HomeInspiration Manchester By Mancunians Guide Manchester by Mancunians: The Ultimate Business Traveller GuideRecognised as one of the UK’s happiest cities in which to work, there is much more to Manchester than football and Wetherfield’s famous cobbles. As the UK’s second largest city, modern Manchester is a thriving hub of activity. Bursting with creative and forward thinking businesses, it’s a popular place to work and study.Renowned for its innovation stemming from the city’s industrial heritage, Manchester has benefited from a boom in recent years, fuelled by the success of media producers, digital adopters, and multinational organisations. With easy access to the rest of the UK, Europe and beyond via Manchester Airport, the city has become an irresistible antidote to London life.Providing a place for legendary musicians, television personalities, sporting legends and some of the country’s best business brains to work and play, there’s an area in Manchester to suit everyone. Whether you are looking for the perfect restaurant to wine and dine a prospective business client, or a quiet space to have a little “me time” between meetings, we’ve created a list of unmissable recommendations from Mancunians who give the city its Northern soul, in partnership with I Love Manchester.Join us on a virtual visit of Manchester’s hotspots, so the next time you’re in the area you can take the ‘busyness’ out of business and let our recommendations guide you through a seamless and productive trip.If you would like to download our illustrated ‘Manchester by Mancunians’ guide you can do so by clicking here.Jump To:Northern QuarterSpinningfieldsMediaCityUKExchange SquareAlbert SquarePiccadillyDeansgateBusiness in Manchester and beyondNorthern QuarterNorthern Quarter, ManchesterManchester’s self-styled creative quarter is a thriving hub for successful independent ventures. The atmospheric neighbourhood is bursting with charm, and offers a unique and quirky backdrop for letting your hair down after hours.Some of Manchester’s best meeting points are here – good coffee and a strong internet connection is guaranteed.1. Best for wining and diningRosylee -11, Stevenson Square, M1 1DB2. Best for after-work drinksWalrus -78-88 High St, M4 1ES3. Best for taking time outOak Street Café -Manchester Craft Centre, Oak St, M4 5JD4. Best for grabbing grub on the goNorthern Soul Grilled Cheese -10 Church St, M4 1PN5. Best for remote workingChapter One -Chatsworth House, Lever St, M1 1BYManchester by Mancunians insider tip:“Chapter One is a little pool of calm in Manchester city centre. A book shop, café and great place to work all in one. The superb coffee will keep you working for hours as well.”James Stanley, Communications Manager, Visit Manchester.SpinningfieldsSpinningfields, ManchesterOften referred to as the “Canary Wharf of the North”, it’s hard to miss this high-rise financial centre. Developed in the 2000s, Spinningfields is home to the big boys of business and some of the city’s most sophisticated bars and restaurants.A great location to do business in, and an even better one to indulge in the finest dining experiences in the North.1. Best for wining and diningManchester House -18-22 Bridge St, M3 3BZ2. Best for after-work drinksOast House -The Oast House, The Avenue Courtyard, M3 3AY3. Best for taking time outScreenings at The Garden Leftbank -Left Bank, Spinningfields, M3 3ER4. Best for grabbing grub on the goThaikhun -17, 3 Hardman St, M3 3HF5. Best for remote workingArtisan -Avenue North, 18-22 Bridge St, M3 3BZMediaCityUKMediaCity, ManchesterThe home of the BBC, ITV and many of Britain’s biggest media corporations, mediacityuk is a prime waterfront destination on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Salford – a city immediately west of Manchester.Its scenic location allows creativity to thrive, and brimming with ambition, the growing selection of bars, restaurants and coffee houses, allows you to rub shoulders with some familiar faces you might just recognise…1. Best for wining and diningDamson - Please note, this restaurant is now closed down.2. Best for after-work drinksOn the 7th -7th floor, The Landing, Blue Tower, M50 2ST3. Best for taking time outLove Conquers All -Outside The Greenhouse, Broadway, M50 2EQ4. Best for grabbing grub on the goBooths -The Garage, Red, M50 2BS5. Best for remote workingGrindsmith Brew and Espresso Bar -5-6 The Garage M50 2EQExchange SquareExchange Square, ManchesterManchester’s modern Exchange Square is a haven for high-end shopping and leisure facilities, and home to some of the city’s favourite shops, department stores, eateries and watering holes. Ideal for business commuters, the square is just a short walk from Victoria Station.Whether you fancy a pint in Manchester’s oldest pub, want to indulge in some retail therapy or are looking for a fully-equipped gym, there’s something for everyone who’s looking to shake off the effects of a hard day’s work.1. Best for wining and diningHarvey Nichols Brasserie -21 Cathedral Approach, M1 1AD2. Best for after-work drinksThe Old Wellington -4 Cathedral Approach, M3 1SW3. Best for taking time outExchange Square Fountains -Exchange Square Central, High St, M3 1BD4. Best for grabbing grub on the goSalvi’s, Corn Exchange -22b, The Corn Exchange, Corporation St, M4 3TR5. Best for remote workingProper Tea -10 Cateaton St, M3 1SQAlbert SquareAlbert Square, ManchesterAlbert Square sits amongst some of Manchester’s famous Victorian Gothic works, including the Town Hall and Grade I listed Albert Memorial. As a central place to unwind and take in some of Manchester’s history during a lunch break, the square is second to none, making it an ideal focal point for major public events.1. Best for wining and diningCafe Grand Piccolino -8 Clarence St, M2 4DW2. Best for after-work drinksDogs and Dough -Bow Ln, M2 4JW3. Best for taking time outSculpture Hall Café Town Hall -The Town Hall Manchester, M2 5DB4. Best for grabbing grub on the goChristmas Markets (seasonal) -Albert Square, M2 5DB5. Best for remote workingThe Albert Square Chop House -Memorial Hall, 14 Albert Square, M2 5PFPiccadillyPiccadilly, ManchesterBeing in easy reach of Manchester’s principal railway station – which offers a convenient service direct to Manchester Airport – this neighbourhood is perfect for commuters or those visiting the city on business.Expect sophisticated hotels where you can relax and rewind before tackling the day ahead.1. Best for wining and diningThe Grill on New York Street-New York St, M1 4BD2. Best for after-work drinksThe Alchemist NYS-1 New York St, Manchester M1 4HD3. Best for taking time outManchester Art Gallery-Mosley St, M2 3JL4. Best for grabbing grub on the goPitaPit-3 Piccadilly Pl, M1 3BN5. Best for remote workingMalmaison-1 Gore St, M1 3AQDeansgateDeansgate, ManchesterManchester’s famous mile-long street running through its city centre is understandably one of its most popular. A haven for shops, restaurants, bars and even private members clubs, Deansgate is an area from which nowhere is very far.Dress to impress at some of Manchester’s premier restaurants and bars; you’ll certainly not be short on options.1. Best for wining and diningHawksmoor-184 – 186 Deansgate, M3 3WB 2. Best for after-work drinksThe Liquor Store-Maybrook House, 40 Blackfriars St, M3 2EG3. Best for taking time outJohn Rylands Library -150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH 4. Best for grabbing grub on the goKatsouris-113 Deansgate, M3 2BQ5. Best for remote workingGrindsmith-231-233 Deansgate, M3 4ENManchester by Mancunians insider tip:"Our very own outlet of London’s famed steak restaurant Hawksmoor is not only great for a meaty blow-out meal, but also benefits from a sumptuous bar that’s great for perfectly mixed late night cocktails."The Skinny Editorial TeamBusiness in Manchester and beyondManchester route mapHave you thought about the opportunities for your business in Manchester and beyond? With a wide range of domestic and international flights available, Manchester Airport is the ideal place from which you can connect with businesses globally.Our range of European flights are ideal for business travel and conferences, with convenient routes to and from key cities including Paris and Amsterdam. It’s also quick and easy getting across the UK by air with a variety of destinations available such as Edinburgh, Belfast and Southampton.For more tips on doing business in the UK’s second city take a read of our doing business in Manchester page.With thanks to all contributors and some of Manchester's finest Mancunians:Stephen Lewis & Chris Greenhalgh, I Love ManchesterPolly Checkland Harding, Creative TouristKeeley Watts, PhatCupCakeThe Skinny Editorial TeamCharlie Hooson Skyes, The Gin Fuelled BluestockingJames Stanley, Visit ManchesterIf you are also one of Manchester's finest Mancunians, why not Tweet us with your suggestions @Flybe?