Hey Angels, it’s Caitlyn and welcome back.
This week has been a bit busier for lil old me because I have been to Manchester this week, which was amazing that I felt I just had to share with you. Me and my friend Demi decided we wanted to go away for a little trip away, just a city break for a couple of days and we narrowed it down to Manchester as our chosen choice. Believe it or not, I have never been to Manchester, therefore, I was super excited to go because it is somewhere I have always wanted to visit. It was definitely one of the most fun cities I have been too because it as so different from what I expected but I loved every minute of it!
The Northern Quarter
We travelled down to Manchester on Tuesday 16th July and we checked into our hotel before heading out into the city. We stayed in the Northern Quarter of Manchester which let me tell you was one of my absolute favourite parts of the trip because it was soaked with culture. The Northern Quarter is a trendy neighbourhood, with vibrant street art, sick bars and independent shops and stores. It is the creative heart of Manchester and definitely worth a visit because there is so much to see including countless independent fashion stores, record shops, cafés, bars and restaurants and the Afflecks Palace, providing affordable outlets for independent designers. It just feels a completely separate part of the city but I was so here for it, not to mention the countless corners me and Demi stopped to take photos.
Shoes: JD (Nike)
Watch: H-Samuel (Tommy Hilfiger)
Bracelet: H- Samuel (Guess)
Sunglasses – Quay Australia
On the second day, we decided to take on one of Manchester’s biggest attractions being the Trafford centre and let me tell you I absolutely loved it. This was such an amazing day filled with shopping and exploring what the centre had to offer. They have so many shops that we don’t have in Newcastle some of my favourites including Selfridges & Co, Calvin Klein, Pull and Bear and this amazing retro sweet shop called Mr Simms. It was like my own personal paradise in there because they had loads of American Candy too which was insane like I probably could of went a bit crazy in there but it was just actually deciding how much I could fit in my case lol. Another part which completely sold me about the shopping centre was the interior. Like I kid you not it felt like we were abroad in some sense because it is so nicely decorated with palm trees, fountains and not to mention their New Orleans and China Town section, which transports you to Italy and China in a heartbeat. It is so breathtaking to walk through, it was insane.
However, we did have to get an Uber because it isn’t in the centre of Manchester but is definitely worth a visit. If you are looking for a local shopping centre the Arndale which has so many shops and restaurants to choose from.
Shoes: JD (Nike)
Sunglasses: Quay Australia
This leads me onto this place which is in the very centre of Manchester, perfect if you are looking to grab a bite to eat as there is restaurants such as Frankie & Bennys, Chiquitos, Yates and they have a cinema and Treetop golf to fill your afternoon.
Canal Street (Gay village)
This looked like such another nice place to visit if we had time, centred around the Canal street area in Manchester which offers a plethora of bars, clubs, restaurants. This would be perfect to have a wander around on an afternoon when the weather is nice.
We left Manchester on Thursday, arriving back in Newcastle in the late afternoon. It was a great few days away and a new favourite city of mine.
If you are heading to Manchester soon, I highly recommend this site https://www.visitmanchester.com to help you plan your stay.
Have you been to Manchester? What was your most favourite memory from there?