Travel Diaries: 48 hours in Manchester

All work and no play? Not in my office. Last month, my team was lucky enough to go on a trip to Manchester and it was definitely a jam-packed 2 days. From swanky cocktail spots to quirky bars and impressive restaurants, hereโ€™s my top 3 things to do with 48 in Manchester.

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1. Head up to The Ivy’s stunning Asian space

Unless Iโ€™m recommending a fancy breakfast in Chelsea or somewhere to take your parents in central London, The Ivy doesnโ€™t usually make my list. The Manchester outpost is a whole different story, though. Expect a gorgeous ground floor brasserie, a stunning Asian-inspired level (complete with a jade green floor and the cocktails to match), as well as the recently opened roof terrace… just in time for summer.

2. Share small plates at Elnecot

Feeling hungry? Skip the queues at Rudyโ€™s and ditch that expensive hyped-up 20 Stories for a booking at Elnecot. Itโ€™s a chilled out space complete with an open kitchen, big tables and bar seating where you can catch the chefs (and owner) at work. The menu is split between nibbles, meat, veg + seafood so thereโ€™s really something for every palette. Donโ€™t miss the Manchester egg or various seafood dishes.

3. Enjoy Insta-baiting interiors at Sunset by Australasia

Pink hues? Flower walls? Frozen cocktails? Sounds like Insta-baiting material to me. Sunset by Australasia is bringing you all that and more, as the Australasia offshoot offers up a cracking selection of happy hour tipples and the food to match. Grab a seat in the plush restaurant or head outside where fur-covered seats and outdoor heaters provide the ideal terrace for all weather.

London Girl โœ–๏ธ

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