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Welcome to Manchester Food Walks! With new dates for 2024

Girls in Black MilkManchester Food Walks has been leading hungry visitors around Manchester for over ten years. Our tours combine a fascinating take on Manchester's history and culture with food from the city's best providers. Manchester's food scene is ever-changing, and we are always seeking out the best places to sample. Our main regular public walks are the Northern Quarter Taster and the Ancoats Taster. See below to book. Please note that we walk whatever the weather.

see dates for our current walks and book below!

Our two main walks run once per month from March to November. If you have an unused gift voucher, these will not expire and can be used whenever you would like to join us. We also guide private groups and bespoke walks - see below for details.

Tour guide at workIf you have an unused gift voucher, these will not expire and can be used whenever you would like to join us.
If you need to contact us about your walk, call John on +44 7590 848100.

Pizza at sliceYou can now buy vouchers to give the gift of a Manchester Food Walk. Just go to the type of walk you would like to purchase below and click on the BOOK NOW button. Select the Voucher option and you'll receive a code that the recipient can use to book onto any walk of that type. Follow us on twitter @mancfoodwalks or at


Hen party cocktail walkWe also guide private groups and can create a Manchester Food Walk for you, your company or your celebration. Previously, we have guided birthday celebrations, stags and hens, conference attendees and groups of friends and colleagues. From six guests upwards, we can design a route and cuisine that works for you. From Taster Walks in Spinningfields, the Southern Quarter, the Gay Village or Ancoats; Cake, Coffee or Cocktail walks; or Safari walks with a starter, main and dessert in three different locations; just email or call +44 7590 848100 if you would like us to discuss an idea for your group.

Northern Quarter Taster Walk

SATURDAYS 9 March, 13 April, 11 May, 8 June, 13 July, 10 August, 14 September, 12 October & 9 November

A roving lunch of five small plates in the best Northern Quarter eateries, accompanied by stories of Manchester's boho district, old and new. This is our original and most popular tour, looking at the district's history, from its historic markets, shops and rag traders to its cultural regeneration, highlights and attitude of today. You'll discover the history of Afflecks Palace and the Arndale, the curry cafes and the area's standout public art, and walk in the footsteps of some of Manchester's most famous names. Ticket price includes all food and guiding. Other drinks not included. £45 per person. Approximately two hours duration.

Start time:

11.30 AM


Under Piccadilly Gardens concrete Pavilion, next to Caffe Nero, close to Piccadilly Gardens Metrolink Station.

Group enjoying the Northern Quarter Taster tour


I booked the tour for friends visiting from the USA but those of us living in Manchester got so much out of it too! I've lived in the city for 23 years and discovered so many fascinating facts I didn't know. John has a plethora of knowledge about the city as well as a huge passion for it - and a huge passion for food too. The perfect combination!! - Emma G (TripAdvisor)

Manchester's Best Food Tour. I booked this for my family visiting from Ireland and it was absolutely brilliant. John combines the history of Manchester with incredible food and great craic! We had a fabulous day and having been on other food tours in Manchester, this is absolutely the best! - Miss A O (TripAdvisor)

We had the pleasure in taking the food walk around Manchester's Northern Quarter last night for my sister's Birthday. Our host John was great and informative, he took us to great places for good food and cocktails. I discovered loads about the Northern Quarter and places that I had never seen before. I'm already planning another trip to the Northern Quarter to try out some more restaurants. Great night out had by all! - Monica Myin

A perfect mix of food, history and street art with an intelligent and affable guide who took us to six very different food venues in the Northern Quarter ranging from the Northern Soul and Grilled Cheese on Church St to This and That curry cafe on Soap St. You can fill your boots as the tasters are very generous. I loved having things pointed out to me that I have passed by without glancing at such as the memorial in Piccadilly Gardens to those killed in the blitz. I would recommend this tour. I will personally be going back to the Northern Soul for a whole "Manc" toasted sandwich. - Niall Muphy

Couldn't have enjoyed it more. It proved interesting for tourists and locals alike, with a brill tour guide who was both funny and informative. Portions at each of the stops were generous and delicious, you really got to sample so much! Would recommend to anyone considering. - Charlotte Bonser

Discovered some new favourite food stops and learned lots about Manchester. Highly recommended and definitely take the advice to come hungry. - Lisa Scholes

Alley Milkshake Rice and three Soup and roll Street art Tapas Tour group

Ancoats Taster Walk

SUNDAYS 17 March, 21 April, 19 May, 16 June, 21 July, 18 August, 22 September, 20 October & 17 November

Discover the world's first industrial suburb - and what Time Out calls one of the coolest districts on the planet. From mills to millennials, the Hallé to hipsters, we'll share the stories of Manchester's most booming neighbourhood, stopping to sample tasters at five of the best new eateries in the city. Ticket price includes all food and guiding. Other drinks not included. £45 per person. Approximately two hours duration.

Start time:

12:00 noon


Outside Roche Bobois Furniture Store, 122-125 Great Ancoats Street M4 5AG (Junction with Redhill Street).

Vivid wall art


Excellent Ancoats food tour. Having been on many similar tours, this one would be up there with the best experience we have had. John, our guide, was very friendly and had encyclopaedic knowledge of the foodie spots in the area and of the history and architecture you pass along the way. With regard to value for money we stopped in five places for a variety of interesting cuisines. There was plenty of food, we certainly didn't leave hungry and indeed left with dessert to have later! - Rob G (TripAdvisor)

We will certainly be recommending it to family and friends. You was a great host and certainly made us rethink about where we would go to enjoy food and drink. - Andrew Roebuck

Really enjoyed Ancoats Taster Walk with John. Was not expecting so much food, skip breakfast if you are going! The food is so good and interesting as are the anecdotes about the area. The cake at the end is the best ever! - Jacki Hardman

Bright buildings Eating pastries Cafe plate Grey sculpture