Eating out in Manchester
Manchester as a city is awash with places to eat. With restaurants, bars and cafes around every corner and along every main drag, the choice can be overwhelming. You'll find a full list of Manchester restaurants in our restaurant section here - and you can get great offers when you book online. In the meantime, here's our pick of a few student friendly eateries to get you started:
The 'Kro' chain of restaurants in Manchester provide a selection of student friendly eating and drinking spaces with cool modern interiors and a reasonably priced and very tasty selection of Danish cuisine. The original Kro, located opposite the Manchester University Student Union is a great place for a more casual lunch or dinner, while Kro2 nearer to MMU offers a more formal dining space in its cool, crisp restaurant. Kro2 also boats an excellent 'secret garden' outdoor seating area.
Kro Bar, 325 Oxford Road, 0161 274 3100
Kro2, Oxford House, Oxford Road, 0161 236 1048
Another Manchester family of bars (with an extremely un-chainey feel) is Trof. The original Trof is in Fallowfield, slap bang opposite the Owens Park tower block - though more Trofs have sprung up in the past few years, one in the Northern Quarter (city centre) and one - known as The Deaf Institute - on the MMU campus. All three venues offer an excellent selection of great value food in quirky surroundings. We'd particularly recommend the extensive breakfast menu, which offers a tempting variety of hangover cures. The Deaf Institute also incorporates one of the city's best live music venues.
Trof Fallowfield, Landcross Road, 0161 2572159
The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, 0161 276 9350
Trof NQ, 8 Thomas Street, 0161 8333197
The Curry Mile
No eating out guide to Manchester would be complete without a mention of the world famous curry mile. Lighting up the stretch of Wilmslow Road that runs through Rusholme - the beating heart of Manchester's immigrant community - is restaurant after restaurant serving Indian and Pakistani cuisine. Restaurants can vary in quality, but the majority of them offer excellent quality and value. Try the well-established Hanaan if you're not sure. Many of the restaurants on the Curry Mile are open late, making a tempting stop off on the way home after a night out.
Hanaan, 54-56 Wilmslow Road, 0161 2564786
A student institution in the heart of Fallowfield, the intimate Kosmos Taverna has been filling students up on home-cooked hearty Greek cuisine since 1981. With a great selection of mezze and a lively atmosphere, it makes an ideal (and cheap) destination for group nights and romantic dates alike.
Kosmos Taverna, 248 Wilmslow Road, 0161 225 9106
Ok ok, yes it's a faceless chain. But the prices are cheap, and the food's great. Honestly. Just ask Man City manager Roberto Mancini, who recently revealed in a magazine interview that he eats at the Deansgate branch of the restaurant chain daily, adding that the pasta carbonara is just as good as he gets at home in Italy. And if it's good enough for Bobby Manc...
Bella Italia, 92-96 Deansgate, Manchester
For a full guide to Manchester restaurants, check out our Manchester Restaurants Guide!