A neighbourhood straddling Stockport Road, Levenshulme has been touted as “the next Didsbury” for years now, a moniker that belies the diverse and unique community that has developed here over the years.
More recently, Levenshulme has been named as one of the best places to live in the UK by The Sunday Times, praised for going from “fake Adidas tracksuits and knock-off trainers to hand-knitted jumpers and home-baked vegan buns sold at an independent market.”
Levenshulme’s booming food and drink scene has been a key driving force in the growth of the area, helped by the iconic TROVE, and community projects such as The Klondyke and the most recent Station South.
When it comes to restaurants, Levenshulme has a small but nonetheless diverse offering of eateries, from Indian street food, Chinese dumplings and authentic Thai, to Manchester’s most respected and sought-after kebabs…
Cibus first came to our attention back in 2019 when owners Marco and Giorgio opened up a little pop-up on Saturday afternoons outside Electrik in Chorlton. At the time they were operating out of the upstairs bit of Fred’s Ale House, as well as regular spots at Levvy Market. They now have their very own restaurant right next to The Union Inn, continuing this established quest for outstanding pizza, with an added menu of pasta dishes and small plates. Cibus is hugely popular amongst the Levenshulme crew and once in there – you’ll quickly see why.
Cibus Pizza, 847 – 849 Stockport Rd, Levenshulme, Manchester M19 3PW
If you’ve never heard of Levenshulme Bakery then you’re probably not a kebab connoisseur – but even if you’re not – you should certainly take notice of this corner gaff in Levvy – because they’re one of the best eateries in the entire city. Famed for their super-fresh breads, kebabs, shawarma and fatayer, ‘Levvy B’is run by three fellas each of Kurdish heritage, Alonso, AJ and Zheko, and they can be found grafting and baking away 7 days a week, cooking super-fresh Turkish breads for their meaty fillings and toppings. They’re generally considered to be the very best kebabs in Manchester, and will regularly make most people’s top 3 in the city.
Levenshulme Bakery, 842 Stockport Rd, Levenshulme, Manchester M19 3AW
T R O V E
TROVE is not just a Levenshulme institution, it’s a Manchester one. Pretty much single-handedly responsible for the on-going development of the suburb, TROVE were there first – making their own bread, cakes, pastries and more – day-in, day-out for years. Everything is extremely impressive here, and at weekends it gets so busy that you’ll be hard-pressed to find a table at any point during the day. Their brunch and breakfast dishes are unbeatable – a class act that’s head and shoulders above almost all cafes and eateries in Manchester.
T R O V E, 1032 Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 3WX
A huge favourite, Aunty Ji’s is a Levenshulme institution nowadays and has recently introduced an Indian Brunch menu that includes a spicy Full English, Breakfast Thali and even Pancakes but with an Indian twist. Their curries are wonderful, too, with a small but considered selection of classics including a Paneer Tikka, Butter Chicken, Mattar Paneer and one of the best Tarka Daal’s you’ll ever taste.
Aunty Ji’s, 987 Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 2SY
Gaijin Dumpling House
“Dumplings to die for” although you don’t need to go that far should you find yourself in Gaijin on Stockport Road. Just a few short steps from the train station, Gaijin Dumpling House is one of the city’s most exciting Chinese joints and has been blowing away LEvy locals with their fresh take on Chinese classics which take influence from both Pakistani and Hong Kong kitchens in the short time they’ve been open. There are bao buns, steamed dumplings and a signature set of spicy ribs you’ll not be able to stop raving about.
Gaijin Dumpling House, 948 Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 3NN
A vegetarian and vegan bar and bistro in the heart of Levenshulme serving food made fresh every day by its expert chefs. The Gherkin concept was born with a vision to bring healthy, sustainable, vegetarian and vegan food to the area in a space that would bring people together for events that cater for all members of the community. The restaurant also tries to be as sustainable as possible by sourcing all produce from local Manchester businesses.
The Gherkin, 312 Slade Ln, Levenshulme, Manchester M19 2BY
Long Boi’s Bakehouse
Levenshulme’s resident neighbourhood bakery is a must visit if you’re in the area. Female-led and female-run, Long Boi’s offers a stunning selection of cakes and bakes, as well as locally-sourced coffee and a range of workshops that span everything from floristry to specialty baking. If you’re popping in soon, it’s essential that you try the bakery’s famous Pop Tarts, which you can grab in a range of flavours.
Long Boi’s Bakehouse, 40 Forest Range, Manchester M19 2HP
Brunch institution Nordie has a varied menu of classic brekkie items available over the weekend, and has also just recently launched a list of evening plates, which are available from 5pm – 9pm weekly. The menu is a mix of seasonal small and large plates, all designed for sharing and socialising over – which is where Nordie’s cracking menu of house cocktails comes in handy, too. There’s a Watermelon Margaritaz, Paloma, Espresso Martini and a Nordie Collins all available to indulge in alongside your food.
Nordie Bar, 1044 Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 3WX
Freshly-made parathas served out of a car wash in the heart of Levenshulme? I’m sold. The unassuming Paratha Hut serves cheap and tasty food from 11 in the morning until 11pm and night, and it’s some of the most authentic Indian and Pakistani cuisine in the city. You can grab yourself a range of curries, kebabs as well as burgers – but the star of the show is, of course, the Paratha. A freshly-baked flatbread cooked atop a hot plate until golden.
Paratha Hut, 691 Stockport Rd, Levenshulme, Manchester M12 4QN
Set right on the Fallowfield Loop, the building housing Station South was built all the way back in 1892, a key transport hub for the suburb and resplendent in all of its Victorian charm. The cafe and bar now serves up teas and coffees, alongside craft beers from local breweries, and food. You’ll also find a valuable bike workshop (the Fallowfield Loop is extremely popular for cyclists) as well as a packed calendar of events throughout the week, from live music to DJ sets, and everything in between.
Station South, 975-977 Stockport Rd, Levenshulme, Manchester M19 3NP
Authentic Thai restaurant and takeaway ChangYai-Thai is a great place to grab some fresh Thai cuisine. The menu features an array of dishes steeped in tradition, with stir-frys, curries, noodles and fried rice catering to all tastes and preferences available. A personal favourite dish is the Massaman Curry, a hearty mix of coconut milk, potatoes, butternut squash, onions and tomatoes. The restaurant also adds cashew nuts to give the dish extra bite.
ChangYai-Thai, 110 Barlow Rd, Levenshulme, Manchester M19 3EF
A haven of Middle Eastern and Lebanese treats, from shawarma, hummus, falafel and salads, to their famous homemade baklava, Jandol is a firm favourite in Levenshulme and you’ll always find hungry locals tucking into their specialities at all times of the day. They offer up some truly wonderful mezze dishes and you’ll find stuff in here that you’ve never seen or heard of before. Make sure you have some of their Turkish Delight too.
Jandol, 861 Stockport Road, Manchester M19 3PW