There are a huge number of coffee shops in the Northern Quarter, and it feels like new ones are popping up all the time.
We’ve picked five of our favourites – whether you’re looking for hand brewed single origin coffee, a laid back diner, an early kick-start to the morning, or somewhere to settle in with your laptop for the afternoon.
This Nordic inspired coffee house is also a welcoming creative space in the Northern Quarter – perfect for bringing your laptop to do a bit of work, or meeting up with friends or colleagues with a North Projekt espresso and an organic, locally sourced lunch such as Welsh Rarebit made with First Chop Brewing Arm IPA. There are excellent single origin coffees from The Barn in Berlin, and Takk source some of the best coffees available in Europe so you’re guaranteed a great cup no matter what you’re drinking. There are good cakes and brownies, too.
6 Tarriff Street, M1 2FF – takkmcr.com
Free wifi and endless coffee… We could be your office ☕️☕️ pic.twitter.com/Runn0xRyLn
— Federal Cafe & Bar (@FederalCafeBar) August 27, 2015
Open from 7.30am in the week, this Australian and New Zealand café offers good quality espresso-based coffees – short black, flat white, latte and so on – alongside various iced coffees and affogato, plus hand brewed seasonal single origin coffee for the true aficionado. Try a Matcha green tea latte or a spiced chai latte for something a bit different. There’s a great all-day breakfast menu which includes French toast, smashed avocado and Eggs Benedict, plus a liquor licence too.
9 Nicholas Croft, M4 1EY – federalcafe.co.uk
The Foundation Coffee House
— Elliot Forde (@madebyelliot) September 3, 2015
This huge, recently opened coffee shop on the ground floor of Grade II-listed Sevendale House can accommodate 130 coffee lovers, so you’re almost guaranteed to be able to find a seat. Expect premium coffee, brewed on La Marzocco espresso machines. There are healthy salads, inexpensive pastries and sandwiches from excellent Levenshulme bakery Trove, plus Harry’s milkshakes. Minimalist, stripped back and very spacious, this is definitely not one of the cosy, cute cafes you might expect to find in the NQ.
Sevendale House, Lever Street, M1 1JB – foundationcoffeehouse.co.uk
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The Koffee Pot, with its diner feel and cool soundtrack, is a Mancunian institution, serving up hearty no-nonsense breakfasts for the past decade. Beans are supplied by the local Ancoats Coffee Company if you want a good quality Americano or flat white, or there is regular filter coffee too. We love that you can get hot or cold Vimto, or even a Vimto slushie, if you’re not feeling quite in the mood for coffee.
84-86 Oldham Street, M1 1LW – thekoffeepot.co.uk
— Gabrielle Iskandar (@Gabiskandar) May 3, 2015
Brought to you from the team behind neighbouring Teacup Kitchen, Bonbon is an artisan chocolatier and café with a lovely boutique feel. They offer great quality artisan coffee, alongside stunning hot chocolate – a rich Latin-American style chocolate espresso. Cakes are gorgeous, and you must try the bonbons, handmade on site and crafted from world-renowned Valrhona chocolate, whilst you’re there.
9 John Street, M4 1EQ – bonbonchocolate.co.uk
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