11 Manchester Food Markets That Are Well Worth Checking Out

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The summer is finished (sob) but the most underrated season of the year, autumn, has arrived (yay).

There's no better autumnal activity then having a wander around of of Manchester's plethora of food, craft and beer markets and we've complied a list of the best ones both in the city centre and around Greater Manchester. 

We've also included the Christmas Market because (a) it's world famous and (b) Santa will be coming down the chimney a lot sooner than you think. 

Take a look: 

1. Makers Market

Alright, so this isn't exclusive to Manchester (Makers Market covers Cheshire, Manchester and North Wales) but there are plenty of choices in our city when it comes to experiencing this monthly gem. 

Taking place on the second Sunday of the month in the Northern Quarter, second Saturday in Eccles, third Saturday and Sunday in Spinningfields (there are loads more... check out their website), these markets are a foodie paradise. 

Showcasing the bast in food, drink, arts and crafts from the local area, they feature the best in local farm produce, artisan breads, delicatessen and handcraft cheeses 

2. Altrincham Market 

Open all week except Mondays and Wednesdays this market 13km from the city centre offers something different every day.

Local produce on Tuesdays, thrifts and antiques on Thursdays, farmers market on Fridays, trad-mod market on Saturdays and specialist market on Sundays.

For more info check the website. Opening times are 8am on weekdays and 10am on weekends. 

3. Arndale Market

Open every day of the week (including bank holidays), Arndale offers the best in international foods including Jamaican, Greek, Brazilian, Indian and Chinese among others. 

As the market is indoors, it's impossible for the rain to put a dampener on your day. Be sure to check out the legendary fish market as well as clothing and accessories worthy of any high street. 

When finished, head over to Boggart Brewing Company's very own micro-bar where you'll get a well-earned pint of Ruby Tuesday Ale to wash everything down. 


4. Manchester Christmas Market 

Pipe down everyone, Christmas isn't as far away as you think (14 weeks).

Plus, preparations for the festive season get earlier every year so it's about time you mapped out your trip around the world-famous Manchester Christmas Market for 2016. 

Open from November 10th to December 21st, the market attracts shoppers from the UK and beyond. Last year it was spread over 10 destinations in the city, from Albert Square to the Cathedral Gardens and more (check out the website for full details.) 

Mark your diaries. Those mulled wines won't drink themselves. 


5. Stockport Market 

This market provides a unique experience every Sunday with a book and record fair on the first of each month, a 'VIntage Village'on the second and a handmade market on the third. 

There are also 'Foodie Fridays' on the last Friday of each month. Where else can you get a cup of bovril for 60p these days? 

6. Bury Market 

Well you didn't think we'd leave out the four-time British market of the year did you?

This huge market is spread over 200,000 square feet and divded into three sections: the indoor market, the fish and meat hall and the open market. 

Open at 9am every day, prepare to spend a few hours there before feeling satisfied that you've experienced everything there is to see, taste and do. 

7. GRUB

Specialising in pop-up markets across the city, you'll need to keep an eye on their homepagefor the latest events or follow them on twitter @GRUBMCR

With different varieties of food and drink aplenty, GRUB is not only the place to be to get a decent feed, it's also Manchester newest trendy spot to hang out. The cool kids told us so. 

8. Castlefield Market 

Open every third Saturday of the month, this market has got a new home in Royal Mill, Ancoats. 

It specialises in artisan crafts and even has an in-house DJ to keep you entertained as you saunter along 

9. Heaton Moor Market 

This market runs from March to December on the first Sunday of each month (from 11am to 3pm). 

It consists of 120 traders with a focus on local, ethical and original produce. Visiting on a Saturday? Make sure to check out the seafood restaurant out the back.

10. Ramsbottom Food And Craft Market 

There is a Saturday food market selling the best in fruit & veg, fish, cheese and bread as well as a car boot market on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays (from April to October). 


11. Levunshulme Market 

A local success story, Levenshulme market is a social enterprise run by residents with a view to boost the local economy and community.

Open on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. 

Written By

James Fenton

Resident football writer, covering City, United and the rest of what the beautiful game brings to our city. I also moonlight in news, current affairs and emmm... burger reviews.

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