Where to eat close by?
We know and love our neighbours on Edge Street in the heart of the vibrant Northern Quarter.
Home Sweet Home has their tongue firmly in their culinary cheek. These guys love all things American and with inventively named dishes like Lucky 7’s, Muscle Beach and Cakeshakes, you know you’re in good hands. They specialise in brunch, but also do great salads, burgers and sandwiches. We recommend one of their Steak Bennys washed down with a cheeky Bloody Mary.
Opposite the apartment you will see Yard & Coop have taken classic American diner food to another level. Here they have taken the humble buttermilk fried chicken and made it a dish to be savoured. Throw in some tasty sides, wash it down with a few cocktails or craft beers and as they say, you can ‘drink in the Yard, get fed in the Coop.’
If you’d prefer a more classic dining experience, make a beeline for 63 Degrees North. Head chef Eric Moreau believes 63 degrees is the perfect temperature to cook poultry, as it becomes incomparably tender and full of flavour. Combine this thinking with a classic French menu, excellent wine selection, cocktails plus a delectable post-dinner drinks menu and you’ve got all the ingredients for a memorable evening.
We also love Evelyn’s for their neighbourhood dining feel and funky fresh menu, ideal for a quick brunch, lunch stop or relaxed and stylish evening meal. And nearby Cottonopolis combines insanely good cocktails with a Japanese inspired menu. Both are only a hop, skip and a jump away from your front door.
If you’re feeling undecided, then jump in a cab and head for nearby Spinningfields. It’s packed with all the bars, restaurants, shopping and culture you could possibly want and with Urbana favourites like Iberico, Tattu, Neighbourhood, Fazenda and The Oust House, you’re sure to find the right flavour for you. And if you’re looking for a dining experience on another level, you can’t beat Manchester House. Go for the 14-course taster menu with the paired wine selection, it will blow your mind!
Another favourite dining destinations has to be Mr. Coopers House and Garden. They say their diverse menu is in sync with the seasons and they only ever use ingredients in their prime. We just say it’s yummy. We recommend lounging with a drink in the garden amongst the cascading wall of plants (if it’s warm) or, if it's a bit chilly, cosying up in the leather booths of the study before sampling their delicious menu.
On a super sunny day head to Albert’s Shed. Their modern British menu will look after you morning, noon and night and they do a handy kids’ menu too. Find time for some pre-drinks in one of the many beer gardens around Castlefield (and post drinks in Albert's Schloss if child free).
Top 5 things to do in Manchester with children, the little VIPS - 'Days out North West'
Museum of Science and Industry - Only a quick tram ride or free shuttle bus ride away, this is our go to place when the kids need to burn off some energy in a fun, interactive environment. When they’ve had their fill, head up to the café for a well-deserved cuppa, or lunch in nearby Castlefield or Spinningfields. And best of all entry is free!
Stadium Tour, are you Manchester United or Manchester City? – If you’ve ever wanted to sit in the same dressing room as players like Aguero or Ronaldo, or get a bird’s eye view from the manager’s dug out, you can’t beat a tour of one of these world-famous stadiums. Or if you would like to stay closer to home, the National Football Museum is just a short walk away and well worth a visit. It doesn’t get more Mancuniun than this!
Legoland Discovery Centre and SeaLife – Jump in the car or hop on a bus from Piccadilly Gardens and head to the Trafford Centre and you’ll find Legoland Discovery Centre. It’s a mini version of the Windsor site which makes it great for an afternoon out. You can tire them out with rides, workshops, a 4D film adventure and indoor play centre. Perhaps buy a dual ticket for SeaLife too, as what child (or adult!) doesn’t love getting up close to a blacktip reef shark or watching an octopus shoot by? Manchester’s SeaLife also has an ocean tunnel, Seahorse nursery and Sting Ray Bay. Who's up for an aquatic adventure?
A Theatre or Cinema Visit – Check out what’s on at the Opera House, The Palace Theatre or maybe the AMC Great Northern cinema. And serve with popcorn, lots of popcorn. Team Urbana are always up to date with what's on, so drop us an email to get to know what's showing during your stay with us.
CBBC Interactive Tour – It’s not often kids get the chance to discover what really goes on behind the scenes of their favourite CBBC shows. That’s why a trip to Media City UK in Salford Quays is a must for all CBBC fans and a firm favourite in our 'days out North West' family calendar.
There are just too many cool things to do in Manchester to count!
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