The best independent shops to grab last minute Christmas gifts from at Royal Exchange Manchester

The Royal Exchange Manchester

The festive season is fast approaching and that means it’s nearing your last chance to get the gifts in.

We all know by now though that “Christmas cannot be normal” this year 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 probably why so many are seeing the greater value in gift giving this year.

And with safety and minimal shopping trips a core priority in 2020, The Royal Exchange Manchester couldn’t be a more convenient place to head down to.

Aside from some of the world’s favourite high street and designer brands, more importantly, there’s also a wealth of independent stores and luxury boutiques to lend your support to, as well as a collection of artisan cafes and Manchester-based eateries to stop off at.

There’s a total of 10 independent stores all located under the roof of one of the city’s most historic buildings, and there’s never been a more important time to shop local where you can.

The Royal Exchange Manchester
The Royal Exchange Manchester

The Royal Exchange Manchester – Independent Stores


  • Amaranth
  • Lanigan & Hulme
  • Astons of Manchester
  • Paper Kisses of Manchester
  • Jenny Jones Jewellery
  • Diamond Heaven
  • Mays Jewellers
  • Swiss Watch Shop

St Ann’s Square & Old Bank Street

  • Arthur Kay & Bro Jewellers
  • Yards Store

If you find yourself in need of fuel to continue your last-minute shopping, Remedy Kitchen, Michael’s Coffee House, and Vertigo Plant Based Eatery will be open to pick yourself up a bite to eat or takeaway drink while you make your way around too, with Annie’s Tea Room and TGI Friday’s also working on plans to reopen doors in the coming weeks.

No matter what it is you’re looking for, The Royal Exchange Manchester probably has you covered.


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.

The Royal Exchange Building, St. Anns Square, Manchester, M2 7EF


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