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Which Manchester Neighbourhood is For You?

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Updated: 29 March 2017
Are you planning a move to Manchester but you’re unsure which neighbourhood to relocate to? It can be tricky to know where you’ll feel at home if you’ve only just arrived in a new city, and Manchester’s eclectic districts and suburbs can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to look. We’ve pulled together a curation of insider tips to help you decide which Manchester neighbourhood is for you.

For lively nightlife and quirky cafes, try the Northern Quarter

If you like to always be in the middle of the action, within walking distance from the city’s coolest cafes and bars, then a Northern Quarter flat is for you. Perfect for night owls, you’ll have an array of the hippest addresses in the city on your doorstep, ideal for popping out for a late night cocktail. A short stroll away from both Piccadilly and Victoria train stations and within walking distance of all city centre locations, living in the Northern Quarter is ideal for those who like their lie-ins.

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For adding value to your home, try Levenshulme

If you’re looking to buy a home in an up-and-coming area that’s quickly filling up with a young creative crowd, then try Levenshulme. Not only will you get more for your money but as the area becomes more gentrified, house prices are set to soar in upcoming years making buying a house here a solid investment. There’s already a diverse selection of independent businesses popping up on the high street, including popular bakery and café Trove and craft beer bar, Fred’s Ale House, as well as a large antiques market. Make sure you rise early on a Saturday morning to take advantage of Levenshulme market, one of the busiest independent makers and food markets in the city.

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For a bohemian crowd, try Chorlton

Home to Unicorn organic vegan grocery store, the legendary Beech Road and a staggering array of bars and restaurants, Chorlton is the neighbourhood of choice for Manchester’s young and creative crowd. If you’re on a tight budget, the area behind Morrisons and towards Longford Park offer more reasonable prices than the more affluent area stretching around Beech Road and the entrance to the meadows. Whichever side of Chorlton you opt for, you’ll find yourself surrounded by independent shops, a diverse selection of eateries and some of the best bars in the city.

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For a village atmosphere, try East Didsbury

If you’re a young family or simply seeking a more relaxing pace of life but still desire easy access to bars and restaurants, then East Didsbury is for you. The main road that snakes through Didsbury Village is lined with bars, cafés, boutiques and even a popular cheese shop, offering everything that you need for village life. At the end of the village, you’ll find Fletcher Moss and Parsonage Gardens, where you can walk the dog, soak up the sun and momentarily forget that you live in a bustling city.

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For student vibes, try Withington

If you’re studying at one of the universities or have recently graduated then opt for Withington as an alternative to the typical student mecca of Fallowfield. You’ll find more spacious houses (Fallowfield’s terraces tend to cram in as many bedrooms as possible) and a scattering of student-friendly pubs and bars that offer late night opening hours, obligatory pub quizzes and regular musical performances. The residents are a bit of a mixed bag ranging from young families to retired couples, but there’s an overall laid-back atmosphere and the suburb is located on Europe’s most frequent bus route.

For excellent eateries and family life, try Altrincham

If you’re looking for somewhere a little quieter and closer to the countryside, but still seek proximity to bars and restaurants, then Altrincham is for you. Located just a short drive from the Cheshire countryside, this affluent suburb is perfect for families or young couples. Ever since the market hall was renovated, the central hub of delicious food stalls and rotating market stands has beckoned food-lovers to the area. Subsequently, more and more restaurants are opening up in and around the centre. It’s also a great location for independent shops, being home to eclectic interior store Rose & Grey’s only bricks and mortar store and a variety of interesting gift shops.

For leafy streets and proximity to bars, try Whalley Range

If you’re looking for somewhere that’s just a close cycle to the city centre, a short stroll to Chorlton, yet is more affordable than both, then Whalley Range might be your best choice. Located between two frequent bus routes, it’s easy to get into the centre of Manchester but the leafy streets will help you to forget your proximity to the city. This is a perfect place to buy your first home in Manchester, surrounded by other first-time homeowners and renting twenty-somethings.

For affluent surroundings, try Castlefield

If luxurious bars, the best restaurants in the city and an elegant apartment with skyline views are more your cup of tea, then head to Castlefield. Located on the edge of the city centre, surrounded by picturesque canals and within easy walking distance of Deansgate train station, this is where you’ll find some of the most coveted properties in Manchester, including Beetham Tower. Waterside bars and restaurants such as The Wharf and Dukes are just on your doorstep, offering sun traps for summer al fresco drinking and dining, and you’re within a short stroll of the fancy bars of Spiningfields.

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