72 hours in Manchester

If your planning a European foodie city break this year or you fancy a staycation, then make sure you don’t overlook Manchester. I’ve put together the perfect itinerary for a 3 day trip, centred around the best food this city has to offer!

I may be a little bias, Manchester is a complete mixture of different cultures & classes. This has created a unique and varied food scene. Whether it’s spit roasted porchetta, authentic ramen, artisan Doughnuts, vegan Caribbean curry or true Napoli style wood fired pizza. Manchester has it!

So, if you fancy a mini break & you just love your food, I’ve picked the perfect spots to eat Breakfast, Lunch & Tea for 3 days in Manchester.

Day One



Starting out light, for your first Breakfast, head to Evelyn’s. Not only does it have a stunning aesthetic, it offers a huge mix of foods, for breakfast. I’d definitely recommend something light to start your weekend. Maybe try their porridge & fresh, homemade compote.



Grab a quick lunch in the Arndale Food Market. Don’t judge a book by its cover though, it may not look like much, but this market hall produces some of the best street food in the city on a daily basis. Specifically, Viet Shack & Fusion Lab.


They merge eastern flavours with western foods & it is delicious. The burgers, bao buns, ramen bowls & hallumi fries are all delicious.



After a full day of exploring, head to the The Bagel Shop. Here you can grab delicious bagels to rival Katz Deli in Manhattan.

This place also becomes a bar in the evening, so you can enjoy some local beer & DJs too!


Day two



It would be terrible to visit Manchester & not try the breakfast menu at Trof. Grab yourself some avocado toast or a full English (if you can fit it)



For a light but very fulfilling lunch on day two, head over to Rudy’s pizza. They serve some of the best pizza in town, but once their dough is gone for the day, it’s gone. So grab an early-ish lunch too miss the rush!



Manchester’s latest food hub is the Mackie Mayor. This converted meat market offers lots of foodie options and even has a wine bar. At night it comes alive & lights up, serving food & drink till 11pm.

Day three



For your last breakfast, head to Federal. You can enjoy a healthy, vegan, light snack. Or you can rebel and enjoy their bacon & avocado sourdough!



To make the most of your last day, enjoy a posh lunch at the Grand Pacific. For under £25 each, you can enjoy afternoon tea. With Tuna Tartar, crumpets & a whole stand of stunning desserts, this lunch is the perfect way to round up the weekend. (It also comes with a glass of prosecco)




Ramen might not be the first thing that you think about, when you think of Manchester. But, we are lucky enough to have a Shoryu Ramen& it would be a perfect way to round up the 72 hours of glorious food! This is cosy, delicious and comforting. Perfect northern food!

So, if your planning a trip to Manchester, any of these places are definitely worth the stop! Most places I’ve chosen are around the Northern Quarter & Ancoats area of the city, which is known for its foodie hub of artisan and independent creators. But, no matter what your plans are or where you go in the city centre, if you grab a Metrolink pass for the weekend, you can get from one side of the city to another, in minutes!

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