The £10 Challenge: An alternative culinary tour of Manchester’s Christmas Markets

By Paddy von Behr

As the early nights set in and the cold snap hits, why not head to the Christmas Market and pick up some culinary treats from around the world?

Once you’ve had your customary Bratwurst and Glühwein – authentic mulled wine – or pint of German lager, there are all sorts on offer.

Le Fromagerie on Albert Square boasts a wide range of French cheeses, many of which are available for up to £2.70 per 100 grams.

The salami stalls on Albert Square and Brazennose Street offer a variety of German sausage, but my pick is the garlic salami at £3 a pop.

Also on Brazennose Street you can find the Dutch Toffee Waffle House, which will provide an XXL hot toffee waffle for just £2.

Then it’s off to St Ann’s Square for giant marshmallows in all shapes and flavours at only 80p each or, if you’re feeling greedy, six for the price of five.

As you head towards the Arndale Centre, enjoy the buskers on display – a personal highlight is the double act of a guitar-wielding hippy and a kilted bagpiper.

Finally, as you reach Exchange Square, it’s time for a real home comfort – a bag of homemade pork scratchings for just £1.50.

There’s plenty more to get your hands on, so head down there one evening and enjoy the festivity at one of Europe’s finest Christmas Markets.

Photo courtesy of Phillipa Moran, with thanks.

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