All about Manchester’s Northern Quarter

If being immersed in an electric atmosphere is right up your street, while being surrounded by creativity and fantastic choices for food and drink, then you need to check out Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

With a range of trendy shops, a huge selection of delicious food and drink options, and an eclectic mix of architecture from generations past, the NQ (as the locals call it) is the beating heart of culture and nightlife in Manchester’s city centre.

History of the Northern Quarter

During the 18th century, the Northern Quarter was just a humble urban district. However, throughout the early 19th century, during the boom of the industrial revolution, the NQ became a hive of industry.

By the late 19th century there were over 100 mills in the area, and the NQ was said to be the home of the Victorian night out, with tourists and locals alike coming out en masse to eat and shop.

However, following the First World War, and due to the rising price of cotton, many mills were forced to close. By the 1980s only a small handful of working mills remained, with the empty buildings having since been transformed into the restaurants, bars, apartments, and venues you see today.

This was thanks to the abundance of empty buildings and low rental costs, meaning small business owners could afford to move into the NQ, which in turn began to attract young people into the area. Now, in the twenty-first century, the Northern Quarter has once again become the place to visit for culture, food, and shopping.

Places to shop in the Northern Quarter

Manchester’s Northern Quarter has plenty of quirky, high-end, unique, and independent shops that mean you can spend hours browsing to your heart’s content. Including gifts, records, beer, luxury clothes, casual clothes, trinkets, flowers, and arts and crafts, you’re guaranteed to find something you love.

Below are just a few of the great places to shop in the Northern Quarter:

Restaurants in the Northern Quarter

Feeling peckish? Whether you’re looking for Michelin star dining or a quick bite of fast food, the NQ is home to a variety of culinary options. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the mood for pizza, curry, noodles, steak, tacos, pasta, or an old-fashioned roast dinner, you’ll certainly not go hungry. Take a look at some of our picks below.

Bars in the Northern Quarter

Whether you’re looking to enjoy a craft ale with friends, a glass of wine with the other half or revisit your youth playing retro video games, Manchester’s Northern Quarter bars offer all kinds of experiences and atmospheres. Take a look at just a few options below.

Other cool things to see and do in the Northern Quarter

In between all the shopping, eating, and drinking you’ll be doing while immersed in the Northern Quarter, there are plenty of other things to see and do. Below are just a few of our favourites.

Renting in Manchester with UNCLE

Manchester’s Northern Quarter is bursting with history and culture, and has enough places to eat, drink, and shop to last a lifetime. By living in the heart of the NQ you’ll have all these incredible places right on your doorstep. Learn about UNCLE’s Manchester apartments and discover how you can immerse yourself in the heart of Manchester.