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Sited between Piccadilly and the Ancoats, the Northern Quarter retains a unique character and charm, one set to continue through its ongoing development and regeneration.
Manchester's creative, urban heart is home to countless independent fashion stores, record shops, cafés, bars and restaurants and the world famous Afflecks Palace, providing affordable outlets for independent designers and traders across four floors.
Independent furniture boutique Den showcases a range of trademark bespoke furnishing as well as a but also selling a range of vintage homeware and decorative items.
Retro Rehab - a vintage clothing boutique – offers gorgeous and unique vintage and hand-tailored clothes and accessories, while the Manchester Craft & Design Centre, housed in the beautifully restored former Victorian Fish and Poultry Market, is home to an array of artist-run studios offering the best in local design, jewellery, bags and accessories.
There are also a handful of shop-café hybrid venues that are worth checking out. Try Café Pop, a vintage shop with a small downstairs café, and Oklahoma, a bazaar of all things weird and wonderful including gifts and homeware and a quirky little eatery.
For those on the hunt for rare vinyl and independent music, try the different record shops along Oldham Street such as Piccadilly Records, Eastern Bloc and Vinyl Exchange.
Aside from offering an alternative shopping fix, The Northern Quarter is home to many independent restaurants and bars, providing a unique experience after dark. Try Odd Bar for continental beers, The Bay Horse for a pool table, Trof for a relaxed yet quirky atmosphere and Mint Lounge for dancing the night away.