As you know, Fikki and I have lived in Manchester since 2008. We arrived here in September of that year for university and have not left the city since then (With the exception of my current trip to Lagos). Our adopted city has undergone a huge transformation from a a standard northern city to one which can compete with London on a global scale. The Manchester we know in 2015 as it is was definitely not the Manchester we came to as young students. The explosion of several areas in the city with booming restaurants, thriving bars and a very young population has seen the city become an English paradise.
What drew us to the city was its vibrance even at a time when it was still in the early stages of boom. The city was growing and it was a honour to experience and be part of that growth. Being here for nearly 8 years, we both have experienced all. We know our favourite parts of the city, the best bars and restaurants, the cheapest dives, best places to shop and all the back streets when Market Street becomes a no go area. So, we thought it would be nice to put together a list of four areas that are essential to any visit to central Manchester.