You may need to circle the block a few times before landing a seat in this tiny outpost of nearby Teacup Kitchen, but you’ll soon warm up with your hands around a cup of Bonbon’s signature (and dairy-free) hot chocolate. If a spoonful of salted caramel seems like overkill, order the original, or dial up the heat with a sprinkle of warming Aztec spice.
Bonbon Chocolate Boutique, 9 John St, Manchester, UK, +44 161 839 4416
Why do people think yoga is all about relaxation? Breathing, yes, but relaxation? You’ll have to earn it. Challenge the body to a warming vinyasa flow class, stretching, balancing and working all over, until those few minutes of cool-down at the end the practice feel like nirvana. First-timers fear not: this class caters to all levels and leaves out the snobbery.
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The duo behind this terrific pizza kitchen were popping up at some of Manchester’s favourite venues long before they opened the doors of their very own Ancoats restaurant. While you are here, be sure to try our pick, the lardo, finished with chilli flakes, parmesan and a free range egg yolk. For a truly cosy feel, take your server’s recommendation on a bottle of red and don’t miss dessert by local baker RayRay’s Kitchen.
In a city famed for music, this heritage-listed Wesleyan chapel has earned a bright reputation hosting some of the UK’s hottest gigs. The upstairs gallery delivers a serious panoramic view, but things are decidedly warmer centre stage beneath the grandiose ceiling and stained-glass silhouettes. Jack Garratt, Armin van Buuren and The Lumineers have all played here in 2016.
With its zing of neon lights, late-opening bakeries and five spice thick in the air, Chinatown always feels warm. Satisfy your curiosities over wasabi broad beans, vacuum-wrapped packets of crispy seaweed doused in chilli, or every variety of kimchi imaginable. For hot drinks, take a tub of miso paste or a box of authentic loose leaf tea… it’s much cheaper than the high street.
Hang Won Hong, 58-60 George St, Manchester, UK, +44 161 228 6182
Sticky floors aside, there’s no better venue in the city for a riotous good time than this low-lit basement on buzzing Stevenson Square. The Hula vibe is less about the clothes you wear, more about the shapes you throw, and the heat generated by all that dancing frequently makes this a sleeves-up, hair-up kind of affair. Order a round of flaming ‘Zombies’ for maximum heat. Trust us, you’ll be on fire!