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One of the best bits about the Abel Heywood is it’s central location. Set right in the middle of the Northern Quarter makes it easily accessible to lots of areas of the city. A Century or so ago the NQ was at the heart of an industrial revolution however in more recent years it has become a hub of creativity, art and culture. Here are our tips on places to visit in the NQ:

Matt & Phreds

A stone’s throw away from the hotel, this cool live music venue hosts gigs 6 days a week. It specialises in jazz and folk but check their website for other genres.

Maclure Barbers

Providing a mixture of traditional and modern cuts, plus they do one of the best cutthroat shaves in Manchester. The guys will love this cool place on Hilton Street.

Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange & Eastern Bloc

These three along Oldham Street are the best in town for independent music lovers, also check out Eastern Bloc’s website for their pop up music events.

Affleck’s Palace

A Northern Quarter institution, Affleck’s showcases vintage wares and is home to a mixture of eclectic stores across 4 floors from bookshops to tattoo parlours.

Oi Polloi, POP boutique, Oxfam originals, Bionic Seven & COW

Check these out for all your individual or vintage clothing pieces.

Oklahoma, Fred Aldous, Magma, Fig & Sparrow and Manchester Crafts & Design Centre

These stock some of the best gifts, home accessories and materials for the crafty visitors

The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Arts and The Richard Goodall Gallery

Galleries with a difference… stocking alternative posters and gifts, as well as their ever-changing artwork and exhibitions.

The Cat Cafe

Manchester’s first cat cafe offers a place to catch up with their furry friends and have a cuppa. They also hold unusual events such as cat yoga & often show cat themed movies such as The aristocrat’s or The Lion King… but don’t forget to book in advance.

Curry Cafe’s of NQ

There’s a few to choose from close to Abel. These little places are known for their cafeteria style ‘rice & 3’ for around £3-£5. Lots of them also serve vegetarian and vegan options.


Have any questions about any of these places or other things to do in Manchester and the Northern Quarter? Just pop into Abel and ask us. We can whet your whistle and refuel you with some lovely grub, so you can get back out and explore.