Think independent restaurants in Manchester and what’s the first thing that comes to mind? The Northern Quarter? Well, Manchester’s quirky Northern Quarter has been long regarded as the mecca for alternative music, bars and restaurants. In a 2003 planning document by Manchester City Council, their plans for the area were outlined:
“The Northern Quarter (N4) is strategically placed between the main Manchester retail and commercial core, Piccadilly Gateway, Ancoats and Shudehill. It represents a key piece in the city centre jigsaw, an area different in character and function to any other part of the city centre and of great strategic importance to Manchester as a city of distinctive quarters.”
Located around the revamped High Street and the 'original Northern Quarter' on Oldham Street, it's next to both the Arndale Centre and Piccadilly Gardens, and now stretches up to Piccadilly Basin.
The Northern Quarter has always been famed for its emporiums and independent shops, selling all sorts of weird and wonderful products, from retro clothing and rare vinyl, to collectable comics and board games, skateboards and hipster bicycles, to smoking paraphernalia and unusual art.
Today, one of its biggest attractions is the independent restaurant and bar scene that has developed over the past decade. Food can be found from across the globe, from the Neapolitan pizzas of PLY, the Japanese-inspired bites of Cottonopolis to the South American tapas of El Capo, it’s a far cry from Eccles cakes and Bury black pudding. It attracts those who want a taste of something a little different to the chain restaurants of the Corn Exchange and Printworks. It's a haven for those wanting to open their very own independent restaurants, coffee shops, bars, clothing shops and more! If you want to support local - make sure you visit Manchester's Northern Quarter.
Here we will be looking at an overview of the best independent restaurants Manchester has to offer, old and new.
The Top 10 Restaurants in Northern Quarter
Arguably America’s best export (yep, I went there), brunch is a meal enjoyed by many. Usually ranging from as early as 9am to as late as 4pm, brunch is the perfect weekend meal; it provides comfort, laziness and is without time restrictions. Whether you’re fresh as a daisy and want a big meal before an active day out, or you’re suffering from the night before, heading out for Brunch is always the solution!
Dive NQ have joined forces with Zumu, who will be cooking up a storm with a Dive NQ kitchen takeover. Serving Asian influenced cuisine with a street food atmosphere! The vibe will be different to that found in Zumu’s existing restaurants, adopting the relaxed atmosphere of the Northern Quarter with their Zumu Street Food menu with high quality, tasty food, in a relaxed environment.
Inspired by a love of food, drink, travel and people, Wilderness Bar & Kitchen is bringing a taste of Scandi life to the Northern Quarter. Located on the old Folk & Soul and previously Odd site, Wilderness is a bar and kitchen spread across a massive three floors. This is really one to get excited about.
Since they opened 9 months ago, Tokyo Ramen has taken Northern Quarter by storm. Located on Church Street off Oldham Street, it's in prime position for those wanting to slurp their way to food heaven.