Top 5 Alternative Shopping Haunts: Manchester

There’s nothing worse than seeing someone wearing the same outfit or the same jacket as you when you’re out in public. Or a loved one opening the same gift from you and someone else on Christmas morning. Whether you’re looking for a quirky Christmas gift or two, a vintage number or an outfit with a gothic twist, the independent stores in Manchester can often provide.

Why not combine a shopping trip in the city with some evening entertainment and spend the night in this glorious bustling metropolis? There are no shortage of hotels in Manchester, many being centrally located and reasonably priced. Check online to find the perfect deal for you and make use of any advance booking deals to save you some cash.

Deviate from the norm and pack the Santa sacks with alternative goodies this year. Whether you are trying to find something a little different for a loved one, or just fancy treating yourself during the festivities as well as everybody else in your life, the multitude of unique shops in the city are definitely worth a visit.

1. Afflecks

This unique, and massive, emporium in the heart of the city centre offers a myriad of alternative and retro stores all under one roof. If you can navigate the labyrinth of stalls on varying levels, you can take full advantage of the treats they have on offer.

From tattoo parlours to burlesque attire, memorabilia to vintage clobber; Afflecks has it all. Peruse the 50 independent stores and grab a coffee whilst you’re at the “thorn in the side of the High Street”.

2. Retro Rehab

With retro and vintage threads being bang on season lately, it’s a perfect time to browse the charity shops and stores that specially cater for the vintage fan.

Head to Oldham Street for Retro Rehab where you can be spoilt for choice with their large range of vintage clothing, including customised pieces.

3. Pop Boutique

Open since 1983, this spectacular vintage store has clothes from the 60s, 70s and 80s waiting for your approval. Fantastically retro, you’ll be transported back in time with the threads on the rails, and bang on fashion if you decide to buy.

4. Cow

One of the new kids on the block, you can find Cow in Piccadilly Gardens. Keep your eyes peeled for late night lock ins offering some excellent discounts on their vintage wears.

5. Oxfam Originals

Although still a charity shop staffed by volunteers, this one is slightly different. Specialising in Bohemian and retro fashion and with staff that are hugely passionate about the range, Oxfam Originals offers a great shopping experience. Pick up a one-of-a-kind vintage designer outfit and give this worthwhile charity a helping hand as you do.

Hit the shops and enjoy your shopping spree in Manchester. Explore this vibrant city and take full advantage of everything it has to offer. Book a hotel room now to relieve the stresses of getting back home and find the perfect deal for you online today.

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