need a fat wallet or credit card with a high limit in pedestrianised King
Street off Deansgate, where you'll find upmarket and designer stores selling
top togs from Armani to Westwood, Timberland to Pink, Monsoon to Hugo
Boss. It's also home to the only Top Shop Shoes and Virgin Brides shops
in the UK.
Deansgate, you'll also find haute couture, a children's toy and fashion
experience in Daisy & Tom and the old school glamour of Kendals department
store and the Barton Street Arcade. Just off Deansgate is St. Ann's Square,
another pedestrianised area and home to Habitat, Office, Disney, Past
Times, Gap, Penhaligon's and a host of others.
Northern Quarter is stacked full of independent shops and the famous Afflecks
Palace, a multi-storey market inside a wonderful historic building.
It's a rabbit warren of fashion stores, second hand treasure troves, clubbing
outfitters, hair salons, record stalls and cafés - you should be
able to grab a bargain. The Quarter also boasts the Manchester
Craft and Design Centre, the former Smithfield Victorian fish market
that houses two floors of shops ranging from jewellery, ceramics and textiles
to furniture and clothing design.
you've got a bit to spend though, heading up to Exchange Square and New
Cathedral Street is the best idea. Harvey Nichols and one of Manchester's
Selfridges (the other is the centrepiece to the out-of-town Trafford Centre)
stand facing each other and you'll find nearly every designer name you
know (and some you don't) in one or the other. Alongside them is Marks
& Spencer's flagship store, Massimo Dutti, Zara, Reiss, the only Heal's
outside London and the
Triangle. Once the city's Corn Exchange, the Triangle is now a buzzing
mix of Karen Millen, Jigsaw, Muji, Green and Benz, Nicky Clarke and more.
main artery of shopping is Market Street, where you'll find HMV, H&M,
Tesco, Debenhams, Adidas, Ann Summers and the Manchester
Arndale, one of the largest undercover shopping complexes in Europe
with leading names and smaller stylish shops.
Further afield, the Trafford
Centre houses around 300 shops and restaurants in its three miles
of malls, while Salford's Lowry
Designer Outlet offers two levels of big name bargains at the only
factory outlet in the city.
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