This is indeed a city to meet interesting and wonderfully kind people. I cannot stop gushing about my experience of Manchester. I love the mix of people here and above all, their fashion sense. Within a few miles you can cover goth, punk, eccentric, high end, high street...it's all here if you take the time and if you are brave enough to ask, people will take the time to chat, give you tips and pose for a blogger...perfect. Thank you Carmen for taking the time to pose for me and for showing off your wonderful pooch. It was a quirky and lucky meeting for me and for that I am always grateful.
Blame Vetements for making the ordinary sweatshirt a statement piece...okay, so not everyone can afford the absurd pricetag but, we can take this idea and run with it...literally. Like our latest streetstyler, you can also be fashion-forward with a statement sweatshirt, pulling it into retro mode with suede Nike sneakers. I loved the overall look, that head of hair and of course, the laid back attitude that seems to be synonymous with Manchester!
Isn't it amazing that even today, real life fairies still exist, if only to enchant and make us stop for a moment? Walking through the streets of Manchester is indeed an eye-opener for a blogger like myself because there are people pushing the envelope, making us rethink not only fashion, but also our own views on beauty. I loved this shy streetstyler who at first did not want to pose until her friend convinced her to do so...egging her on with cheers and laughter. It was a great moment for all of us.
The jury is still out on whether or not skinny jeans are a good thing. Thank Hedi Slimane for them. He triggered a movement that even had Karl Lagerfeld on a diet just to fit into his notorious jeans. Case in point, our next streetstyler spotted in Manchester. The statement spectacles caught my eye and this, teamed with clever basics made for a cool look indeed. Since he was fluent in German, we chatted very easily, the world is so small and language is a barrier breaker of note...something that always makes me smile. Our worlds are governed by communication and this makes my job as a blogger just that more interesting because even through a few gestures and words, images like these can happen. Thank you Enisogie for posing for my Nikon...
Forget the corporate surroundings. Spinningfields is more than just glass and steel structures. Here, in Gartside Street, you will find Tattu, an Asian restaurant that is sure to surprise and delight. Okay, the dark interior may not please everybody. We are used to the muted neutral tones of so many other restaurants but, Tattu is a lot more than just dark wood and orchids.
The cocktail menu is vast and wonderfully curated. Here, exotic ingredients match the names like Qingming Sling, Crouching Tiger and Dragon Tonic. Our drinks were great, the perfect start to the evening. For starters we had crispy duck and summer spring rolls and our mains included Kung Pao chicken. But, there is enough for every taste here, from vegetarian (Wild Mushroom San Choy Bau), to meat-lovers (Sticky Beef Short Rib), to fans of the sea (Honey Roasted Chilean Sea Bass).
Our desserts were exceptional and finished off the meal in grand style.
While some may argue that the setting is too 'trendy' or 'stuffy', this is of course a question of taste and should in no way influence why you should go here: the food. Tattu is a restaurant that is highly professional, with excellent staff and tasty food. What more could you want?
From cakes, to sweet plates, to breakfast burgers to the (in)famous beans on toast, the Teacup Kitchen had me at sweet plates. Add to this a wonderful respect for tea and you have a recipe bound to be successful with locals and tourists. This place was jam-packed and heaving when we arrived and we were lucky to find a table at the window. I love the red furniture, the friendly waitress and of course the HP sauce bottle that makes me smile because it is so unpretentious.
I will tell you another thing that is unpretentious: breakfast and brunch served ALL DAY LONG! I love, love, love this concept...as I have nothing against poached eggs and avocado at 4pm, thank you very much!
But, for those with a sweet tooth, then look no further: for the traditional try the hearty scone, for the adventurer, try the honeycomb rocky road slice and if you are feeling flamboyant, try the dark chocolate and orange flapjack!
All in all, this wonderful café ticks all the right boxes, so when you are in Manchester, head on down and give it your best shot...you can find them at 53 Thomas Street.
What could be more provocative than a flash of red hair teamed with red Doc Martens? Add to this a leopard-print dress and a skull necklace and of course, I would have to turn in my tracks and ask this lovely lady if she would be kind enough to pose for me. I thought I was more than lucky that she agreed and flashed me a smile that makes this post just that much more worthwhile. I love this outfit and of course, the attitude that was friendly and open to a streetstyle-snapper like me. Thank you Sharon for posing for me and making my morning in Manchester brighter! And also a big thank you for telling me about the insider chocolate tip for those craving some sugary goodness. It is called Bonbon and it is a chocolate boutique that will make you weak at the knees. You can find them at 9 John Street, Thursdays to Sundays.
47 Peter Street is where this restaurant can be found and if you are on the lookout for something different and bit more upmarket than your run-of-the-mill Indian take-out, then this wonderful establishment will no doubt please you. From the elegant lighting, to the extensive menu, every taste has been catered for.
When I am in England, Indian food is my food of choice...not only because it is delicious but, also in this country you are really spoilt with all the amazing eateries offering Indian food from all corners of the continent.
At Asha's you have the distinct feeling that a lot of thought has gone into everything you see. From the moody lighting, to the exciting cocktail menu (we had the Tennessee Tipple and the Bollywood Queen), to the delicious food (we had the Seekh kebabs and two curries), Asha's delivered on all we ordered. It may be a bit pricey when compared to other Indian restaurants but, the atmosphere and presentation of the food are worth it...we will definitely be coming back for more.
Being politically correct is a tricky thing. Too soon, people want to label you as someone only wanting to please the masses by toeing the line. In some cases, being politically correct is downright fine in my book. Case in point, fur...or wearing faux fur. With the advances in technology, you can wear fur without having to kill another animal...so, saying goodbye to your bad conscience has never been easier. These photographs only prove that you can even wear three degrees of fur in a fashionable, ethical way...and team your jacket with velvet jogging trousers and a Scandanavian white t-shirt for more effect, like this streetstyler in Manchester! Thank you Maya for posing for me.
Sightseeing makes you thirsty and I don't like nipping into a Starbucks just to hold their infamous paper cup. If I can, then I like to combine sightseeing AND a break and this led me to Pot Kettle Black in the gorgeous Victorian Barton Arcade in Manchester. Here, it is bright, the light streaming in from the glass panelled ceiling, and it is ultra-hip with minimal decorations and surprisingly friendly service (always a good thing!). Just the ticket for a coffee break when you just want to get away from the crowds...this coffee shop offers you a tourist-friendly experience without the dreaded masses. So, head on in when you are in Manchester. You can find them at Deansgate.