Today’s blog post is all about my recent short stay in Manchester for me and Tom’s 2 year anniversary together. We stayed for 2 nights in the Northern Quarter (NQ) and stayed in our first ever Airbnb studio apartment. You can sign up to Airbnb using my referral link here and you can get £25 off your first stay at Airbnb!
The place we stayed in was called Urbana Apartments and this was a block of lovely, modern apartments. Here are some pictures below of the apartment:
Both Emma and Claire were lovely hosts! We didn’t get to meet them, but they answered all my questions regarding my first booking with Airbnb and were very helpful and fast to respond!
When we got to Manchester, it was just before lunch time and it was roughly a 15-minute walk from Piccadilly Train Station.
We decided to stop off for brunch in the Northern Quarter before checking into the apartments at the Teacup Kitchen. It looked cute from the outside and I’m always a sucker for local coffee shops! I loved this little cafe because despite the cafe being very packed, the table service was very quick. Our food and drinks didn’t take long to get to us as well! We were actually sitting with a view of the open kitchen. So, we could see the staff getting busy in the kitchen and you could tell that every dish was made with love. I had the French Toast and Tom had the Bacon & Egg Pancakes and they were absolutely divine! It was definitely one of the best French Toasts I’ve had. The salted caramel sauce added a lovely touch to the dish to balance sweet and savoury.
Later in the day, I thought as an anniversary treat, I’d book me and my boyfriend a couple’s massage treatment at Spa Satori. It was such a lovely spa and the staff were very welcoming! I’d definitely recommend this spa if you happen to pass by Manchester to escape for half an hour of peace and tranquility.
We then thought we would go to the Arndale Centre to do a bit of shopping. As a shopaholic I can’t go out to a city and not do any shopping! I absolutely love Bubble Tea, and we stopped by the Bobo Tea kiosk to get some Bubble Slushies and they were so refreshing! If you like slushies, I’d definitely try one of these slushies at the kiosk!
After a few hours of shopping, we decided to head back to the apartment to get ready for our anniversary meal. The meal was in Spinningfields, so it would have been a 20-minute walk and it was raining that evening, so we decided to book our first Uber!
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I got a few comments on my Instagram about my outfit, so I’ll link the outfit details down below:
For makeup, you can check out my GRWM blog post, which is typically the makeup I wear on date nights:
We then took a 10-minute Uber to Spinningfields to go to Australasia! I’ve always wanted to visit this restaurant, as it ranks highly in the top restaurants in Manchester. The restaurant combines Australian cuisine inspired by European cooking traditions with flavours of the Pacific, including Indonesian, Southeast Asian and Japanese influences.
There are two ways that you can order in this restaurant…
Option 1: You can get several small plates to share.
Option 2: You can choose the traditional method and select starters to be served to the centre of the table and then get a main dish.
Me and Tom decided to go for option 1, as we wanted to explore the large selection of dishes on their menu.
The dishes we had were:
My favourite dishes had to be the Squid and the Pork Wontons, the wontons were so good that we ordered two of them! I wasn’t too keen on the Nigiri Sushi and Lamb Cutlets, because I’ve never been keen on food that is cooked rare, but Tom enjoyed them. The Satay Chicken Skewers were a little disappointing, as the sauce just didn’t sit well with me.
We both enjoyed a little tipple to celebrate our anniversary. I had champagne and Tom went for a red wine:
We then ordered dessert and got the cutest complimentary dessert platter for our anniversary, and obviously I had to get snaps of the platter and desserts we ordered:
I chose the Pineapple Downunder with Cherry and Coconut, and Tom had the Artisan Sorbets.
The bill arrived and we practically paid for a meal for like 6 people, but good food is worth paying for!
Manchester Corn Exchange
The next day we decided to explore around the city centre, as the weather was beautiful! I’ve never been into Manchester Corn Exchange, so we took a peek inside and the architecture inside was absolutely stunning! We would have loved to eat here, but we came in a tad too early. The place was just so light on the inside and I can’t wait to go back in the future to hopefully have lunch or dinner!
For lunch, we decided to head to The Printworks to try the Hard Rock Cafe. We’ve been to one Hard Rock Cafe before over in Tenerife (Travel: Tenerife – Why Are The Canary Islands Different From Mainland Spain?) for cocktails, but not for food and we definitely missed out! The food here is really like a taste of America and the staff were so enthusiastic on educating us on all of their displays of merchandise of famous artists and bands.
Following the Hard Rock, we just wanted a few hours away from the bustling Manchester City Centre, so we decided to head to The Odeon, which I now believe has been taken over by Vue Cinema, since my visit. I love thrillers, horrors and paranormal movies, so we decided to watch Get Out, which had a very interesting twist towards the end of the film, and it was definitely a storyline that caught your attention! I won’t ruin the film for others who haven’t seen it yet, but if you like trying to figure out where a story is going, this one is one for you!
On our last evening, we decided to try out a restaurant in the Northern Quarter in Manchester and we both were feeling a restaurant with an Italian Cuisine, so we decided on Dough Pizza Kitchen and wasn’t that an amazing choice!
I’m glad I booked a table on Opentable, because the restaurant was packed by 6pm! I can see why this restaurant was so busy, because the food was something very special! We ordered Sweet Potato Crisps and Garlic Dough Dippers with Cheese for starters and they looked so good I almost forgot to take a picture of them, because I just wanted to scoff them all!
For mains we both were looking at pizzas and when the waitress came over to us, we ended up unintentionally ordering the same pizza, which was the Shredded Confit Duck Modern Pizza, and I wish that pizza never ended! I literally only ever eat Dominos Pizza, but I could have this pizza everyday and I can see why Dough Pizza Kitchen is famed for their mouth-watering pizzas!
On our final day in Manchester, we decided to head to an American Diner for brunch, because we walked past this diner everyday when we were walking to and from the city centre and it would be rude not to try it! We went to the Infamous Diner, which is around the corner from the Arndale. I absolutely loved the interior in this diner, because we felt like we had been transported to America.
I had the Breakfast Plate, whereas Tom couldn’t decide between waffles, pancakes or an American Breakfast. So, he got them all with the All American Breakfast, which looked amazing! But, it was such a massive portion that looking at it made you feel full!
I hope this blog post inspired you to take a trip to Manchester to explore the many amazing eateries! I’m very lucky to live so close to Manchester to explore all of these lovely places! There’s another blog post about exploring cafes around Manchester, so if you want to give that a read as well, I have linked it down below:
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