Manchester makes top 10 list for city breaks and is named ‘the foodie city’

Manchester has been named "the foodie city" after being said to have upped it's culinary game over the past few years.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 19th May 2021

Condé Nast Traveller has revealed its top 10 list of UK city breaks for 2021 this week, and Manchester has made the cut.

With international travel still somewhat off the cards this year amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many seem keen to explore everything the British Isles has to offer, so the team of editors at the travel arm of the renowned media company have joined forces to give their opinions on the best UK cities to hit up in 2021.

Ten of the country’s cities have been singled out for praise in the list, with Manchester proudly taking the fifth spot.

Each of the cities have been given a tagline that encapsulates the best they have to offer, and Manchester has been named “the foodie city” after being said to have upped its culinary game over the past few years.

Explaining why Manchester has been awarded fifth place on the list, Rick Jordan from the team of editors at Condé Nast Traveller, said: “Recent openings include Dishoom, the four-storey Ivy Spinningfields, with a rare rooftop bar and separate Asian restaurant, and Mana, from ex-Noma chef Simon Martin, with reindeer moss and bark on the menu.


“And one of the region’s most switched-on vegan restaurants, Allotment, recently moved here from nearby Stockport – a town that has just unveiled The Produce Hall in its Victorian market (and remains a foodie destination for the wonderful, tasting-menu-only When The Light Gets In)”.

The Ivy Manchester

As well as shouting out the region’s extensive selection of eateries, a number of the city centre’s finest hotels and accommodation options have also been highlighted.


“The city’s recent biggest openings include the Dakota Manchester hotel, dressed in designer black near Piccadilly, with a seriously grown-up bar and restaurant and terrace views of the canal, and Ducie Street Warehouse, on the edge of the Northern Quarter – a former goods warehouse that’s also home to Native Manchester hotel,” Rick Jordan added.

While it’s always great to hear that people love Manchester as much as we do, where should Mancunians be heading for their city staycations this year?

Taking the top spot on Condé Nast Traveller’s city break list for 2021 is “the wide-awake city” of Glasgow, with its wide-open outdoor spaces, architecture and full-throttle nightlife singled out to “steal your heart” this year.


The “screen-favourite city” of Belfast takes the second spot, while “the independent city” of Bristol and “the architectural city” of Cambridge take the third and fourth spots to round out the top five.

Fellow northern cities Newcastle and Liverpool also proudly feature in the top 10.

You can read the list in full via the Condé Nast Traveller website here.