Heading to Manchester for Some Retail Therapy?

Shop ‘til you drop at some of the most unique shopping destinations in the Rainy City

Staying at our hotel in Didsbury and looking to hit the shops? Read on for our top picks of the most unique shopping spots in Manchester when the Arndale or Trafford Centre just won’t cut it…

The Northern Quarter

From pop up shops to small business ventures, The Northern Quarter is the best place to find those unique, one off pieces you wouldn’t find in your usual high street stores. A little pricier, but of the highest quality, the shops here are great to browse of an afternoon. A hotbed for creative talent and up and coming designers, you are set to be one step ahead of the game when you hop foot it into one of Manchester’s most hip and happening shopping, arts and dining districts.


A self-confessed ‘Emporium of Eclecticism’, this department store is a cut above the rest. Stocking pretty much everything imaginable, from fancy dress and skate shops to individual one off fashion items and homeware – they have it all, but not in the same way as Debenhams, John Lewis or House of Fraser. This department store is for those who want to stand out from the crowd, and with their monthly discounts, is a top place to bag a bargain, too.

The Craft and Design Centre

The aim of the centre was to make art, craft and design accessible to everyone, which is something they have most definitely achieved. From exhibitions and events to workshops, studios and stalls, you can not only purchase one off homeware pieces, but you can learn about them too. A fantastic choice for those looking to spruce up their home or purchase the perfect gift for that special someone.

If you are heading to Manchester to indulge in a little retail therapy, why not stay at our hotel in Didsbury and make a weekend of it? A little outside of Manchester, you can enjoy the best the city has to offer before retiring to our leafy retreat in Didsbury. With a luxury health club, plus restaurants and coffee shops to choose from onsite, there’s nowhere more comfortable or convenient to stay than Waterside.

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