With all the world abuzz for the upcoming Barbie movie from Greta Gerwig, it’s safe to say that we’re all pretty preoccupied with pink. So if you feel like immersing yourself in the happy colour that is pink, we’ve got you. From wonderfully Instagrammable bars and restaurants to hidden pink-hued spots that are tucked away in plain sight, we’ve rounded-up the pinkest places in and around Manchester for the ultimate Barbie-core day out.
Baking up a storm in the form of gorgeous mini cake loaves and other sweet treats, Loaf is the pretty in pink nook sitting gorgeously on Oxford Road. When we say everything’s pink, we mean everything’s pink! The coffee machine, tables, chairs, the sign outside, the counter, the cups, the stairs… you get the picture. The OG shop in Salford also follows this theme, so either store is sure to make the boys wink. Loaf MCR, 83 Oxford St, Manchester, M1 6EG | Affinity Riverview, 29 New Bailey St, Manchester, Salford, M3 5GN.
Catch the biggest blockbuster of the summer among the palm trees and fiery sunset of Backyard Cinema’s Miami Beach. Located on the Depot Mayfield rooftop in Manchester is one of the newest pink places – a time-warping, pastel-pink paradise where you can sink into beanbags and watch as Margot Robbie’s brilliant Barbie and Ryan Gosling’s clueless Ken leave behind Barbie Land and discover the real world from July 28. Indulge in childhood nostalgia as the wondrous Barbie dreamhouse is brought to life and for an added dose of pink perfection head to the Flamingo Beach Bar which will be serving up themed concoctions fit for Barbie herself.
Archie’s most recent venue is a pink haven, with every single inch of the burger joint covered in the warm hue. And the décor is incredibly fun, too, with inflatable flamingos, neon signs, and even a ball pit to play in. The pink theme runs throughout all of Archie’s venues, too, so no matter which restaurant you pop to, you’re sure to be treated with an Instagrammable sight. Archie’s, 6 & 7, Gateway House, Piccadilly, M1 2GH.
4. Glass House/Nice Things
Manchester isn’t short of seriously gorgeous plant shops, and Glass House is by far one of the prettiest thanks to its stunning pink interior. The place is absolutely packed full of tropical-style plants and greenery – but be warned, you’ll probably be leaving with lighter pockets as a result. Glass House, 74 Princess St, M1 6JD | Nice Things, Oldham Street, M1 1JQ.
5. Sunset by Australasia
Decked out with beautiful art deco-style furnishings, Sunset by Australasia is every cocktail seeker’s dream. Enter through their outdoor terrace, and you’ll be greeted with cosy décor finished off with beautiful pink flowers, blankets, neon lights, and white picket fencing – and that’s all before you step inside the venue. Inside, you’ll find gorgeous pastel pink seating, with gold trimmings, a pink bar, and marble tables. Sunset by Australasia, 1 The Avenue, M3 3AP.
Menagerie has long been one of the prettiest venues in Manchester, with every corner looking picture perfect. From their ball-pool bathtub framed by a bright pink neon sign to the hottest table in the venue which is placed within a giant birdcage – there’s a lot to see. The majority of the decor is a candy pink shade, with a private dining room complete with pink furniture and sheer curtains. Menagerie, One New Bailey, New Bailey St, Salford, M3 5JL.
Taking oriental decor and turning it pink, Tattu is complete with a frequently photographed cherry blossom tree – standing tall in all of its pink glory. The whole venue is uplit with bright pink tones, with ever-luxurious finishings everywhere you turn. If you’re a fan of Asian food, we highly recommend it. Tattu, 3 Hardman Square, Gartside St, M3 3EB.
8. Copper and Blossom
Manchester’s girliest sleepover spot Copper and Blossom is a floral, pink paradise – perfect for a weekend in the city enjoying all that Manchester has to offer. From its pink velvet living room to its wisteria-laden sleeping area (not to mention the private bar), your Instagram is sure to be poppin’ after a stay here. Copper and Blossom, 46 Oldham Rd, Great Ancoats St, Ancoats, M4 5EE.
9. Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens
Fletcher Moss is a little piece of nature in an otherwise concrete jungle, filled with beautiful plants, trees and flowers. But the most showstopping, of course, is the cherry blossom trees – which loom over the gorgeous community park. In spring and summer, the trees stand in full bloom, perfect for sitting under while pretending you’ve escaped to Japan. It’s truly one of the most peaceful pink places in Manchester and is pretty good for you too! Fletcher Moss, 18 Stenner Ln, Didsbury, M20 2RQ.
10. Cocoa Cabana
Cocoa Cabana is Ancoats’ resident chocolatiers, and inside their lovely cafe, it’s pretty in pink. Enjoy lovely cocktails, cakes, and handcrafted chocolates, say hello to the owner’s pup, and relax in the baby pink surrounds on comfortable, velvet furniture that’ll persuade you to stay for hours. Cocoa Cabana, 7 Murray St, Ancoats, M4 6HS.
You can’t get any pinker than YES‘s Pink Room – an airy, vibrant space where gigs are frequently held. The ambiance is incredible in here, with every single nook and cranny painted bright pink, and hot pink lighting accompanying the tones of the room. It’s one of the most recognisable pink places in Manchester and we love that its function is music-specific. Next time they have an event on, why not immerse yourself in this wonderful room (which has fantastic acoustics!)? YES, 38 Charles St, M1 7DB.
Brand new to Trafford Palazzo, and very highly anticipated, is the pink paradise hailing from London, EL&N. The entire brand is built on its pinkness which fits in nicely with its purpose to bring people together and ‘Eat, Live and Nourish‘ yourself. The extremely Instagrammable surrounds of EL&N get people through the door, sure, but the food is also next level, with the brunch menu at the top of many foodies’ lists. If you’re passing the Trafford Centre, there’s no reason not to pop in and soak up the serotonin in one of the newest pink places in Manchester. EL&N, Ground Floor, Trafford Palazzo, Barton Dock Road, Manchester, M17 8AS.
13. Hearts for Homes
With Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester, really upping its game recently, why wouldn’t it have a pink-themed destination? Said destination is Hearts for Homes cafe, offering a “coffee and chill” experience, all within a peaceful pink environment. Not only is it lovely to have a sit down and take in all the pink, but next door is Hearts for Homes home and gift shop, so once you’re done you can have a wander around the beautifully crafted items there – although, the pink theme doesn’t follow through (sorry!). Hearts for Homes, 47 – 49 Bridge St, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 9AD.
14. Peru Perdu
Serving Peruvian and other South American cuisines, Peru Perdu provides something of a taste spectacular. Not only is the food amazing, but the restaurant is adorned with beautiful botanicals and has a pretty pink nook at one end to house intimate dinners or mate dates, and the pink theme pops up on walls and accessories all around the restaurant. Peru Perdu will also proudly be leading Manchester’s ‘rosé renaissance’ this summer, offering Rock Angel at £13 by the glass / £65 by the bottle (usually £14.5 / £75) – a top-quality rosé that promises freshness and poise – balanced with a powerful, edgy length. You also can’t miss the bright pink door that welcomes you into the space, setting the mood for your visit. Peru Perdu, 74 Princess St, Manchester, M1 6JD.
15. La Vie Cafe
Conveniently located on Deansgate, La Vie Cafe is a classic pink space, complete with a wall of roses, pink velvet chairs and pink food and crockery. The team is always coming up with new and inventive rose-tinted products, and you can get anything from a classic brunch of poached egg, salmon, and avo on sourdough toast, to massive coffees and red velvet cake with bright pink sauce. The afternoon teas are also exquisite, and a visit for a special occasion is made all the better seeing as La Vie is so ridiculously Instagrammable. La Vie Cafe, 48 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2FE.
16. Pink Island Cafe
A unique, almost film set-like cafe, Pink Island Cafe is housed Orion Business Park in Stockport, completely decked out in baby pink. The food is as pretty as the decor, with prop-standard sweet treats, packed pastries and full English breakfasts, as well as diner-style burgers and fries. With a pink castle structure, you’ll feel like you’re in a film, so pop over if you get the chance. Pink Island Cafe, Unit A, Orion Business Park, Bird Hall Ln, Stockport, SK3 0RT.
17. Beg Steal & Borrow
Vintage clothing shop Beg Steal & Borrow is a staple at Afflecks in Manchester, with its all-pink decor at odds with what you might expect from an Afflecks trader. The shop is unapologetically unique and the team are proud of the funky vibe and great stock they provide. The pink really gives you an insight into the variety of clothing they stock, and hopefully, you’ll feel really great shopping around and trying things on in amongst the prettiness. Beg Steal and Borrow, 2nd Floor, Afflecks, 52 Church St, Manchester, M4 1PW.