Peter Crouch opened the scoring for Stoke, following up from his brilliant goal against the champions least season, with a controversial goal when he appeared to handle the ball twice before forcing his way through to toe-poke home past Joe Hart from close range.
City debutant Javi Garcia, who signed for Â£15.8million from Benfica, levelled 20 minutes later when he rose above the pack to head home Carlos Tevezâ€™s free-kick from the left flank.
City had the lionâ€™s share of possession and had a number of scoring chances throughout but Stokeâ€™s Asmir Begovic was on top of his game with no less than seven saves as Tony Pulisâ€™ men made life difficult for the champs.
City now sits fourth on the league table with two wins and two draws from their four outings whilst the Potters find themselves mid-table with four draws to start the season.
Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent â€“ 27,101
Yellow cards: STO - nil
MC - Javi Garcia 55â€™