Market Street
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Many of Manchester's shops and fine restaurants are located on or near this major thoroughfare.
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RazzyBthefirst
Macclesfield, UK1,190 contributions
Jan 2020
I normally avoid Market Street and walk parallel down King Street but I was keen to pop into TK Maxx as this is one of their best stores.

With the tram stop and Primark at the top end, it's all a bit chaotic. Rough sleepers and beggars, clipboard-wielding charity fundraisers and some really noisy street performers. They're not all just noisy, a fella in a wheelchair with his guitar was playing a decent tune and I donated, good luck to him. The Reggae guy, awful.

Arndale was quite impressive, Market Street has it's uses.
Written January 23, 2020
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Off their P
Manchester, UK3,803 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
This is a street I try and avoid for the most part. Although it is full of popular shops it just gets so busy as to be unbearable at times.

The current circumstances mean it is quite a lot quieter and a more pleasant place as a result. Not so many charlatans trying to part you from your money and you can actually move around it in reasonable comfort.

When and if things get back to normal I’m sure it will get busy again but, for the meantime, enjoy a quieter version!
Written July 13, 2020
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holidaymanWashington
Washington, UK1,983 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
One of the main thoroughfares in Manchester and now mostly pedestrianised, Market Street has the best of the Christmas markets along with some streets running off it. Whilst it is wide to walk down, there was none of the deserted streets seen in other parts of the country. Quite the opposite. Covid Christmas had clearly arrived in carefree Manchester and Market Street was absolutely thronging. We were triple vaxed and double masked, inside and out and sanitised everywhere.
Written December 20, 2021
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK1,967 contributions
Jul 2021
I visited Manchester the day before lockdown restrictions in England were scheduled to end and it was CRAZY in the city centre. If you wanted to social distance you had no chance!

It was very busy but I would not fault Market Street. It was busy because this is the main shopping area in the city.

My recommendation would be that if you are still concerned about staying away from people then go early in the morning or late in the afternoon as it might be a bit too hectic for you.

Market Street is the main shopping street in the city and has close links to the tram network and the road comes out at Piccadilly Gardens so there are very good transport links.

The Arndale Centre is here and there are plenty of shops to choose from.
Written August 4, 2021
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Pawlo A
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Aug 2021 • Family
Just come from a lovely apartment in Edinburgh and stopped in Manchester City centre to break up the journey to the South East. Well what can I say… what a dump! Crack heads stumbling about, rubbish everywhere, alcoholics lying in the streets. Never had to walk behind my girlfriend and kids to keep a lookout and prevent bags or phones being snatched. Horrible place won’t be back anytime soon unless I fly over it.
Written August 9, 2021
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Orjan1961
Östersund, Sweden254 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
We took the train from Liverpool to Manchester to Victoria station. We located Market street who is the main shopping street in Manchester. The christmas market have started and was huge and everywhere. In one end was the Picadilly station where we took the train back to Liverpool. Market street is a great street to walk on and look at people snd shops. I think that yoy can find everything here snd there is plenty of restaurants.
Written November 30, 2021
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Judith H
14 contributions
Oct 2022
The shopping area is all in one place which makes it very convenient. Fashion stores, bookshops and supermarkets have everything you could possibly want making it so convenient to shop. Service everywhere very efficient and friendly.
Written November 8, 2022
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Feb 2020 • Friends
If you want to feel the heart of our city and walk with the people of our city then Market Street is for you.

Market Street is a pedestrianised area where you will see buskers of all types, from Bob Marley’s reggae to violin concertos. There are street artists who dance, play magic and act as ‘statues’ who jump out at you. There are street sellers who eagerly pack up their case when the police pass by, podiums for religious groups to tell you why you should join them and then there you will see workers dashing for their lunch alongside shoppers from all over the world. It is a hustle and bustle of the busy human race.

Market Street and Market Place (Market Place is the top end of Market Street near M&S)is the hub of our city, connecting Piccadilly Gardens (where you will find the fountains and market stalls) to Deansgate (where you will find endless bars and restaurants).

Either side of Market Street is St Anne’s Square, the Royal Exchange and Spring Gardens versus the Arndale and Exchange Square.

Market Street houses one of the largest Primark Stores in the world, opposite a large Debenhams. There are coffee shops, banks and building societies, clothes shops, health shops and so much more, alongside three separate entries to the Arndale which is our lovely indoor shopping centre.

Manchester has so much to offer and Market Street is a way to get there. 🐝 ❤️🐝
Written February 29, 2020
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Pittsburgh, PA63,191 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Market Street has a huge amount of shops to make any shopoholic happy. There's also a large outside market. I'd suggest shopping early as it gets very crowded in the evening hours.
Written November 27, 2019
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Egaleo, Greece4,300 contributions
Jan 2019
Buying some things with friends. If you search, you can find good deals over there. Accessible place and you can rest on the benches in the length of the street.
Written August 31, 2019
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