8 Awesome Establishments to Explore in Downtown Manchester


If you haven’t put Manchester New Hampshire on a list of places to visit, I’d say it’s about time you did.  It’s a bustling city with a myriad of things to see and do.  From arts and culture and history to some great entertainment, and of course some incredible food! Where to begin? Well, here’s eight stops to put on your list for your next visit to town.

Visit the Currier Museum of Art

A must stop on any trip to Manchester, is the Currier Museum of Art.  This internationally renowned museum is located right near downtown and boasts 15,000 pieces in its permanent collection.  There’s such an incredible variety of artists from Matisse, Moet, Picasso, Okeeffe and Wyeth just to name a few.  Explore the many paintings, photographs, decorative art and sculpture works that are on display.  Through the Currier, you can also explore the Zimmerman House designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  And be sure to check out the many other ways you can experience art through one of their classes or workshops for kids and adults!

Catch a Show at the Palace Theater

Stop by the Palace Theater to catch a show. This theater is more than a century old and truly a unique one of a kind facility.  The theatre first opened its doors back in 1915 and you really get a sense of the history when you walk inside.  It has undergone renovations over the years to be restored to what it is today.  It has almost 900 seats, and there are many who often say wherever your seat is, it’s a good one. So, what type of shows can you see?  Between events produced by the Palace, events presented by the Palace and events performed here by outside groups, there is an incredible line up of live shows on their calendar.  In addition, they also have a youth theatre group which offers an opportunity for students ages 8 to 18 to try their hand at performing!

Experience Farm to Table Cuisine at The Crown 

Manchester is becoming more and more known for its culinary scene. With more than 250 independently owned restaurants it’s a pretty safe bet you can find something to satisfy just about any palate.  I’ve heard great things about the Crown Tavern, so we headed there. Let’s start by saying everything is made from scratch. The chefs source ingredients from local farms and producers whenever possible which results in fantastically fresh flavor.  The menu is so creative.  We absolutely loved the wood-fired pizza, the sauce was incredible! The other dishes we tried, the crown burger and veal were so good too! The vibe is relaxed and fun, and in the warmer weather they offer the option to dine al fresco! With a location right off Elm Street, and right across from the Palace, why not plan a dinner and show combo!

Immerse Yourself in History at the Millyard Museum

 Celebrate the history of Manchester with a tour of the Millyard Museum.  The city’s history dates back 11,000 years to when the Native Americans first settled here.  It’s a fascinating story that highlights the largest textile manufacturer in the world – Amoskeag Mills. At its height the mills employed 17,000 workers who made 450 miles of fabric every day! Here’s a fun fact – denim for the first Levis ever made came from Manchester.  Amoskeag was not only known for its textiles, but rifles and steam operated fire engines too, which were known around the world as some of the finest firefighting apparatus.  Check out the city’s Hall of Fame which features a number of famous faces. Use their mobile app on your smartphone or tablet to enhance your visit or use it to take a tour from just about anywhere in the world.

SNHU Arena

Put the SNHU Arena on your schedule if you’re looking to see professional sports, a concert or  other large scale event.  The arena is the home of the Manchester Monarchs Hockey Team and is located right in the heart of the city.  Seating capacity is upwards of 10,000 people depending on the event and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Pho Golden Bowl   

In an unassuming spot just off Elm Street you’ll find The Golden Bowl. The menu is devoted to authentic Chinese and Vietnamese Cuisine.  They offer everything from noodle bowls to rice plates, vermicelli too but they’re best known for their chicken and beef pho and their chicken rice plate.  Their Pho is made from scratch with spices from all over the world. Our dishes were piping hot, light and delicious!

Make it a Game Night at Boards & Brews

Two words: Boards Brews.  That’s right play your favorite game at Boards and Brews board game cafe!  How cool is that? They’ve got an awesome collection of more than 1700.  From Ticket to Ride to Monopoly and everything in between. Like to try something new?  The staff is more than happy to teach you. I’d never heard of Pit before stopping by, but a quick overview and I’m playing like a pro, well almost! Come in with family or friends for a game day or night.  It’s the perfect place for passionate gamers or anyone just looking for some good ole fashioned fun!

Enjoy Live Music 6 Nights a Week at Strange Brew Tavern

In the mood for live music? Head over to Strange Brew Tavern!  Strange Brew is home to Manchester’s longest running blues jam and features some of the best blues and acoustic artists in all of New England. Catch the acts Tuesdays through Sundays with Sunday nights devoted to Jam time.  In addition to live music, the tavern has a huge selection of craft beer and hearty pub food so sit back grab a bite and brew and get ready for some great music!

That’s just a sampling of some of the things you can see and do. For additional ideas and  resources to help you plan your trip, be sure to check the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce website. Just a reminder to follow our travels around the state on Facebook and Instagram!