May 10, 2018

48 Hours in Manchester | Travel Diary

Another day, another travel diary.

I decided to have a little getaway a few weeks ago and because I was looking the day before I wanted to go, I only found fairly cheap locations in the UK. Next one will be abroad though! I really need some sun, cocktails and tan in my life especially with this bipolar weather in the UK. Raining one day then scorching for the next 2 days. Just gimmie sun for a week!

After checking into the Britannia Hotel, me and Oli spent the first day doing some Vintage shopping at the Thrift Shop opposite the hotel. I bagged myself a vintage Ralph Lauren green v neck jumper for only £6! Vintage shopping can seem like such a drag because it takes longer to find the gems unlike the highstreet stores, but once you find something it's so worth it! After that we headed to the Northern Quarter to Afflecks and I managed to find it this time! It's basically a shopping centre except that it's filled with independent businesses selling handmade, recycled and vintage things. A few months ago I went to Manchester with Kat and we couldn't find it anywhere, turns out it's actually really big and I was just being ditsy. It took me and Oli about an hour at least to walk through the whole thing and I was mind blown. It was so nice to see independent businesses all in one place giving them a space to sell their work. It's something we definitely need in Nottingham! With the amount of artists, entrepreneurs and businesses located in Nottingham, it's long overdue.

Food was one thing that we took the most advantage of. We went out for breakfast, lunch and dinner both days and they weren't small portions. My favourite spots were the Alchemist, located right outside our hotel, V Revs which had amazing vegan/veggie burgers and Teacup Kitchen where we had an amazing breakfast and banana and raspberry brownies to go. There are so many cute places especially in the Northern Quarter, you can try any and it'll be amazing. I definitely recommend the ones mentioned nonetheless.

The last day we spent exploring the other side of Manchester. The Northern Quarter is the spot for all things creative but on our last day we headed to China Town. We bought some cute teacups in one of the convenience store and some weird and wonderful snacks then finally ended up at the Manchaster Art Gallery. They had a really interesting exhibition exploring the relationship between art and mindfulness. It was the perfect way to end the weekend.

Thanks for reading, Dom x


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