Bored on a Saturday? Visit the Saturday markets that are now a firm fixture every week in Piccadilly Gardens.
What you'll find: handmade goods, a few handbag stalls, nothing really for men, in terms of what the stalls have on offer, but to the left of the handmade stuff is the street food market. Manchester Saturday Markets is more about the food, than the accompanying arts and crafts stalls. Chill here for a few hours with a beer and food of your choice.
For hungry foragers of a Saturday afternoon try Caribbean Hut, Hot Dogs, or End of the Rainbow bakery stand - everything on here is only £1! And they offer a slice of cake & hot drink for £2. Bargain times ahead. Whichever takes your fancy will be a good choice because they're local, it's a cheaper lunch than what you'd get for 'street food' in a restaurant, and it's spring so the sun will be shining.
The stall are still worth a visit though, because some of the jewellery is from Ethipoia and Sri Lanka, and are all hand-made pieces. Each is individual, and you won't find the exact same on the High Street.
Watch out for the stall that sells traditional wood salad tossers, wooden pestle and mortars and other wooden kitchen accessories. It's overpriced, and the quality isn't good for what they're charging.
There's a nice, easy vibe at this Saturday market; people are 'oohing'-and 'aahing' over the paraphernalia that deserves such projections and are relaxed because the food and drink on offer is new. The market is mostly an adults-only area, even though children are welcome they might become easily bored because there isn't really anything 'for' them.