While working from home is most definitely a fantastic way of getting the most out of your rent (our cost-per-use at this point is pennies!), sometimes, our white-walled fortresses can get a little lonely. But, luckily for us, we just so happen to live in one of the most freelance-friendly cities in the UK – packed full of amazing coffee shops that welcome remote workers with open arms and a hot brew on the daily. Fancy a change of scenery? Read on for our picks of the best places for co-working in Manchester.
Where is it? 📍 BrewDog, Scottish Mutual House, 35 Peter St, M2 5BG.
What’s on offer? ☕️ Aptly named DeskDog, guests can pop by BrewDog and hot desk for the day. Costing just £7 per day, hot deskers get unlimited coffee, Wifi, and a free pint of Punk IPA to polish off once you’re done. Not only that, but the venue is, of course, dog-friendly, so if you’re worried about leaving your pooch behind, you don’t have to.
2. Chapter One Books
Where is it? 📍 Chapter One Books, Chatsworth House, 19 Lever St, M1 1BY.
What’s on offer? ☕️ Chapter One is a coffee shop-bookshop hybrid, providing a nice quiet space for both remote workers and those just looking for a coffee and a read in peace. Enjoy cakes and coffees, cosy seating, and lovely decor. What better accompaniment to a day of work?
3. Oppidan Social
Where is it? 📍 Oppidan Social, 23 Edge St, M4 1HW.
What’s on offer? ☕️Formerly known as Ziferblat, Oppidan Social allows guests to pay for their time spent there by the minute, costing just 8p per minute. It’s perfect for those who don’t like to commit to spending too much time in the office, and even includes free food and drink – including pastries, breakfast, snacks and more.
4. Whitworth Locke
Where is it? 📍 Whitworth Locke, 74 Princess St, M1 6JD.
What’s on offer? ☕️ Whitworth Locke is a seriously chic spot in Manchester’s Civic Quarter, with cafe-style seating, coffees and brunch on the menu, and gorgeous decor throughout. Not only that, but guests can also take advantage of the on-site Foundation Coffee House, or the lovely South American Peru Perdu next door.
5. Foundation Coffee House
Where is it? 📍 Foundation Coffee House, Sevendale House, Lever St, M1 1JB.
What’s on offer? ☕️ Foundation Coffee House has long been a favourite of freelancers, so it’s no surprise that it’s usually pretty busy come late afternoon. Enjoy delicious brunch dishes, plenty of plug points and different types of seating, as well as tasty hot drinks such as coffees and teas.
6. The Daisy
Where is it? 📍 The Daisy, below Evelyn’s Cafe Bar, g18, 44 Tib St, M4 1LA.
What’s on offer? ☕️ When you put the words ‘co-working’ and ‘bar’ into the same sentence, I’m somehow convinced that leaving the house is a great idea. Co-working space-come-cocktail bar The Daisy can be found in the basement below Evelyn’s Cafe Bar – providing a stylish place for Mancs to work. If that wasn’t all, at the end of the day you can stay for some tasty cocktails, too. The perfect way to end a day at work if you ask me.
7. Ezra & Gil
Where is it? 📍 Ezra & Gil, 20 Hilton St, M1 1FR.
What’s on offer? ☕️ Another of Manchester’s most popular freelancer spots, Ezra & Gil boasts a bustling atmosphere – perfect for those who love proper cafe vibes and little something going on around them while they work. Perch up by the window on their back bar that overlooks the busy Northern Quarter, enjoy some of the city’s best brunch dishes, and rest assured there’ll be plenty of tasty coffee to get you through the day.
Where is it? 📍 Takk, 6 Tariff St, M1 2FF.
What’s on offer? ☕️ Takk in Manchester’s Northern Quarter isn’t just a fantastic spot to get your caffeine fix, but also a great place to work from if you fancy getting out of the house for a bit. Enjoy the stripped back, industrial decor that’s synonymous with the Northern Quarter, fill up on hot brews, and take advantage of the delicious array of brunch dishes on offer.