The Northern Quarter’s Five Best Spots For Shopping: Manchester Girl Recommends

The Northern Quarter is quintessentially Mancunian and easily Manchester’s most popular area. With so many shops, cafes, bars and more to choose from, it can seem overwhelming. So, we asked the experts: Which places are not to be missed in the NQ? A list by the Manchester Girls. Today, we’ve got a few tips for your next shopping trip.

Blue Rinse

If there’s one thing Manchester does really well, it’s vintage clothing. And the Northern Quarter is the place to be for it!

29-31 Oldham St, M1 1JG


A stone’s throw from Blue Rinse is Cow, another amazing vintage clothing store. Two floors full of retro goodness await - and they play the coolest music, too.

61 Church St, M4 1PD

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

If you’re looking for a great place to spend a few hours wandering around (all undercover, too!), this is for you. Full of independent art and design shops, as well as a little cafe which serves food and drinks - and caters for all diets as well!

17 Oak St, M4 5JD

Fred Aldous

Especially for art lovers, this shop can’t be missed. Two floors full of art supplies, cards, plants and other little knick-knacks are waiting for you. You’re guaranteed to find something you didn’t know you needed!

37 Lever St, Manchester M1 1LW

Written by Lisa Gust.