Spend a day shopping in Altrincham
PUBLISHED: 00:00 24 June 2015 | UPDATED: 21:14 21 October 2015
Why Altrincham is the place to be this summer
With the revamped transport hub and a fantastic marketplace Altrincham is getting its mojo back.
This affluent location blighted by over development, has reinvented itself around the cool market house, where the model seems to be Boqueria in Barcelona, or Borough Market, London. Taste has replaced tat and everything is aimed at shoppers who care about the quality and the provenance of the food they eat as well as the buzzing ‘experience’.
Proof of its popularity is evident, the hipster crowd who come here for freshly baked wood-fired pizza, tapas and ice cool craft beer are helping breathe new life into a town which until the recession hit always had lots to attract visitors and those who make their home here.
The market next door to the hall boasts a fishmonger, butcher and cheese stall on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, plus fresh fruit and vegetables, plants and flowers and a variety of regular stalls including ladies’ fashion . The weekly Sunday markets are deservedly very popular; offering the best in North-Western produce and unique products, with a regular schedule of different themes.
Altrincham’s shopping experience includes the smart ‘townie’ Stamford Quarter, a major retail area with anchor department stores and high street favourites. Really, there are few towns like this where you’re able to buy high end cosmetics, or high class jewellery with the kind of customer care that’s traditional, friendly and down-to-earth.
There’s a village square atmosphere too at Goose Green which is a great spot for lunch or coffee and of course is a lovely place to sit alfresco on the quaint cobbled streets and watch the world go by in the sunshine.
One of the main attractions of Altrincham has always been its independent specialist shops and visitors can find everything from designer clothing to vintage in areas such as The Downs.
Greenwood Street, Market Street and Shaws Road also boast some unique shops, bars and restaurants, while nearby Local Creation arts centre is a hive of activity with working studios and regular exhibition.
Where is Altrincham?
Altrincham is eight miles southwest of Manchester city centre and takes around 20-30 minutes by Metrolink or rail
Altrincham Market is one of the major attractions in the town. Check out the special artisan markets each weekend. On the first Sunday of the month the market focuses on home, house and garden market, the second Sunday of the month is the farmers, producers and makers market, the third Sunday is devoted to vintage fashion and furniture and the fourth Sunday of the month is the craft and hand-made market.