Manchester by Mancunians: The Ultimate Business Traveller Guide

Manchester by Mancunians Guide


Recognised 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.

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Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter, Manchester

Northern Quarter, Manchester


Manchester’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 dining

Rosylee -11, Stevenson Square, M1 1DB

2. Best for after-work drinks

Walrus -78-88 High St, M4 1ES

3. Best for taking time out

Oak Street Café -Manchester Craft Centre, Oak St, M4 5JD

4. Best for grabbing grub on the go

Northern Soul Grilled Cheese -10 Church St, M4 1PN

5. Best for remote working

Chapter One -Chatsworth House, Lever St, M1 1BY

Manchester 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.

Spinningfields

Spinningfields, Manchester

Spinningfields, Manchester


Often 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 dining

Manchester House -18-22 Bridge St, M3 3BZ

2. Best for after-work drinks

Oast House -The Oast House, The Avenue Courtyard, M3 3AY

3. Best for taking time out

Screenings at The Garden Leftbank -Left Bank, Spinningfields, M3 3ER

4. Best for grabbing grub on the go

Thaikhun -17, 3 Hardman St, M3 3HF

5. Best for remote working

Artisan -Avenue North, 18-22 Bridge St, M3 3BZ

MediaCityUK

MediaCity, Manchester

MediaCity, Manchester


The 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 dining

Damson - Please note, this restaurant is now closed down.

2. Best for after-work drinks

On the 7th -7th floor, The Landing, Blue Tower, M50 2ST

3. Best for taking time out

Love Conquers All -Outside The Greenhouse, Broadway, M50 2EQ

4. Best for grabbing grub on the go

Booths -The Garage, Red, M50 2BS

5. Best for remote working

Grindsmith Brew and Espresso Bar -5-6 The Garage M50 2EQ

Exchange Square

Exchange Square, Manchester

Exchange Square, Manchester


Manchester’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 dining

Harvey Nichols Brasserie -21 Cathedral Approach, M1 1AD

2. Best for after-work drinks

The Old Wellington -4 Cathedral Approach, M3 1SW

3. Best for taking time out

Exchange Square Fountains -Exchange Square Central, High St, M3 1BD

4. Best for grabbing grub on the go

Salvi’s, Corn Exchange -22b, The Corn Exchange, Corporation St, M4 3TR

5. Best for remote working

Proper Tea -10 Cateaton St, M3 1SQ

Albert Square

Albert Square, Manchester

Albert Square, Manchester


Albert 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 dining

Cafe Grand Piccolino -8 Clarence St, M2 4DW

2. Best for after-work drinks

Dogs and Dough -Bow Ln, M2 4JW

3. Best for taking time out

Sculpture Hall Café Town Hall -The Town Hall Manchester, M2 5DB

4. Best for grabbing grub on the go

Christmas Markets (seasonal) -Albert Square, M2 5DB

5. Best for remote working

The Albert Square Chop House -Memorial Hall, 14 Albert Square, M2 5PF

Piccadilly

Piccadilly, Manchester

Piccadilly, Manchester


Being 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 dining

The Grill on New York Street-New York St, M1 4BD

2. Best for after-work drinks

The Alchemist NYS-1 New York St, Manchester M1 4HD

3. Best for taking time out

Manchester Art Gallery-Mosley St, M2 3JL

4. Best for grabbing grub on the go

PitaPit-3 Piccadilly Pl, M1 3BN

5. Best for remote working

Malmaison-1 Gore St, M1 3AQ

Deansgate

Deansgate, Manchester

Deansgate, Manchester


Manchester’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 dining

Hawksmoor-184 – 186 Deansgate, M3 3WB

2. Best for after-work drinks

The Liquor Store-Maybrook House, 40 Blackfriars St, M3 2EG

3. Best for taking time out

John Rylands Library -150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH

4. Best for grabbing grub on the go

Katsouris-113 Deansgate, M3 2BQ

5. Best for remote working

Grindsmith-231-233 Deansgate, M3 4EN

Manchester 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 Team

Business in Manchester and beyond

Manchester route map

Manchester route map


Have 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 Manchester
  • Polly Checkland Harding, Creative Tourist
  • Keeley Watts, PhatCupCake
  • The Skinny Editorial Team
  • Charlie Hooson Skyes, The Gin Fuelled Bluestocking
  • James Stanley, Visit Manchester

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