Eighth Day is Manchester's answer to London's WholeFoods. Famed for stocking vegan foods, condiments, fresh as well as dried, tinned, and packaged foods, Eighth Day is doing more than keeping up with appearances. Now who said everything was in the capital?
So Eighth Day at first glance looks relatively unassuming, but inside it is a treasure trove of health-food goodies, and vegan friendly products. It sells food, as well as beauty products that boast 80-100% natural ingredients. Health food lovers welcome to your Aladdin's cave.
There are two levels to Eighth Day: upstairs is the shop - purchase what you like from fresh purple and green kale and organic apples, to what they call 'natural body care' (think Weleda, and Antipodes products), and downstairs you'll find their cafe where they whisk up vegan-friendly, 100% vegetarian dishes in their cafe.
The cooked meals vary daily, but I strongly recommend the chick pea and lentil curry served with brown rice. It is not only good for your body, it is surprisingly delicious, well seasoned and filling. The bowl of food seems endless but you're soon enough hearing the familiar sound of cutlery scraping your empty dish.
Being a health-food store they are very much of-the-moment and use the food available, thus you must try their seasonal warming apple juice treat. It is perfect for the Winter months, and let's face it Manchester is freezing at this time of year. If you're dreaming of sunnier shores then let their juices transport you back to Summer, they are fresh and made with their on-site juicer.
Eighth Day is a firmly independent, but more specifically it is a workers co-operative, so it is the workers who 'own' the the shop, which makes for a fairer trade. With their website and Twitter feed constantly updated, you feel that they are truly on the customers side. You can't fail to be impressed with their array of healthy dishes, their enthusiasm for eating well, and their sheer passion for what they do.