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Top 5 one-off shops

Here's the 'Where To Go Manchester' guidebook top 5 recommendations for a selection of the best unique, independent shops in Manchester.

1.

Magma

The graphic designer’s bookstore of choice, expect unusual and rare magazine titles, style bibles and books on art, design and illustration from this independent outlet.More info

2.

Frog

A boutique florists selling the most beautiful blooms, you can be assured of contemporary arrangements and floral works of art; or try Northern Flower on nearby Tib Street.More info

3.

Piccadilly Records

This Manchester institution not only stocks one of the best selections of vinyl in the city; its knowledgeable staff and vast online store are worth writing home about, too. More info

4.

Manchester Craft & Design Centre

Housed inside a former Victorian market hall, studios cluster around a central, light-filled atrium; some of the North’s best designer-makers offer a tempting array of craft, jewellery and accessories.More info

5.

Fred Aldous

This design and craft shop, stationers and haberdashers has been trading since 1886; it stocks over 20,000 craft items, from pens and Moleskine notebooks to oil paints and watercolours. More info