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Eating out

With a diverse array of delectable delights on offer, Manchester is a gastronome's paradise, providing everything from high-class dining to top-notch takeaways.

Fine dining venues, such as The Lowry's River Restaurant and The Midland Hotel's French Restaurant, vie with one another for sophisticated culinary dominance, while at the other end of the spectrum a more relaxed, hearty pub meal awaits at one of Manchester's numerous traditional public houses.

Hungry herbivores will find the vegetarian movement has many supporters in Manchester, with cafes such as Earth Cafe and restaurants such as Greens in Didsbury offering options for a tasty, meat-free pick-me-up.

Almost any international cuisine can be found in Manchester if you know where to look. Chinatown supplies gastronomic delights from countries across the Far East, while specialist European venues offering everything from tapas to taramasalata are sprinkled across the city. Rest assured, your individual tastes will be catered for somewhere in the city, from Halal or Kosher to gluten-free!

Perhaps the most famous dining experience in the city is found in the neon lights and spicy aromas of the Curry Mile. This stretch of road in Rusholme hosts more curry houses per square mile than anywhere else in the country - the perfect place for chilling with a korma after a hard day's study, or picking up a fiery vindaloo in the wee small hours.