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Everyone has a tendency of looking at what you could buy if you won the lottery, so I’ve decided to write about it. I’ve used the latest lottery amount, £22.6 Million and worked from there.

First off, you buy that dream home you’ve always wanted and I’ve found just the place. Located right on the Dorset seafront is a three-bedroom apartment for a casual £2,495,000 and that would be my holiday home for sure. Link: Three Bedroom Apartment, Dorse

Now, for my house in Sheffield I would go for more of a mansion than a luxury apartment so a five-bedroom manor house seems ideal to me. It’s also only £1,995,000, meaning you have more money to splash! Link: Five Bedroom Manor House, Sheffield 

Next is the motor, whether you drive or not you’re going to have a car to envy all other drivers, even if it’s just parked on your drive. For me personally, I’d be instantly at a dealership and throwing over £300,000 at a Lamborghini Aventador and yes, I would be literally throwing it, because £300,000 would not even put a dent in the £17.8 million I have left.

Now you start getting silly with it. You have over £17 million even though you have the house of your dreams, a holiday home and the car you’ve always wanted. So what else could you need? Well, you don’t need anything so you get what you want, starting off with an island. Setting you back a tasty £5,058,400  Link: Private Island, Florida, United States     

How would you get to your private island though? By yacht of course! A nice little yacht setting you back a mere £2,753,000 is hardly anything to worry about, right? Link: Motor Yacht, 4 Cabin 

Last but not least you need a villa somewhere hot to be taking selfies at to make your friends jealous. I have decided that Marbella is the place for me! A luxury villa I’ve seen is on the market for a tasty £6,738,939.70!

After all that spending you are left with £3,249,661! I’d personally then get a hell of a lot of new clothes and shoes, give some money to my family, then be boring and leave the rest in the bank, living off of the interest.

Is there anything you disagree with? Anything you’d change? If so, feel free to tweet us @citycrashpad and we will retweet the best suggestions!

Written By:  Josh – Reservations Team

Sheffield City Centre and Pokémon Go

Everybody is jumping on the Pokémon Go bandwagon since the launch of the game over  a month ago. Trainers are travelling across the lands, searching far and wide to catch ‘em all and for the folk of Sheffield, the city centre is definitely the place to hunt. Below is a list of all the places a trainer must visit.

Cathedral Quarter:

The Cathedral Quarter is a must visit for any trainer wanting to be the very best due to its endless amount of PokeStops. The Cathedral is surely the first place to visit due to it having a gym along with two PokeStops and being a 30 second walk away from some of our apartments. The gym is said to be the most sought after in the whole of Sheffield. If you wanting to be a Pokémon master, defeating this gym has to be one of your goals.

The next landmark is the Peace Gardens. This is known as lure module heaven! Literally every hunter sits there, catching an endless amount of Pidgey’s and hoping that they sight something a little more special (I’m still waiting for a Gyarados to appear!) After you’ve done there, 30 seconds away is the Winter gardens. The Winter gardens is the home to three PokeStops, once again meaning it is lure central!

West Street:

The place to be in Sheffield City Centre for all things Pokémon is certainly West Street! Littered with bars that are PokeStop hotspots it is the ideal place for Pokémon Go players to enjoy a night out whilst catching the odd Caterpie here and there. One of the bars to Pokémon Go to is Reflex 80’s bar for sure. Bang opposite of one of our apartment buildings and one of the places to be to start a weekend night out.

After you’ve caught more Rattata’s than you can count on ten hands you might feel like a change of scenery, and the Hallamshire Hotel is the next on the PokeStop hit list. With a beer garden the size of Viridian Forest it is the ideal place to sit, have a drink and catch a Drowzee or two.

Devonshire Quarter:

The illustrious areas of West One and nearby places are another Pokémon Go goldmine. Some of the actual apartment blocks of West One are actually PokeStops themselves!

Devonshire Green however is certainly an interesting place to do your Pokémon hunting as there is a Pinsir nest there. There is also a PokeStop, meaning when people are relaxing or skating on the park, there are lots and lots of Lures, resulting in rarer Pokémon for you to get your hands on.

If you like the sound of these locations and wanting a short term accommodation to help you on your quest, why not check our availability for apartments in each of these area on www.citycrashpad.com

Christmas Meals in Sheffield

Sheffield has some amazing dining options and they are taking part in the Christmas cheer with Christmas menus for their customers to feast on. We’ve got some awesome options to visit for a Christmas meal. Best of all – these are all within walking distance to our Serviced Apartments.

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Anchorage is the east-coast kitchen sister of Wick at Both Ends, a place we’ve recommended before. We love this place for dinners and equally excited for their Christmas Menu.Available throughout December, 3 course meal for 24.95 per person. Another great place for big parties as Anchorage caters for parties up to 80 people and loads of craft beers on tap – if that’s your fancy! View the Christmas menu: here

Address: Unit 3, West One, Fitzwilliam Street, Sheffield, S1 4JB / Telephone: 01143277143

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Antibo serves up modern Italian cuisine in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The restaurant can cater up to 200 people, making it a wonderful option if you have a big family or looking for a place to host a party. They have a wide-range of dishes to choose from, including gluten and dairy free options. This spectacular menu will be available from December 1st 2014 to December 30th (except December 25th and 26th) and must be pre-ordered. View their Christmas Menu: here

Address: Unit 10 The Plaza, West One, Fitzwilliam Street,Sheffield, S1 4JB / Telephone: 0114 272 7222

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For something more alternative to the traditional Christmas meal, Cubana serves up unique Spanish/South American cuisine. The latino atmosphere is welcoming and infectious and makes for a memorable Christmas party. The menu is available from 1 December to 30 December, at £14.50 daytime and £23.50 for evening. The tapas menu is extensive, view the Christmas menu: here

Address: Unit 4 Leopold Square | Sheffield S1 2JG, Sheffield, England / Telephone: 114 276 0475

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Eten is an independent café/bistro that’s committed to providing delicious food at great value (they have the eatSheffield restaurant of the year 2011 to prove it). Ingredients are from the best of what local suppliers have on offer, and the best bit? They have gluten free and vegetarian options available – catering to the different dietary needs we may have. Christmas Menu is priced at a value price of 2 courses for £12.95 and 3 courses for £15.95 – Bargain! View their Christmas Menu: here

Address: 2-4 York Street, Sheffield S1 2ER / Telephone: 01142730658

City Crash Pad Food Guide – Sheffield

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After covering the other cities we’ve expanded to, we’ve saved the best for last – Sheffield! Here are a few of our favourite budget eats that are not only value for money, they are real tasty eats that we think you should try. Best of all, all these places are close to the city centre and located near all our serviced apartment locations so if you’re staying with us, do pay a visit to these great places in Sheffield!

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For a quick and affordable meal on-the-go, we love getting a falafel wrap from Fanoush.  This Falafel Salad Bar serves up middle-eastern wraps and salad boxes that are vegetarian-friendly and absolutely delicious. Expect a wide range of hummus, vegetables, fresh falafels and hot grilled halloumi. They also serve up aubergines and cauliflower if you want more to choose from. All around, one of our favourite places to get a meal to go.

100 Pinstone Street, Sheffield S1 2HQ, England / +44 114 327 3134

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Another great takeaway place that is fiercely loved by locals is Edo Sushi Takeaway, a small Japanese-run takeout place in the heart of the Sheffield City Centre. They pride themselves on quality ingredients, meaning customers get to taste fresh sashimi and sushi at affordable prices. Lunch Specials run from 12-2.30pm every weekday, including one hot special and a variety of sushi boxes to choose from. Deliveries start in the evening which make it the perfect dinner choice when you’re too lazy to leave the house (free deliveries to S1 & S3, conveniently where our serviced apartments are located). Our personal favourites are the Godzilla Rolls and Salmon Deluxe Sashimi.

 24 – 26 High Court Chambers, Sheffield S1 2EP, England / +44 114 275 5123

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Tucked away at Westfield Terrace is Tamper Coffee, an independently opened Kiwi-style coffee shop. This specialist place offers boasts a wide range of coffees on offer, including a brew bar for coffee fanatics. To accompany your beverage, Tamper offers up some real good sandwiches and pies that we highly recommend. With much popularity this place has gained through the years, Tamper has opened another branch at Arundel Gate with more seating space and a bigger food menu – the perfect place for a heart weekend brunch.

 9 Westfield Terrace, Sheffield S1 4GH, England / 0114 327 1080

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Fancy some Chinese food? Dim Sum Restaurant is a contemporary Cantonese, Seafood and Dim Sum Chinese Cuisine that serves up an authentic meal. If you love to ‘Yum-Cha’, this is the place for you as Dim Sum is served all day and is rated one of the top 10 dim sum restaurants in the UK. Staff here are really friendly and always welcoming, another plus that makes us love this place.

 201 London Road, Sheffield, England / 0114 255 0467

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Head down to The Great Gatsby for a Mexican-oriented pub grub. They’ve teamed up with Shy Boy Cantina to bring you quesadillas, burritos, tacos and other delicious Mexican food.  While the food menu may seem limited, every dish packs a punch! Tip: leave room for desserts, the churros are freshly made and are piping hot when they are served, perfect for dipping into the accompanying melted chocolate. If you visit later in the night, choose one out of the many cocktails on the menu. Can we declare this the best cocktails in Sheffield? Try their Pina Coladas and judge for yourself!

 73-75 Division Street, Sheffield S14GE, England / +(44)1142763939

 

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Situated right in the heart of West Street is a gem of a pub called the Wick at Both Ends. This place serves up an extensive selection of cocktails and wine but the real star is their modern British food on offer. They don’t just serve your usual pub grub, they turn it up a notch and put their twists on traditional favourites like fish and chips. The menu also changes seasonally, keeping diners excited for what new dishes will be on offer. We once had an earl grey crème brulee which was so memorable that we cross our fingers they bring it back soon. PS: book a table in advance if you’re heading there on a Friday or Saturday night as it can get quite busy.

149-151 West Street, Sheffield S1 4EW, England / +44 114 272 3039

This is just one of many more posts to come about Sheffield! We love this city and can’t wait to share more about it with you. Let us know what are your favourites and who you think we should feature in our next blog post.

City Crash Pad Food Guide – Edinburgh

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Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and the second most popular tourist destination in the United Kingdom. It’s the city where centuries of rich history and culture meet a vibrant and bustling cosmopolitan city.  Here are some of our City Crash Pad recommendations that go for those looking for a Michelin-star experience and even those on a budget.

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21212 offers lush atmosphere and unique cooking that will make every foodie’s mouth water. Prepare your taste buds for a gastronomical experience at this Michelin star restaurant serving up French British food. Expect bold flavours and surprising flavour combinations. We also love their concept of the open kitchen; you get to see how things are done in the final preparation and see how they plate food to look like a work of art. Staff are friendly and serve you to the best of their abilities, nothing is ever too much for them! As this is a very small restaurant, booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

3 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AB, Scotland (Calton Hill) / +44 (0)131 523 1030

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For an absolutely sublime meal in Edinburgh, book a table in advance at Kitchin, a Michelin star restaurant at the apex of the city’s restaurant scene.  Labelled a MUST for foodies, expect mind-blowing food combinations that will excite your taste buds. And of course, meet the man himself, Tim Kitchin, as he usually comes out to greet diners. The ambiance is both welcoming and staff are very approachable as they ensure you have the best experience at Kitchin possible.

78 Commercial Quay | Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6LX, Scotland / 0131 555 1755

 

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Looking for delicious Indian food? Fans of Indian curries and spices must visit Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant for a meal, recommended by visitors and locals alike. Expect tasty food with flavour profiles that pack a real punch coupled with a cosy atmosphere – what more could you ask in a restaurant? They also offer a 20% discount during the day, a great deal not to be missed.

25-27 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BP, Scotland / 01312252832

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Those on a budget will love Bijou, a chic Scottish meets British local bistro situated in the heart of Leith Links. This lovely place offers all three meals and has two menus to choose from: a classic one and its seasonal menu. The staffs are attentive and serve everyone with a smile with makes for a great casual meal stop.

2 Restalrig Road | Leith Links, Edinburgh, Scotland / 0131-538-0664

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Head to Hula for a delicious breakfast, with many gluten-free options available. Voted best Edinburgh cafe in the skinny food and drink survey 2013, this place sure makes healthy food taste good. Our favourites are the smoothies with an added organic booster – your body will thank you and you’ll feel completely energised for the day. The atmosphere is just as vibrant, with enthusiastic staff and many artworks no display.

103-105 West Bow | Edinburgh, eh1 2JP, Edinburgh, Scotland / +44 131 220 1121

Book your stay in Edinburgh with City Crash Pad now and experience what this exciting city has to offer.

Packing the perfect toiletries bag

Are you an over packer? Do you always get stopped at airport security because you didn’t probably pack your liquids? It is not difficult to have a perfectly organised toiletries bag; here are some easy tips to follow to ensure a leaner, trimmer toiletries bag.

Make a list

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The first thing to do is make a list of the things you need, it helps keep you organised and keeps you from over packing. If your list looks too long, you need to cut it down and only bring the essentials. It’s always comforting to bring everything but most of the time you won’t even touch half the items. Being strict on packing will not only mean you’re not over packing, it makes getting through airport security easier.

Choose a toiletries bag that’s clear

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Choose a plastic zipper bag or buy a reusable clear cosmetic zipper bag that’s TSA approved. Get them at your local Boots and Superdrug, or if you’re looking to splash more cash, Flight 001 sells great quality carry-on toiletry bags. The most important things are ensuring the bag is clear, fits uk airport restriction dimensions and the zip is secure to ensure no spillage in your bag.

 

Packing liquids – Body washes, Shampoos and Conditioners

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. While you can buy travel sized shampoos and soaps from your usual drugstore, we recommend decanting them and buying empty travel-sized containers. They are more economical and environmental friendly – a win-win situation! Primark and your local Boots and Superdrug usually have a set of travel containers but if you travel often and looking for an upgrade, we recommend GoToob from Humangear. While these seem expensive, it is easy to fill, leak proof and it’s easy to get nearly all the product out to use. As an extra step, take some masking tape to seal your containers to prevent spillage. Remember that liquids in containers larger than 100ml (even if the container is filled halfway) are not allowed through! So all containers should be no longer than 100ml

Packing liquids – Creams, and other beauty products

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For items that are considered liquids but thicker in consistency, pack them in smaller round containers since it is more likely you won’t need a big amount. Examples would be your face cream or for woman, your liquid foundation. The best in the market is Gotubb from Humangear, the higher price tag is justified as they very sturdy and leak proof so you won’t have to keep buying new containers. You can also use them to store medicine, earplugs, small jewellery, snacks etc to ensure they don’t go missing in the depths of your carry on.

Look for liquid alternatives

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Good news for travellers – thanks to modern times and more frequent travelling, companies have come up with more toiletries in non-liquid form so you don’t have to pack with in your toiletries bag and no spillage in your bag. For long-haul trips, get pocket laundry wash which are palm-sized dry soap sheets. Instead of liquid makeup remover, buy makeup wipes instead. Replace your body spray and perfume with a solid perfume stick. Making these small changes will save space in your toiletries and keep your bag light.

Keep it in an easily accessible part of your bag

While airport security rules vary from country to country, it is best to assume you will need to scan your toiletries bag separately during airport security. Place your bag in a side pouch or at the top of your bag, making it easy to reach for it and not holding up the queue as you rummage through your bag.

 

And you are all set! Putting some effort into packing your toiletries bag can save you a-lot of time and stress. Share with us your tips in the comments.

City Crash Pad Food Guide – Aberdeen

Nicknamed the Granite City, Aberdeen is Scotland’s third most populous city and is full of magnificent castles, highland adventure and dramatic coastlines. Other than its beautiful scenery, Aberdeen has great restaurants with buzzing atmosphere and tasty food that you need to try when you’re in Scotland. Here are three of our favourites and personal recommendations.

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Considered a ‘hidden gem’ by many, Moon Fish Cafe is a restaurant favourite with locals and visitors alike. The restaurant has the perfect mix of buzzy yet laid back atmosphere that creates a great ambiance.  The food is as beautiful as it is tasty and fresh, plus unique flavour combinations that definitely won’t disappoint. This place has limited seating so we highly recommend booking a table to avoid disappointment!

8 Correction Wynd, City Centre, Aberdeen AB10 1HP / 01224 644166

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The Stage Door is a popular seafood and chop house, with flavours from both Scottish cuisine and continental influence. If you are looking for vegetarian and fish options, this restaurant is perfect as its menu has a good balance of meat and non-meat options. The staff here go beyond basic customer service and truly make you feel welcomed, accommodating to all needs. This place is especially popular for the pre-theatre menu as His Majesty’s theatre is close by, making it the perfect meal stop.

26 N Silver St, Aberdeen, Aberdeen City AB10 1RL / 01224 642111

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If you’re craving Italian, Mi Amore on Huntly Street combines warm personal service with hearty food and friendly atmosphere. This bustling restaurant has a friendly atmosphere and is a great hangout to meet friends or book a table on the upper floor where it’s slightly quieter if you’re having a date night. If you’re a meat lover, order the Mi Amore special which is veal steak cooked to perfection! Also, pop over during lunch for their set meal which is under £8, an absolute bargain with choices between pasta, pizza and other Italian favourites.

80-82 Huntly Street Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB10 1TD / 01224639198

 

 Any other great places we need to try in Aberdeen? Pop the address down in the comments section and we’ll check them out!

 

Health & Eating for Business Travellers

Business travellers know that travelling is often similar to a marathon: It’s tough with changing time zones and overall physically tiring. To keep your vitality and health up, set aside some time for regular exercise and healthy eating.

Exercise

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Staying fit on the road has both benefits for your health and your business’s health. A healthy body and mind can help improve your focus and clarity when at work. There’s no equipment required except your own body which means no excuses at all! With our serviced apartments, there is ample space for you to do light exercises and stretching. Follow exercises here

You can also creatively use contents already present in the room to create a personalised workout facility.

–  Use a towel as an exercise mat for light stretching and yoga.

–  Use a chair to accompany you in your workout, you can do triceps dips

– Use a heavy phone book or filled water bottle as weights

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And of course if you have running shoes and would like to go for a run, Sheffield is known for being green and having lush parks that are perfect for exercise. Weston Park and Sheffield Botanical Gardens are popular routes in Sheffield.#

Healthy Eating

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Our serviced apartments are close to amenities such as supermarkets, making it easy to stock your kitchen with fruits and other healthy foods. Our kitchens are fully equipped with appliances and dinnerware so you can easily whip up a meal if you choose to dine in. Also remember to drink lots of water while travelling, carrying around a water bottle helps keep you hydrated at all times.

Remember: all things in moderation – It’s okay to order the late night take away, just not every single night if you want to maintain your target weight and feel energetic. Instead, order once in a while to curb your cravings.

Adopting good exercise and eating habits will not only give your body lots of energy, it’ll make the constant travelling less tiring. So on your next business trip, book your stay with City Crash Pad where you can easily follow these health and exercise tips.

jetlagTravelling long haul is one of the most tedious parts of travelling. Between small seats and being squished up next to strangers, it can really feel like survival of the fittest when it comes down to it. However, being prepared and packing the right essentials can help ensure smooth skies ahead. We’ve compiled a few tips to ensure you’re properly prepared for this and have the most comfortable trip possible.

 

1. Choose your aircraft & seat wisely.

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Before purchasing your flight ticket, it’s always good to research on the type of aircraft you are most likely to be flying. This is usually stated when you book your ticket, but you can always check on seatguru.com. This handy website also lets you know what are the superior seats in particular aircrafts and which ones have limited leg room. You are going to be the same position for few hours, so comfort is absolute key.

2. Packing a ‘survival kit’

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Some things to consider packing in your toiletries bag: Eye mask, ear plugs, eye drops, nasal drops, moisturiser, face wipes,  toothpaste and toothbrush. Keep your liquids under 100ml per item and in a clear, sealable bag.

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Another great item to have in your ‘survival kit’ is noise-cancelling headphones. Listen to relaxing music to drown out the sounds of a crying baby or use them when watching a movie – these are a great investment that you will get to use more than only on the airplane. 7 day shop makes one specifically for airtravel, check it out: HERE

3. Tips on falling asleep: invest in a good neck pillow

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Unless you’re splashing out money for business class where you can sometimes get a flat bed, sleeping on plane is not the most comfortable. Bring a travel pillow or head restraint that will prevent your head from falling over when you sleep and avoid neck ache altogether. Don’t just buy the cheapest neck pillow available as all pillows are made differently and you will notice the difference. Invest in a good one that will last you years, we like this one from Marks and Spencers.

4. Consider bringing a change of clothes

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We know many people pack an extra set of clothes in their carry-on incase their luggage gets lost in transit but we’re specifically talking about packing loungewear specifically for wearing on the plane, comfort is key! This is especially popular with business people as many of them go straight into a meeting right as they touch down. Prevent wrinkles in your shirt and get extra comfy in your lounge wear. It’s okay to put on a pair of sweatpants or tights on the plane if it means being comfortable and sleeping better. It also will make you feel better than you’re not stuck in the same clothes for the whole flight.

Do you have any other good tips when you’re flying for many hours? Share them with us in the comments, we love hearing from you.

Where to eat in Manchester

The metropolitan Manchester has a dynamic food scene, with a wide range of cuisines to choose from. Here are some reasonably priced restaurant recommendations from us at City Crash Pad.

 

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Under the railways of Whitworth Street lies Gorilla – a bar, kitchen, stage and club all rolled into one. It’s been voted the ‘best newcomer’ at the Manchester food and drink festival awards and it is no wonder why! The breakfast and brunch menu is served all the way to 4pm, and other food served till late. Their burgers have won the ‘Best Burger in Manchester’ Title and all bread and pastries are baked in-house, so you know it’s fresh! Don’t miss out on good quality honest food at this place.

54 – 56 Whitworth Street
Manchester
M1 5WW

 

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Prepare yourself for a queue at the hugely hyped Almost Famous, a burger and booze joint with sinful burgers jam-packed with quality beef and unique burger combinations. Don’t miss out on the crack wings and the ‘winning’ sweet potato fries doused in house seasoning. Be warned – Depending on what time of the day and what day you do, it’s possible to wait up to 2 hours to get a seat as no bookings are taken.

Unit 2, Great Northern Warehouse
Watson Street
Manchester
M3 4EJ

 

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A trip to Manchester is incomplete without paying a visit to Chinatown, the 3rd largest in Europe. Have yumcha on the weekends at Pearl City, or even makes a great supper stop since they close late. Whatever the time, this place serves up a good Chinese meal.

33 George Street
Manchester
M1 4PH

 

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For the absolute best milkshakes, dare we say in the UK, visit Archie’s Burger and Shakes; they have every chocolate bar you can imagine on display and will concoct the milkshake you desire. The burgers are quality as well, and make a great late night snack since they open till the wee hours in the morning. Rap Star, The Game, recently paid a visit and loved it so much, he’s in talks with the owners to franchise it and bring it to the US!

72 Oxford Street
Manchester
M1 5NH

 

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Fancy having afternoon tea? Step into a wonderland at Richmond Tea Room. Have the Alice’s Tea – the Richmond blend tea and freshly baked scones are the perfect combination and most value for money here. Booking is recommended especially on the weekends when it can get quite busy.

15 Richmond Street
Manchester
M1 3HZ

 

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Love your Indian food? Then Punjab Tandoori Restaurant is right up your alley! Located in curry mile, this place has a well deserved reputation for serving good Indian cuisine at reasonable prices. They also cater to your spice threshold, so don’t be afraid of having a curry even if you aren’t a spice fan. Our favourite is the Masala Dosa, as close to India as you’ll get while staying in Manchester.

177 Wilmslow Road
Rusholme
Manchester
M14 5AP