Today we went to Manchester to enjoy its famous Christmas markets. They are very popular and therefore crowded, especially before Christmas, so we decided to go now.
In many cities a Christmas market is concentrated on the main square. In Manchester, the markets are spread across 9 streets and squares… but they are connected and you can do a nice “market crawl”.
You can find there the usual things you would expect from a Christmas market: lots of decorations, gift ideas and – food. Two streets are dedicated to a specific nation – you can find a German market on St Ann’s Square and a French market on King Street. There are also many individual stalls with products from other countries – we saw an Italian stall with prosciutto, cheese, salami etc., a Spanish restaurant with paella, a French cafe, a Dutch cheese stall, another Italian confectionery stall, many places with German bratwurst and beer, a Portuguese stall with jams and chutneys, a Greek stall, you name it.
The majority of restaurants and places to eat or drink in are non-stop full, so you are lucky if you can find some standing place next to a barrel alias a small table. It´s better to give up trying to find a place on the main square and focus on smaller side streets.