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Manchester Arndale and Market Street offers shops for all. From Market Streets the large Primark to the designer heaven which are Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.

Manchester Arndale and the city centre

Manchester Arndale and Market Street offers shopping for all. From Market Streets huge Primark to the designer heaven which are Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.

The variety of shops brings travellers from all over the world in to the city centre to stock up on their department store goodies throughout the year. Busy Market Street is also famous for its buskers and street entertainers. Nationwide stars started out performing on this street so make sure you capture the moments on camera.

Popular high street shops such as Next, Urban Outfitters, H&M, River Island, Topshop cater to hundreds of shoppers daily. If you have travelled to Manchester before going on an onwards journey, or if the airport is the base for your holiday make sure leave ample time for some Manchester retail therapy.

Manchester Arndale is a city centre shopping mall with over 200 shops under one roof. There is also a variety of fast food outlets in the food hall, great for a quick break from shopping. During festivals and events throughout the year the Arndale offers great entertainment, from discount days for students to live music competitions. The enhancing Santa’s Grotto in the festive season to be a hit with little ones.

Independent Shops

From quirky vintage dress shops to high end boutiques, you can find a wide variety of high quality independent shops Manchester city centre. Each shop offers something different, there are plenty of the weird and wonderful.

We recommend taking some time to visit the vast array of independent shops in the Northern Quarter and around the Shudehill area. From vintage Levi jeans, customized, retro Dr Martin boots and Hollywood glamour hats you can be sure to find whatever you are looking for. Manchester has always had its own individual sense of fashion. One off clothing designs can be found around every corner.
Afflecks Palace is an alternative shopping mall. It houses over 70 individual shops and market stalls and attracts tens of thousands of visitors per year. From neon party wear, fancy dress, retro confectionary shops, vintage clothes shops and tattoo parlours.

Another gem is Manchester Craft and Design Centre. This small shopping centre is housed in a former Victorian market hall. Here artists combine working studios with small shops offering a range of art and jewellery. It’s not only clothing and fashion that Manchester’s independent shops offer, there are some fantastic food specialist stores in the area. For example, The Hanging Ditch by Manchester Cathedral is a wine specialist with a huge range of stock. Shoppers are invited to utilise the seating area and patio to sample their purchases with no corkage charge.

Designer Shopping in Manchester

The wealthy of Manchester flock to the luxurious designer stores that are dotted all over the Northern city. With Harvey Nichols, DKNY, Burberry, Hugo Boss, Selfridges and hundreds of other five star shops located around the famous Exchange square you will struggle to find enough time to explore them all in one afternoon.

Some designer shops have migrated out to the fashionable Spinningfields area. The futuristic design of the Armani store here will not disappoint. On route to Spinningfields be sure to check out the famous Manchester institution Kendals. Now owned and operated by House of Frazer but known locally still as Kendals Department store. This historic shop located in the Deansgate area offers a variety of different brands under one roof. The art deco design of the shop front is as interesting as the many departments inside.