Manchester is, by far, one of the best foodie destinations in the UK. From Japanese fusion to roast dinner fondue to burgers buns made from a doughnut to artisan markets, there’s something for everyone.
Today I am going to be discussing my 13 favourite food places in the city I call my home.
1. Best for pizza – Double Zero
I’m lucky enough to only live 10 minutes from this Chorlton eatery, and I can firmly say that it is without a doubt, one of the best pizzas I have ever had. I’ve eaten in the restaurant, had takeaways and very kindly been treated to a complimentary meal, and every time it has been delicious. Definitely one to try if you enjoy antipasti boards and woodfired pizzas.
2. Best for Mexican – Lust, Luck, Liquor and Burn
Nestled in the Northern Quarter, this place is probably not one that you would associate with being a Mexican restaurant, but amazing all the same. I’ve been to here more times than I can count, and every time I’ve loved it. Yes you might have to wait a while for a table because it isn’t the biggest, but with the bar downstairs doing great cocktails, you’ll soon forget all about it.
3. Best for burgers – Solita
I have to admit, a burger isn’t my first choice when it comes to eating out, but I’ve visited a fair few places in my time to say that Solita is definitely up there with being the best. I’m not a huge fan of gimmicky burgers, but Solita has a good mix of the quirky and classics. It’s been a while since I’ve been, but even so, I have memories of it being the best.
4. Best for experience – Sapporo Teppanyaki
Definitely not the cheapest Japanese meal you will find in the city, but the experience itself is worth the money. If you’ve never been to a full-on teppanyaki restaurant, this one is definitely a good choice as they cook the food in front of you. I went here for my 18th and have been back many times since. It’s a great place to get a group together or just go for a different kind of date night.
5. Best for Greek – Sokrates Taverna
A little bit out of the city (5.7 miles to be exact) lies Sokrates Taverna in Sale town centre. Although I went here a couple of times when I was younger, it’s only recently that I rediscovered how great the food actually is. The choice is extensive, and the platters are amazing value for money – definitely worth the trip south.
6. Best for Spanish – Evuna
There are a couple of these restaurants throughout the city – one at Great Northern and one in the Northern Quarter – and they are always heaving, which to me, is always a good sign. I love tapas as I like to be able to try lots of different food at once, and although the menu isn’t what you would class as the cheapest, the food is amazing and so worth the money.
7. Best for cake – Home Sweet Home
Another place with locations at Great Northern and the Northern Quarter is Home Sweet Home. If you ever need a sweet treat when you are in the city, you’ll find that and so much more at Home Sweet Home. The four-tier cakes are amazing and a thing of beauty as are the milkshakes, and the flavours change all of the time, which is always a great excuse to go back.
8. Best for Italian – Vapiano
I’m really lucky to have worked with Vapiano on a couple of different campaigns, but even if I hadn’t, I would highly recommend them for their food. You are given a card and go to the ‘kitchen’ to order your food, which is made to order right in front of you using the freshest and tastiest ingredients. I’m a big fan of this way of eating!
9. Best for chicken – Yard & Coop
I’ve only been to Yard & Coop twice, but both time I really enjoyed my meal; if you’re thinking it is something like KFC, think again! I would never describe myself as someone who loves fried chicken, but their recipe is seriously delicious. They do build your own meals with your choice of sauces, and the price is really reasonable for the amount of food you get.
10. Best for Lebanese – Yara
Another one that is slightly out of the city centre, but totally worth the trip. Yara specialises in Lebanese and Syrian cuisine and is well known throughout south Manchester as ‘the’ place for that type of cuisine. It gets really busy over the weekend (so much so that they had to purchase the building next door to make a bigger restaurant) so my advice is book ahead of time!
11. Best for Japanese – Shoryu Ramen
Shoryu specialises in Hakata tonkotsu ramen, which is a rich pork broth, cooked slowly over 12 hours and I can honestly say, has been one of the best meals I have ever had. The restaurant itself has been recommended in the Michelin guide for 4 years in a row; if that’s not enough to sway you, read my full review here.
12. Best for Indian – Mughli
You’ll find this restaurant amongst about 100 more on the curry mile in Manchester, which is exactly what it says on the tin. I went to Mughli for the first time about 8 years ago, and it became my favourite Indian restaurant quickly. The food is amazing, the cocktails are so tasty and the staff are always so lovely. There is also a restaurant in Knutsford if you’re based further out of the city.
13. Best for brunch – Federal
If you don’t already, you need to follow Federal on Instagram for the ultimate brunch goals every day of the week: Be prepared to wait a while for a table though as the queues are usually out the door. I’ve been to Federal a couple of times for brunch and both were, hands down, two of my best ever breakfasts – anywhere that serves dishes with a side of halloumi will instantly win me over. With a menu that changes each month, you’re sure to find something to tickle your fancy.
I always love to discover new places in Manchester, so please give me your recommendations if you have any!