Affleck’s is an iconic and vibrant indoor market in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. If you haven’t paid this place a visit yet, then you’re truly missing a gem in the city. They are renowned for having over 70 quirky independent shops, stalls and boutiques, selling an array of unusual items. Everything from vintage clothing to retro sweets, arcade games and loads more weird and wonderful things.
Your experience here will be like no other, finding something new and unique with every turn. You’ll never get bored of this place and you’ll certainly be returning time and time again, almost always never leaving empty handed.
Affleck’s strive to be different with shops leaning to a more alternative subculture and spread over an impressive four floors. This place doesn’t just hold shops, they have a cafe on the top floor where you can just chill, an ice cream parlour that has some of the best unique flavours around and if that wasn’t enough, they have a cool cereal cafe! What a dream come true!
As well as these funky additions they have a photography studio, hairdressers and piercing and tattoo studios. They truly have something for everyone. Check out some of their most popular and whacky shops, stalls and boutiques:
S.W.A.L.K creative showcases talented Manchester based artists with original drawings to prints, to postcards and greeting cards. They even offer on the spot portraits.
They pride themselves in offering art that’s affordable to all. You’ll find this gem on the second floor.
The Trouser Project is a quirky store which offers unique, one off pieces. The artist Megan Lewis sources clothes mostly from charity shops and will then paint custom designs onto the pieces.
The real magic is if you had a design in mind, these guys will be able to bring this to life either on a piece of their clothing or you can give them one of yours.
If you’re looking for a quirky one off gift idea then this is the place for you. Trippy Kitty is located on the 3rd floor and offers random things ranging from pop culture style leggings to character themed logos, keyrings and pendants.
MUOBU stock an exclusive range of custom cut, cosmetic grade glitters and festival gems. All their glitter is cruelty free and can be washed off in one go.
They also stock false eyelashes, lipsticks, UV make-up, cool colours of hair dye and Halloween make-up. This is the perfect place to compliment your fancy dress nights.
This place is every student’s dream. If you don’t know about this place then you’ll soon become real familiar.
This place is your one stop shop to the perfect fancy dress outfit. They offer a range of vintage/retro/fancy dress clothing, shoes, accessories and wigs. You’ll find things in here you never knew you needed!
Okay I’m sure everyone has wanted to try this at some point and now here’s your chance! Tarot offer readings Monday – Saturday on the third floor. They offer short readings for £10 and full readings for £25.
A review from FB reads “Always a pleasure to have a tarot reading here! My favourite place, so accurate and reliable with a lovely friendly and welcoming atmosphere. You’ll feel like you’ve been hugged by an angel when you walk in!“
The Animaid Cafe
The Animaid Cafe is a dreamy Japanese style cafe with an authentic anime theme. They stock figurines, bags, drinks and Japanese treats. A perfect, quirky place to meet up with friends.
The Tattoo Studio
If you’re building your tattoo collection or looking to try something new then these experts are the ones to see. The Tattoo studio specialises in custom tattoos with varying styles depending on the artist.
They also offer body piercings and a wide selection of brand merchandise.
Ginger's Comfort Emporium
This gem serves a selection of the tastiest ice creams, including whacky flavours like brioche, hot pudding and affogato style.
The best part is all ingredients are produced locally in Manchester. So eat your ice cream guilt free knowing you’re supporting your local businesses!
These are just a few of the wonderful things on offer at Affleck’s Manchester. Have an explore yourself, it’ll soon be your new favourite place to visit.
Afflecks Details below
Revised opening times during Covid:
Mon to Fri: 10:30am – 6pm
Sat: 10am – 6pm
Sun: 11am – 5pm
* For your safety and others all visitors will need to wear a face mask unless exempt to do so.
Phone: 0161 839 0718