31 March 2019

How to spend a day in Manchester

Last week we decided to take a trip to one of our favourite cities and spent the day sticking to our rule of only exploring places that we'd never been to before. We didn't stay over as we had plans the following day but as you will have seen in my earlier blog posts, there are lots of great hotels in Manchester if you want to stay for the weekend.

It was almost lunch time when we arrived so our first stop was Rudy's where we shared a sourdough pizza. We've always said that PLY is the best place for pizza in Manchester but Rudy's is a serious contender - the tomato sauce was so good and we will definitely be visiting again!

Rudy's pizza - How to spend a day in Manchester

After hearing that Manchester Library was an interesting place to visit we decided to go and explore as it was only a short walk away from Rudy's. We were really surprised by the interior which is huge and modern as you go in but once you get to the main floor it looks a bit like something from Harry Potter!

Manchester Library - How to spend a day in Manchester

We've been wanting to go bowling for a while so I pre-booked a lane at Dog Bowl which was £18 for a game for two. I liked that there were only five lanes so it wasn't really busy and it has a unique interior with lots of great food options too. I'd love to go back with a bigger group of friends, maybe to start a night out, and it was nice to try somewhere new for bowling rather than the usual chains that are usually full of teenagers!

I've been following Home Sweet Home on Instagram for years after seeing all their amazing cakes so we finally paid a visit later in the afternoon. I got a hot chocolate which was topped with cream and melted marshmallows and we shared a huge slice of salted caramel cake which was some of the nicest cake i've ever tried! I'm already thinking of going back in September to try their afternoon tea for my birthday with the girls.

Home Sweet Home - How to spend a day in ManchesterHome Sweet Home - How to spend a day in Manchester

Next we visited Manchester Craft & Design Centre, which is in the Northern Quarter. It's ideal if you're creative and want some inspiration - there's lots to look at including some really unique homeware pieces with bold prints. There were also lots of handmade cards, jewellery and artwork and even though it was a busy Saturday afternoon it had a calm and peaceful atmosphere which was a nice escape from the busy city centre.

Craft and Design Centre - How to spend a day in Manchester

Finally to finish our day we did a bit more eating at Luck Lust Liquor & Burn which is a Mexican restaurant in the Northern Quarter. We were still a bit full from the cake so shared nachos, tacos and cauliflower bites. I enjoyed the food but wished i'd been hungrier as there was lots more on the menu i'd liked to have tried!

Mexican Food - How to spend a day in Manchester

If you're looking for more Manchester inspiration you might like:

The spending money for this post was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.

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