Manchester’s shopping paradises

Trafford Center, photo by Neil T

Manchester is a large and lively city that has long surpassed its industrial past to become more than just one of the strongest economic centers of the UK. Manchester is diverse, it has an active culture, and it can offer all the entertainment that travelers to the UK can expect. Of course, since the UK is known as a great destination for shoppers, Manchester is definitely a great place to be for shoppers. The shopping centers, small shops and markets of Manchester have more than enough variety to satisfy even the most choosy shopper. So if you want to embark on a shopping spree in this exciting city, you absolutely have to visit at least some of Manchester’s shopping paradises.

Bargain shopping

If you like hunting for bargains and you can’t bear to spend to much money on shopping, then good news for you: Manchester has the largest Primark store in the UK, where you can buy discount and budget clothing. There are many other shops designed to cater for lower budgets, from small boutiques to large stores. If you need to stock up on food, visit the huge Aldi on Market Street.

Millenium Quarter

St Ann's Square, photo by pit-yacker

If you are more interested in upscale shops and items, then the Millenium Quarter is a must-visit. This quarter is the essence of Manchester, with remains of the industrial past and peppered with stunning modern architecture. The Triangle is a very upmarket shopping center in a beautiful setting, and there’s also a large Selfridges with five stories and a huge food court. If you’re in the area, pop by the Harvey Nichols store just across the street from the Triangle, where you can shop together with Manchester’s rich and famous.

St Ann’s Square

St Ann’s Square is the heart of Manchester’s shopping scene, and has been so for a very long time. In addition to the St Ann’s and Royal Exchange Arcades, there are several well known shopping outlets in the area, including (but not limited to) Tie Rack, Currys, Office, the Early Learning Centre, Habitat, Lakeland and Moss Bros, Gap, FCUK and the Barton.

The Traffod Center

Market Street, photo by essers

If you don’t mind straying away from the city center and spending some time on public transport (or in a rented car), then you should not miss out on the Trafford Center, a huge shopping center just outside of town. The center is a temple to consumerism, and one of the largest venues of its kind in Europe. Famous shopping outlets like Selfridges and John Lewis have shops at Trafford, and to sum it up, this center is the very definition of British posh.

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