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Manchester’s most ‘Instagrammable’ restaurants and bars

Manchester reigns supreme as social media's favourite UK food hotspot
Manchester's Instagrammable restaurants & bars

We’ve put together this tidy list of Manchester’s Instagrammable restaurants & bars

In a recent independent study Manchester has emerged as Instagram’s favourite UK city when it comes to tantalising food experiences.

This bustling city has captured the hearts and feeds of social media users with its delectable cuisine and aesthetically pleasing dining spots.

In these restaurants in the city, a meal becomes a work of art.

Neon signs, mural walls, and eye-catching interiors provide an endless array of picture-worthy backdrops that food enthusiasts simply can’t resist.

We’ve put together a list of Manchester’s most instagrammable restaurants for you to enjoy.

Manchester’s most instagrammable restaurants


Beautiful Modern Greek masterpieces in simply out-of-this-world settings, Fenix is smashing it.

To gain the full experience, it is recommended customers visit all three phases the restaurant transitions through.

Phase one is to relax in the afternoon sun with a dining experience to emulate daylight.

Then, go on unto golden hour where the lights and atmosphere dims to reflect a serene Greek island.

finally, it’s time to embrace the dark with a high-end dining feel, much like that in Tattu.

The interior is simply stunning. So if you’re looking for a place with beautiful scran, and a next-level setting. Fenix could be for you.

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Etci Mehmet

With a buzzing atmosphere, world-class steaks, and a pyro show to remember – Etci Mehmet is the place to be if you’re looking for a superb meal and to get some class photos.

The place has a serious vibe.

Serving a selection of delicious Turkish-inspired dishes, with a unique style of entertainment, Etci Mehmet is like no other restaurant in the UK.

You can even indulge in an incredible gold-covered steak if you’re feeling extra glamorous. Get yourself down.

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Tattu Manchester comes with no introduction required.

Without a doubt one of the most beautiful restaurants in the City, Tattu offers an amazing selection of food, drinks and cocktails too.

The restaurant is curated to take you on a sensory journey from East to West, with the concept visually inspired by body art and its travels from its origins in the East, across the oceans through trade, to find its place in today’s modern world.

The cherry blossom is a symbol of good luck and life, whilst their anchors represent the home where the brand was born.

With colourful Chinese-inspired cuisine, and carefully crafted cocktails – everything is designed to be unique.

Take your camera, you can’t miss here!

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The Laundrette Chorlton

Manchester's Instagrammable restaurants & bars

Among the many culinary gems in Manchester, The Laundrette Chorlton stands out as a great example of the city’s Instagram foodie culture.

This super Instagrammable independent restaurant has amassed a dedicated following of 12.3K Instagram users, who eagerly capture and share their experiences.

With 13.5K location tags and 285 posts using the #thelaundrettechorlton hashtag, this establishment perfectly embodies the fusion of delectable cuisine, whimsical decor, and an irresistible visual appeal.

The Laundrette Chorlton takes pride in serving “cocktails and carbs” that go beyond the ordinary.

Alongside their creatively crafted libations and mouthwatering dishes, visitors are treated to an ambience featuring floral walls and disco balls.

Every aspect of this dining experience has been thoughtfully designed to create an unforgettable journey for both the taste buds and the camera lens.

Zouk Tea Bar and Grill

Manchester's Instagrammable restaurants & bars

Zouk Tea Bar and Grill, has been a fan favourite since its establishment in 2009, delighting Manchester’s food enthusiasts with its exceptional blend of Indian and Pakistani cuisine.

Located in the city centre, just off Oxford Road and within minutes of the iconic Palace Theatre, Zouk brings a unique twist to traditional flavours, offering a diverse menu that spans from tantalising street food to hearty roasts.

To top it all off, the revamped terrace provides a trendy lounge-style environment where patrons can enjoy an extensive cocktail menu.

It’s a beautiful place with great food, that definitely deserves a spot on your Instagram feed.

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Richmond Tea Rooms

Take a trip to Wonderland and enjoy an exquisite afternoon tea at Richmond Tea Rooms.

With an award-winning ‘Alice in Wonderland’ themed dining experience complemented with freshly prepared sandwiches, cakes and treats – all individually made in-house with flavours and fillings hand-picked by a team of dedicated chefs.

Their weird and wonderful array of exotic and rare teas from around the world stand side by side with traditional favourites ensuring that every taste is catered for.

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just enjoying a last-minute afternoon out Richmond Tea Rooms is a great place to have a wonderful stay and take some great snaps.

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Manchester's Instagrammable restaurants & bars

A very suave affair.

MNKY HSE offers a fantastic selection of Latin American cuisine re-imagined by Chef Mark Morrans with a bold and indulgent sharing menu. Choose from luxurious platters, ceviche, tacos, sushi or the robata grill for a menu of bold and vibrant flavours.

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Sexy Fish

Sexy Fish Manchester's Instagrammable restaurants & bars

One of Manchester’s swanky new additions, sexy fish is the place to be seen.

Serving Asian-inspired food and delicious cocktails, the place is jam-packed with high-end glamour, surrealist decor and opulent culinary majesty.

If you’re looking to go all in and splash out, they have a semi-private dining space, The Tropical Reef Room, providing the perfect setting for memorable occasions set against the backdrop of a stunning live coral reef tank

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Climat Manchester's Instagrammable restaurants & bars

Climat is the second site from the team behind Covino, which was established in Chester’s historic city centre in 2016 – going on to forge a reputation both regionally & nationally as a fiercely passionate wine-led restaurant with exciting daily changing menus.

With amazing panoramic views across the city and a beautiful terrace to drink in the (fleeting) sunshine, this is a great place to live it up.

Executive Chef Luke Richardson best defines his style of cooking as ‘Parisian expat food’ – a nod towards the time he spent in the cosmopolitan kitchens of the French capital. His influence on their menus is more plainly described as ‘just food you want to eat’.

Don’t forget your camera!

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Lucky Cat

Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant opened up last year to much fanfare in the city.

And with a tasty shared menu and beautiful opulent settings, this is a place you want to be seen in.

Asian-inspired small plates, Robata grilled dishes, sushi and sashimi are exquisitely crafted in the open kitchen and signature raw bar.

Gordon and his Executive Head Chef have designed each dish to be shared at the centre of the table. Coupled with the amazing settings of the old Midland Bank on Kings Street, you’re in an Instagrammable paradise.

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The Ivy Spinningfields Manchester

The Ivy Manchester's Instagrammable restaurants & bars

Nestled in the heart of Spinningfields, even the building is worth a snap. The Pavillion is surrounded by greenery and lights up depending on the time of year.

Serving modern British classics for breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and everything in between.

The Ivy Asia and Bar is located on the second floor, open seven days a week from 5pm and from 12pm at the weekends.

There is a central glamorous late-night bar and the restaurant is illuminated with a show-stopping green, semi-precious stone floor serving Asian-inspired cocktails and sharing dishes with entertainment and resident DJ’s.

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Grand Pacific

Grand Pacific is on the glamorous King Street and is a big hitter with a beautiful interior perfect for photos.

It’s up there with the most beautiful destinations in the city.

Set in the stunning 19th-century architecture of the Manchester Liberal Reform Club’s original dining room where politicians, bankers, lawyers and professionals of all kinds gathered.

The great and the good of Manchester society convened for discourse and pleasure.

And now you can head on down and enjoy their great selection of food and drink.

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Australasia Manchester's Instagrammable restaurants & bars

A stylish sanctuary, hidden under the heart of Manchester.

Since opening in 2011, Australasia has become one of the city’s most photographed and favourite restaurants.

A place of relaxed elegance and laid-back luxe, where a good time is guaranteed.

Bathed in the natural tones of the Pacific coastline, it sets a tranquil scene that’s adaptable to any occasion.

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20 Stories

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Situated on the 19th floor of No.1 Spinningfields, 20 Stories is composed of a glamorous restaurant,  lively bar and expansive rooftop terrace with unparalleled 360-degree views of the Manchester skyline.

The 20 Stories kitchen has created menus that showcase the best of the Northwest, to source ingredients locally.

The bar, headed up by Bar Manager Jack Marsden serves Signature Cocktails and craft Beer- along with a few experiments with local ingredients to provide the most unique tastes in the city.

With an extensive wine list, created by the 20 Stories Head Sommelier, wine pairing has never felt so easy.

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Adam Reid at The French

Using only the finest seasonal produce available, the food at The French is known across the city and beyond for its exquisite flavours.

The set tasting menu of modern British cuisine showcases the creative culinary talents of Manchester’s own Adam Reid.

Adam Reid joined The French back in 2013 as Head Chef, before taking over as Chef-Patron in 2016. Since then, he has been awarded 4 AA rosettes, as well as going on to win BBC’s prestigious Great British Menu competition with his signature dessert, Golden Empire.

Perfectly marrying old and new, The French’s Grade II listed dining room provides an opulent yet welcoming and friendly atmosphere that’s steeped in history.

Adam Reid at The French is famed for its immaculate service as well as its food and is proud to be one of Manchester’s favourite restaurants.

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Peter Street Kitchen

Set inside the iconic Free Trade Hall, Peter Street Kitchen explores fine contemporary Japanese cuisine matched with the heat and zing from a selection of contemporary Mexican dishes, all complemented with the finest wines, sake and signature cocktails.

Experience a curated Omakase, where the essence of Peter Street Kitchen’s cuisine is presented in a six-course tasting menu created on the day by their talented chefs. For an intimate dinner, you can also book a Hibachi Experience, where a table for 12 guests and a fire pit provides a memorable ambience for a semi-private event.

Peter Street Kitchen was awarded the prestigious ‘Best Luxury Restaurant in the UK’ in 2019 and ‘Best Culinary Experience’ in 2022 at the British Restaurant Awards.

Incredibly stylish, this is a great place to get some high-end snaps.

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The Refuge

The Refuge Manchester's Instagrammable restaurants & bars

The Kimpton Hotel is an amazing setting, period.

And right at their heart, with no airs or graces, the Public Bar is the beating heart of The Refuge.

They offer coffee and co-working in the morning, board games after lunch, and cocktails and craft ales into the early hours.

Kimpton’s resident DJs curate the experience Thursday through Saturday with an eclectic mix of jazz, swing, funk, soul and house to cater for everyone’s taste.

With beautiful high ceilings and fantastic exhibitions, it’s well worthy of its place on the grid.

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Dakota Manchester's Instagrammable restaurants & bars

Immerse yourself in the heart & soul of Dakota: the Grill.

Delivering a warm and inviting dining experience for hotel guests and local visitors alike, the Grill offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, created with fresh, seasonal produce by a passionate team of chefs.

The Dakota Bar provides a casual, yet refined bar setting; whether you join them for your next coffee meeting, or to enjoy lite-bites with a signature cocktail, choose from an extensive range of timeless classics and in-house originals – mixed to perfection!

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Manchester is Instagram’s favourite UK city for restaurants

From hip bistros adorned with colourful street art to elegant cafes boasting minimalist chic, the city offers a visual feast at every corner.

Foodies and influencers alike can revel in the opportunity to capture Instagram-worthy moments that blend culinary excellence with artistic expression.

As Instagram’s favourite UK city for restaurants, Manchester has carved its place as a captivating food destination.

So, whether you’re seeking mouthwatering delights or looking to put together the perfect snaps for your Instagram feed, Manchester’s food scene promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you hungry for more.

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