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Manchester's ever-growing food scene offers something for every palate, budget, and occasion. With iconic eateries and new gems continuously popping up, you'll be spoilt for choice when dining in the city. Whilst it's impossible to list them all, we're sharing seven of our favourite restaurants in Manchester city centre.

Home to award-winning green spaces and with an ever-expanding collection of spas, bars and restaurants right on your doorstep, those looking for a new home in Manchester really are spoiled for choice. Media City has become a creative hub where the best talent from the region rubs shoulders and now it’s a destination for those wanting a vibrant lifestyle at the centre of it all.

High Definition offers the benefits of the city, while having your own tranquil oasis just moments from The Quays Waterfront. It boasts a host of amenities designed to put your wellbeing at the centre, with an open-plan reception area with seating and concierge services, along with co-working spaces complete with private meeting pods.

Viet Shack

With an Arndale and an Ancoats location, the latter being close to Islington Wharf, Viet Shack is home to tasty Vietnamese street food that will delight your taste buds. Bringing a taste of Saigon to Manchester, the laid-back eatery combines fresh ingredients with authentic flavour to transport you to Vietnam. With great cocktails and an atmosphere to match, Viet Shack is well worth a visit.

63-65 Great Ancoats Street, M4 5AB & Arndale Food Market, M4 3AH |

Instagram @vietshack
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If you're searching for fine dining, Mana should be on your list. In 2019, Mana became the first restaurant in the city to receive a Michelin status since 1977. Offering experimental dishes, flavours and cooking methods, Mana specialises in using under-celebrated British ingredients to create something exceptional. Note: Mana books out months in advance, so planning is essential.

42 Blossom Street, M4 6B |

Instagram @restaurant.mana
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In recent times, open water swimming has become a mainstay at Salford Quays, with swimmers of all ages seeking out the benefits of an early morning dip as the sun rises. Accompanied by professional swimming coaches who advise on breathing techniques and appropriate swimwear. Each week people test their metal for the cold and reap the various health benefits of cold-water swimming.

For those more inclined to stay on firm ground, there are plenty of activities that can help blow away the cobwebs after a stressful week. The Helly Hansen Watersports Centre located on The Quays offers everything from indoor rock-climbing sessions along with canoeing, powerboating, raft building, wakeboarding, windsurfing and sailing.

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