The Northern Quarter has a reputation of being the most fashionable and bohemian area in the City Centre. It is unique in its creativity- the home of small creative companies, galleries, independent shops and the location for festivals. It is made colourful with street art daubed on walls and shutters, and sculptures on many corners.

Getting About

Piccadilly train station is a short walk from the Northern Quarter and from the station you can also access the Metrolink. The area is also served by the free city centre Shuttle Bus.


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The Northern Quarter is home to everything from Tiki Bars to pool halls and even a Ping Pong Club at Twenty Twenty Two on Lever Street. The area has held street parties in the summer with live music, food and stalls.

Anyone who has grown in up Manchester will have visited Aflex Palace at some point. It is an Alternative department store selling Vintage Clothing to Cyber Club Gear, accessories, henna tattoos and piercings.

A stalwart of the area is Matt and Phreds Jazz club, a no nonsense music venue just off Stephenson Square where you can be treated to Blues, Jazz and Funk.

There is a fantastic variety of cuisine available in the Northern Quarters many restaurants. Head into Solita on Turner Street and see if you can finish one of their huge Manchester Burgers. Ning on Oldham Street serves up authentic Malaysian food at a reasonable price and there is a cookery school attached. Sweet Mandarin is an award winning Chinese restaurant run by Lisa and Helen Tse. You may remember the sisters from their appearance on Ramsays Kitchen Nightmare! They were both awarded MBE’s in the 2014 New Years Honours list.

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Just this week it has been announced that The Northern Quarter will be home to the city’s newest festival show casing new music. Off The Record is the latest offering from the team behind Kendal Calling and BlueDot and will be held in November. The festival will bring over 30 bands to 6 venues including the iconic Night and Day Café, and The Ruby Lounge.

All the bands playing at the event will have only been formed in the last two years, and the line up will not be announced in advance.

Tickets are priced at just £15 pp plus booking fee and are on sale now through the Off The Record website.

For a full list of events happening in The Northern Quarter head over to


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Residential developments in the area consist of apartments, and demand is high. There are some beautiful conversion in the area with a wealth of original features such as high ceilings and exposed brickwork. More modern blocks have been developed in such a way as to not over power the feel of the area and it is popular with all ages, renters and owner occupiers.

According to the Land Registry the average sold price for a property in the Northern Quarter as of March 2016 stands at £202,416 from 53 sales. Rentals in all areas of the city centre are at a premium and the Northern Quarter is extremely popular. If you are looking for value for money, take a look on the outskirts towards developments such as Albion Mill.

For more information on The Northern Quarter and the available properties in the area, pop into our Manchester City Centre Branch for a chat with one of our friendly team.