I’ll be completely honest with you, this is not going to be the most exciting blog post you’ll read on almostginger.com. I just wanted to write about what I got up to on my 25th birthday weekend so I can remember what I did in a few years time. You know, just to preserve the memories.
As much as I love writing guides and super helpful tips, I just like recounting what I’ve done. Sometimes it feels like I’m downloading my memories onto this blog and then I can (say it with me Friends fans) live forever as a machine!!
Lol, maybe not.
But, I do want to start writing a little more day-to-day stuff, especially as I’m going to Italy this summer. If it’s not something you’re interested in, that’s totally fine! I have tonnes of other posts.
Anywho, this is what I got up to (with my boyfriend, of course!) on my 25th birthday weekend in Manchester. (Spoiler alert: it was pretty chill).
My 25th Birthday Weekend in Manchester
Okay, it wasn’t technically a weekend because my birthday was on a Tuesday this year, but near enough. I chose to spend it in Manchester because my boyfriend lives near and, of course, I lived there for six years before moving back home last summer. And if you want a chill but nice birthday, I don’t think you can do any better than Manchester!
We stayed at The Principal Hotel in Manchester
We stayed for one night (the night before my birthday) at The Principal Hotel on Oxford Street. It’s been rebranded in the last couple of years and since I’d already stayed at Hotel Gotham, I fancied something different.
It was a really, really nice hotel. However, we were out and about for both days and the evening so it seemed a bit of a waste to spend so much money. Note to self: book a mid-price hotel when I don’t plan on spending a lot of time there.
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We ate at Evuna, Evelyn’s Cafe Bar and Mackie Mayor
After checking into The Principal, we headed out for food. I’d been itching to try one of Manchester’s several Spanish restaurants ever since I got back from a fantastic two weeks in Spain last year.
We settled on Evuna because they had a good reputation and listed croquettes on the menu. AKA the tastiest Spanish dish ever. Aside from ordering way too much tapas, it was such a nice dinner. Alhambra lager has got to be a firm favourite now, too.
For breakfast (and my actual birthday) I chose Evelyn’s Cafe Bar. I had read about the cafe on Pack Your Passport when Beverley visited Manchester a few months ago. It seemed like a moderately priced but nice brunch place in the Northern Quarter. Even though some of the choices were a little too out there for me (and even Cole too!) we both had eggs and avocado on toast. It’s actually the best eggs and avocado on toast I’ve ever had. And they EVEN sold chai lattes, my fave. So, I couldn’t have picked a better spot.
And finally, for lunch on my birthday, we headed to Mackie Mayor. Funnily enough, Cole recommended we eat here before knowing I’d already chosen it for our lunch. If you’ve ever been to the Time Out Market in Lisbon, it’s kind of like that but smaller. It’s like a posh food hall. Everyone sits on the benches in the middle of the building and orders food from whatever vendor takes their fancy. Such a good idea! Cole had a beef wrap thing from one place and I had pizza from a different place. We were SO stuffed.
We watched Ready Player One in IMAX 3D
After eating at Evuna the day before my birthday, we headed to Vue in The Printworks to watch Ready Player One in IMAX 3D. It’s not usually my kind of film, and we both prefer IMAX 2D, but you know what? Nothing makes me happier than watching films and it was nice to see something a bit different/special. I had originally wanted to watch a play or do something different, but nothing seemed as appealing as watching a film.
We Visited The People’s History Museum
Finally, for the morning of my birthday, we went to look around The People’s History Museum. I’ve been to a few Manchester museums and, aside from , they do let the side down a bit. They’re just not to the standard of, say, London Museums.
However, this museum had recently been rehoused and honestly, I was really impressed. The exhibitions detailed the history of British Government since before the Peterloo Massacre, through the suffragette movement, into the World Wars, the Miners strike of the 1980s to present day. It covered UK/English history but with a slight focus on Manchester and the North.
Honestly, I just thought it was really well put together and I learned a lot.
After we ate lunch on my birthday, I went back to Cole’s home where he was an absolute #topboyfriend and let me blow out my candles twice so I could get good photographs. No, really, I did. I’m completely shameless. My birthday cake was a replica of the one in Sixteen Candles (1984) from Cole’s Binging with Babish cookbook.
Overall, a really nice, relaxing birthday!
And that was what I got up to for my 25th Birthday weekend in Manchester! Do you remember what you did for your 25th birthday? Let me know in the comments below!