10 of the best shops in Manchester
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The North’s biggest city has become renowned as a magnet for fashionistas, with hundreds of sublime stores and bold boutiques – but what are the very best shops in Manchester?

To find out we’ve teamed up with Jen Scrafton, top lifestyle and fashion blogger behind An English Rose From Manchester, to select the best shopping destinations the city has to offer.

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22 Oldham St, M1 1JN  www.thunderegg.co.uk

Jen says: “This girlie shop is full of cute clothing from labels such as Glamorous and Brat & Suzie, alongside pretty, unusual gifts and accessories. It can be found on Oldham Street, as well as having a space in the legendary Afflecks Palace across the way.”


2 Dale Street, M1 1JW  www.junkshopuk.com

Jen says: “I love Junk Shop for their unique reworked vintage fashion and quirky jewellery. It’s small, cute, has ethical credentials and is therefore always worth a peek. Plus they run dressmaking courses to inspire a bit of fashion DIY.”

Craft & Design Centre

17 Oak Street, M4 5JD  www.craftanddesign.com

Jen says: “A collection of studios filled with the wares of artists and creatives, this is situated in a former Victorian fish market building. With a small café offering freshly made soup, salads and sandwiches, it’s a nice place to spend an hour exploring.”

Curiouser & Curiouser

35 Tib Street, M4 1LX  www.curiouserboutique.co.uk

Jen says: “As the name would suggest, this boutique has a fantastical Alice in Wonderland vibe. They sell statement jewellery, pretty fashions, teacup candles and classy trinkets.”


70 Tib Street, M4 1LG  www.beermoth.co.uk

Jen says: “This specialist beer store has only recently opened – and although I’m not a connoisseur, it’s a great stockist of unusual beers. I’ll be sourcing plenty of gifts for my dad here.”

Northern Flower

58 Tib Street, M4 1LG  www.northernflower.com

Jen says: “There’s nothing like an independent florist for that personal touch and finding something a bit different. As long as you’re not on a tiny budget, this cute shop does gorgeous bouquets. At the moment they’ve got fresh pink tulips on sale just outside the door.”


Corn Exchange, M4 3TR  more information

Jen says: “This sweet treat shop is an exciting stockist of American candy brands (including the delicious and elusive peanut butter M&Ms), and has a fun carnival vibe as you walk through the door. If you’re looking for something specific, they probably have it.”

Harvey Nichols

21 New Cathedral Street, M1 1AD  www.harveynichols.com/stores/manchester

Jen says: I do love walking round a high-end department store – and Harvey Nichols is my favourite. They like to engage their customers with fashion and beauty evenings, and have a great restaurant with a reasonable Supper Club menu and elegant champagne afternoon tea.”


15 Oak Street, M4 5JD  more information

Jen says: “Boasting the interior décor of a high end boutique coupled with cheap charity shop prices, this recently opened outlet is full of really nice items – and is currently my favourite charity shop.”

Fred Aldous

37 Lever Street, M1 1LW  www.fredaldous.co.uk

Jen says: “This is my absolute favourite shop. Although it describes itself as a supplier of ‘arts and crafts supplies’, it’s so much more than that. One whole floor is filled with quirky stationary, unusual gift items and pretty cards. On the remaining two floors you’ll find a treasure trove of crafting supplies. It’s always a bit of inspiration overload in there.”

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