As much as we love quirky independent boutiques and high-street gems, sometimes you want a range of shopping amenities all in close proximity together. Enter shopping centres, where you can shop 'til you drop while finding the best in high-end and casual fashion, plus the odd electrical shop (did some say new iPhone?), cinema and food court. If you happened to find yourself in Manchester and want to do a spot of shopping, then you're in luck. There are plenty of excellent shopping centres, and we've listed the best ones for you in this handy guide.
The Trafford Centre
Head to The Trafford Centre for a spot of serious retail therapy. It's got everyone's favourite brands from Victoria's Secret to Primark and Selfridges – you're covered here no matter your fashion tastes. There's also an Odeon Imax, Sea Life Centre and a Legoland. Oh, and more than 60 restaurants to choose from if you work up an appetite while shopping. It's safe to say that The Trafford Centre has it all.
Address: Regent Crescent, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M17 8AA
Formerly the Lowry Outlet, Quayside MediaCityUK features 85 stores spread over two floors. And guess what? It has shops with up to 60% off on designer brands all year round. That means you can walk out with the best clobber at excellent low prices. Don't spend all your money on the latest fashion brands, though. There's a 400-seat food court where you can tuck into a treat after working up an appetite with all that shopping. Other features at Quayside MediaCityUK include a seven-screen cinema and health and fitness centre.
Address: Quayside MediaCityUK, The Quays, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester, M50 3AH
Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
Visit the first and largest UK designer outlet at Cheshire Oaks. There are more than 145 boutiques, restaurants and cafes where you can shop and dine. Expect to find brands like Nike, Adidas, Marks & Spencer, Next and fashion favourites such as Hugo Boss, Michael Kors and Burberry. Find a gem at a discounted price at Cheshire Oaks.
Address: Kinsey Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 9JJ
Arndale is the godfather of shopping centres in Manchester and has been going strong since opening in 1975. There's a huge selection of shops that include Apple, Monki and River Island. But you'll also find smaller, stylish boutiques as well as food outlets. Plus, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols are adjacent to the shopping centre, so you can shop with the best of them right in the heart of the city centre.
Market Street, New Cannon Street Mall, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 3AQ
A trip to Afflecks lets you indulge in the best of the indie scene in Manchester. It's located in the vibrant Northern Quarter and has everything from quirky clothes stores to places where you can buy top hats or get a tattoo. Afterwards, explore the local neighbourhood and try the many bars and restaurants in the Northern Quarter.
Address: 52 Church St, Manchester M4 1PW
The best shopping centres in Manchester
Whether you're after chain favourites, major discounts or quirky independents, the shopping centres in Manchester have you covered. Don't just visit one from our list, though – why not try them all as you treat yourself to some serious retail therapy? Sounds like a great day out in Manchester to us.