The Best Healthy Restaurants in Manchester

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Emma Lavelle

Upon first glance, Manchester may seem full of takeaways, burger joints and an array of eateries that promote ‘dirty’ cuisine. It’s not all burgers and chips, however, as there are a variety of healthy eating restaurants all around the city — you just need to know where to look. If you’re counting the calories, or just fancy something a little lighter, these are the 10 best healthy restaurants and cafés in and around the city.

1. Kettlebell Kitchen

Cafe, Restaurant, Healthy, British

Primarily aimed at gym goers, this healthy eating café focuses on high-protein, low-carb food to supplement your fitness regime. There’s protein-rich versions of your favourite treats including burgers and pizzas (featuring low-carb buns and dough), but it’s the Kettlebell boxes that we recommend. Choose your protein and base (from choices including chicken, tofu, sweet potato mash and quinoa) and fill up with plenty of veggies, nuts and low-fat dressings.

2. Oak Street Café

Cafe, American, Vegetarian

Located within the Manchester Craft and Design Centre, this small café always has a tranquil environment, away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the Northern Quarter. Vegetarian and vegan options are always plentiful, and gluten and dairy free diners will find plenty to choose from, with even the cakes appearing healthier than usual. There’s a variety of soups and stews, but we’d always recommend opting for the plate of three market salads, made fresh every day.

3. Trove

Cafe, Restaurant, Bakery, British

This Levenshulme institution may be most famed for its bread, but it also offers an ever-changing menu filled with fresh ingredients and inventive food pairings. Whether you pop along for breakfast or attend one of their supper clubs, you’re sure to be bombarded by light portions, an array of vegetables and delicious flavours. You’ll be enjoying your meal so much that you probably won’t even realise how healthy it all is.

4. Australasia

Restaurant, Asian, Australian, Sushi, Fusion, Vegetarian

If you don’t want to give up on fine dining to maintain a healthy diet, book a table at Australasia to ensure that you don’t exceed your daily calories. One of the city’s best restaurants, the menu focuses of sushi, small plates and grills with a loose Asian theme, allowing you to nibble on small portions or opt for protein-rich plates. There’s plenty of healthy and delicious seafood, and most of the menu is low on carbs.

5. Pho

Restaurant, Vietnamese

This popular Vietnamese restaurant may be a chain, but it’s proving to be popular with Manchester’s residents thanks to its healthy and delicious menu. Choose from a variety of soups, curries, stir-fries and salads that are all packed with vegetables, proteins and goodness, safe in the knowledge that their handy nutrition guide will help you to select the healthiest option.

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