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Everything, everywhere: A guide to food halls in Manchester

6 months ago

There’s over a dozen food halls in Manchester now. And with a few more set to launch later this year (including the highly anticipated Kargo MKT at Central Bay, Media City), it feels like the right time to give you the lowdown on what you can expect from each one.

Here’s our haul of food halls – which one will you try next?

Looking for more street food options? Check out our full directory of street food restaurants.

  • Inside the bustling Market House Indoor Food Hall in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.
    Greater Manchester

    Altrincham Market House Indoor Food Hall

    Markets

    Setting a precedent for the likes of Mackie Mayor and Stockport Produce Hall, many have hailed the revamping of the Market House Indoor Food Hall as the touch paper that lit Altrincham’s whole foodie scene ablaze.

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  • A sandwich from Arndale Market, Manchester city centre.
    Manchester City Centre

    Arndale Market

    Groceries

    The Arndale Market transformed itself into a food hall long before the trend took off. It’s been there for yonks as a produce market of course – and you’ll still find well-regarded butchers, greengrocers and fishmongers there. But you’ll also find fragrant and varied dishes from around the world, either to eat on-the-hoof or in its seating area.

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  • Sunday lunch at Diecast. Manchester City Centre.
    Piccadilly

    Diecast

    Music Venues

    Diecast is a party venue and ‘creative neighbourhood’ five-minutes’ walk from Manchester Piccadilly station.

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  • Manchester City Centre

    Exhibition

    Bars

    Exhibition is one of Manchester’s cluster of exciting multi-kitchen concepts (read: food halls) that just seem to be multiplying. In the former home of the Natural History Museum, the location makes it perfect for visitors to Manchester Central, the Radisson Blu and the Midland Hotel.

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  • Christmas at Freight Island, Manchester
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Freight Island

    Music Venues

    Food hall meets music festival is how we’d describe Freight Island to anyone confused about what they’ll find at this regenerated rail depot beyond Piccadilly Station. 

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  • Oxford Road

    HATCH

    Clothing

    Nestled snugly under the Mancunian Way on Oxford Road, Hatch opened in 2017 as a space for creative and independent businesses to work and trade for as long (or as short) as they need.

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  • Manchester City Centre

    Hello Oriental

    Bakeries

    There’s three floors of street food fun at Hello Oriental. A Chinese bakery and cafe is joined by Vietnamese restaurant Rice Paper Pho, an Asian-inspired Downtown Oriental food hall, and a supermarket stocking everything from frozen dim sum to sake.

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  • Steak from Tender Cow at Mackie Mayor, a food hall in Manchester.
    Northern Quarter

    Mackie Mayor

    Bars

    Mackie Mayor is a cosmopolitan food hall located in an 1858 Grade II listed market building on the edge of Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

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  • Green Quarter

    New Century

    Bars

    Opened in the summer of 2022 after a hefty refurb which transformed the tired-looking New Century Hall of the mid-twentieth century into a newfangled music and dining destination in Manchester’s trendy NOMA district.

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  • A bowl of nachos from The Produce Hall in Stockport.
    Stockport Town Centre

    The Produce Hall

    Bars

    This 19th-century market building became a buzzy food hall and bar in 2019 as part of Stockport’s transformation from ‘crap town’ to ‘decent place to live and hangout’.

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  • A cookie and ice cream stack from Radcliffe Market, Greater Manchester.
    Radcliffe

    Radcliffe Market

    Markets

    Every town would benefit from its own version of Radcliffe Market. Owned and managed by the local community, it’s a not-for-profit venue that exists to bring fresh, local food and products to the people of Radcliffe with a focus on ethical, sustainable, and healthy options.

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  • Man holding two burgers from Slap and Pickle in Society, Manchester city centre
    Manchester City Centre

    Society

    Bars

    Located in between St Peter’s Square and The Bridgewater Hall, Society brings new life to the quiet yet elegant stretch of city between Oxford Street and First Street. The outside area is a sunspot bordered by a fountain and a garden, making it feel more like Madrid than Manchester (weather permitting of course).

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  • Chicken and chips from Stretford Foodhall, Greater Manchester.
    Stretford

    Stretford Foodhall

    Markets

    Since it opened in 2019 Stretford Foodhall has established itself as a staple spot for socialising in this South Manchester town. Attached to Stretford Mall (previously Stretford Arndale), it has its own flower shop and general store, plus three, regularly-changing street food vendors who are always out to impress.

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