’s doorstep, it proves pretty difficult not to pay a visit every Thursday for Scrancoats, a weekly pop-up from a cool food vendor. Recent sellers have included The Ottomen, Ruby’s Street Kitchen and Oh My Glaze, plus there’s a weekly offering from Manchester Doughnut Company.
Tucked in a corner of the Northern Quarter, I actually stumbled on Favelas during a night out last weekend. Taking over the old Lamar’s space on Hilton Street, the South American cocktail bar and cantina is perfect for a fun Friday night drink, or a bite to eat.
If you haven’t heard about Rudy’s yet, where have you been? I felt it needed a mention as it’s still a firm favourite of mine despite going vegan (yep, their cheese-free pizzas are still amazing!), and I know lots of people who are still dying to try it. The restaurant is understated and friendly with a really chilled vibe – be prepared to queue if you visit on a weekend though, as you can’t reserve tables.
Manchester’s first Hawaiian poké restaurant opened on Church Street earlier this year, serving up the latest trend in ‘healthy fast food’ – deconstructed sushi bowls. Typically geared around fish, they also offer vegetarian and vegan options with tofu and mushrooms.
I feel like a list of recommended places to eat in Manchester wouldn’t be complete without V Rev, despite it not being new – it specialises in vegan junk food like you’ve never seen before. The diner is in the process of launching a new menu, so I’ll definitely be heading back soon.
– Ellen Kelly, Director and Co-Founder