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My top three Manchester locations

Find out what I love about Manchester

My top three things about Manchester:

(1) Ancoats

The area of Ancoats has to be one of my favourite picks. Ancoats boasts a proud history dating back to the industrial revolution, with the first mills being built here in around 1790. It was once densely occupied with working cotton mills centred near the Rochdale Canal that runs right through the heart of the area. Now, the majority of old mills have been turned into flats, but you can still get the feel for the red brick factories as you walk around its cobbled streets. A hidden gem in Ancoats is Rudy’s Pizza. The best pizza I’ve ever tasted hands down. It’s also ideal for students as a margarita comes in at £5.80 and is cooked in one an half minutes flat. The authentic Neapolitan pizza-house is in keeping with the area’s heritage. Ancoats was home to many Italian immigrants that settled in the 19th century, pioneering the British ice cream industry and earning itself the name of Little Italy.

 

(2) HOME

 

Another firm favourite from the city of Manchester is HOME. HOME is a cinema, theatre and gallery space that merged the old, much loved Cornerhouse cinema and the Library Theatre Company. HOME shows curated films, including world cinema and independent films. As a student, you can get advanced tickets for £5, so you don’t have to break the bank to visit either.

(3) Rusholme

My third and final pick would have to be Rusholme! Home to the Curry Mile, a strip of Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian and Middle Eastern restaurants and shops, it’s a great place to get a delicious curry or kebab at any time of the day or night. Although it’s not actually a mile, in fact only half a mile, it’s well worth a visit. Stop by Manchester Superstore to pick up fresh fruit and veg for a fraction of the price of the usual supermarket chains. My favourite place to eat on the Curry Mile has to be the unassuming restaurant named Falafel. It offers the best falafel wraps, packed full of homemade hummus, salads and pickled chillis. Wash it down with a fresh carrot and ginger juice, all for under a fiver!