Travel Tuesday

Playing Tourist in Manchester

Recently I was invited to take part in a campaign/challenge to explore Manchester for a day… but it wouldn’t be a challenge without a catch: I have to do it all on a £50 budget – and make the most of it!

For a blogger who’s lived in Manchester for nearly six years I have never blogged much about my adopted hometown, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to showcase more of the city I now call home so here it goes…


Now you may think it’s easy to just spend £50 in a day but I really wanted to plan it in order to include 1) a variety of activities; 2) places I’ve never done before; 3) things I think other might be interested in learning about.


So to start the day, we arrived nice and early in Ancoats to try out Trove – a bakery/café that I’ve heard lots about but never got around to trying it… but now’s the time!!

Ok, so first impression : the place was absolutely popping when we got there so we had to wait, but not for long – and we were offered a coffee as we waited so the service was on point. The food, on the other hand, left quite a bit to be desired if I must be honest (especially considering the hype) and here’s why 1) the food was stone cold ; 2) the presentation was sloppy ; 3) the toast was slightly overdone for my liking… but the bread itself was delish.

However, I would the say the flavour was 10/10 – and I’m not necessarily writing it off my I’d-come-back list.


Next stop we stopped by Manchester Craft and Design Centre to do some quick shopping ; because it wouldn’t be a normal day out for me without a little retail therapy…

I picked up a pair of silver earrings from RA Designer Jewellery for a little under £25. The jeweller/shop owner very kindly gave me a 20% discount – not because of the mention! So if you’re looking for some nice accessories, check her out!


To wrap up the day, we popped into Esquires Coffee, next-door to the Bannatyne on Whitworth Street.

Again, this place is not exactly new and it’s been on my radar for a while now (plus I’ve walked past it more than a handful of times since I only live across the road) so I was excited to have the reason/excuse to try it out.

The vibe here is chilled, which I appreciate; the menu is quite extensive and there’s a good range of hot and cold beverages to choose from, including a few hot chocolate flavours, smoothies, and fresh juices.

Now the taste test… The sticky chocolate orange cake is very very tasty while the salted caramel apple pie is interesting, in the sense that the apple was minuscule in proportion to the caramel, cream cheese/custard, and base – so I’d mark it a “passable”.


Please note that these are just recommendations that I’d check out if I were visiting Manchester for a day – and not full reviews of these places, which I hope will follow in the near future!


*Also, while the meals and purchase were paid for by, all views are my own – as per!


Oliver ❤

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