The Royal Exchange Manchester is a one-stop-shop for gifts this Christmas

Royal Exchange Manchester

We all know by now that Christmas is gearing up to be a little different this year.

The UK government has sadly conceded that “Christmas cannot be normal” amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and while it has been announced that up to three families can form a Christmas bubble between 23rd – 27th December, for a lot of people, this still means there will be friends and family members they are unable to spend time with.

This is leading so many to seeing the greater value in gift giving this festive season, and there’s no better way to get into the spirit than a spot of Christmas shopping for loved ones too.

With safety a core priority, finding ways of cutting down on unnecessary travel and minimising the number of shopping trips needed to stock up on presents will likely be at the top of the list for a lot of us, which is why The Royal Exchange Manchester in the heart of the city centre couldn’t be a more convenient place to head down to.

There’s over 30 stores located within one of the city’s most historic buildings.

Not only can you shop from some of the world’s favourite high street and designer brands, but there’s also a wealth of independent stores and luxury boutiques to chose from too, as well as a collection of artisan cafes and Manchester-based eateries to grab a takeaway drink or bite to eat from while you’re at it.

There’s never been a more important time to support local where you can.

Royal Exchange Manchester
Royal Exchange Manchester

No matter what it is you’re looking for, Royal Exchange has probably got you covered, but exactly what shops are under the roof of this iconic building then?


  • Remedy Kitchen
  • Michaels coffeehouse
  • Designer Exchange
  • Amaranth
  • Alterations Boutique
  • Lanigan & Hulme
  • Astons of Manchester
  • Paper Kisses of Manchester
  • Jenny Jones Jewellery
  • Diamond Heaven
  • Mays Jewellers
  • City Specs
  • Swiss Watch Shop
  • Razors Edge

St Ann’s Square

  • Arthur Kay jewellers
  • The Whisky Shop
  • French Connection
  • Moss Bros
  • lululemon
  • Watches of Switzerland

Old Bank St

  • Annies tea-room 
  • Nigel Rayment mother of the bride boutique
  • Yards Store
  • Fjallraven

Cross Street

  • Vertigo plant based
  • London Camera Exchange
  • Sostrene Grene
  • Fridays

Market Street

  • Irregular Choice
  • Hotel Chocolat
  • Scribbler
  • The Body Shop
  • Lush
  • L’Occitane
  • Whittard of Chelsea
  • Moda in Pelle
  • Molton Brown


You can find a full list of opening times for each store here.

For more information or to familiarise yourself with COVID-safe procedures ahead of your trip, you can visit the Royal Exchange Manchester website here.


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