Faber’s recent day trip to Manchester provided plenty of design inspiration. From quirky independent cafés and shops, to beautiful historic architecture and awe-inspiring street art – Manchester has it all. Here’s a few of our favourites…

Fig + Sparrow

The perfect spot for people watching, this lifestyle store and coffee house on Oldham street serves superb coffee and sells a selection of stationery, cards and other products by independent designers. @figsparrow

John Rylands Library

Old meets new at this late-Victorian neo-Gothic and contemporary building on Deansgate. Take a moment to soak up the tranquillity of the Historical Reading Room with its ecclesiastical style architecture.
@uomlibrary

Federal Cafe

Brunch is the speciality at Federal, a New Zealand-style café in Manchester’s vibrant Northern Quarter. Try the French toast, you won’t regret it.
@federalcafebar

Magma Magazines

This independent book and magazine shop is the perfect antidote to our soulless, Amazon-browsing shopping culture. The rows of beautifully displayed titles make Magma part bookshop, part gallery.
@magma_mcr

Street Art

Manchester’s Northern Quarter has some of the UK’s best examples of street art. Stevenson Square, Tariff Street, Back Piccadilly and Port Street are all hotspots.