Walking around Manchester’s city centre offers a gallery of constantly changing artwork, which lights up back street allies and complements the city’s industrial architecture. Manchester’s street art changes so frequently that from week to week you can never be sure what you will find. This makes walking in the city a constant exploration of discovery.
The wonderful weather that blessed us for Easter weekend allowed us the opportunity to walk unaided by umbrellas or hoods so that we could fully enjoy the height-defying street art that wraps its self around many a building in Manchester’s city centre.
But first, a pit stop!
Before any adventure truly begins, fuel is needed for the road ahead! We headed over to the wonderful local bakery, Pollen, which specialises in sourdough bread and viennoiserie baked goods. It’s set along the waterway of New Islington, offering great views with a baked treat and delicious coffee.
If you don’t have time to sit in and enjoy in house, don’t worry, it’s easy to take away in a brown paper bag for later… just look at some of the mouth watering loaves on offer!
Manchester’s Street Art
With our tummies full and our blood racing with caffeine we set off in search of Manchester’s street art, and where better to go than the Northern Quarter? This bohemian area is famous for its street art, as well as its vast array of independent stores, tucked away bars, and music venues.
We’ve been chomping our way through Netflix’s new show, Our Planet, which is narrated by Britain’s national treasure, Sir David Attenborough, so our first stop was see this wonderful piece of work just off Thomas Street. If you haven’t watched it yet we’d strongly urge you to – it’s a stunningly filmed piece of work exploring our diverse world and the tragic impact that human activity is having in even the more remote locations.
We’ve heard that there’s street art like this to promote the show in cities all around the world, have you seen any? If so, please share them with us, we’d really like to see them!
Worker bees at the Koffee Pot
The Koffee Pot is somewhat of an institution in Manchester, cafe by day, bar by night. It’s seems only fitting that they have the city’s symbol, the worker bee, adorning the side of their new location on Oldham Street. It’s eye-catching and pretty damn wonderful all round – but then again, Spud are avid bee lovers, so we would think that!
For the love of music with Vinyl Revival
The Northern Quarter is well known for its independent music shops, and Vinyl Revival on Hilton Street stands proud with this bright tribute to music across its shutters. Usually this would be hidden away while the store is open during the day, but we were treated to a rare Bank Holiday glimpse.
Back streets and alley ways
To get a look at some of the most experimental and thought-provoking pieces of street art in the Northern Quarter you need to venture from the main streets.
More than street art…
Despite the wave of building work taking place across Manchester, deliberate care has been taken to maintain and celebrate the city’s older architectural legacy. The Northern Quarter is no exception, and history and modern life meld together here. These are just a handful of our favourite examples from our Easter walk.
We’re excited to explore the Northern Quarter again to see what else we will find! Have you visited Manchester? If so, please do send your photos to us, we would love to see them!
If you’re looking for inspiration on what to do next, why not take a look at our other Manchester and UK blog posts!