Outside The Fair

Art Across the City

Discover the art and gastronomy of Manchester this September, from iconic destinations to unsung hidden gems, with this handy map from Buy Art Fair.

Drawn by Manchester artist David Gee, this artful ‘doodle’ map features Buy Art Fair’s top picks for dining and discovery at the city’s heart, as well as a few gems further afield.

Visitors can take their time to curate a personalised culture trail from the 26 art institutions, bars and restaurants featured on the map, or start with these highlights for a diverting whistle-stop tour of the city direct from the doors of Buy Art Fair.

There'll also be a host of special offers only available to Buy Art Fair ticket holders on food, drink and leisure to take advantage of when you visit the fair. Offers will be released soon.

Art in the City

The Whitworth

2015's Museum of the Year, The Whitworth Art Gallery was founded in 1889 as the first English gallery in a park. Recently transformed by a £15 million development, this is a gallery whose visitor numbers have climbed spectacularly in the past five years, whose contemporary exhibitions programmes have given new life to international collections, and whose risk-taking curatorial team has gained global attention.

The Modern Caterer at the Whitworth

Located in the elegant glass and stainless steel extension designed by MUMA and a highlight of the new Whitworth, the café overlooks Whitworth Park and our newly designed art garden. With floor to ceiling windows, this is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors, whatever the weather.


Formed by the merger of two of Manchester’s best-loved arts organisations, Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company, HOME's mission is to make a new HOME for curiosity seekers, for lovers of the dramatic, the digital and the deeply engaging; for radicals and reciprocators.


Situated in the newly opened HOME, this café includes a ground floor bar with outdoor seating area for all those sunny Manchester days and a first floor restaurant offers a diverse menu including salads, pizzas and brunch options.

Ryan Gander Sculpture - Gorton

Three towering metallic chess pieces, designed to represent Manchester’s industrial past and its sporting heritage, are the public artwork, created by artist Ryan Gander and sits at the heart of a decade-long regeneration project for Beswick in the city’s east. The work, titled Dad’s Halo Effect, is a reflective stainless-steel sculpture inspired in part by the competitive element of chess, drawing on the artwork’s close proximity to the Manchester City stadium, but also on Gander’s relationship with his father.

Almost Famous - Northern Quarter

A Manchester Institution, Almost Famous serves unfeasibly sauced and stacked burgers and amazing fries along with rock and roll music and a rock and roll attitude.


The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (formerly Chinese Arts Centre) is leading the UK in exploring a changing international dynamic. This is the Chinese Century and Chinese contemporary art and visual culture is a vibrant force, fast gaining momentum. The CFCCA also has a gift and book shop selling work by local designers.


Owned by the famous San Carlo Group this buzzing restaurant offers all day dining and serves Italian tapas, or ‘cicchetti’, to an appreciative audience of locals and tourists.

Castlefield Gallery

Since its founding in 1984 by artists, Castlefield Gallery has been one of Northern England’s most active and successful organisations/agencies for developing emerging contemporary artists and practice. Castlefield Gallery’s vision is for the North to be a place where artists can live and produce work, while presenting their work in national and international contexts. Its mission is to nurture talent, explore cultural trends and deepen audience’s relationship to contemporary art.

Beef & Pudding

Beef & Pudding serves fine quality, fresh food, locally sourced wherever possible. The main menu has a mixture of pub classics and more unique dishes, with some Manchester inspired dishes such as the Beef’Ham Tower. And to accompany the food, carefully sourced wines of distinction, an extensive cocktail list, plenty of local real ales and of course plenty of fizz! All of this is brought together in relaxed surroundings, stylish and chic with some rustic elements. 

The Lowry

Set in a magnificent waterside location at the heart of the redeveloped Salford Quays in Greater Manchester, The Lowry is an architectural flagship with a unique and dynamic identity. The Lowry houses the largest public collection of paintings and drawings by LS Lowry in the world. 


Superbly sourced ingredients are used for a tapas-based menu devised by acclaimed chef Nacho Manzano, who holds no less than three Michelin stars in his native Spain.

John Rylands Library

The John Rylands Library is one of Visit England's 101 things to do before you go abroad, and is a stunning neo-gothic building with one of the world's finest collections of rare books and manuscripts. The Library also hosts historical and contemporary exhibitions, and the historic reading room is open to the public to use.


A slice of quirkiness in corporate Spinningfields - a Kentish Oasthouse, relocated to Manchester, serving great ales, tasty plates and more besides in the heart of the city.

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery is one of the country’s finest art museums. A blend of historic and contemporary architecture that echoes an innovative artistic programme, mixing works from wonderful historic collections with the best international contemporary art to bring fresh perspectives to familiar images, create visual dialogues and encourage conversation and debate. 


Regularly proclaimed as “the best steakhouse in Britain” this grown up restaurant is so much more, with excellent seafood, outstanding cocktails, great wines and wonderful service.

Manchester House

Aiden Byrne has taken on the modernist cuisine of Northern Spain and made it his own, with brilliant techniques and fine ingredients produced from an open theatre kitchen.


Slick and sceney pan-Asian food with an emphasis on small plates, plus a top-notch cocktail bar, lie hidden away in an airy space beneath the pavingstones of Spinningfields.

Holden Gallery

Manchester School of Art's Holden Gallery at Manchester Metropolitan University, offers an ongoing programme of exhibitions that are open free to the public.


In Manchester’s sizable Chinatown Yuzu is an exception – a small and humble Japanese restaurant which none the less does some of the most authentic sashimi you can find.

Manchester Craft & Design Centre

A hidden gem at the heart of Manchester’s creative Northern Quarter, Manchester Craft & Design Centre is a not-for-profit social enterprise and the independent incubator venue for craft and design businesses in the North West.


A clean Scandinavian fit out and the best pizzas in town courtesy of an Italian wood fired oven are yet another reason to visit Manchester’s vibrant Northern Quarter.

MMU Special Collections

A library, archive and exhibitions space tucked inside MMU’s Sir Kenneth Green Library (just off Oxford Road), this place is an absolute treat. Tiny, quiet and stuffed full of treasures that span 175 years, dip into its collections of children’s books, artists’ books, Arts and Crafts movement objects and artworks, Victorian Ephemera, film posters and a whole lot more.

Mughli - Rusholme

The Mughli Restaurant + Charcoal Pit is a family-run restaurant serving home-style Mughlai cuisine since 1991. The restaurant features a 'Refreshment Room' waiting area and a fully licensed cocktail bar, with the main restaurant set around an open charcoal pit and tandoori clay oven.

Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum presents The Phantoms of Congo River: Photographs by Nyaba Ouedraogo,the first exhibition in the gallery space within the The Study, an entirely new space for research, imagining, exploring – and thinking on the top floor of the historic Grade II*-listed Alfred Waterhouse designed Manchester Museum building. The exhibition opens at Manchester Museum in conjunction with the opening of The Study, a major capital redevelopment project which will provide an innovative and high quality research environment for Museum visitors and academics.

The French

Simon Rogan brings his signature style of intelligent English fine dining to Manchester and the Midland with a restaurant named as the UK’s twelfth best by the Good Food Guide.

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