Where to go shopping in Manchester? It’s a good question and one that’ll get varied results depending on who you ask. Manchester’s Arndale Centre may be the main focus of the city’s shopping scene, but look beyond into the many Northern Quarter stores or pop-up boutiques and you’ll find a wealth of quirky – and often handmade – gifts. From record stores stocking the city’s newest musical acts, to homeware stores with a distinctly Northern flair, we’ve rounded up the best shops to visit during your trip to Manchester.
Enter Glass House Plants in Whitworth Locke, and you’re met with a sea of pinks and greens. The latter comes courtesy of the store’s many potted flowers, plants and assorted greenery, which are available alongside a range of organic homeware items like vegan bath soaps, earthy ceramics and pastel-coloured art prints. The former is thanks to its vibrant pink wall space, which has made this shop a favourite for local Instagrammers.
Combining nostalgic simplicity with sleek modern design, Deadstock General Store is a bohemian clothing and gift store that harkens back to an age where less was more. Its wooden floorboards give the impression of stepping back in time to where finding the perfect writing pen required consideration and thought, and its array of beanies, flasks and toiletries make it the perfect place to find a bespoke gift for the distinguished friend or family member in your life.