Hidden Gems: A Rainy Day Out In Manchester

Hidden Gems: A rainy day out in Manchester - Idle Hands Coffee

When it comes to city breaks, Manchester is one of my all time favourites. With each visit, I always find myself discovering something different, whether it’s a lively bar, cool brunch spot or new hotel in the city. It’s such a diverse city.

Last weekend was no different. We headed for a day out in the Northern city to see what we could discover and found some real gems.

Here’s some hidden gems we discovered on a rainy day out in Manchester.

Idle Hands

First stop was brunch. The Northern Quarter of Manchester is brunch-heaven, and Idle Hands was a suggestion from a fellow northern on Instagram. Great shout Bethany!

We sheltered from the great British weather in the chilled, scandi interior and watched the world go by. Idle Hands has a great selection of vegan and veggie food, along with sweet treats including their signature homemade pies.

I ordered the hash brown stack with cowboy beans, while Tom had poached eggs on toast. Both washed down with freshly brewed coffee and a cup of tea with a splash of my favourite oat milk.

Idle Hands, Dale House, 35 Dale Street, NQ, Manchester M1 2HF.

Hidden Gems: A rainy day out in Manchester - Idle Hands Coffee
Hidden Gems: A rainy day out in Manchester - Idle Hands Coffee
Hidden Gems: A rainy day out in Manchester - Idle Hands Coffee

Junk Yard Golf

After we’d filled up on brunch, we headed across town to try our hand at Junk Yard Golf. If you’re thinking of having a day out in Manchester, I would highly recommend playing a round or two here. It’s crazy golf with a club vibe in a fun, colourful setting. The perfect activity for a miserable rainy day like last weekend.

We booked our time slot a few days before through the website, but you can also walk in as there are often slots free on the day. A round of golf on the Gary course cost us £19 for two.

Junk Yard Gold, Unit 1, First Street, Manchester.

Hidden Gems: A rainy day out in Manchester - Junk Yard Golf
Hidden Gems: A rainy day out in Manchester - Junk Yard Golf
Hidden Gems: A rainy day out in Manchester - Junk Yard Golf

Bundobust

After a quick google for ‘veggie restaurants in Manchester’ I stumbled upon Bundobust, and man was I glad I did. Bundobust is a cool basement restaurant near Piccadilly, specialising in Indian street dishes and craft beers. We booked online the day before but the restaurant accepts walk-ins if you don’t mind a short wait at the bar.

We picked a mixture of six dishes to share, from tarka dhal to a vada pav burger, there was plenty to go around. If you’re looking for tasty, affordable food in Manchester, this is the place.

Bundobust, 61 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2AG

Hidden Gems: A rainy day out in Manchester - Bundobust restaurant
Hidden Gems: A rainy day out in Manchester - Bundobust
Hidden Gems: A rainy day out in Manchester - Bundobust
Hidden Gems: A rainy day out in Manchester - Bundobust

Foundry Project

To complete the day we decided to head back to the Northern Quarter for a drink. After a short walk around we saw that the Foundry Project was buzzing with life and music, so headed in for a look.

The atmosphere was relaxed and the beers were on tap, just what we were looking for. We tried a Founder All Day IPA whilst taking in the live DJ and chilled atmosphere. It completed our day out in Manchester perfectly.

Hidden Gems: A rainy day out in Manchester - Foundry Project
Hidden Gems: A rainy day out in Manchester - Foundry Project
Hidden Gems: A rainy day out in Manchester - Foundry Project

I love stumbling across new places to try, even better when they make me want to tell all my friends and plan a return visit asap. Where have you discovered in Manchester lately?

Anna x

The spending money for this trip was kindly gifted by Hotels.com, however all opinions are my own.

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2 Comments

  1. March 18, 2019 / 10:51 am

    Love this! I’m always looking for new places to explore and think Manchester just might be on my list now! (it was the brunch snaps that did it) xx

    • anna
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      March 18, 2019 / 7:37 pm

      Thank you! It’s such a cool city! x

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