51 reviews of Arndale Market in English
I have kept away from the Arndale Centre like it's got the plague (I Hate shopping Centres).
Yesterday I found out it has a market as well as the shopping centre so I called in.
What a surprise.
I has all the usual stuff like shoes, coats, nails etc. but also a separate food hall with a surprise. A Micro Bar owned by a Micro Brewery serving real Ale.
There's a good Fish and Meat stall with loads of hot food outlets.
I will return on future trips to Manchester.
Well done Arndale Market.
Once upon a time, the Arndale Market was rubbish. REALLY rubbish. It was all underground, dark and stank of fish - and the only shops there sold dodgy sex toys and incredibly unfashionable clothes. I remember my aunty taking me there when I was wee, and being totally terrified of the place, despite her trying to mollify me with sweets and tales of how she used to come there to buy all her gladrags in the 1960s.
Nowadays however, that's all changed, thanks to a rather expensive facelift and a huge marketing campaign propelling it into the consciousness of every Mancunian. Indeed, a trip around the Arndale Market is an absolute delight. This mainly is because of its excellent selection of food and drink stalls. Every culinary culture under the sun is represented here - indeed, I can think of few other places in Manchester where you could get smoked chillies, curry, sushi, falafel, Oreo milkshakes, pizza, real ale, cheese and a couple of red snappers all under one roof.
As for fresh fruit and veg, look no further. Most of the stuff on sale here is achingly fresh and nearly all of it is locally sourced. Deli counters with olives, sausages and snacks make it great for picking up nibbles and other more exotic ingredients, and you can find all sorts of weird and wonderful seafood at its excellent fish counter. Best of all, if you're a carnivore, this really is the place to visit if you're looking for a great cut of meat - their butcher here is second to none.
My favourite stall at Arndale Market is Pancho's, a brilliant Mexican food stall which sells some of the best burritos in Manchester. Get there quick though, they're immensely popular and there's usually a queue for their food stretching halfway across the market floor!
An absolutely brilliant little market - and undeniably a place that every Mancunian food lover should pay a visit to at some point.
Not to be confused with the Arndale as a whole, this little market is tucked away in one wing of the famous shopping centre.
As it's inside, you can be grateful for the fact that you can buy fresh food, electronics and... well... all the things you'd expect a market to sell... without ever getting your head wet.
The butchers and fishmongers in there are worth nothing as they sell a huge variety of things.
As well as dead animals, there's also a small cafe there which is definitely welcome as sometimes you need a brew after you've spent all your money on oysters and cheese.
It's a really swell little place and, should you not be able to find anything in there, then the supermarkets are a matter of seconds away.
Since it reopened a year or so ago, Manchester’s indoor market offers much more than dodgy mobile phones, bargain greetings cards and cheap fishnet stockings! Now it’s as much a haven for foodies as it is for bargain hunters, with a small, independent food court that offers fare from around the world.
One of my favourite stalls is Zorba – a lovely greek place, offering quick and tasty falafal, mouthwatering salads, kebabs and much more! The food is gorgeous, filling and great to eat on the go. The prices are good too, especially for such tasty, high-quality fare. But what I love most of all is that grabbing something to eat here is a fantastic opportunity to support a small, independent business – even though you’re right at the heart of corporate Manchester.
Arndale Market is a peculiar place. When I visited it for the very first time several years ago it smelt with carpets, glue, and fish, and was extremely crowded. It felt almost medieval.
I resumed going there in 2008 when I started living in Manchester city centre. The market looked (and smelt) more civilised, and was way cheaper than shops.
I go there for my fruit and veg, and I love loitering at the bottom end of the market where butchers and fishmongers sell their produce. I've seen it all: pheasants, rabbits, sharks, succulent oysters... There may be more impressive fish and meat markets, like the one in Birmingham's Bull Ring, but for Manchester Arndale Market makes just the right cut, given the competition with Gabbott's Farm and various supermarkets.
They also sell lots of continental cheese and pasta, and the milkshakes from the small cafe are really good. And if you fancy something unusual, take a stroll along the dress stands. If you are into kinky stuff, you may very well leave the market equipped with a pair of PVC boots and some naughty outfit. Why not? After all, who said that meat is the only thing you could buy at the market???
The prayer room in the Arndale is the best place to hang out in Manchester.I was saw Bez in there trying to take his trousers off above his head, whilst claiming he could eat sodium. Right On.
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I think the arndale market is great, I went to ethnic bites, they sell amazing Indian food. i go there everyweek. the market haqs improved so much and i love it. so many good shops are close by, next, topshop. but if you want a snack then you can go into the market. I have tried quite a lot of things, chinese, pizza, european, smothies, brazilian, pizza and many more
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i just love it! fab place
I love the Arndale Food Market, it’s a must visit every Saturday. Such a wide range of food stalls that there’s something to suit everyone, perfect for if one person wants a chocolate filled crepe, whilst another is after a big kebab!
I particularly like the Italian meat and cheese deli which sells a wide range delicious, fresh and hard to find products.
This market is a true gem, and well worth a nosey if you want some inspiration and fresh ingredients for your dinner - or just fancy a plate of noodles from one of the Chinese stalls!
The market has improved over the years a lot in terms of the types of stalls, but unfortunately i find that the layout has not improved with the progression of the main Arndale centre itself.
A lot of the stalls sell things that you just wouldnt find anywhere else, and you can find yourself leaving feeling very full as you buy little bits of everything to try, but after a few visits the novelty starts to wear off and you wonder if they’ll bring some new things in.
One positive is that there are now a lot less of the 'interesting’ clothes stalls!
If you are a big fan of markets then this is well worth going to have a look at whilst your shopping in Manchester. It has recently had a facelift and is definitely better than the old market that was previously there. Anybody that remembers the old one but didn’t like it its well worth going again as it’s different. However I can’t see that it will do that well as I always find that markets just sell cheap rubbish, bags, clothes and shoes! I think with Primark being so cheap people will prefer there. It’s not the best market I have ever been to but at least it looks pleasant now.
It’s been said that the IRA bombing was the best thing to happen to Manchester, and in some respects this is true. Since the 1996 bombing the Arndale as modernised and had a spanking new facelift. It’s now a centre to rival others in the area, it’s clean and has all the big names. Although I prefer the streets around it (i.e. Market Street, King Street, St Anne’s Square), it’s come on leaps and bounds in recent years.
A fantastic place to shop for food, within easy walking distance of the main tram line through the middle of the city. The fishmongers’ stall is particularly impressive (and smelly!) and the greengrocer sells fruit and veg at prices comparable to, and indeed often lower than, our local Tesco’s. I’ve not been adventurous enough to branch out to all the other stalls, many of which have an ethnic flavour, but I’m sure they’re equally as good! The place is bright and clean and all in all, well worth a visit.
Really recommend the fruit stall and some of the food stalls.
Brazilian place round the v.back corner definitely needs a shout, wonderfully friendly staff and though not cheapest lunch on offer v. hearty portions and amazingly good food.
Greek pizza place pricey for single slice of great pizza but does a good seafood salad thing for £4 - not cheap again but something different and good.
The big indian place does fairly cheap good kebab though obv not to compare with rusholme still good.
Lots of sandwich shop type places taht do paninis/wraps/etc ranging from great to standard.
Tea bar is nice! Recommend the namesake more than anything else tho when surrounded by such great other choices…
This shopping centre is fantastic! Its deceivingly big, there are numerous entrances situated at all sides. It has two levels that are rammed with shops, restaurants, cafes and take away outlets. The caliber of shops is very good, something for everyone, it has higher priced designer shops like G-Star down to shops like Poundland for those who are on a budget. There is also a market, one side sells food, the other sells all sorts of things like clothing, electricals etc. They have numerous stands that promote things dotted around the centre, there is a Santas Grotto at christmas, great for the little ones
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