Chinatown

Manchester
Chinatown showing night scenes, a city and street scenes

This collection of restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries and other shops is one of Manchester’s most interesting cultural districts.

Chinatown in Manchester is one of the largest Chinatowns in the U.K. and in Europe. Dine on authentic Chinese cuisine, browse the neighborhood’s colorful shops and be present for the lively annual Chinese New Year celebrations.

The first Chinese settlers arrived in Manchester in the early 20th century. These initial residents opened launderettes, with more settlers arriving and opening restaurants in the 1940s. The city’s Chinese quarter began to truly emerge in the 1970s. The areas around Nicholas Street, Faulkner Street and George Street have become a hub of Chinese cuisine and culture. The neighborhood now attracts many visitors. Even so, notice its air of authenticity, with people continuing to live and work in the area and few shops catering toward tourists.

Chinatown is a wonderful place for dining, with excellent Chinese restaurants as well as a variety of other Asian cuisines, from Japanese to Nepalese. Look for signposts marked in both Chinese and English. Many shops sell newspapers published in Hong Kong and China. The neighborhood is typically busiest on Sundays, when Chinese traders from across the country traditionally come to buy supplies in the local shops.

Look up to see Chinatown’s towering archway over Faulkner Street. A gift from China in 1987, the arch is touted as the first true Imperial Chinese arch erected in Europe. It was designed by artists from Peking and decorated with gold leaf, ceramics and lacquer. Notice the arch’s dragon and phoenix symbols as well as its red and gold colors, all symbolizing good luck and prosperity in Chinese culture.

One of the most exciting times of year to visit Chinatown is during February’s Chinese New Year celebrations. This festival attracts thousands of visitors and has expanded beyond Chinatown, with events taking place throughout Manchester’s city center. Watch lion and dragon dance performances, a lively parade, Chinese acrobatics and other traditional art and craft displays.

Manchester Chinatown is bordered by York Street, Portland Street, Oxford Street and Mosley Street. It’s open to the public daily. Reach the neighborhood by bus or take the train to Manchester Piccadilly station.


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Britannia Hotel - Manchester City Centre
Britannia Hotel - Manchester City Centre
3 out of 5
35 Portland Street, Manchester, England
The price is £26 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb
Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Gay Village, Canal Street and Piccadilly Gardens. Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester ...
2.9/5 (1,382 reviews)
"Had booked a late check out but housekeeping still knocked on the door at 10am waking us both up. The bathroom had a few things that could have been cleaner but nothing too bad. Nice comfy bed and large room. Had been upgraded to a room with a window which was good. Overall not a bad stay."

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2022

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Hotel Brooklyn
Hotel Brooklyn
4 out of 5
59 Portland St, Manchester, England
The price is £76 per night from 27 Feb to 28 Feb
Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is steps away from The Gay Village and Canal Street. Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Palace Theatre are also ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (597 reviews)
"Fantastic service from all staff"

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2022

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ibis Manchester Centre 96 Portland Street
ibis Manchester Centre 96 Portland Street
2 out of 5
96 Portland Street, Manchester, England
The price is £42 per night from 13 Feb to 14 Feb
Located in Manchester City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Gay Village, Canal Street, and Manchester Art Gallery. Manchester ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (958 reviews)
"Consistent quality, meeting expectations"

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The Alan
The Alan
4 out of 5
18 Princess Street, Manchester, England
The price is £60 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb
Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Manchester City Hall and Manchester Art Gallery. Canal Street and The Gay Village are also within ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (30 reviews)
Best hotel in Manchester
"What an incredible hotel. From the moment I stepped in I was greeted soo warmly with smiles and helpful concierge attending to my bags right away. The decor of the lobby and dining area is sublime, adds a real eloquent and stylish touch to the stay and the room was soo dainty and stylish. The real ..."

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2022

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Novotel Manchester Centre
Novotel Manchester Centre
4 out of 5
21 Dickinson Street, Manchester, England
Fully refundable
The price is £63 per night from 3 Feb to 4 Feb
Located in Manchester City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Gay Village, Canal Street, and Manchester Art Gallery. Manchester ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (960 reviews)
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Motel One Manchester-St. Peters Square
Motel One Manchester-St. Peters Square
1 Dickinson St, Manchester, England
The price is £69 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is steps away from St. Peter's Square and Manchester Art Gallery. Canal Street and The Gay Village are also within ...
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