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48h in Manchester with Daniella Granata @gabriellamanchester

We head north to spend a weekend in Manchester with lifestyle blogger Gabriella Granata. Do you join us?

"I'm Gabriella, I work full time in Digital Marketing in Manchester. In my spare time I'm scouting out the best places to go and things to do in Manchester and afar, and writing about them on my blog"

My favourite shop/s

& Other Stories for clothes, Ezra & Gil for brunch and coffee, Fred Aldous feeds my stationary addiction, Fig & Sparrow and Oklahoma for cute gifts and homeware.

My favourite restaurant and bar

Cottonopolis for food and cocktails, and Rudy's Pizza for the best pizza in the world.

Ideal place to drink Freixenet

I love Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens in Didsbury for picnicking and enjoying a drink with friends on a rare sunny day.

 A hidden gem in the city

Washhouse, it appears on the outside to be a laundrette, but in actual fact is a hidden cocktail bar. You need to call first and tell them how many 'loads' you want... its fun.

A special  place

Cutting Room Square in Ancoats has a real buzz about it now. I live nearby and there are new openings every month it seems.

Suggestions on what to do in 48h 

Start with a hearty breakfast at Ezra & Gil, go for a meander around the Northern Quarter, pick up some cool homeware bits and lunch at Castlefield Market in the atrium at Royal Mills. Watch a film or visit an exhibition at HOME, then cocktails and pan-Asian food at Cottonopolis. Stay at Hotel Gotham.

The following day, try a cold brew coffee from Icelandic coffee house Takk, then jump in an Uber to Didsbury. Wander through the village, pick up food from the various delis and head to lunch at nearby Volta. Head back into town and visit the Manchester Art Gallery or watch a show at any of the theatres. I suggest dancing the night away at Matt & Fred's Jazz Bar.


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