Get your daily caffeine dose with a side of escapism.
If there’s one thing Manchester does incredibly well, it’s coffee shops you’ll want to sit in for hours, watching the day pass by. From the stripped-back, fresh wooden finishes, to botanicals galore – our city has something for every taste. Check out our guide to the best places to get coffee in Manchester.
1. Foundation Coffee House
Brewers of their own coffee sourced from Peru, Foundation Coffee House knows how to make a good cuppa. Providing a super social space in the heart of the Northern Quarter, their flagship location is the perfect place for freelancers or remote workers to head for a break, with small brunch plates on offer if you’re a little peckish. Overall, they have three sites in the city, so there’s plenty of opportunities to give them a try if you’re in passing. Foundation Coffee House, Sevendale House, Lever St, M1 1JB | Whitworth Street, M1 6JD | Portland Street, M1 3HU.
A popular spot among Mancs for both coffee and brunch, Federal Cafe & Bar has an array of coffees on offer for both drink-in or takeaway. But in addition to their high-quality coffees, the much-loved cafe also serves Australian fave Hot Milo, as well as hot drinks such as beetroot latte, turmeric latte and matcha green tea. Basically, it’s a haven for hot drinks. Federal has two sites across the city. Federal Cafe & Bar, 9 Nicholas Croft, Northern Quarter, M4 1EY | 194 Deansgate, M3 3ND.
3. Ezra & Gil
A true contender for the best brunch spot in Manchester, Ezra & Gil offers a lively vibe with coffee, large brunch plates and small snacks for those visiting to socialise. Naturally, it attracts freelancers and remote workers by the bucket load, but on a weekend, it becomes a bustling neighbourhood hotspot for those seeking a hangover cure. The place is super urban (and prides itself on being so!), and offers a wide range of hot drinks to relax with. Ezra & Gil, 20 Hilton St, M1 1FR.
4. Ancoats Coffee Co.
Hidden away in Royal Mills, Ancoats, you’ll find a low-lit but welcoming coffee shop called Ancoats Coffee Co. – a lovely little quiet spot where you can work, relax or hide away from the chaos of the city. The speciality coffee roasters source coffee from all over the world, sustainably produced and high quality to bring the best possible flavour to Mancunian coffee fans. In addition to coffee, they also serve pastries, sandwiches and baked goods to accompany. Ancoats Coffee Co., 9, Royal Mill, 17 Redhill St, Ancoats, M4 5BA.
5. Fig + Sparrow
Another city centre spot perfect for working in, Fig + Sparrow is incredibly warm and welcoming, with some outdoor seating allowing guests to take in the hustle and bustle of city life. Serving up top-quality coffee that they sourced from the North East, Fig + Sparrow also sells gifts and design products, too – a great little touch to the cosy independent cafe. Fig + Sparrow, 20 Oldham St, M1 1JA.
6. Soul Coffee
Soul Coffee is (fairly) new to the Ancoats scene, serving up lovely, aesthetically pleasing coffees along with gelato and sweet treats to accompany. A great spot to fulfil both your caffeine craving and your sweet tooth, guests can enjoy Italian treats such as Affogato, gelato and traditional coffees, as well as stacked waffles, baked treats, and super thick french toast. Soul Coffee, 48 Great Ancoats St, M4 5AB.
Grindsmith has gained quite the cult following of coffee lovers in Manchester, with two sites now open serving their own-brand speciality blends. Each cafe features simple, stripped-back decor with a casual, laid-back feel that’s perfect for stopping by for a quick brew. As well as seriously good coffee, guests can also enjoy pancakes, toast dishes and other brunch and breakfast items to fill up on at breakfast or lunch. Grindsmith, 62 Bridge St, M3 3BW | 5-6 The Garage, MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2BS.
8. Pot Kettle Black
A coffee shop that has gone from strength to strength since its opening in 2014, Pot Kettle Black has two locations in Manchester – including Barton Arcade and Spinningfields. The coffee shop is inspired by our friends in Australia and New Zealand, taking pride in coffee culture and experimenting with only the best beans in the game. The chilled coffee shops bring a welcome summer vibe to the city, and if you’re stopping by, we highly recommend you try their bakes too. Pot Kettle Black, 14 Barton Arcade, M3 2BW | 1 Hardman Street, Spinningfields, M3 3AQ.
9. Feel Good Club
The fairly new in town Feel Good Club is literally dedicated to helping improve mental wellbeing, not only from the beautifully positive notes left on each coffee cup, but with the spacious, happy decor and mental health first aid trained workforce, too. Now complete with an outdoor terrace, the coffee shop is the perfect place to shut off from the world every once in a while, with brunch dishes and plenty of snacks on the menu to try while you watch the day pass by. Feel Good Club, 26-28 Hilton St, M1 2EH.
[Featured image: Grindsmith]