Updated: Thursday, 2nd April 2020 @ 10:55am

Manchester's markets offer so much in terms of choice and value

Manchester's markets offer so much in terms of choice and value

By Jessica Elliott

Exploring Manchester’s markets shows the city has much more to offer than just its high street.

A sophisticated and smart way to shop, the city's markets offer standard fare such as cheap fruit and vegetables alongside hand-made, unique items of clothing and gifts at good prices.

The main Saturday market in Piccadilly Gardens is ideal for gifts, especially for family members. This market is slightly more expensive than others in the city but if you want ethical hand creams or hand whittled wooden duck statues, here is the place to go.

Piccadilly has a vintage fashion market launched last year and many traders here recycle clothes to create unique looks for men and women from items found mainly in charity shops or on websites such as Ebay.

In a city where standing out from the crowd, the vintage fashion market has evolved quickly over the last few months and is now part of Piccadilly Gardens market every third Friday and Saturday of the month.

For those adventurous in the kitchen, the city's food market, which takes place every two weeks, is the place to be. Quality burgers and sausages are piled high alongside exotic Turkish baklava and olives.

Or for those with a sweet tooth there are plenty of handmade cakes and pastries. Surely that kind of offering is a good excuse for doing ‘Come Dine With Me’ with friends.

For something less fancy pretty much every market in Manchester has an array of fruit and vegetables at good prices.

Those living in Rusholme or Fallowfield are only five minutes away from the small market in Longsight which is a must-visit for those wanting to engage in some fancy dress this term.

With plenty of stalls selling material and make up at bargain prices - and even a stall selling high visibility jackets for £2 - it is ideal for stocking up on a crazy outfit for Freshers Week without eating up too much of the student loan

Finally, Manchester welcomes the European Christmas market every year from late November.

Albert Square transforms into a glowing wonderland offering gifts, decorations, mulled wine, and delicious continental - and home grown - food. It has been voted the best in the UK and is a fantastic way to start the festivities early.

For more information about any of the city's markets, log onto the Manchester Markets website by clicking here.