STUDIOS AND CAFÉ
Mon – Sat 10:00am – 5:30pm
Sundays – 11:00am- 5:00pm*
*Please note not all of our artist/makers studios may be open
Mon – Fri 10:00 am – 5:00pm
“The place to make, see and buy contemporary craft and design in the North West”
Winner of: Manchester Tourism Awards 2013, best ‘Independent Tourism Retailer’
Visit us to buy something handmade, bespoke and personal at Manchester Craft & Design Centre. If you need a break from the humdrum of the city or a holiday from the high street, you’ll find an altogether different shopping experience at MCDC. An oasis of calm in the city – we’re just five minutes from Manchester’s main shopping areas of Market Street, the Arndale Centre and Afflecks Palace.
Situated in the heart of Manchester’s vibrant Northern Quarter with its coffee shops, restaurants, bars and independent retailers, the Centre occupies a converted Victorian market building, complete with many of its original and quirky fixtures and fittings.
Once the home of the city’s retail fish market, the building now features two floors of contemporary studios where you can buy handmade directly from designer-makers, as well as eat homemade from Oak St Café Bar, a destination in its own right. Bursting with delicious, home cooked food – using local and responsibly sourced produce – Oak Street Café Bar has been celebrated as a top five destination for coffee in Manchester by leading cultural critics.
At MCDC you can browse jewellery, bags, ceramics, interior accessories, furniture, paintings, baby wear and much more. Think differently when it comes to Christmas, birthdays, christenings, weddings and civil partnerships, and other special events. Or celebrate the people who are special to you with something as special as they are. Start a conversation with an artist and commission something unique. Find out more about our studios and resident designer-makers.
The Centre also runs an exciting and varied exhibitions programme showcasing both British and international contemporary craft and design. Our popular events programme gives you the opportunity to learn craft skills from our resident artists and exhibitors, and if you’re an aspiring or established designer-maker we offer a range of professional development activities as part of our free digital MCDC Network.
Manchester Craft & Design Centre is grateful for the generous support of Arts Council England and Manchester City Council.
The Centre’s patron and elbow frontman, Guy Garvey, has this to say:
“Years ago I’d sit and scribble in the cafe, or wander around the shops watching people work. It’s one of those warm personal destinations that I’ll meet friends from out of town in, and if you like to give personal gifts then there is nowhere better in the North West. I’m very proud to be a patron.”