Northern Quarter Walk (Self Guided), Manchester

The Northern Quarter is the focal point of Manchester's music and independent fashion scene. If it's trendy and cool, you will find it here. Although there is ongoing development and regeneration, the area has managed to maintain its unique and edgy character and charm.

Rummaging through the shelves of its many independent stores is an exciting affair. There are vintage clothes shops, independent record and book stores, quirky gift shops and trendy fashion labels. Among the racks you may find some very inventive clothing creations by up and coming fashion designers.

Music lovers will be thrilled to learn that there are many record shops that sell vintage and brand new vinyl releases, although how long they remain here as the world has gone digital is anybody's guess.

Away from the shops, visitors to the Northern Quarter can dine on very good food in its independent restaurants. Hearty meals can also be enjoyed in some of the many bars and pubs that pepper the area. They range from traditional northern English pubs serving craft beers to fashionable bars offering a myriad of fancy cocktail creations. The choice is extensive. Other great places to make a pit stop are the coffee shops and cafés.
How it works: A discovery walk features a route using which you can explore a popular city neighborhood on your own. This walk, along with other self-guided walks in over 1,000 cities, can be found on the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app's built-in GPS navigation functions allow following this walk route with ease. The app works both online and offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Guide Name: Northern Quarter Walk
Guide Location: England » Manchester
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Author: Linda

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