Our best date ideas: Manchester
Manchester does not fall short on options for an impressive evening meal. If you and your date are partial to the finer things in life, suggest meeting for dinner in The French at The Midland. This hotel restaurant, which has been in service for over 100 years, serves exquisite modern British dishes in elegant surroundings.
On the other hand, Manchester is renowned for being a city with fantastic cuisine from around the world. From Chinatown to the Curry Mile there are plenty of places to choose from. But, if you’d like to date a little differently, The Spice Club, Manchester’s first secret supper club, offers cookery classes where you can both learn how to make a complete Indian meal together from start to finish.
Want to show your sophisticated side? The champagne bar Épernay, nestled within the heart of the city centre, is one of Manchester’s best kept secrets. For drinks with the best views of the city, Cloud 23 is a stylish cocktail bar on the 23rd floor of the landmark Beetham Tower.
Back down on the ground, you could meet in The Marble Arch, a charming historic pub with a beautiful tiled interior and its own microbrewery on site. Meanwhile, fans of whiskey should head to newly opened Bourbon & Black in the city centre.
In an EliteSingles survey, 55% of our members revealed that meeting for coffee would be their idea of a perfect first date.1 In Manchester, the Scandinavian styled coffee house Takk is perfect for a simple date getting to know each other.
If your date is an devoted tea-drinker, suggest visiting the Teacup Kitchen, with nearly every possible type of tea available, you could both try an exciting new flavour or stick to the old classics of Earl Grey and English Breakfast. Stay for a slice of cake, the red velvet looks positively mouth-watering.
Are you a nature lover? If so, you could suggest meeting for a stroll around the Fletcher Moss Park & Botanical Gardens in Didsbury. A few minutes through the gates and you’ll feel like you’ve escaped the hustle and bustle of the city life and entered an idyllic countryside setting.
If you’d rather do a bit of shopping on your walk together, you could meet on a Saturday and visit the Levenshulme Market, where you can browse the stalls of handmade goods, vintage clothes and artisan foods. There will be plenty of interesting things on sale, so if finding a something to talk about won’t be hard.
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