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Brand new market to ‘bring a new lease of life to Chinatown’ in Manchester

Dragon Market will launch this weekend.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 5th December 2023

A brand new market is set to launch in Manchester this weekend, promising to inject life into the city centre’s Chinatown district.

The Market’s Dragon Market will be taking over the Faulkner Street car park with a range of street food traders, plus loads of local artists and makers.

The market has been created in partnership with Manchester City Council to ‘bring a new lease of life to Chinatown‘.

The mastermind behind Dragon Market is April Kennedy, founder of Vanoffee (and creator of those viral coffee-filled doughnuts), who says it will remind people that ‘Chinatown isn’t to be forgotten about’.

It’s hoped that the project will rejuvenate the area and increase footfall, with an attractive line-up of food and drink stalls as well as other local businesses.


Already lined up for the launch event this weekend will be Birchwood Pizza, Vanoffee, Sunrise Patisserie (with mountains of pastel de natas), The Vakery vegan bakes, and a street food stall specialising in Thai food.

There’ll also be local brands like Wreaths by Florals by Ayla, Erica Pham Art, Double T’s Rum, MellowApricotStudio, and loads more.


There’ll even be a mobile barbershop on site thanks to JiGGi.

And the Dragon Market will be fully licensed, with boozy hot chocolates and mulled wines aplenty.

Announcing the news, they wrote: “We’re bringing a new lease of life to Chinatown with the Dragon Market! Get ready for exclusive traders serving up delicious food ranging from wood-fired pizzas to Thai, with plenty more to get your taste buds going.


“The Dragon Market also features local artists, candlemakers, brewers, distillers, barbers and baristas!

“Set up by April Kennedy, founder of Vanoffee and Manchester City Council, this market is here to remind you Chinatown isn’t to be forgotten about.”

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