A weekend in Manchester: Vintage shopping and more…

Vintage shopping in Manchester.

In typical North-West England fashion, a weekend visiting my little sister in Manchester was filled with constant rain. But I didn’t let the disappointing weather put too much of a dampener on things. It did mean, unfortunately, that picnicking in Didsbury Park had to be crossed of the list. Sad face.

In order to leave the dull day behind and add mucho colour and vibrancy to the equation, Sue took me to a place called Affleck’s Palace – known as an ‘emporium of eclecticism’.

This is a quirky shopping arcade with lots of unique creative corners selling all sorts of things from vintage and indie clothing to alternative jewellery and retro games and equipment.

Affleck's Palace, Manchester.

There are tattoo and graffiti artists based here, along with two clairvoyants named Raven and Kephra offering tarot readings at Pagan Planet on the third floor.

While it was all a bit ‘out there’ for me, I really enjoyed just walking around and taking it all in. I particularly liked all of the art work decorating the walls.

Art on a wall near the entrance of Affleck's Palace, Manchester.

We went to a few other vintage shops in the city centre. There are so many to choose from.

Manchester is a great city for vintage shopping.

Next we had a bit of free culture in the form of a visit to Manchester Museum.

A horny exhibit at Manchester Museum.

After an afternoon cinema trip, we ventured to Manchester’s famous Curry Mile for dinner.

Curry Mile is located in the area of Rusholme and has the highest concentration of Asian restaurants in the UK.

Being from Liverpool, I have visited Manchester many times before – usually for nights out to the city’s many clubs and bars.

I have also visited attractions such as the Lowry art gallery at Salford Quays, the Trafford Shopping Centre and the MEN Arena.

But this was the first time I got to get out of inner Manchester, and see the leafy, picturesque suburbs.

My sister lives in Didsbury Village which has tree-lined streets and lots of impressive Victorian houses.

It was a really pretty place. If you are ever in Manchester, I would definitely recommend checking out the ‘burbs.