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Where to shop in Manchester

If no holiday is complete without some retail therapy, then the Manchester shopping scene won’t disappoint. Large Manchester shopping centres, like the Old Trafford, puts the UK’s most popular high-street stores, designer wares and restaurants all under one roof. You really could spend a whole day in this modern complex. For a unique shopping experience, visit the old Smithfield Market. Here you’ll find original, one-off holiday gifts created by artists and designers from the region. It’s also worth checking out local shopping guides to see what Manchester markets are coming up. Different markets often rotate throughout the month, so keep your eyes peeled.

Markets in Manchester

Weekends are the best time to venture to the Manchester markets. Travel a little way out to Greater Manchester and you'll find an array of farmers' and fresh food markets. There's also the monthly Urmston Artisan Market – great for crafts and interesting goodies. Not wanting to travel? Regular markets like Piccadilly Street Food Market and the Flower Market are in the heart of the City.
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Exchange Square

One of the city's major shopping areas, Exchange Square is in the centre of Manchester. The area was redeveloped after a bomb attack in the ‘90s, but it's now an open retail destination flush with designer stores and well-known UK department retailers. Seasonal events and pop-up markets are also held in Exchange Square because of its easily accessible location and good public transport links.
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Smithfield Market Building

Smithfield Market Building used to be a lively Victorian fish and food market. Today, the glass and iron structure still stands but is now home to the Manchester Craft & Design Centre. Here you'll find studios inhabited by some of Manchester's most talented artists and designers selling textiles, jewellery, prints, and homewares. It's the perfect place to pick up one-off souvenirs.
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Old Trafford

Satisfying your inner shopaholic is easy with a trip to the Old Trafford Centre, or Intu Trafford Centre as it's sometimes called. The dome design is the focal point, but you won't be gazing at the modern architecture for long. There are three storeys of much-loved UK high-street names, department stores and designer brands all in need of your attention.
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