The knowledge: Fashion Rambler’s guide to Manchester
Cloud23

Writing and working from Manchester, Jordan McDowell has risen to national prominence through his Fashion Rambler blog, a place where he collects his thoughts on style, people, parties and much more.

Don’t believe us? Well he was named as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Online Fashion last year by DirectorsOf.Com and British Vogue.

So who better to give us the skinny on what’s hot in Manchester? Here Jordan runs through his favourite things to do…

Northern Quarter
[Manchester’s Northern Quarter – picture: Ji-Ho Park / Flickr]

My favourite areas for trend-spotting…

Whilst Manchester’s Northern Quarter is the city centre’s quirky independent district, I love the hustle ‘n bustle of the busier parts of town. Having a coffee in Patisserie Valerie on Deansgate is a great place to people watch!

My favourite Manchester shops and boutiques…

Manchester’s retail scene is incredible and so much more varied than its northern counterparts. I adore Pop Boutique on Oldham Street in the Northern Quarter, vintage finds and reproduction bargains at their finest. Jack & Jill’s in Barton Arcade on Deansgate offers exclusive brands for men and women, whilst Hervia Bazaar on Spring Gardens is one of the hot spots of unique premium ladies and menswear, oh and who can resist Harvey Nichols and Selfridges on Exchange Square?

My favourite weekend hangout…

I like to start with drinks in somewhere like Bakerie or Terrace in the Northern Quarter before migrating to the bright lights and vodka shots of the Gay Village! If I’m going for dinner, you can’t beat Don Marco’s on Deansgate for incredible Italian from a family run restaurant, before a cocktail and breathtaking views in the sky at Cloud23 on the 23rd floor of the Hilton Hotel.

Cloud23
[Cloud23]

My favourite place to watch a stage show…

Undoubtedly the Royal Exchange Theatre, a landmark within the northern arts scene and an incredible venue, a sight to behold.

Where I go for a quick bite to eat…

A quick lunch time bite? I love Wasabi in The Printworks, excellent Japanese cuisine with trashy Asian pop music to boot!

… and where I go for a special meal…

The Grill on New York Street is like a grill joint straight out of lower Manhattan  Swish, glossy but a homely place to get comfy and chat with old friends.

Manchester hidden gems I don’t mind sharing…

The Richmond Tea Rooms on Richmond Street in the Gay Village is an Alice in Wonderland inspired tea room serving drinks and cakes, a real treat.

A Manchester-based designer you should know about…

Sheffield-based fashion designer, Alex Christopher, has moved his flagship store to Manchester’s Deansgate. His boutique, Each To Their Own, boasts some of the most quirky and stylish pieces in Manchester, a favourite of Geordie Shaw cast members and Mancunians alike.

My ideal 24 hours in Manchester…

Brunch at Zinc on Exchange Square followed by a browse of the city centre retailers, before they got too busy.

Lunch at the Second Floor Restaurant and Brasserie at Harvey Nichols before taking in the exhibitions at the Manchester Art Gallery or the stunning architecture of the John Rylands Library on Deansgate.

After a quick outfit change it would be out for drinks with friends at the Banyan Tree on Ellesmere Street before dinner at The Alchemist on New York Street, followed by dancing in some basement where the drinks were cheap.

The Alchemist
[The Alchemist]

Discover more from Jordan at Fashion Rambler, and you can also find him on Twitter and Pinterest.

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