Our guide to where to warm up this autumn.
The wintery chill is officially setting in for the remainder of 2021, and we’re officially swapping our signature Aperol Spritz for something a little more warming to the soul. Whether it’s a proper good cuppa tea you favour or a strong cup of Joe – we’ve rounded up our favourite, cosy coffee shops to visit in Manchester this autumn.
1. Ancoats Coffee Co
Tucked away in the historic Royal Mills building in Ancoats, Ancoats Coffee Co is a cosy escape from the world, with an almost underground feel thanks to its location in the centre of the mill. There, Mancs can enjoy a hot cup of Ancoats Coffee Co’s very own coffee, alongside freshly baked pastries, brownies, cakes and delicious sandwiches. The perfect hideaway for a rainy day, guests can cosy up and get comfy on a sofa, while forgetting about the outside world for a while. Ancoats Coffee Co, 9, Royal Mill, 17 Redhill St, Ancoats, M4 5BA.
New in town by St. Peter’s Square, Haunt is a great spot to wind down with a coffee – with a classic Italian vibe running throughout the stunning period building. Get cosy in a corner with a cup of delicious, freshly ground coffee, before tucking into an Italian ciabatta sandwich filled with pastrami, smoked pancetta, salmon or mortadella. If that wasn’t all, the venue transforms into a wonderful wine bar later in the day, so you can fill up on antipasti while relaxing with a glass of vino. Haunt, 58 Peter St, M2 3NQ.
3. 19 Cafe Bar
Just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly Gardens, 19 Cafe Bar is not only a great spot to grab a coffee, but also to fill up on delicious pancake stacks, too. From frappes and flat whites to cappuccinos and hot Biscoff, there’s tons to try out on the drinks menu, alongside mouthwatering stacks complete with Kinder, Biscoff, bacon and maple syrup, and classic brunch dishes that make the perfect companion for a hot coffee. 19 Cafe Bar, 19 Lever St, M1 1BY.
4. Chapter One
One of the best places in the city to curl up with a book – particularly on a rainy day – Chapter One Books offers incredibly cosy decor, with plenty of books to browse as part of their store, freshly baked cakes, and, of course, hot cups of coffee on offer. Their coffee and tea selection is extensive, but for us, it’s all about the impressive array of cakes available. Tuck into flavours such as red velvet, carrot cake, sticky salted caramel and more, before trying out one of their many coffee specials. Chapter One Books, Chatsworth House, 19 Lever St, M1 1BY.
5. Sugar Junction
Long reigning as one of the Northern Quarter’s quaintest cafes, Sugar Junction is as cosy as they come, amplifying the typical bare bricks of the NQ with China patterns and lace table wear reminiscent of the days when ladies really did lunch. A place where guests can enjoy warming teas and coffees as the rain condenses on the windows, Sugar Junction offers a huge menu of drinks, covering everything from your classic coffees and herbal teas, to cocktails, gins and so much more. If that wasn’t enough already, there are tons of cakes and puds on offer, too, with regularly changing flavours behind the counter. Sugar Junction, 60 Tib St, M4 1LG.
6. Atkinsons at Mackie Mayor
Mackie Mayor really is the kind of place that you can get lost in for a while. Pull up a stool on the mezzanine and watch as the ground floor goes about its day, and you’ll see what I mean. Served by Atkinsons Coffee Roasters, guests can enjoy an array of the roasters very own blends, with speciality teas on offer, too. You probably won’t want to turn down their cakes, either. Mackie Mayor, 1 Eagle St, M4 5BU.
7. La Collina
A low-lit, yet welcoming space found on Tariff Street, La Collina brings a taste of Tuscany to the city with its coffee offering, serving up classic drinks such as the Espresso Macchiato, the double Ristretto, and classics such as the flat white, cappuccino and the Americano. Food-wise, things are kept pretty Italian, too, with Cannolis, Schiacciata and more available to order from behind the counter. La Collina, 18 Tariff St, M1 2FN.
8. 200 Degrees
Sticking with the classic industrial theme that Manchester seems to have gravitated towards – but foregoing hardwood chairs for cosy furnishings – 200 Degrees offers a bright and airy spot in the city to watch the day go by, with huge, light-flooded windows overlooking the street. Serving up their own coffee roasts, guests can enjoy a cosy cup of coffee made with Brazilian beans, as well as orange hot chocolates, loose leaf tea and yummy cakes. 200 Degrees, 75 Mosley St, M2 3HR.