South Manchester covers the south of Manchester as far south as the M60. It contains amongst others, the following neighbourhoods:
Historically, this was the home of many of the wealth merchants who traded in the city and is an area with strong Jewish links. It was further developed as railways grew with much more housing built in the 1930's. Now you will find a mixed academic cosmopolitan community with a smattering of media stars. The area is worth visiting for the remnants of an English village feel.
Most buses from Oxford Road and the Wilmslow Road that carry on further south will bring you to Didsbury.
Along Wilmslow Road you will find a small independent butcher, cheese merchant, and fishmongers. Heading a little further south past the shops will bring you to pubs clustered around the remnants of a village green, Parsonage Gardens, the lovely Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens, and access to the semi-rural Mersey valley. Check out the small tea room in the Fletcher Moss Gardens (only open afternoons at the weekend).