Manchester: Where to Eat in the U.K’s Second City
Leah Walker November 29, 2017

As this blog has previously mentioned, there’s so much to see in the U.K. outside of the capital and, while the quaint English countryside and moody Scottish Highlands are always worth a visit, the U.K’s smaller cities are really making a name for themselves.

Manchester, a city in the North-West of England of half a million people, has long been considered the ‘second city’ of the U.K., and is fast catching up with London as a choice destination for travellers on the hunt for world-class shopping, global cuisine, sightseeing and, of course, the legendary nightlife that has earned the city the nickname ‘Madchester’.

There’s plenty to say about this cosmopolitan urban powerhouse, which has long been the second most-visited city in England and has experienced an explosion of international visitors recently. The best place to start is naturally with the food, so let’s take a look at some of the best spots to eat in Warehouse City, whatever your budget.

Seoul Kimchi, 277 Upper Brook Street

This unassuming Korean joint may not look like much on the outside, or even on the inside, looking more like a waiting room than one of the best culinary treasures in the city. However, step through the doors and you’ll be treated to some of the tastiest and most authentic Korean food outside of Seoul, with prices that make the fragrant wafts of kimchi even more enticing.

This is strictly local fare and home-cooked goodness so you’re best off either sticking to the classics or asking the staff what’s good that day. Try their beef bulgogi, complete with generous helpings of kimchi, miso soup, rice, and vegetables, all for a mouthwatering £6.50.

Home of Honest Coffee, 77 Chapel Street

It’s no secret that Salford in Greater Manchester has turned around in recent years to become one of the media and tech epicenters in the U.K, home to some of Europe’s biggest media entities and a burgeoning start-up scene that has seen tech entrepreneurs flock to the area. One result of this is that a huge number of co-working spaces and tech cafes have sprung up across the area, all trying to outdo each other in the race to win over tech-savvy customers. Although rarely known for their food, the best of these co-working cafes to grab a bite to eat is undoubtedly the Home of Honest Coffee which serves up some of the most acclaimed sandwiches in the city and is one of the few places outside of London which actually accepts bitcoin. The cryptocurrency has seen underwent a meteoric rise recently, spurred on partly by online casino brands which have helped bolster their value. When you’re using your bitcoin to pay for your delicious artisanal coffee or croque monsieur, you can also check out bitcasino new design to complete the picture.

Mowgli, Corn Exchange

You can’t go the U.K. without trying the curry, and Manchester is indisputably the north of England’s Curry Capital, with their world-famous ‘Curry Mile’ housing almost 100 such restaurants. The best place to savor the greatest hits of Anglo-Indian cuisine is up-and-coming fire-starter Mowgli, which has made some serious waves among foodies for their inventive tapas dishes, featuring memorable hits such as their Indian Chip Butty, Gunpowder Chicken and Treacle Tamarind Fries. It’s also one of the few places outside of India you can pick up a genuine tiffin lunch, consisting of several dishes stacked up on top of each other in little steel buckets.

These are some of the best places for casual dining in Manchester, and represent just how much of a heavyweight the city is when it comes to global cuisine. Hope you enjoy!

Leah Walker

Leah’s a luxury travel and food writer who has as many stories as she does shoes. She documents her experiences whether that’s in the lap of luxury or riding through a swamp in an airboat. Leah freelances and has contributor/editor roles with The Daily Meal, The Daily Basics, Bonjour Paris, France Today, Luxe Beat Magazine, Four Seasons Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, and is a travel ambassador for Atout France USA. Leah’s thrilled to call Paris home after being awarded the coveted three-year Compétences & Talents visa from France, though her talents don’t extend to speaking French. Yet.

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