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Manchester’s main shopping district is along Deansgate. The area is a shopper’s dream, with pedestrian streets aplenty and price tags to match the elegant Victorian surroundings. Try King Street and St. Ann's Square for up-market, designer togs. Slick designer stores, such as Armani, Hermes, DKNY, Flannels and Monsoon attract all the famous faces from the city's football clubs and TV programmes.
The Avenue in Spinningfields next to John Rylands Library , houses high end fashion houses anchored by a flagship Armani store .Towards the southern end of Deansgate you will find a collection of interiors stores including Farrow and Ball.
Near the Arndale on New Cathedral Street are Harvey Nichols and Selfridges , and many other high end shops . A large M&S is the other end of this street.
On Market Street, the refitted Arndale Centre has the ubiquitous TopShop/Man and Next. Check out Urban Outfitters, it's great for retro and geek chic clothes and is normally quite a bargain!
To take home some traditional British tailoring, Frank Rostron’s custom-tailored cotton shirts are an ideal sartorial souvenir. This fine clothing emporium is on Princess Street.
The Triangle (Hanging Ditch) boasts hip stores and boutiques built in a space that used to be the Old Corn Exchange, with a stream and walkway out front. It's a great place to hunt out that perfect trinket to take home and let your friends wow at the design. Selfridge's has a home between here and the Arndale Centre and there is also a Harvey Nichols nearby. The deli counters at Selfridges provide a great selection of foods from across the UK, and indeed the world.
Where Church and Oldham Streets intersect, you’ll find yourself at the centre of the famous Northern Quarter. A dense concentration of second hand book and music stores supply hard to find and obscure titles. If it’s funky, retro or independent, you’ll find it here. Coffee, clothes and discs are all in ample supply. To combine all three, amble into Oldham Street’s Café Pop.
The mecca for those needing used CDs, platform shoes from the 60s or up to the minute skate attire is nearby Affleck’s Palace, although if you have passed your teens, you will feel your age. Also up that way (Dale Street) is Rockers which is excellent for any homesick Americans in desperate need of a root beer, Hersheys chocolates or other such American delicacy. They also sell an amazing range of rockbilly clothing. It's the nearest you'll get to an American diner in this part of the world (unless you count McDonalds!)
The Quarter also boasts the Manchester Craft and Design Centre, the former Smithfield Victorian fish market that houses two floors of shops ranging from jewellery, ceramics and textiles to furniture and clothing design.
The vast Trafford Centre has nearly 300 stores, a multiplex cinema, an entertainment quadrant, live music and street theatre performances. It is located to the west of the city, served by buses 250-256 as well as the 110 from the stop just on to Bridge Street opposite the reception entrance of the Renaissance Hotel, Deansgate and by car it is accessible from J9 or J10 of the M60 orbital motorway.
You can also take the tram to The Trafford Centre. Alight at Stretford and take the link bus. Turn right then first right out of the station for the bus stop. You can catch the link bus back from the centre's own bus station or from other stops around the centre.