7 Of The Best Places To Eat On Your Own In Manchester

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Because a table for one isn’t always a bad thing...

7. Five Guys

Whether your friends are health freaks or you’re hungry, alone and outside the Trafford Centre's Five Guys, this is a great bet for a burger for one. The fries might be big enough for two, but it’s a better option than being presented with a creation from Almost Famous to munch on alone.

Burgers from Five Guys

6. Blue Daisy Cafe

Specialising in vegetarian and vegan dishes Blue Daisy Cafe is a delightful addition to the Northern Quarter. Located under Pop Boutique it serves quality food at reasonable prices - probably what's made it so popular since opening (brews start at £1.)

Where to find it: Oldham Street, under Pop Boutique.

5. Smoak Bar and Grill, Malmaison

While you won’t be ushered into a room of dozens of other solo diners, the energy from the other tables is what sets this establishment apart. Smoak Bar and Grill is highly commended for its roast dinners and steak, but is a little on the pricier side. 

Where to find it: Piccadilly, Gore Street, between the Gardens and the railway station.

4. Vapiano

At Vap’s you can stay for three hours with wine and a made-before-your-very-own-eyes pizza (or pasta) or you can be in and out within half hour to 45 minutes having feasted on a fresh, nutritious home-made meal. Simple but delicious, their 'Risotto Funghi' is pretty damn good. Accompany it with a glass of their finest prosecco (not exactly a natural accompaniment I know - but hey I'm a northern lass - sue me) and you'll be feeling like a royal, even if you are, well...alone.

Where to find it: The Corn Exchange, Manchester city centre.

3. Simone The Healthy Baker

Tucked away at the back of the Arndale Food Market, Simone’s is technically a pop-up bakery but nearby seating in the market or out in Piccadilly Gardens means you don’t have to take your precious baked goods all the way home to enjoy them. 

Their cakes are suitable for vegans, with many free from all or a combination of: dairy, nuts and gluten. Friendly and persuasive staff will happily let you buy the whole shop. Which we barely refrained from doing...

Where to find it: Simone’s is located within Arndale Food Market

Gluten free vegan cupcakes from Simone's

2. Viet Shack

Another stand-out grab-and-go vendor, Viet Shack at Arndale Food Market is popular throughout the day for its quality and prices and it remains a solid choice for a lunch that will line your stomach ahead of happy hour. Seating can be an issue at peak times, but take-out is also an option for al fresco dining (in about seven months’ time.)

How to find it: Head for the Arndale Food Market, head left, follow your nose.

1. Abode

If you fancy a fine dining experience for one head over to Abode Restaurant. Definitely a payday treat, Abode is brimming with clientele on business lunches, happy couples and happy hour aficionados so peak days can be especially busy. Don’t let that deter you though, Abode offers great-tasting meals and drinks and pretty speedy service too - so it's perfect if you need a filling bite before you embark on a lengthy train journey. 

Where to find it: Piccadilly, opposite the Gardens. Can’t miss it!

Fine dining at Abode Restaurant

READ MORE: 6 Things You Need to Know About Food In The North

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Melanie Mingas

City explorer and adventure enthusiast. Spends too much time drinking tea and seeking out the weird and wonderful around Manchester

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