Manchester is full of surprises, from banners of protest to Bury black pudding, from Karl Marx's desk to George Best's Mini car. You can sip cocktails in a launderette, have a beer in an underground bar that used to be a toilet, nosh on Australian-style brunch or play ping-pong with your bartender. Shop in an organic whole-foods co-operative or visit the first Co-op where it all began. Discover half-timbered houses and hundreds of hats. Swim in a Victorian baths, whizz round Britain's first Olympic cycling track or relax in an art deco cinema – Manchester is not what you expect.