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Tapas dishes at Evuna, a Spanish restaurant in Knutsford, Cheshire

Evuna Knutsford

Knutsford Restaurant

Evuna Knutsford brings together playful Spanish tapas dishes and an excellent wine offering.

Evuna

Evuna Manchester NQ

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Spanish

The second city centre Evuna, open since 2013, bagsies a corner spot in the Northern Quarter that provides the outward-facing...

Atlas Bar

Manchester City Centre Bars

Atlas Bar is known as one of the originals of Manchester’s modern cafe-bar scene. And for its extensive collection of...

Evuna Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Spanish

October 2003 saw the first of the four Evunas open, grabbing a prime position on Deansgate and a reputation for...

Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar in Liverpool

Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar

Liverpool City Centre Cosmetics

Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar offers the full beauty experience over three floors.

INTRO Clothing

Manchester City Centre Clothing

This Manchester-born independent has been selling designer menswear in the city since 1990. It’s seen a lot of trends come...

Nordic Muse with Christmas wreath in shop window

Nordic Muse

Northern Quarter Lifestyle

Nordic Muse is the opposite of fast-fashion or Amazon. This beautifully-curated Tib Street store is full of Scandi inspiration and...

Vintage clothing at Oxfam Bold Street in Liverpool city centre.

Oxfam Bold Street

Ropewalks Clothing

This well spaced, well-organised charity shop has a gorgeous collection of curated secondhand clothes including plenty of nineties and Y2K...

Clampdown Records

Piccadilly Record Shops

The shopfront of Clampdown Records must be one of the most recognisable in Manchester, and not just because it’s been...

Flower globe from Frog Flowers in the Trafford Centre.

Frog Flowers Selfridges Trafford Centre

Stretford Florists

You’ll find Frog Flowers on the ground floor of Selfridges in the Trafford Centre, in the luxury accessories department of...

Grape to Grain in Prestwich, a bar and bottle shop with barrels to enjoy an al fresco tipple

Grape to Grain

Prestwich Bottle Shop

Grape to Grain is a bar and bottle shop in Prestwich specialising in – as the name suggests – wine...

The exterior of Isca in Levenshulme, which specialises in natural wines and organic food

Isca

Levenshulme Restaurant - British

Isca is a natural wine bar and shop on an unassuming street in Levenshulme, brought to you by Caroline Dubois (sommelier...

Pop Boutique on Bold Street, one of our recommended vintage shops in Liverpool.

Pop Boutique Liverpool

Ropewalks Clothing

Richard Free, the man behind the Pop Boutique mini empire, began collecting vintage clothing in the 1970s and has built...

SK1 Records is an independent record shop on Stockport's Little Underbank

SK1 Records

Stockport Town Centre Record Shops

SK1 Records is more than just a record shop. It’s an important part of the town’s current buzz and it...

Beautiful curly hair at Wilderness Hair in Liverpool

Wilderness Hair

Ropewalks Salons

Wilderness Hair is a unique folk herbalist hairdressing experience. Depending on your natural locks, it might just be the place...

Some of the home-prepped, local produce available at Mettrick's Butchers in Glossop - one of the best butchers in Manchester and the surrounding areas.

Mettrick’s Butchers

Glossop Butchers

Back in the early 1900s, John Mettrick's great granddad's uncle left his job at a butchers in Manchester equipped with...

Collinge & Co's Castle Street hairdressing salon in Liverpool

Collinge & Co Castle Street

Liverpool City Centre Salons

Fourth-generation family business Collinge & Co has held a reputation as one of Liverpool's best hairdressers for decades.

Winter window and winter wine at Reserve Wines, a wine merchant in West Didsbury

Reserve Wines

West Didsbury Bottle Shop

Reserve Wines was set up by Kate Goodman more than twenty years ago and it’s still going strong. Kate certainly...

Huge bouquet from David Wayman Flowers, a florist in Spinningfields

David Wayman Flowers

Spinningfields Florists

David Wayman Flowers is a boutique florist in the heart of Spinningfields – perfect for buying a bunch of flowers...

Exterior of The Epicurean, a beer shop in Heaton Moor

The Epicurean Heaton Moor

Heaton Moor Bottle Shop

The Epicurean Heaton Moor is the Stockport outpost of the self-proclaimed ‘Beer People’. They’re right though. The staff here are...

Exterior of Juice Box Didsbury, a bar and bottle shop

Juicebox Didsbury

Didsbury Bars

Juicebox is an independent wine bar and bottle shop in Didsbury (there’s another one in Manchester city centre). It’s a...

Vinyl Exchange is one of Manchester's most varied record shops with LPs of every genre

Vinyl Exchange

Northern Quarter Record Shops

Vinyl Exchange probably has Manchester city centre’s biggest selection of second hand vinyl and certainly the most varied. It’s an...

Dead Air Records in Liverpool.

Dead Air Records

Ropewalks Record Shops

One of the newest additions to Liverpool’s vinyl scene is neighbourhood record store Dead Air Records on Suffolk Street. It’s...

Hot chocolate at Luisco Chocolate in Haigh Woodland Park, Wigan.

Luisco Chocolate

Haigh Chocolatier

Luisco Chocolate is a quirky little chocolatier in the courtyard at Haigh Woodland Park. It’s the perfect opportunity for a...

Christmas flowers at Giraffe Flowers in Manchester.

Giraffe Flowers Kimpton

Oxford Road Florists

Giraffe Flowers Kimpton is a quirky city centre florist in a landmark location. Pop in for a bouquet on the...

Wax and Beans is a great place for Bury's record collectors and coffee fans

Wax and Beans

Bury Record Shops

Wax and Beans is a vinyl and coffee combo where you can indulge all your passions at once. Affectionately known...

Secondhand cowboy boots at Soho's Liverpool, one of Confidential Guides' recommended vintage shops in Liverpool.

Soho’s Liverpool

Ropewalks Clothing

Soho's is one of the original vintage clothing stores in Liverpool, and one of the biggest. With a hairdressers, a...

Lymefield Farm Shop in Broadbottom, Hyde.

Lymefield Farm Shop

Hyde Farm Shop

Get on the Hadfield train from Piccadilly, disembark at the amusingly-named Broadbottom, and walk down the road to visit Lymefield...

Books from Anywhere Out Of The World, a bookshop in Manchester specialising in poetry, philosophy and history

Anywhere Out Of The World

Northern Quarter Bookshops

It’s no surprise that Anywhere Out Of The World, a bookshop named after a line from Baudelaire, doesn’t specialise in...

Selection of British cheese at Chorlton Cheesemongers, an independent, artisan cheese shop

Chorlton Cheesemongers

Chorlton Cheesemongers

Chorlton Cheesemongers isn’t just a shop that sells cheese. No, it’s a uniquely-adapted, humidity controlled space which specialises British and...

Christmas flowers from Flourish Didsbury.

Flourish Didsbury

Didsbury Florists

Flourish Didsbury is an award-winning florist with a wide range of houseplants too. It’s great for colourful blooms but also...

Bottles and baubles at Salut Wines, a bar and bottle shop in Manchester city centre

Salut Wines

Manchester City Centre Bottle Shop

Salut Wines is a proper wine bar of the sort you don’t see very often in the UK. There are...

Brunch at The Lambing Shed Farm Shop and Kitchen

The Lambing Shed Farm Shop and Kitchen

Knutsford Farm Shop

Moseley Hall Farm is home to 250 cattle, over 2,500 sheep, and in the barn once used for newborn lambs...

Resurrection

Ropewalks Clothing

This double-level vintage and music merch store started life in Quiggins Arcade before moving to Bold Street (now the unofficial...

Christmas beers at Carringtons, a bottle shop in Chorlton

Carringtons

Chorlton Bottle Shop

According to Decanter, ‘Manchester is lucky to have Carringtons’ and in the world of wine that counts for a lot....

The Epicurean, a beer shop in Chorlton

The Epicurean Chorlton

Chorlton Bottle Shop

The Epicurean Chorlton is a friendly little beer shop. It may be smaller than its sister site in West Didsbury...

Vintage clothes at Cow Liverpool

Cow Liverpool

Ropewalks Clothing

If the haphazard chaos of charity shops puts you off buying pre-loved clothes, Cow Liverpool is your place to start....

Greek souvlaki kebabs from Albion Farm Shop and Cafe in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester

Albion Farm Shop and Cafe

Saddleworth Farm Shop

Head to the hills above Oldham to find this food-lover's gem. Like many proper farm shops, Albion Farm Shop and...

Fridges and craft beer at The Epicurean West Didsbury

The Epicurean West Didsbury

West Didsbury Bottle Shop

The Epicurean West Didsbury is the brand’s original craft beer shop, bringing brightly coloured cans to Burton Road.

Window display at McQueen Independent, a boutique clothing store in Chorlton

McQueen Independent

Chorlton Clothing

McQueen Independent on Chorlton’s buzzing Beech Road is a fantastic clothes shop for cool brands you don’t find on the...

No trip to The Lake District is complete without a visit to The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

Grasmere Bakeries

If you’ve never tasted this Lakeland speciality before, you're in for a treat. The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop is famous for...

Piccadilly Records in Manchester's Northern Quarter

Piccadilly Records

Northern Quarter Record Shops

When it comes to music in Manchester this place is the absolute business. Piccadilly Records is the coolest square footage...

Fred Aldous, an art and craft shop in the Northern Quarter

Fred Aldous

Northern Quarter Art, Crafts and Stationery

Fred Aldous is the shop you need, whatever you’re making. If you’re getting artsy or craftsy, or know someone who...

Exterior of Didsbury Flower Lounge, a Confidential Guides recommended florist

Didsbury Flower Lounge

Didsbury Florists

Didsbury Flower Lounge is an award-winning independent florist offering exquisite fresh-cut flowers, house plants with personality and enchanting floral bouquets.

Flourish Manchester – Deansgate Square

Manchester City Centre Florists

Split over two levels in one of the retail units at Manchester's most stylish skyscraper neighbourhood, Flourish Manchester - Deansgate...

Vintage clothing at 69A, one of our recommended vintage clothes shops in Liverpool.

69A

Liverpool City Centre Clothing

Vintage and antiques shop 69A looks like it fell out of the pages of a storybook. A black cat is...

Pop Boutique Manchester Oldham Street

Northern Quarter Clothing

Family-run independent Pop Boutique was the first vintage store to open on retro clothing hotspot Oldham Street. It's been in...

Bar Area at Unit 9 Cloudwater Taproom in Manchester

Unit 9 Cloudwater Taproom

Piccadilly Bars

Unit 9 Cloudwater Taproom is right next to the brewery which, incidentally, takes up units seven and eight. Despite the...

Record shop Rough Trade Liverpool opened in May 2024.

Rough Trade Liverpool

Ropewalks Record Shops

Any self-respecting indie kid will know the Rough Trade name; a trip to the Covent Garden shop used to be...

Exterior of House of Books and Friends, a bookshop in Manchester

House of Books and Friends

Manchester Bookshops

House of Books and Friends is a bookshop with a difference. As well as knowledgeable, friendly staff, a great selection...

Mother's Day bouquet from Northern Flower - a florist in the Northern Quarter, Manchester.

Northern Flower

Northern Quarter Florists

Northern Flower is the original cool indie florist with beautiful bouquets ready to pick up and take away from their...

Books at Queer Lit, a LGBTQ+ bookshop in Ancoats, Manchester

Queer Lit

Ancoats Bookshops

Rather than being consigned to one small shelf, Queer Lit celebrates literature that reflects the queer experience throughout the shop....

Colourful flowers at Blossom, an independent florist in Chorlton

Blossom

Chorlton Florists

Blossom is a small, independent florist on Manchester Road in Chorlton. It does beautiful hand-made bouquets and specialises in seasonal,...

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