A guide to independent shopping in the Northern Quarter

Whether it's a workspace doubling up as a gallery or a full craft and design centre in the middle of a housing estate, the Northern Quarter has everything.

By Steven Pankhurst | Last updated November 10th '21

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General Store

Deadstock General Store

A collection of useful and interesting things; a carefully hand picked selection of “fancy goods”. Opposite to what the name suggests, the store isn’t really general at all. It’s a little like stepping into an edition of Monocle Magazine and being surrounded by all the things you wish you had. The owner, Liam, has crafted a balance between the useful and the beautiful with every thought for material, design and sustainability – mixing more familiar brands like Kinto from Japan or P.F. Candle Co. with more obscure finds. The perfect place to find a gift nobody else will be giving.

46 Edge St, Manchester, M4 1HN


Describing themselves as a lifestyle store, Nola are just that. Stocking womenswear pieces and beautiful homeware from design focused brands. Nestled on Port Street the store is a calm space which evolves to reflect the season and the pieces stocked. With a strong focus on working towards sustainability, they’re now producing their own label pieces. They encourage customers to buy less, buy better.

54 Port St, Manchester, M1 2EQ

Manchester Craft & Design Centre

A space where artists come together to create, Manchester Craft and Design Centre enables makers to sell straight from their working studios. It’s fiercely independent and champions designers of all kinds. Take a walk inside and find jewellery, ceramics, fine art and illustration from some of Manchester’s most talented creators. A treasure trove of one of a kind pieces.

17 Oak St, Manchester, M4 5JD

Rivet & Hide

Experts in denim, this Thomas Street store offers the very best of raw selvedge denim imported from the best denim mills of Japan, they pride themselves in giving customers the opportunity to source clothing, accessories and footwear of premium craftsmanship with the knowledge to match. Looking for premium denim or somewhere to get your jeans hemmed? This is the place.

59 Thomas St, Manchester, M4 1NA

Beaumont Organic

Manchester’s most sustainable womenswear store. Luxury fashion with contemporary design, using responsibly sourced materials and fabrics. An oasis of all things minimal with a nod to the Mediterranean right in the centre of the Northern Quarter. Pay a visit for womenswear, accessories, homeware treats and in-house events.

49 Hilton St, Manchester, M1 2EF


An independently run gallery that supports local designers, artists and makers, giving them a platform to sell and showcase their work. Situated on Oak Street in the centre of the NQ, they try to support as many makers as possible. Kula stocks a wide range of products available including ceramics, jewellery, textiles, prints, original artworks, candles and more. Perfect for picking up a little slice of original art from Manchester.

7 Oak St, Manchester, M4 5JD

Northern Flower

Brightening up Tib Street with their shop front display, Northern Flower, is of course the place to go if you fancy a little something to add a splash of colour to your day. Make sure you head inside and downstairs into their wonderful world of horticulture heaven.

58 Tib St, Manchester, M4 1LG


A Northern Quarter gem for everything you never knew you needed. Filled with the weird and wonderful, Oklahoma is the perfect place to pick up something for the person that has everything. A treasure trove of colour and surprise you’ll certainly find something you weren’t even looking for.

74-76 High St, Manchester M4 1ES

Form Lifestyle Store

Tucked away on Bradley Street, Form Lifestyle Store supports independent makers. With regular pop ups from designers, this minimalist shop proves a perfect backdrop for simple but beautiful homeware and gifts.

6 Bradley St, Manchester M1 1EH


Specialists in beer, they stock independent brands from throughout the UK and further afield, championing the weird and wonderful, encouraging you to try something different.

70 Tib St, Manchester, M4 1LG

Oi Polloi

A Manchester institution, arriving on the scene 17 years ago and sculpting the menswear trends in Manchester ever since. Found on Thomas Street, the store stocks a plethora of contemporary brands and gets involved in the occasional collab.

63 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1LQ

Bags of Flavor

All your vintage needs in one place, jacket specialists and maker of reworked bags from damaged clothing. It’s the place to go for Manchester-proof outerwear.

33 Tib St, Manchester, M4 1LX

Piccadilly Records

Opening in 1978, the same year Factory Records was founded, it’s been described as “the gatekeeper of all musical genres beyond mainstream culture” and came in at number 1 on the Independent Top 50 Record Shops.

53 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JR


The go to spot amongst skateboarders stocking workwear, sportswear, streetwear, trainers and of course skatewear; spread across two sites round the corner from each other in the NQ.

34 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LA