Tyler’s 20th birthday has just passed so I thought I’d share some of the things we did in Manchester to celebrate. First stop, brunch.
Electro Brunch at Gauchos
Before walking around the shops wishing I was a billionaire, we went to get some food at Gauchos. If you’ve seen my London post, you’ll understand the only reason we came here is that the food was absolutely fucking insane when we ate in London so just had to come again.
Of course, I had steak and eggs (and part of me regretted it thinking of the baby cows and chicks – yes I’m one of them) and the tastiest avocado toast and kind of sickly, Nutella stuffed cinnamon sugared doughnuts.
Shopping At The Arndale Centre
I’ve probably been to the Arndale Centre four times in my whole life. People who live or go to University in Manchester will no doubt be thinking, what?! It’s a popular place to go shopping for those both in and around Manchester, especially because the shops in Staffordshire aren’t great.
Anyway, we spent the morning pottering about the shops, visiting my favourite high street stores. (Lol, I say “high street” as though I normally shop at designer stores – news flash, you’re skint Kate.) These being Zara, H&M and of course, Primark.
However, I didn’t realise the Arndale had Bodycare which I think is one of the greatest beauty stores for affordable skin and body care products (and the odd makeup product).
This is what I bought:
- Sheet Masks (my new obsession)
- Eye Gel Pads (again, my new obsession)
- Dove Face Wash – it helps to dry out my extremely oily skin
- Witch Hazel Blemish Clearing Stick
After walking off the humongous meal around the shops, we went back to get dressed up for the evening. I took 2 pairs of heels with me to give myself options but typical Kate decided to live the trainer life.
#1 Slug & Lettuce
Did someone say 2 for 1 cocktails? (Not like it matters to me.) Although, I do love a non-alcoholic mojito.
#2 The Alchemist
I’ve never been to the posh cocktail bars in Manchester because a) I’m a tight arse and b) I don’t drink.
Note: I call these bars posh because to me, they are. You wouldn’t pay £13.00 per drink for a cocktail in spoons… or would you?
However, I ended up having a really nice non-alcoholic cocktail from here. It was the Bubblegum one – I can’t remember the exact name.
We stayed in the DoubleTree Hilton in Piccadilly. It was really nice and modern with those ceiling to floor windows, showing views of the city. (If it was looking out to a beach it’d be the dream.)
The Best Breakfast
For those nursing a small hangover, we woke up to the best breakfast ever: a Hilton Full English. Of course, I ditched the bacon and sausage and opted for the smoothies, a bowl of fresh fruit and 2 slices of toast topped with egg and a dollop of beans.
(I wonder if it pisses people off thinking of how I constantly avoid all the “best” foods like bacon, hash browns and what not.)
Of course, the weekend wouldn’t have been complete without another shopping trip. This time, we went to the Trafford Centre. I got my hands on the sickest pair of trainers ever and some more Zara sale steals including 2 amazing tops that came to a total of £7.00.
Can you recommend anything other things to do in Manchester? Comment below.