If you haven’t heard about Manchester’s world-famous Christmas market, you must live under a rock. The festive shopping extravaganza returns this year from November 9 to December 21, and it’s going to be ma-gi-cal. Mainly set in front of the town hall in Albert Square, “the best Christmas market of the country” reunites 300 beautifully crafted stalls that offer international food, mulled wine, and lots of gifts for your close ones. If you’re around and feel like taking a quick break to warm up and recharge your batteries, why not stop by a good restaurant in the area? Today, we’ve listed the best restaurants near Manchester Christmas market for you. Have yourself a merry little one!
LEAF on Portland Street
After an cold, exhausting day Christmas shopping, there’s nothing like warming up in a cosy restaurant with a hot cup of tea. And if you’re a tea addict (like the rest of the population), you’re going to adore this place. LEAF is a quick five minutes walk from the Christmas market, and these guys are crazy passionate about tea. “It’s tasty, varied, full of history, and healthy” (such wise words). From their Lebanese style jew to the jam of their porridge, their menu is varied and savory. Head along at anytime, they welcome morning birds, early risers, night owls (and in-betweeners).
Only four minutes away from Manchester Christmas market, this venue is a little piece of heaven for meat lovers. With their South-American cuisine and quality ingredients, Fazenda will ensure you enjoy “the true essence of the Brazilian gaúcho experience”. Their menu includes 15 (yes 15!) different prime cuts of meat including beef, chicken, pork, and lamb, which come with their quality salads, fresh cut vegetables, continental cheeses, and hot dishes. If you want the full experience, you can also enjoy their Christmas menu, available during the whole month of December.
Randal & Aubin
This Anglo/French Brasserie is by far one of the best restaurants near Manchester Christmas market. Specialised in seafood and rotisserie, this relaxed, fun, and approachably luxurious venue has had many fans for more than 20 years, including several celebrities that often pass by for their favorite crustaceans (you might actually bump into Santa, rumor has it that he only eats his lobsters there). Try one of their seven different menus, bring your entire family and Bon Appetit!
They say “Asian food is the best in the world”, and they might not be wrong. Located in the heart of Chinatown, right next to the Xmas market, this authentic Japanese restaurant offers delicious traditional food as well as an impressive live cooking show. Their mission is simple: “serve outstanding cuisine and share the authentic teppanyaki cooking culture”. From king prawn and turkey teriyaki to duck ozuyaki and lobster tail, this place is great for parties of all sizes. And, they can cater from all your dietary requirements, so dear vegetarians, vegans, gluten free intolerants, and co, no more excuses, get yourself down here!
Do you know what a Schloss is? “A Bavarian place, country pile or chateau… fit for debauchery”. So if you get bored of strolling around the Manchester Christmas markets and want to opt for another fun and festive activity, head along to Albert’s Schloss and grab a traditional Bavarian beer (considered as one the best in the entire world… yeah, just that). This Bavarian decorated venue offers great European cuisine and a special three course Christmas dining menu that includes dishes like roast turkey, chicken & duck parfait or pan roast hake. Located literally one minute away from the festivities, Albert’s Schloss is definitely one of the best restaurants near Manchester Christmas market.
El Gato Negro Tapas
Did you know that some Spanish dishes are more than 400 years old? Amazingly they’ve survived and people still love them today.At El Gato Negro, chef Simon and his colleagues combine traditional and modern Spanish flavours and techniques to create their seasonally-influenced dishes. This award-winning tapas restaurant & bar has a superbly-chosen range of Spanish wines to accompany their dishes, and is only located three minutes away from the Christmas market. Nothing like some delicious Spanish tapas to please your taste buds!