Are you looking for a city break just before the Christmas holidays? Manchester's Christmas Markets are said to be among the best, if not the best, in the country. And, even better, our Serviced Apartments are only a stone's throw from the rejuvenated Chapel Street, between Deansgate and Salford Quays, perfect for exploring these magical markets. In Part 1 of our Manchester Market guide, we show you the Market map and go through even more exciting attractions.
At the Christmas Markets, Cathedral Gardens will once again be a family-friendly area. The ice rink from Skate Manchester will be back, along with a variety of food and drink vendors, to assist skaters in recuperating after their time on the ice. This zone will also have entertainment every week from Thursday through Sunday, including children's programmes.
In recent years, Porky Pig's Yorkshire Pudding wraps, a huge favourite of the Christmas Markets, will be back in 2021. Outside Selfridges, they'll be joined by the instantly recognisable Mill Exchange pub, packed with a massive chimney and pictures of Mancunian icons. Tikka Kebab Kitchen will heat things up with their curries and spicy kebabs, as well as gourmet pizza and local food vendors and the ever-popular little Dutch pancakes. A broad assortment of huts selling quirky Christmas gift ideas can be found along the row opposite the Corn Exchange.
New Cathedral Street
High-end shoemakers, local vegan skincare products, jewellery, and artisan food, as well as the always-stylish Bar No3 offering smoking cocktails and gins, will be found on the street between Selfridges and Harvey Nicks. The Witchouse will also be back with their traditional steins and currywurst - and hopefully with their enormous plastic sausage sign in situ, which for many is the most famous gathering location for holiday catch-ups next to Marks & Spencer. Eat New York's iconic bagels and Wrap Up burritos can also be found here, as well as some of Manchester's favourite food vendors.
The King Street portion of the markets has become famed for its Provence-inspired fare, and it's back this year with a slew of French and Italian themed booths selling gallic cuisine, beers, and wines, as well as a warming gin bar with over 100 kinds to select from.
All those massive pans of roasted provencal potatoes and cassoulet, as well as French crepes and waffles and Sicilian arancini balls, will be found here.
This year, Market Street will have a significantly reduced number of stalls to allow for a smoother flow of foot traffic, with the huts focused towards the fully outdoor end of the main pedestrianised retail area. If you're seeking unique Christmas presents and handcrafted products from local artisans, this is the place to go.