We might be biased but we think Tib Street is one of the best streets in Manchester. Stretching from Market Street all the way down to Great Ancoats Street you can easily spend a whole day – if not an entire weekend – exploring it. With its cool bars, coffee houses, and unusual businesses, Tib Street is much more than just a shortcut through the Northern Quarter. Here are our tips on where to go for your morning coffee, midday shopping, afternoon pastries, and take-home beers.
Donuts for breakfast
We’ll start our day out just across the road from us: Siop (Welsh for Shop) Shop makes the fluffiest dough creations you will ever put in your mouth. Make sure to grab a coffee from here, too! A chat with the laid-back staff completes the ideal morning routine.
Who let the dogs out?
Once we’ve wiped those sticky fingers clean we’ll head a few doors down to the Dog Shop. This is the dream destination for anyone who’s got a furry friend. Tartan collars, organic treats, tweed beds, and miniature jumpers make you want to adopt a dog impromptu.
Heading down towards Market Street we’re going to stop off at Northern Flower to admire their seasonal flower selection before we’re testing our plant knowledge at Flourish. Every day (except Mondays) this tucked-away garage stall turns into an urban jungle supplying the city centre with asparagus ferns, elephant ears, and monsteras.
From Evelyn’s with love
There couldn’t be a better place to watch the Northern Quarter go by than Evelyn’s window. But we’re not here for snooping on passersby. Equipped with a bouquet of dried flowers and a hand-illustrated card we’re turning this into a productive coffee break. Apart from a yummy brunch and dinner menu they also do unusual hot drinks at Evelyn’s like charcoal and lavender latte. Give it a try!
Long time no snack. Let’s grab a croissant from the counter at Just Between Friends and feel proper Parisian. ‘Cause what says ‘Je suis français’ more than puff pastry flakes all over your shirt? After this pastry pick-me-up, we’re checking out the frame shop’s window for some inspiration. This is the special thing about Tib Street. You can have it all: food and flowers, old and new, business and craftsmanship.
Speaking of craftmanship: Right next to the frame shop you’ll find The Butchers Quarter. Today, we’re not stopping for a pound of lamb shoulder but for a nice glass of red and olives. Yes, you read that right: It might be one of Manchester’s best-kept secrets that this butcher doubles up as a high-end deli selling fine bottles of vino and premium nibbles. So grab a seat and ring in the evening!
Tib Street is blessed with one of the only traditional fish & chip shops in town. And it’s a good’un! Northern Fisheries is serving crispy batter, fresh fish, perfect chips, and proper portion sizes! Dinner is sorted.
Okay: The day is coming to an end. It’s home time! Before leaving Tib Street we’ll pop into Beer Moth for a cheeky takeaway bottle to enjoy at home. Everything in this shop is dedicated to our favorite golden beverage. The fridges are full of local and European varieties and there’s even dried hop hanging from the ceiling. Make sure to take a look at the building when you’re leaving. It’s decorated with a handful of terracotta parrots – a nod towards Tib Street’s pet shop legacy. Only 60 years ago, Tib Street was a bustling pet shop paradise selling everything from goldfish to monkeys.