Chinatown Manchester Guide

13 September 2020 Simon Banks Read time: 2 min
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Neatly nestled between Mosley and Portland Street, Manchester's Chinatown is the second-largest of its kind in the UK and a place full of colour and vibrancy. With a location that is less than a mile to Deansgate, living in Chinatown affords you the chance to enjoy a central Manchester position.

If you make the move to Chinatown, it means that you're just a hop and a skip from wonderful restaurants that serve up flavours from China, Nepal, Vietnam, Japan and more. This is city living at its finest, and in our latest Manchester guide, we're bringing you everything you need to know about the Chinatown neighbourhood.

On a map

Chinatown Google Map

Chinatown is an area in the centre of Manchester. It falls under the M1 postcode and is nearby other popular neighbourhoods like the Northern Quarter, Castlefield and Spinningfields. Chinatown is the second-largest Chinatown in the UK and third largest in Europe.

History of Chinatown

Chinatown's beginnings are rooted in restaurant culture. By the 1970s, however, medicine shops, Chinese supermarkets, as well as financial and legal services began to emerge in what is now known as Chinatown.

In the 1980s, the Chinese Arts Centre opened in the area. And, by 2013, the Bank of East Asia launched its first Manchester branch in Chinatown. Today, the area is a bustling neighbourhood and features a Chinese New Year festival every February.

Who lives there?

Many working professionals are attracted to Chinatown and nearby neighbourhoods, thanks to the area's central location. Chinatown itself is a particularly small area, with a population of around 800 and a median age of 25.

Renting in Chinatown

Beetham Tower Deansgate

Chinatown and surrounding areas feature many new builds which are part of Manchester's regeneration. Deansgate's Beetham Tower is an iconic building where rents start from £995 per month.

Build-to-Rent also has a strong presence in and around the city centre, with sought-after buildings like New Makers Yard offering plenty of choice for central dwellers.

Expect to pay an average of £900 per month for a one-bedroom flat in Chinatown, while a two-bedroom apartments cost in the region of £1,100 and three-bedroom homes achieve £1,800 per month.

Chinatown travel

Piccadilly tram

Piccadilly Gardens is the nearest Metrolink to Chinatown, while St. Peters' Square tram stop also provides transport connections. The neighbourhood's central location means that it's within walking distance to many Manchester landmarks, such as the Manchester Art Gallery.

Chinatown eateries

Red Chilli

Red Chilli interior

Head to Red Chilli, a Szechuan restaurant that is a favourite with local residents, and sample authentic Chinese dishes. Set on Portland Street, the restaurant is tucked away in a basement and serves up treats in the form of Beijing dumplings and hot lamp pots.

Hunan Restaurant

If you're looking for great-value bites, head to Hunan Restaurant. Food is based on the Hunan province of China, and you can expect simple, yet tasty, dishes that will delight your taste buds.


Food at Yuzu

One of Manchester's most respected restaurant, Yuzu is the spot for mouth-watering Japanese cuisine. This authentic tapas bar cooks traditional Japanese food from scratch, using only freshest ingredients.

Things to do in Chinatown

Listed buildings

Chinatown is home to a number of impressive buildings, many of which are officially listed. No.55 Faulkner Street is one of them and was constructed in 1870. The Grade II listed building was converted into apartments in 2018 with a restaurant on the ground floor.

Manchester Arndale Centre

Manchester Arndale

One of Manchester's primary shopping spots, the Arndale Centre features over 200 stylish stores to explore. Other nearby shopping options include Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.

Science and Industry Museum

Learn about the city's achievements in science, technology and industry at the Science and Industry Museum. Just a 15-minute walk from Chinatown, the museum has several exhibitions and galleries to discover.

Moving to Chinatown

If delicious restaurants and a prime central location are on your list of requirements for your next move, Chinatown could just be the neighbourhood for you. Throw in great architecture and excellent transport options, and Chinatown becomes a strong contender for one of Manchester's best communities.

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