Talking taxidermy and meat-free Manchester with Jane Bowyer, illustrator of our Valencia guide.
Tell us your three favourite places where you live: one restaurant or bar, one shop and one thing to do.
Manchester is a very vegetarian/vegan-friendly city. One of my favourite places to eat is Greens in Didsbury (a short tram ride from the city centre) because I can eat anything on the menu! The vegetarian black pudding is must-try!
My studio is based in the city centre so I’m always going to Fred Aldous for all my art supplies. The shop was opened in Manchester by Mr Fred Aldous in 1886 and is still loved by local designers and makers today. From cards to cotton, pens to paper it’s got everything you need – it’s a real Aladdin’s cave. If you pass by this shop in Manchester’s Northern Quarter don’t forget to check out their fantastic window displays which usually feature the work of local designers, makers and artists.
Manchester is a city known for its love of music. One of my favourite music venues is Matt & Phreds known for showcasing local and international jazz acts. Try and get there during happy hour because you get a free pizza – a whole one too, not just a slice – when you buy two alcoholic drinks.
Tell us your three favourite places anywhere in the world: one restaurant or bar, one shop and one thing to do.
This is so hard! I feel very lucky to have been to so many great places. The ruin bars in Budapest are a great place to go for a drink in the evening – in summer or winter. Szimpla Kert is probably the most well-known.
Deyrolle in Paris is a taxidermy shop that’s been open since 1831. I probably wouldn’t buy anything from this shop but it’s absolutely fascinating to walk around – especially as an illustrator, as you get to study the anatomy of creatures and beasties you wouldn’t be able to get so close to if they were alive!
I visited Stockholm for the first time in Autumn and I have very fond memories of walking around Rosendals Trädgård as the leaves were changing. It is a beautiful public garden and green space right in the heart of the city and a great place to blow away the cobwebs and breathe in fresh air. There are cafes, shops and a bakery in the gardens. It is famous for its practical research into biodynamic agriculture.
What’s favourite city or place to visit?
Somewhere I would like to go back to is New York. There is so much to see and do there that I barely scratched the surface on my last visit. Nothing can quite describe that feeling you get when you see the Manhattan skyline on the horizon from the back of a taxi. I would also love to escape the rain and go back to the sandy beaches of Tangalle in Sri Lanka.