Urban stroll in Manchester's alternative neighbourhood

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Urban stroll in Manchester's alternative neighbourhood

Wander around the red brick walls that shelter the creator and second-hand thrift shops of Northern Quarter, a district moved by a bohemian soul.

Along Piccadilly Gardens, the Northern Quarter feels somehow familiar. Maybe because it is regularly used as a filming location for movies or TV series – substituting for Victorian-era London in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, or for Birmingham during the interwar years in the successful Peaky Blinders series. Maybe also because some of its streets look strikingly like old New York.

Here, past and present come together. The old 19th-century factories now shelter trendy industrial lofts, vintage thrift shops, independent record stores and artist studios. Fashionistas gather at the Manchester Craft & Design Centre, where creators and local artists exhibit their work, whether with textiles, jewellery or ceramics… Bargain hunters and music collectors will explore Oldham Street, looking for hidden gems in second-hand shops and other boutiques specialised in old vinyl. First in line, the famous Piccadilly Records, and its walls covered with street art.

Manchester Craft & Design Centre
17 Oak Street
Manchester M4 5JD
+44 (0)161 832 4274

Piccadilly Records
53 Oldham Street
Manchester M1 1JR
+44 (0)161 839 8008