Afflecks
Speciality & Gift ShopsFlea & Street Markets
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Afflecks is an iconic shopping emporium filled with unique independent traders selling everything from Top Hats to Tattoo's. Artists, Makers, Creators and innovators sit alongside a range of businesses that include, Vintage, Vinyl, Fancy Dress, Clothing, Piercing Studios, Gifts, Crystals and much more - The 'Thorn in the side of the High Street@ Afflecks offers something for everybody and is a great place to explore with artwork on every turn!
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  • High St • 3 min walk
  • Market St • 3 min walk
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  • Karla_B
    Manchester, United Kingdom111 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Shopping Trip, But Wish for Better Accessibility
    I love that this is a place filled with small independent traders. It's a great place to find something nice and unique for yourself, or for gifts. We had huge amounts of fun with the selfie mirror which printed out a photo to keep. There's a lot of stairs, and not easy access to a lift. Which does provide an accessibility issue.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Eloise W
    Salford, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Essential visiting for anyone remotely alternative
    What a place! Packed to the brim with excellent independent businesses ranging from clothing, food, decor, tattoos, records and cassettes, barbers, piercings and more. If you are ever in Manchester then it is a must that you go here if you are in any way alternative in the slightest! Everyone is very friendly and it can be visited alone or with a friend or two, in particular I really liked vinyl resting place and panic posters on my first visit. I have since gone a handful of times including to go get a haircut in the palace barbers in whom gave an excellent service, I will be visiting as often as I possibly can!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 6, 2023
  • Hayley K
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great and Fun Place to Walk Around
    Such a fun place to shop, walk around, and kill some time! Great if you are into alternative music and fashion. wish we had something like this growing up. Accessible with lifts and toilets too. Only gripe is when it's crowded on weekends it makes it hard to get around! WIll be back
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 7, 2023
  • Anne B
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place, forget the Christmas markets go here
    I'd forgotten how great a place it is for shopping. Forget the Christmas markets, buy your pressies here. With Abakhan fabrics and Fred Aldous nearby it made a great day's shopping for me.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 25, 2023
  • MrsDD
    Telford, United Kingdom287 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Still great for vintage
    I hadn’t been here for 30 years but it was still as great as ever, lots of vintage shops on several floors. Also some very good value vintage shops on Oldham Street as you approach Afflecks. Loved all the 90s posters as you came up the main stairs.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 3, 2024
  • Metropolitan_Man
    London, United Kingdom761 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see!
    A must see visit when in Manchester. Lots of cool and quirky shops inside and a nice ice cream café on one of the middle floors. Lots to see and do if just wondering around or if your after something particular there is a chance it will be here!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 23, 2024
  • Janine
    84 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinated, fun and unique!
    You can't go to Manchester and not see Afflecks. It's a fascinating place. As a teenager I enjoyed it because it was so controversial, but as an adult it's still fascinating. Take your friends, take the kids, take whoever - it's such a fun place!!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 25, 2024
  • Eric G
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Place to Visit
    Very interesting place to visit if around Manchester. Lots of independent shops. Clash of visuals and there are multiple stories to walk up. Did not manage to purchase anything this time but would visit again if nearby.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 21, 2024
  • Colleen
    Belfast, United Kingdom429 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting collection of shops
    It’s probably a stretch to say that there’s something in here for “everyone,” but it was a nice place to do some browsing. There were lots of colorful and eccentric items. If that’s your thing, you’ll love it here. But even if you don’t expect to find anything to buy, you may still enjoy spending a hour or so walking through the place.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 22, 2024
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Frankieh
Wilmslow, UK20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
I’ve been visiting afflecks since I was a teenager, I’m now in my 30s and I’ve never had an issue until today.

Visited the piercing “studio” on the 3rd floor (now named Kimura) to have my nose pierced.
Guy who booked me in was nice enough, informative and friendly. They only take cash so he directed me to the nearest cash machine.

When I came back to pay I was stood at the desk, ignored by the girl and the piercer whilst they had a whispering conversation that I couldn’t hear. Fine, whatever. I paid for my piercing and was told to come back in 20mins.

As I walked away my friend heard the piercer say “that’s the girl I was talking about”. I didn’t hear it and didn’t think it would be about me because why would it be? I don’t know these people, I’ve never been pierced there before and if it was about me, they’ve just been having a conversation about me whilst I was stood in front of them, very unprofessional.

Off I went to the cafe for a quick tea (lovely people at the cafe so highly recommend!) and I went back exactly 20 mins to have my piercing done. As I’m stood there my friend and I heard the piercer again say “that’s the girl I was talking about, just come in here” to the reception girl. So this wasn’t a coincidence.

I felt so uncomfortable and did not what this person to pierce me that I asked for a refund and just wanted to leave asap. This has never happened to me before.

Still no idea what they were saying or what the issue was, never been pierced there before but I 100% will not being going back.

I’ll stick to holier than thou (they couldn’t fit me in today, though they were so nice and friendly about it but should’ve taken that as a sign.) and I’d encourage people to do that same.
Written March 5, 2022
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Damian E
Oswaldtwistle, UK264 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
This place is just basically a load of cheap stalls selling either second hand or unusual items.

We visited for my daughters birthday and she liked it but it wasn't really my cup of tea. Everyone was friendly, the cafe was good and their was some cool retro items on some of the stalls but it was just too busy.

Written August 30, 2021
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
My friend and I used to love punk rock back in the 70s and the New Romantics of the 80s and looking round the stalls brought back so many memories for us. We felt like we had landed back in time.

There were alternative rock clothes shops, gothic themed shops, art work displays, retro sweets, badges, jewellery, cafes, pop art, music shops, crystals and so much more! There were even collectors shops and I took a picture of a display of WWE wrestling toys for my son, who loved them in his teen years.

There is so much nostalgia in here!

Not only that but the layout is quirky too. This is an old Manchester building with stairs and winding corridors all covered in pictures and pop posters.

If you were a lover of alternative fashion and music, or just someone who lived through the 70s and 80s you should visit here and remember your youth! ❤️
Written November 13, 2021
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Katie
251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
afflecks is so sick, i love it. this is the perfect place
for punks, goths, hippies, emos etc or anyone who's just looking for a place with edge. there are so many unique different shops here, all of which are small businesses with really great stuff. afflecks is furiously diverse and all throughout the building, messages of love and acceptance are spread. when you're a misfit that has never really felt accepted by society, there's instantly a sense of welcoming and belonging here. i adore it here and i would LOVE to come again.
Written April 8, 2023
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sunnyabergele
Abergele, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Best part of experience , feeling welcome and seeing such a variety of customers and living the atmospher
Best shop , ice cream parlour very helpful .
Worst shop / exp . Read review about piercing shop and as a dad of two i was dissapointed when the rwo teenagers i was with ran excitedly into shop and asked for something and were told we close in an hour so we wont help with putting a piercing in (already pierced just wanted a change) then quite dismissive . I did think they could of beeen politer and more engaging . But we love afflecks not surprised its no 1
Written January 29, 2023
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Scott W
North Yorkshire, UK230 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
I’ve been coming here for many years.
This place is unique with an individual vibe. Some wonderful item's that you won't find elsewhere. The vendors are great as is the merchandise they sell. The art work throughout the building is amazing. You can happily spend a couple of hours exploring all that this iconic Manchester establishment has to offer.

Written March 2, 2020
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hannah
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
we were in manchester for 3 days and visited a couple of times each day!! we started off our shopping trips, then visited the surrounding shops too, but always finished our day having another look around. there always seemed to be something new to offer even after we'd scoured the place top to bottom. a great selection of sellers and great prices!! i love the atmosphere of the place and would absolutely make a stop here when i visit manchester again. i left with some really cool pieces from here
Written April 24, 2023
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andrew w
Sunderland, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Business
What an amazing little box of secrets this place is. Its like a fun house in a theme park with a maze thrown in for good measure. So easy to find and fun to explore, there was a very eclectic mix of goods to buy from tattoos to coffee. All with a vintage theme. All the staff were very friendly and positive, no pressure to buy and felt I could just look around and not be bothered by pesky sales banter. Coffee, tattoos, old records,bath bombs the list goes on.
Even if you only visit Manchester once make sure you enter the bizarre bazaar I'm sure you will find something that holds you're interest
Written March 4, 2022
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923Dan
Swindon, UK3,025 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Walking through Manchester, thought i'd visit the independent Afflecks on Church Street.
Weird mix of Grunge / Goth clothing shops, with a café and tattooists thrown in.
Bit of a maze to navigate over several floors.
Most customers wearing masks.
I'd certainly go back, even though most shops are aimed at a younger market.
Written November 10, 2021
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Hayley K
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Such a fun place to shop, walk around, and kill some time! Great if you are into alternative music and fashion. wish we had something like this growing up. Accessible with lifts and toilets too. Only gripe is when it's crowded on weekends it makes it hard to get around! WIll be back
Written November 7, 2023
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