If there’s one thing Manchester has no shortage short of, it’s great places to grab a coffee.
But what if cappuccinos and caramel lattes are not up your street?
Not to worry, here are some of the most interesting alternatives to an espresso that the city has to offer.
Adventurous loose leaf teas from Proper Tea
— Proper Tea (@propertearooms) December 15, 2015
Proper Tea is must-visit destination for tea enthusiasts. Their tea expertise is second to none in Manchester and although there are 30 teas on their regular menu, the more adventurous tea drinkers can take a look at the “Tea Explorer” menu for the latest selection of exclusive special teas hand-picked from around the world.
Proper Tea at Manchester Cathedral, Cathedral Yard, Manchester, M3 1SQ, properteadeveloper.com
Birthday Cakeshake from Home Sweet Home
— Home Sweet Home GN (@homesweethomegn) November 2, 2015
Self-declared as “the greatest lil cake & shake joint in the Wild (North) West”, Home Sweet Home now occupies two locations at opposite sides of the city centre. Happily both of them sell their amazing dairy ice cream milkshakes, including the Birthday Cakeshake made from birthday cake, buttercream, ice cream and party rings.
Home Sweet Home, 49-51 Edge Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1HW, homesweethomenq.com
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate from BonBon
— Bonbon Boutique (@Bonbon_NQ) January 13, 2016
This tiny chocolate shop in the Northern Quarter is known by locals to serve the best hot chocolate in Manchester made from real melted chocolate. Thick, rich and indulgent, there are seven types of chocolate to choose from (or a combination of several), but unsurprisingly the salted caramel flavour wins the prize for the most popular.
Bonbon Chocolate Boutique, 9 John Street, Manchester, M4 1EQ, bonbonchocolate.co.uk
The Northern Quarter Blend from Sugar Junction
— Helen Bainbridge (@HelenBainbridge) February 28, 2016
There’s a nice selection of teas at this elegant vintage-style tea room, which always come served in mismatched china. They even offer their own blend – a Sri Lankan Black Tea with caramel notes and hops designed to capture the essence of their quirky Northern Quarter location.
Sugar Junction, 60 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LG, sugarjunction.co.uk
Superman Juice from Federal Café & Bar
The city’s new favourite brunch venue has a great accompaniment for their popular smashed avo and eggs – Superman Juice! The super-food smoothie is made and bottled in house and is both tasty and full of fresh, organic ingredients – avocado, ginger, kale, banana, lime, apple, pear, coconut water and omega seeds.
Federal Café & Bar, 9 Nicholas Croft, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1EY, federalcafe.co.uk
Oh Sweet Jeez Shake from All Star Lanes
Milkshake needs have been met. Amen! pic.twitter.com/LoeHooCbu3
— All Star Lanes MCR (@AllStarLanesMCR) March 27, 2016
It’s like being in the cast of Grease in a venue that offers bowling as well as burgers and retro shakes made with real ice cream. “Oh Sweet Jeez” is the correct response for an indulgent shake that contains chocolate, caramel, banana and peanut butter.
All Star Lanes, The Great Northern, 235 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EN, allstarlanes.co.uk/venues/manchester-deansgate
Slattery Famous Hot Chocolate
— Slattery (@Slattery_Cakes) March 4, 2016
An award winning patissier & chocolatier is possibly the perfect place to sample a hot chocolate. The dining room at Slattery in Prestwich serves real Belgian hot chocolate with hot foam milk and topped with a chocolate disc for £4. There’s also the option of adding marshmallows, chocolate dipped strawberries or fresh cream and a flake for an extra indulgent treat.
Slattery, 197 Bury New Road, Manchester, M45 6GE, slattery.co.uk
Bubble Tea from BoBo Tea
Bubble Tea is a frothy, milky drink made from black or green tea, a creamer, a choice of flavourings and chewy tapioca balls that you suck through a wide straw. It’s a little out of the ordinary for Manchester, but the Boba Tea kiosk in Manchester Arndale serves refreshing bubble tea in a range of flavours such as watermelon, coconut milk, banana and chocolate.
BoBo Tea Kiosk, Unit 2 Upper Mall, Arndale Centre, M4 3AQ, facebook.com/IloveBoboTea
The Wheel smoothie from The Pen and Pencil
— THE PEN AND PENCIL (@penandpencilnq) April 3, 2016
NYC comes to Manchester with a Mad Men inspired bar and brunch venue, whose daytime food menu is accompanied by an interesting selection of smoothies. The Wheel is tropical and refreshing, and made from pineapple, basil, orange, coconut water, Greek yoghurt and maple syrup.
57 Hilton Street, Manchester M1 2EJ, thepenandpencilnq.co.uk
Annie’s Special Hot Chocolate from Annies
— Annies (@anniesMCR) November 14, 2015
Annie’s is a homely little spot tucked away from the busy shopping streets. Escape inside and upgrade from their regular hot chocolate to “Annie’s Special” and it will come served with whipped cream, marshmallows, and an assortment of classic biscuits.
Annies Restaurant & Tea Shop, 5 Old Bank Street, Manchester M2 7PE, anniesmanchester.co.uk
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