Indoor markets in Manchester
In the mood for some shopping? You’ve come to the right place. Manchester is home to great indoor markets, brimming with fresh produce, artisanal crafts, baked treats, and you name it. Whether you’re visiting for the day from neighbouring Liverpool or are travelling from Yorkshire powerhouses Sheffield and Leeds, we’ve picked some of the best indoor markets in the city.
Found in Manchester city centre, a stone’s throw from Manchester Victoria, Arndale Market is your go-to place for street food. Here you can find everything, from traditional British cuisine to Mexican, Chinese and Brazilian. And if you fancy whipping up your own meal, the market also houses butchers and fishmongers for fresh produce.
Affleck’s is the haven for indie shoppers. Found in the Northern Quarter, Manchester’s beating heart, this indoor market is home to various quirky boutiques and independent shops for fantastic treasure finds. If you’re thinking of upgrading your wardrobe, you’ll bump into stores dedicated to urban and street-style clothes.
Regularly voted as one of Britain’s best markets, Bury Market comprises an indoor market, an indoor meat and fish hall and an outdoor open market. Located in Bury, about 11 miles from Manchester, the open-air spot is home to over 300 stalls, most of them selling food. The indoor hall has 60 stalls, offering giftware, clothes, souvenirs and hardware. And if you’re shopping for your Sunday roast, you’ll find no shortage of butchers and fresh produce.
After a six month-break, the Castlefield Artisan Market and Events is back and takes place every Saturday of the month at the Royal Mills. Here you’ll find an eclectic range of stalls selling local crafts and pottery, vintage clothing and cosmetics. It also features a pleasant tearoom at Radcliffe Market Hall during the week, supporting local cafes, bakeries and restaurants.
Situated south of Manchester city centre, Levenshulme Market has doubled its stalls since its opening in 2013. Home to over 50 traders, expect to find local produce, plants, giftware, vintage items, homeware and street food to suit all tastes. The market also becomes an entertainment venue on specific dates, hosting live music events and face painting activities for the youngest ones.
Providing locals with fresh goods for over 80 years, Urmston market is one of the highlights of the area. It comprises an indoor hall and an outdoor market with an undercover café area. Looking for some hidden gems? You won’t be disappointed. Some traders have been in the market for more than 30 years, selling clothing, crafts, jewellery, groceries and other great treats. It also houses an artisan market the first Saturday of every month, as well as crafts and vintage the last Saturday of every month.
Altrincham is one of Manchester’s gems, so it’s no wonder that its market is a standout. Lying on the southern outskirts of Manchester’s city centre, Altrincham Market is all about freshly baked goods, hand-crafted jewellery and ceramics and vintage clothing. The indoor food hall has seats, tables and vendors selling drinks.
West Didsbury Makers Market
Held at the Withington Community Hospital, this market is home to some of the most talented bakers, artisans, designers and musicians in the community. You can find wood creations at shops like Treasure Maker and Ruslyn Wood Creations, while you can head to The Pastry Chef for some well-deserved treats.