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28 Reasons Stockport Is Greater Manchester’s Hidden Secret

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It’s as much a part of Greater Manchester as Chorlton, Whitefield or even Trafford – but Stopfordians have their own pride.

And when you look at what they have on their doorstep, it’s easy to see why.

Feast your eyes on the coolest little corner of the region that’s getting better and better every year.

1. Where The Light Gets In

A must for foodies, this uber-cool eatery doesn’t ‘do’ menus – it puts together a fast on what’s available on the day. And you will absolutely love it. Special and wonderful, in a gorgeous space.

7 Rostron Brow, Stockport SK1 1JY

2. Stockport Town Hall 

Stockport Town Hall

Nicknamed the ‘wedding cake’, the town hall’s gorgeous, and hosts everything from weddings to classical concerts from Stockport Symphony Orchestra. A civilised visit.

Edward St, Stockport SK1 3XE

3. Foodie Fridays

There are loads of foodie haunts on this list, but bringing everything together for one fun event is Foodie Fridays. Past traders have included: Pizza Peddlers; Fat Annie’s sausages; WrapScallion quesadillas; Oh Mei Dumpling; Wallace & Sons’ Pan Asian; Que Delicia Portuguese recipes; Somtam Street’s Thai and Laos Cuisine; Nasi Lemak Malaysian; What’s Your Beef? burgers; Stomping Grounds coffee; Big D’s BBQ smokehouse; Smokin’ Blues authentic smoked Southern-style food; Tapas Y a la Carta; 4Lunch seasonally-inspired street food; Burnt Onion’s twist on classics including crispy pancakes and Fish Dogs; Second City Coffee; and ?Choccy Churros, Crepes & Cupcakes. Dates for summer events are here

Stockport old town

4. The Vintage Village

A pop-up ‘village’ that appears on the second Sunday of every month throughout the year, from 10 am to 4pm.

Stockport Covered Market Hall, Market Place, Stockport SK1 1EU

5. Strawberry Studios

Strawberry Recording Studios was the site of music recordings by British legends between 1967 and 1993 – and is remembered fondly as home to 10cc and studio of choice for many top artists. It’s the subject of an exhibition at Stockport museum – more below – but if you want to pay homage, be our guest.

Waterloo Road, Stockport SK1

6. Thatcher’s Bakery

Traditionals stuck to can be the best, and we love this local bakery for its ability to marry the old and the new. Yum.

2 Borron St, Stockport SK1 2JD

7. 20th Century Stores

A collection of specialist vintage traders including ceramics, glass, homeware, decorative items, furniture, luggage, jewellery, clothing and accessories, textiles, records, books, posters and so much more from between the 1920s to the 1980s.

26-27 Market Place , Stockport SK1 1ES

8. Stockport Museum

A current exhibition really worth noting celebrates the legendary Stockport recording studios (above).  ‘I Am in Love’ explores Strawberry’s rich heritage commemorating 50 years since the studio first opened welcoming the likes of Joy Division, The Smiths and The Stone Roses through its doors.

30/31 Market Place, Stockport

9. Wonderland Cakes

Handmade to order, these mini works of art makes us drool. But how could you ruin them by tucking in??

42 High Street, Stockport SK1 1EG

10. The Magnet

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A must for pub fans, this microbrewery – CAMRA’s Pub Of The Year 2015 – serves ales and artisan ciders in a traditional, back-to-basics pub with a large beer garden.

51 Wellington Rd N, Stockport SK4 1HJ

11. The Allotment

 This unique vegan restaurant located in the heart of the Old Town says it’s not here to change minds – but it will melt your heart with its lovingly-created, cruelty-free food.

6 Vernon St, Stockport SK1

12. Seven Miles Out

A creative social space based in the heart of the Old Town, the cafe and event space hosts music, art, film, comedy, theatre, dance, spoken word, digital technology and retail… The list is endless.

20 Market Place, SK1 1EY

13. Blush Dance

Ever fancy learning aerial hoop, silks, burlesque and pole dancing for fitness or just fun? Blush has it all, so get ready to get sassy – suitable for all genders.

G10, Meadow Mill, Water St, Stockport SK1 2BY

14. Leelo And Me

This quirky little spot is a real a place to relax and enjoy a beautiful atmosphere in a shabby chic environment – with some awesome bakes and more.

19 Little Underbank , Stockport SK1 1LA

15. Cafelito on the Square

Cakes like carrot and Darjeeling, chocolate Oreo and lemon ricotta, freak shakes with towering toppings and a cool place to chill. What more do you want?

59 St Petersgate , Stockport SK1 1DH

16. Tandem Coffee House

Fun and friendly, with a nice line in cupcakes and coffee, these love bikes’n’bakes – and it’s a great wee stop-off.

47 Lower Hillgate , Stockport SK1 1JQ

17. Baker’s Vaults

We’re in Stockport, so it’s all about the Robinson’s Brewery beer. This stop off has 10 casks as well as craft beer and a juke box. We’re there.

Market Pl, Stockport SK1 1ES

18. Rozafa’s

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Greek and Cypriot cuisine in Stockport – it’s won awards, and you will love the food and slightly cheesy atmosphere.

27A St Petersgate, Stockport SK1 1EB

19. Da Vinci’s

Stylish coffee shop in the day, restaurant by night, serving chic Italian dining and a relaxing atmosphere.

25 St Petersgate , Stockport SK1 1EB

20. Stockport Viaduct

Stockport Viaduct In 2012

The largest brick structure in the United Kingdom, it was the world’s largest viaduct when it opened in 1940 – and rumoured to have given certain messers Marx and Engels a talking point.

Across the valley of the River Mersey

21. Room At The Top

More vintage, this time on the site of Stockport’s first Free Library which was there for 38 years. They’ve got books, art, records, jewellery and more – and there’s a cafe and regular events including art exhibitions and book talks.

First Floor, The Produce Hall, Stockport SK1 1EW

22. Rhode Island Coffee

It’s a mini-chain with max appeal – a coffee, a sit down and even a bookshelf if you’ve got some free time to kill. Lovely.

2 Little Underbank, Stockport, SK1 1JT

23. Lord Of The Pies

Lord of the Pies has cafes in Stockport and Macclesfield, and the award-winning pie maker has applied for a licence in Chorlton. Pies include confit pork and Bury black pudding, slow braised Cheshire lamb with red wine jus, and mixed cheese and onion.

42 St Petersgate , Stockport SK1 1HL

24. Robinsons Brewery

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Based in Stockport for almost 200 years, Robinsons’ is one of oldest names in British brewing – and you can visit the place where the magic happens for ‘experience’ days.

Apsley St, Manchester SK1 1JJ

25. Agapanthus Interiors

The ethos here is to look for unique, eclectic, lovely old pieces and sell them just as they are, or renovate with some creative up cycling. We like.

77 Wellington Street, Hillgate SK1 1FE

26. The Plaza

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The restored gem that is the Plaza Super Cinema and Variety Theatre boasts a major history, a cafe and some pretty stylish period features.

Mersey Square, Stockport SK1 1SP

27. Petersgate Tap

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This craft beer and real ale tap room opened last September inside a former betting shop, and their booze offering is definitely no gamble.

19 St Petersgate, Stockport SK1 1EB

28. Garrick Theatre

Founded in 1901 and it’s know as the oldest “little theatre” in the UK – and still hosting shows today. Well done, everybody.

Wellington Rd S, Stockport SK3 0EJ

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