A one mile long, neon light illuminated, stretch of Wilmslow Road with wall to wall curry houses, kebab shops, sari shops, and jewellery stores. The best curry in Manchester can be had here, but the community is an attraction in itself. Supposedly, this is the highest concentration of curry restaurants in the country. Most curry houses have early bird discounts of around 10-20% before 6PM and most do student discounts of around 10%. Be warned, waiters will come out of their restaurants to try and lure you in, but it's a good opportunity to try and barter a decent sized discount! Avoid during Eid celebrations, as the whole place is gridlocked.
Manchester University's own museum is like a mini version of London's Natural History Museum and boasts real dinosaur skeletons (including Stan the T-Rex), Egyptian mummies, and architect Alfred Waterhouse's huge taxidermy collection, begun in 1888. Especially interesting is the Manchester Vivarium, the only legal zoo in Manchester, with the largest and most important collection of tree frogs in the world. Free; except for temporary exhibits - prices vary.
Manchester's contemporary arts and film centre. Daily showings of independent films and gallery space. The centre also houses a cafe bar and a restaurant. In 2012, Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company merged to create HOME and they moved to the current site in April 2015.
This small fast food restaurant is just across from Manchester Metropolitan University. Try their spicy chicken wings with fries, which are a hit among students in Manchester, for under £3. The spicy wings are very flavourful and are really not very spicy.
is of a very good standard and is unusual in Manchester in specializing in Beijing and the very spicy Szechuan cooking. It has a large Chinese following, which is always a good sign.
This is an increasingly esteemed and popular restaurant outside Chinatown. Visit the huge, Hong Kong style restaurant M-F after 12:00 for half price dim sum.
Manchester University's art gallery combines more modern art than the Manchester Art Gallery with displays of watercolors, prints, textiles and wallpapers.
Quite expensive, but a very cool place to eat. Fairly good food, but the place gets very busy around lunch and dinner time. Very popular with students.
Nice bar, with (surprisingly!) sofas and wooden floors. DJs on the weekends, also sells tickets to some of the bigger club nights in town.
One of a handful in Manchester, a three story bar that serves food during the day and turns up the music in the evening.
You pay for the privilege of not being on Wilmslow/Oxford Road in the drinks, but the food is very good for the price.
Good Greek food, but quite pricey. Not the most attractive interior, but good service and atmosphere.
Very nice pub with a good mix of students and locals. Serves good beer, but average food.
See [http://plattfields.org/platt.htm this webpage] for possible activities in the park.
The Osborne is a quiet Hydes pub hidden away from the main streets in Rusholme.
Nice, relatively cheap pub, strict students-only policy. Serves good food.
Thai restaurant. Nice atmosphere inside and pretty good Thai food.
Cheap, but nothing special. (''Students only'')
Situated in the Green Quarter area.
Vegetarian and vegan Restaurant.