With a friend at the end of our 19-day Europe journey waiting to be our guide in Manchester, our last stop proved to be a perfect finish. After our train pulled into Piccadilly Station, we rolled our luggages over to Ibis Hotel on Princess Street — a short 10 minute walk under the sun, last seen in Paris.
Then, it was time for brunch. The amazing Genia made special reservations for us at Richmond Tea Rooms, a traditional English style tea room with a Tim Burton inspired interior. We had the best seats in the house. The glasshouse.
Richmond Tea Rooms
Address: Richmond Street, The Village, Manchester. M1 3HZ
Tel.: 0161 237 9667
Riding on the same quirky flow, we went on to Northern Quarter — the city’s creative space with tons of cafes, delis and retail stores. But what I loved most was this building, which held a mish-mash of lifestyle goods. (Pretty much like the old Heeren on Orchard Road.) Think vintage typewriters, cameras, old-school arcade game machines, every kind of accessory and a poster shop that stole my hour and two posters worth of money.
The rest of our day was spent at Primark (once more), which had a friendlier crowd compared to London’s. To please the tum and Asian food cravings, early dinner took place at Pearl City Chinese Restaurant in Chinatown — the best (and only) Chinese meal in weeks.