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When someone comes to visit me, the first place I take them is straight to Fig and Sparrow coffee bar for pre-exploration sustenance.
Match day is the best time to visit my city because nobody loves football as much as Mancs do. The atmosphere is electric!
You can see my city best from Cloud 23 on the 23rd floor of the Beetham Tower. It doesn't get much better than the view across the city to the Pennines mountains as you sip a cocktail.
Locals know to skip the High Street chains and check out the indie and vintage shops around the Northern Quarter instead.
Afflecks in the Northern Quarter is the place to buy authentic, local souvenirs.
In the past, notable people like leading British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, musician Ian Brown, and of course rock band Oasis have called my city home.
My city’s best museum is the Manchester Museum because it’s packed with all manner of interesting exhibitions, such as dinosaurs, ancient Egyptian artifacts and even live animals. Best of all it’s completely free!
If there’s one thing you should know about getting around my city, it’s watch out for the trams!
The best place to spend time outdoors in my city is the historic Heaton Park, especially in the summer when festival season hits.
My city really knows how to celebrate the weekend. There are hundreds of bars in Manchester but each one is packed to the brim every Friday night!
For a fancy night out, I order a slap-up meal at Albert's Schloss and spend the night there drinking cocktails and steins of beer.
Just outside my city, you can visit the beautiful Dunham Massey with its deer park, stately home, and ice-cream parlor.
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My city is known for being grim and rainy, but it’s really a very beautiful and cultural city if you look in the right places. And the sun does shine sometimes!
The best outdoor market in my city is the Levenshulme Market. It’s also one of the best places to sample Manchester’s street food offerings.
To find out what’s going on at night and on the weekends, read about our favorite bars and restaurants on Spotted by Locals.
In the spring you should pay a visit to the Manchester Sausage, Cider, Beer & BBQ Music Festival.
In the summer you should take a walk along the canal and reward your efforts with a cold pint by the water.
In the fall you should cheer up the dark evenings with bowling and burgers at Dog Bowl.
In the winter you should warm up with bratwurst and glühwein at the world-famous Christmas markets.
If you have kids (or are a kid at heart), you won’t want to miss the Museum of Science and Industry.
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