Photo diary : Manchester

Faber’s recent day trip to Manchester provided plenty of design inspiration. From quirky independent cafés and shops, to beautiful historic architecture and awe-inspiring street art – Manchester has it all. Here’s a few of our favourites…

Fig + Sparrow

The perfect spot for people watching, this lifestyle store and coffee house on Oldham street serves superb coffee and sells a selection of stationery, cards and other products by independent designers. @figsparrow

John Rylands Library

Old meets new at this late-Victorian neo-Gothic and contemporary building on Deansgate. Take a moment to soak up the tranquillity of the Historical Reading Room with its ecclesiastical style architecture.


Federal Cafe

Brunch is the speciality at Federal, a New Zealand-style café in Manchester’s vibrant Northern Quarter. Try the French toast, you won’t regret it.


Magma Magazines

This independent book and magazine shop is the perfect antidote to our soulless, Amazon-browsing shopping culture. The rows of beautifully displayed titles make Magma part bookshop, part gallery.


Street Art

Manchester’s Northern Quarter has some of the UK’s best examples of street art. Stevenson Square, Tariff Street, Back Piccadilly and Port Street are all hotspots.

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