Once an industrial northern city, Manchester has regenerated into a dynamic place brimming with creative cool vibes that is constantly on the move!
Bodywise Yoga and natural health is situated in Manchester’s Buddhist Centre and is an oasis of calm within the busy city centre. It has a variety of classes plus weekend workshops for those wanting to further develop their practice. The centre also offers other therapies and treatments such as massages and reflexology making it a great place to rejuvenate your body and mind.
Yoga Express at Studio 25 is located in the city centre and using the Ashtanga primary series, yoga teacher Matt Ryan delivers a class that is suited to all abilities. The studio has evening and afternoon drop in classes that you don’t’ need to book, so is great for the spontaneous yogis as the classes can fit around your daily schedule.
Bikram Yoga Manchester was the city’s first Bikram yoga studio and its location in the creative Northern Quarter makes it a perfect place if you want to soak in Manchester culture after your session. The sessions take are 90 minutes long however first time students to the studios should arrive 20-30 mins to allow for registration.
Food and Drink
Gorilla is the coolest hangout with both a restaurant and bar, it is famed for having the best burgers in Manchester. It has its own gin parlour, stocking the best gin from around the world and does the most amazing cocktails! Gorilla is also well known for its live music and hosts regular gigs in addition to club nights.
Home Sweet Home is the American style cafe that has the ultimate comfort food from its fried chicken to its indulgent pancakes there is even a vegan menu. A must have is to try the cakes from the bakery, ideal for anyone with a sweet tooth they incorporated well known chocolate and sweet brands into the cakes!
Manchester is home to bands like Oasis and famed for its music scene which is central to the city’s vibe. With a range of live music and cultural events, it celebrates raw talent with lots of smaller independent venues supporting emerging artists.
Head to Soup Kitchen where during the day serves food from local suppliers and has a good selection of vegan food. Its communal style seating makes it the perfect place to get to know people whilst at night this chilled setting transforms, hosting gigs and comedy and even film nights, you can then party into the night in its basement club.
Jimmy’s is located on the edge of the Northern Quarter and this independent music venue has an electric programme of live music, comedy and spoken word and offers a more immediate feel in its cosy downstairs space.
Or try Band on the Wall , one of Manchester’s more culturally mature music venues, it showcases regular jazz and live music events and is also one of the city’s popular club nights.
Art and Culture
Manchester is brimming with culture and has many one off events so I would highly recommend checking a what’s on guide before going, however I selected a few places to get you started.
The Northern Quarter is the cultural centre of Manchester as it offers not only cool bars but a whole host of cultural and quirky places. It is a great place to shop as it offers alternative places such as Afflecks Palace that houses independent boutiques, vintage shops and vinyl records such as Piccadilly records.
The Wonder Inn is a hidden gem near to the Arndale shopping centre, this quirky venue is described as creative wellness centre, and perfect for yogi’s who want to experience something a bit different whilst offering a therapeutic retreat when the bustle of Manchester’s becomes too over whelming.
Home is the centre for contemporary art, theatre and film and is a busy hub for the creative and those who want to experience something new. It also has a bar that serves food or you can enjoy a pre theatre three course dinner in their upstairs restaurant.
Whitworth Art Gallery is located in Whitworth park and makes the most of the natural environment as beautiful views of the park that can be seen within the gallery. It has a wide programme of exhibitions in addition to an exciting programme of events including late night Thursdays, and yogis will be pleased to know the gallery offers morning yoga in its tranquil art garden.
Manchester also hosts a multitude of different festivals such as; the festival of light party, creative arts Manchester International Festival and Manchester Literature Festival making the city an exciting place to visit.
Planning your next vacation to visit me in Manchester? I hope so!
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