Manchester is one of, if not the most cultured city in the UK. Maybe we’re biased as Manchester is our hometown, but all in all, the North West’s rainy city is the hub of the working class, quality music, impressive football, and most importantly, good people.
We’re proud to be from Manchester, in fact, we’re buzzin’ to be from here. We want to celebrate the brilliance of this city, more specifically, the hidden-gems that come along with it. It’s no secret that Manchester is home to some of the best music venues, restaurants and clothing shops in the UK, but sometimes, the real stars are the ones that are left in the dark. With this being said, we wanted to shine a light on our favourite places to eat, drink and wind down…
This isn’t an advertisement piece, we just love our city. Check out where we’ve recommended below!
SHOPPING DONE PROPERLY… WHEN NOT AT BODA
As one of the leading fashion brands in the city of Manchester, it’s fair to say that we know a thing or two about shopping in the rainy city. From time to time we understand that you won’t always be looking at us here at BODA, and that’s okay! Let’s just make sure you’re shopping at the right places.
Kersh Kicks, 36-40, Edge St, Manchester, M4 1HN
We understand that with every great jacket, it must be followed by an equally great pair of trainers. Here at BODA, we’re yet to release our own footwear, so with recommending the go-to place to fulfill the trainer cravings, head to Kersh Kicks in Manchester’s Northern Quarter for the best in deadstock and rare trainers.
After opening up shop back in 2019, brothers Sam and Ben Kersh originally sold their ‘sneakers’ online, after Sam began to pick up rare pieces while studying at a university in Los Angeles. At the same time, Ben was building his collection in their hometown of Liverpool, before the duo moved across the North West to open their flagship store on Edge Street.
Check them out on Instagram here.
Bionic Seven, 60 Port St, Manchester, M1 2EQ
Although we stand the test of time as a luxury fashion brand, we’re also fans of vintage store, Bionic Seven. They’re based around a 5 minute walk from Piccadilly station and they offer some of the best vintage items money can buy. There’s a reason we love these guys, they stand for the same things we do: clothing that lasts a lifetime.
You can see them on Instagram here.
Hervia, 81 King St, Spring Gardens, Manchester M2 4AH
Hervia is one of our go-to places for everything luxury (when we’re not looking at home). Based near a selection of high-end places for drinks in the heart of Manchester, Hervia is home to a selection of our favourite brands, holding some of the cleanest pieces of the new seasons.
Running since 1993, Hervia have continued to house some of the world’s most favourite brands, so if you’re ever in the area, be sure to check them out!
See more on their Instagram here.
FANCY A SLICE?
Rudy’s Pizza, 9 Cotton St, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 5BF
I mean… Who doesn’t love pizza? When looking for the perfect slice of heaven, you need to look no further than Rudy’s. Based in Ancoats Square, it’s the perfect location to go for a walk with a friend (or dog).
Not only is the pizza freshly made, but you can literally go with whatever combination takes your fancy. They were launched back in 2015 by Jim Morgan and Kate Wilson, and since then, the place has really grown from strength to strength. So much so, Rudy’s was actually ranked in the top 10 pizzas in the world by the global food website, Big Seven.
Personally, we’re huge fans of Rudy’s Pizza here at BODA HQ, it’s really fitting for any time or occasion: midday snack, late-night indulge or a hangover cure, Rudy’s has your back. Check them out on Instagram here.
BACK TO THE 70’s…
Sammy’s Bar, 26 Swan St, Manchester, M4 5JQ
We all love to take the credit for finding the next best hidden-gem for weekend drinks with friends. Luckily, now’s your time to shine. Introducing Sammy’s Bar: opening August 2019, this 70’s themed bar has been created with some of the coolest attention to detail we’ve seen.
Decorated with yellow geometric wallpaper and wooden paneling, the bar has been modeled off cafes of the bygone era. Posing as a hidden bar, there’s no signage outside of Sammy’s other than a neon sign that shines the word ‘open’, along with a make-shift sign saying ‘cocktails’. This screams nothing other than secrecy, exclusivity, and overall cool vibes.
With plenty of cocktails to choose from, we would recommend this place if you really want to experience the creativity of Manchester. You can’t miss out on this one. Check out their Instagram here.
SPOT OF BRUNCH?
Federal, 194 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3ND
Here at BODA HQ, we’re a sucker for a Friday morning breakfast delivery to the office: our go-to spot is Federal. The brunch-spot has garnered a loyal and eager fanbase lately at their small cafes - the portions are large, tasty, and also make for a very impressive Instagram upload…
The menu focuses on Australian and New Zealand-inspired brunch dishes such as French toast, smashed avocado on sourdough, acai bowls, corn fritters, and banana bread. They offer so much more, too, we’re just listing off our favourites.
Owners, Claudio and Emily opened Federal in 2015 and have ended up creating a community of like-minded souls who are passionate about great coffee and amazing brunch. Claudio was born in Portugal, with Emily being from the North of England - she’s the master behind all their amazing Instagram content that you can see here.
ONE FOR THE AGES
Afflecks Palace, 52 Church St, Manchester, M4, 1PW
When looking for a real piece of history in Manchester City Centre, Afflecks Palace is the place for you. This historic building has been an integral part of Manchester for decades, and while its surroundings may change from time to time, Afflecks will always stay as the weird, wacky, and wonderful place it always has been.
Home to a collection of body piercing, tattoo parlors, vintage clothes shops, and much more, Afflecks is also believed to hold the last remaining dedicated music cassette shop in the UK. Lots of our BODA fans will remember taping songs off the radio, and of course, since those days, the way we consume music has changed forever.
Luckily for the old-school music fans out there, Afflecks Palace will allow you to hop in your own personal time machine and go back to the good old days.
You can see more on Afflecks here.
DATE NIGHT DONE RIGHT
The Sparrows, 16 Red Bank, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, M4 4HF
One of Manchester’s best kept secrets, The Sparrows has been tipped as one of the leading restaurants in the North West, the crazy thing is though, it’s hidden by a bunch of roadworks and is at the end of a secluded dead-end street. This really is one of the finest cases of ‘if you know, you know’.
There are only 10 seats in The Sparrows, wedged beneath a railway arch across from renowned sushi restaurant, Umezushi. The space was refurbished by Umezushi, with their original idea being to provide a development kitchen for their main building across the road. However, The Sparrows owner, Polish-born Kasia Hitchcock took over the tiny space with her partner, and chef, Franco Concli.
Spätzle, which translates to ‘sparrow’, is a type of Hungarian dumpling made from pasta dough, named after their tendency to float in their v-shaped formations. The name isn’t the only thing that’s fascinating here either, wait until you try the pasta.
See more about The Sparrows on their Instagram here, and get stuck in.
FOR THE BASIC BI**HES
Alberts Schloss, 27 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR
When you want to do nothing other than play it safe, you really know what you’re getting with Alberts Schloss. Based on the famous Peter Street, Alberts Schloss offer nothing other than classy cocktails, premium beers and an unbelievably good Sunday roast.
We have been big fans of Albert’s for a good while now, and with the overall venue, atmosphere, and occasional £1 pint sale, you really can’t go wrong.
The Bavarian beer hall was named bar of the year at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival awards in 2016 and since then it has had glowing food reviews from the likes of The Guardian’s Jay Rayner who described the venue as a ‘class act’ following his impressive review on its kitchen and bakery.
See more on Instagram here.
GAME ON, PLAYER
NQ64, 9 Short St, Manchester, M4 1AA
We can all cast our minds back to the days of nagging our parents for a bit of change before running off to the arcade with our friends and playing games until we had nothing left. I mean, let’s be honest, life was easier when we were kids. But luckily, NQ64 in Manchester’s Northern Quarter is giving us the chance to relive the arcade memories… Along with some cocktails thrown in.
NQ64 features a whole roster of retro arcade games including Mortal Kombat, Pac Man, Street Fighter II, Guitar Hero and many more. The games work on a token basis, with 15 tokens costing just £6!
It’s not just the games that this place has to offer either, there’s a bunch of local brews and craft tinnies available, along with the signature cocktail list that most definitely gets you in the mood for the electronic dancing games.
See more about NQ64 on their Instagram here.