Whistles neighbourhood: Manchester
Today, the Northern city remains an epicenter of newborn subculture, with a fashion scene that moves to the beat of its own drum. Whistles seek out the finest local eateries, boutiques and galleries.
Manchester Art Gallery
Manchester’s major art gallery is housed within the beautiful concrete confines of three classical buildings, the oldest of which is Grade I listed. Local art-enthusiasts flock here for the expertly curated exhibitions, the most recent of which was curated by the prolific Hans-Ulrich Obrist, and the Thursday lates, when the wine flows and live music rings out until 9pm.
Mosley Street, M2 3JL
The stylishly dressed staff and canny selection of menswear carried by this razor-sharp store left Whistles utterly awe-struck. Stylish, sober pieces from C.P. Company, Sunspel and M.H.L. by Margaret Howell are merchandised alongside limited edition trainers that would excite the most discerning of trainer heads. Stock up on cosy, oversized knits and mix them in with your favourite Whistles leathers for the approaching season.
63 Thomas Street, M4 1LQ
Be prepared to exercise some serious plastic in this enormous multi-label boutique. Flannels houses womenswear, menswear, footwear and accessories from all our favourite high-end designers including Celine and Carven. If you can tear your eyes away from the beautiful wares on offer, you may even spot a footballer or two in the midst of the store.
The Avenue, Crown Square, M3 3FL
Since it’s opening in 1978, this record store has become a local institution. Famed for its all-encompassing attitude to musical genre, patrons can segue between Leftfield, Adriatic, Exotica and Rocksteady. Whistles recommends dedicating an afternoon to your ear and partaking in a much needed acoustic overhaul.
55 Oldham Street, M1 1JR
Cornerhouse is the cultural heart of the city. The three-storey centre houses several contemporary art galleries, three cinema screens, a bar and café and a bookshop offering coffee table classics spanning architecture, art and design. Locals gravitate here to schmooze with local creatives and to catch the latest independent film releases.
70 Oxford Street, M1 5NH
The Blue Pig
A little piece of Paris in the centre of Manchester, The Blue Pig is one of the city’s best people watching spots. Spend a rainy Saturday afternoon indulging in a glass of prosecco and delicious meat and cheese sharing platter and watch the city drift by. If you’re ready to commit carbocide the French way, we recommend the homemade breads, croissants and churros followed by a steaming double macchiato.
69 High Street, M4 1FS
The Great St John Hotel
The city’s most stylish visitors frequent this townhouse hotel. Aside from the chic suites, the roof terrace is sensational. A great spot for post-work drinks, Whistles recommend sipping a bloody mary and taking in the panoramic views of the city. There’s also a hot tub big enough to get lost in for staying guests.
Great John Street, M3 4FD
This spartan multi-purpose space is dedicated to fostering new creative talent. Located in the city’s hip northern Quarter, MadLab hosts exhibitions and talks and offers a provocative schedule of technical courses headed up by known industry leaders and tastemakers. When Whistles visited, the line-up included a WordPress design course tutored by WordPress co-founder Mike Little and a bird taxidermy course designed by prolific artist Shannon Harmon. The string of superb coffee shops across the road offers some of the best coffee fixes in the city.
36-40 Edge Street, M4 1HN
Once your record collection is in order, cross the road from Piccadilly Records into Magma where you’ll find a vibrant selection of books, DVDs and magazines. If you’re passionate about art house cinema, Magma is notorious for its weird and wonderful collection. Find anything from rare film noir to obscure world cinema titles.
22 Oldham Street, M1 1JN
By day, Kosmonaut is a haven of working lunches and coffee dates. By night, the venue host’s informal art exhibitions, a mean cocktail hour and a ferocious ping pong tournament. Situated in the happening Northern Quarter, this hip hangout is a magnet for young, creatively charged locals. The interior resembles a stripped-back post-industrial shell and the booths are perfect for intimate, whisky-infused evenings.
10 Tariff Street, M1 2FF
Your local store
The Whistles Manchester store is located on King Street, click here for a map.