Last weekend I took the train with James and a couple of our friends to visit the city of Manchester. Despite the fact that I travelled through Manchester more times than I can count whilst I was at University getting the train from Stoke-On-Trent to York, I have never really explored the city itself. It seems to have been crowned as a secondary London here in the UK and it is well known for its popularity amongst the arts, having a massive music scene and a huge fashion quarter. It is a city that really sparks a lot of interest within James and I, so we were itching to get there and get some sort of impression of what it is all about. 

When we arrived we decided to stop somewhere for breakfast. We ended up at Enzo’s, located on Fountain Street that served the most amazing food. I opted for an iced tea with a portion of the banana bread waffles served warm with Nutella, fresh bananas and butterscotch sauce. Yes, they were as incredible as they sound! 

After a discussion about how to spend our day we headed over to the Arndale shopping centre for a mooch about, and to also hide from the rain! We popped into the Hard Rock Café for a cheeky beer before pounding the streets of Manchester to get more of a feel for the place. I stupidly wore heeled mules that I hadn’t fully broken in so my feet were a little worse for wear by the end of the day!

After a quick coffee stop we wondered about, popping into little quirky shops and down little side streets. I couldn’t get over the cleanliness of the city, and it all felt so wide and open, not like the little cobbled streets of York. We decided to stop for a drink at Albert's Schloss, a German bar located right next door to the Albert Hall. Its flowered archway entrance is an Instagram-lovers dream, and the décor inside was so beautiful. 

After this quick pick me up, we wondered over to the Kings Street for a glass of wine outside to enjoy the last of the sun. From there we headed toward Panama Hatty’s, a beautiful Mexican restaurant. I had the chicken fajitas, which were incredible, and we had a lovely time talking over a bottle of wine before wondering back to the train station.

It was so much fun exploring Manchester and I think that it is a place I will be going back to again and again. Although it seems as though all we did was eat and drink, (and hey, what’s wrong with that?!) it was lovely to get a sense of the city just by walking around rather than rushing from place to place. 

Have you been to Manchester City Centre?
What are your thoughts?


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