Manchester Gin Experience – I would thoroughly recommend the Distillery tour & guided tasting. Not only do you get a refreshing G&T, and the opportunity to try 5 different gins, you get to hear the story of how Manchester Gin was founded and an introduction to how the gins are made. The tours are led by charismatic individuals who are great at making it fun and keeping you engaged!
Canal Street – home of Manchester’s legendary gay scene, Canal Street is a great place to have a drink in a place where everyone is completely free to be who they are. I love this about Manchester.
Last but not least:
If you’re feeling hedonistic – go for a delicious curry in Manchester’s legendary ‘curry mile’. Located in Rusholme, a few miles from the city centre, there are around 70 restaurants here including Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi. It’s easy to get a bus here from the city centre, using Google Maps to navigate. Prices in the restaurants are generally very affordable.
If you want a sense of accomplishment – Make sure you wear a pedometer or Fitbit when exploring the city. Its easy to clock up 15,000+ steps exploring so you’ll have definitely earned a cocktail or piece of cake by the end of the day!
Reasons to be optimistic – I’m going to get very philosophical with this one; Spending time in the city helps you to appreciate the mix of old and new. When you’ve lived here long enough you get to see restaurants shutting down and new ones taking their place. The city is like a living thing, and I love how it reminds me of how endings are also a new beginning.
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