4 day food guide to Manchester

Finally! Here’s my well-promised 4 day food guide to Manchester.

For those of you who don’t know the story behind it, I put this guide together at the end of June because Gabs’ parents were visiting us and I wanted to take them to some of the places we know and love (I certainly didn’t feel like experimenting with my in-laws!). But because life isn’t perfect, somedays I had planned something but we ended up changing our minds or craving something different, so I’ll make sure to include both when appropriate so you guys can pick where to eat next time you’re looking for some ideas.

I hope you like it!

Day 1

where to eat in Manchester. 4 day food guide

They arrived around lunchtime so we didn’t have breakfast with them on this day.

Lunch. I was at work, but Gabs wanted to treat them to his favourite fish and chips in town, so they went to Sam’s Chop House. I don’t have a review to share, but you can check this post where I talk about Albert’s Sq chop house.

Dinner. We wanted to take them somewhere different, so we visited Bundobust and shared some of our favourite dishes (pictured above). Read my review here.


Day 2

where to eat in Manchester. 4 day food guide

Breakfast. We were all craving pancakes and/or waffles, so I decided to take them to Home Sweet Home in the NQ. G’s dad tried chicken and waffles for the first time and loved it. Success!

Lunch. We were thinking of taking them to Proove in West Didsbury, but Gabs insisted on trying Rudy’s so we went there. Read my latest post on Rudy’s here.

Dinner. This was their second favourite, I believe (Bundobust was the first!). We went to Tampopo’s for some really amazing food and left feeling stuffed and pleased. I have various posts on Tampopo’s, you can read this one (or this one if you’re vegan!)

Day 3

where to eat in Manchester. 4 day food guide

Breakfast. We had breakfast at home on this day, but if you’re looking for a fantastic place for brekkie or brunch, Fress is the way to go (Did you know they just opened another restaurant in Didsbury? Super exciting!)

Lunch. Time to cheat my guide for a bit. On this day we went to Liverpool and had lunch at one of my favourite restaurants of all times: Maray. I know it’s not Manchester but it’s definitely worth the train journey. If you’re not convinced yet, read this post.

Dinner. All this walking had us all very hungry, and what a better way to combat that than with a massive burger? We took them for some epic ones at none other than Almost Famous. We went to their Northern Quarter location, but their Great Northern restaurant is just as good.

Day 4

where to eat in Manchester. 4 day food guide

Breakfast. Another breakfast-at-home kinda day (I think we were just too tired from all the walking and sightseeing) but if I had to recommend a place, it’d definitely be one of my favourites in the NQ: 19 cafe. Read all about it here.

Lunch. We had planned to take them to Grafene for British tapas, but they wanted something different, so we went to Leaf instead. Had some incredibly delicious pasta so I can’t complain. Their food makes me so happy.

Dinner. Finally, because we were craving something that was both unhealthy and delicious, we went to Yard and Coop in the NQ to have some of their amazing buttermilk fried chicken. Our waiting time was long, as usual, but the food was good so we didn’t complain that much (afterwards).


That’s it, guys! They went back to Madrid early on day 5 so this is where my guide (and this story) ends. I truly hope you can get some inspiration for your next meals in town, and if you’re craving something specific but can’t seem to find it on this list, give me a shout on social media! I’m always happy to respond to your messages and give you some recommendations 🙂

Thanks for reading me. I hope you’re having a fab week!






  1. payday loans
    August 15, 2018 / 12:16 pm

    I haven’t been to Manchester for a while but I love the sound of these – might check out Almost Famous. Love burgers!

    • Michelle
      August 19, 2018 / 6:31 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed the read! Hopefully it’ll give you some ideas for your next visit 🙂

  2. August 7, 2018 / 12:24 pm

    Some fabulous choices there and I have to say I love Maray too.

    • Michelle
      August 11, 2018 / 4:29 pm

      Thanks, Jo! I’m glad you agree with Maray, it’s quite a unique concept too. I haven’t found anything similar in Manchester yet.

  3. Ellie
    August 7, 2018 / 11:53 am

    What a fab guide! Will definitely bookmark this and share it to any people coming to manchester!

    • Michelle
      August 11, 2018 / 4:27 pm

      Thanks, Ellie! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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