The Best Restaurants in Ancoats

There’s no denying that Ancoats has seen HUGE changes over the last few years, transforming from the rough end of the city centre into a world-class community and hub of food and drink.

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 14 February 2024

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The last decade has seen the monumental transformation of a small grid of streets in the northeastern corner of the city – giving birth to one of the most innovative, creative and exciting neighbourhoods in the world.

Ancoats has gone from being the “rough end” of town to leading the way in modern, independent business, home to the city’s best retailers, coffee jaunts, bars and restaurants – a far cry from the dark and dingy backstreets you’d briskly walk down on your way to Sankeys.

The area has been awarded many an accolade over the last few years, including being named 20th in Time Out’s list of the Coolest Neighbourhoods in the World – and with such a diverse range of restaurants and eateries in such a small space – it’s not hard to see why.

Historically diverse, culturally distinctive and constantly evolving, Ancoats is now home to a spectacle of restaurants, from the mighty Michelin-starred mana, all the way through to the family-run tiny Caribbean flavours of Rad’s – Ancoats has it all…

Blue Eyed Panda

Bold and flavourful Chinese cuisine with diverse menu of Szechuan and Cantonese dishes.


A vibrant waterside natural wine bar, bottle shop and small-plate eatery on Islington Marina.