Bonjour, bienvenue and welcome to the city of love...Manchester! We’ve packed our bags for Paris, the next stop on our summer staycation. The French capital is known the world over for its romantic city breaks, art, architecture, fashion, history and food. And while Manchester is mostly known around the world for its football, it is also the perfect place for a romantic city break.
Just like Paris, Manchester is full of amazing restaurants, rooftop terraces, parks for picnics and other date-night activities. And who knows? you might fall in love with the place and want to stay forever!
So, without further ado, we’ve rounded up the five best ways to enjoy Paris without the hassle of crossing the Channel...
French food is some of the best in the world. From croissants to croque-monsieurs, baguettes to bœuf bourguignon, the French certainly know how to tickle our food fancies. Luckily for us, you can find the best of this continental cuisine right here in Manchester!
This family run French restaurant got its name from the cooking technique of its owner, Eric Moreau. Many believe that 63 degrees is the perfect temperature at which to serve coffee. Eric believes it is also the perfect temperature for cooking meats long and slow. And Eric should know a thing or two about cooking, having worked for many years at a Paris restaurant with two Michelin stars.
Part of controversial chef Gary Usher’s Elite Bistros group, Kala Bistro can be found on King Street and brings ‘humble bistro food’ to Manchester City Centre. Gary recently featured on the Chanel 4 documentary ‘The Rebel Chef: My Restaurant Revolution,’ highlighting his goal of bringing “exceptional food to the masses.” And exceptional food is certainly what you’ll find at Kala’s, with ox heart kebab, butter roasted pork ribeye and pan-fried sea bream all being featured on the Kala Bistro menu.
This small team of dedicated foodies are trying to “make a big change on how Manchester eats lunch.” Its founder, Simon, comes from two lines of farmers who worked hard to grow the best food that nature can offer. Since 2018, it has been bringing together flavours of simple, quality products inspired by French and Belgian cuisine. Specialising in sourdough sandwiches, you can visit their flagship store on Oxford Street for a taste of authentic French food.
If anyone knows a thing or two about wine, it’s the French. France is one of the largest wine producers in the world, with 7-8 billion bottles pouring out of the country per year. Many of those bottles have ended up here in Manchester, and are served up at some of our finest wine bars. Here’s just a few of them...
This is one of the most stunning wine bars in Manchester, holding over 400 different wines to try in or take away. Each bottle is handpicked by the Salut team to makes sure Manchester has access to some of the best wine in the world. If you’re pining for the good stuff, you can visit them on Cooper Street, but it’s reservations only, so book here!
From the team at Hangingditch Wine Merchants, Blossom Street Social is a pioneering new take on a wine merchant. It is a bar and collaborative dining experience that challenges the normal wine merchant model to create a retail, entertainment and social space that works from morning till night in Ancoats.
Who needs fancy restaurants and bars when a good, long stroll with a loved one can be just as romantic? Manchester has some beautiful waterside walks for nature lovers out there who prefer an outdoor date. We’ve highlighted the best routes here in our blog.
If long walks aren’t your thing, Manchester has plenty of indoor activities for a date-night that’s a little different.
Twenty Twenty Two is a unique bar, ping pong room and events space in the heart of the Northern Quarter and offers more than the standard bar experience. The venue has organically grown into one of the city's most popular venues. Now reopen again after lockdown, a ping pong table here only costs £5 for 30 minutes. Check out their website for more information!
There’s no need to jet off to the French Alps to get your ski fix this year! Just head on over to Chill Factore at Trafford Park, the UK’s longest indoor ski slope, for a date you’ll never forget! With a view to opening the slope to guests on Monday 17th August, you can now book online to plan your visit!
If you really want to win over your date, why not do it with cats? The Manchester Cat Café, situated in Northern Quarter, costs £12 for an hour of cat time plus unlimited hot and cold drinks. Cats and coffee, what more do you want? To book you visit, head over to their website!
And finally, what’s more romantic than moving in together and securing the place of your dreams...the base of your new life as a couple?
Why not spend a date-day viewing the stunning 2-bedroom apartments we have on offer at AXIS and Manhattan? Come to AXIS and see the beautiful cityscape views you could be waking up to every morning. Visit Manhattan to see our private, tranquil balconies where you could be enjoying a romantic, candlelit dinner. To book a viewing, visit our website!