Oldham Street, which shoots off northeast from Piccadilly Gardens, is the shabby gateway to the hip Northern Quarter. Traditionally, this is Manchester’s garment district and you’ll still find old-fashioned shops and wholesalers selling clothes, shop fittings, mannequins and hosiery alongside the more recent designer shops, music stores and trendy café-bars. Thomas Street is at the heart of the area; for details of some of the best shops around here, see Shopping.

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