It’s hard to believe there was a time when – to your average Brit – coffee was something that came in powder form in a jar, to be inexpertly made and gulped back while still half asleep.
These days we love our coffee almost as much as the Italians and the Americans combined. There’s nothing quite like kicking back with a tome, scrolling leisurely through Twitter or having a chat in a coffee shop. It’s the new beer, people.
Last January we brought you our first guide to 10 of the best coffee shops in Manchester, and almost exactly one year on here are ten more to get your teeth into.
Back when Starbucks’ UK expansion was just twinkle in the CEO’s eye, Manchester had Java. Celebrating its 20th birthday this year, Java is the city’s original espresso bar, proudly offering it’s own blend of five or six different beans. These days it’s a mini chain with outlets covering the stations at Oxford Road and Victoria. It also incorporates a well stocked deli and is licensed so you can even follow up your coffee with a glass of red on your way home from work.
Station Approach, M1 6FU / 4 Cigar Alley, M3 1WY – javabarespresso.com
Manchester Coffee Company
Tucked unassumingly on Oldham Street (just nuzzling the main entrance to Afflecks) is this great little coffee place. Manchester Coffee Company is small but cosy with great tasting locally roasted coffee. Stick around for something to cheap to eat too, with paninis, crepes and the option for not just a ‘big’ breakfast but a ‘really big’ one for £6.
33 Oldham Street, M1 1GJ – mcrcoffeeco.com
Chapter One Books
A cross between an Italian patio and an eccentric study, Chapter One Bookshop is a lovely place to while away a few hours with coffee and a snack. There’s a trickling fountain, artful posters and some wing backed chairs to kick back in and have a read of the books. There are also some typewriters if you feel inspired to start your own novel.
Chatsworth House, Lever Street, M1 1BY – chapteronebooks.co.uk
Ezra and Gil
A newcomer in the city, arriving on the edge of the Northern Quarter just seven months ago, there’s not just coffee to be taken here but provisions and a great selection of homemade cake. Ezra meaning ‘helper’ and Gil meaning ‘happiness’, the venue encourages people to pop in enjoy the place communally so ideal for meetings of the business or recreational variety.
20 Hilton Street, M1 1FR – ezraandgil.com
Just over the border into Salford is another great place to meet people and work in. Honest Coffee is a not for profit cafe and a co-working space run by the Future Artists collective, which opened last year after being funded by a Kickstarter campaign and a grant from the Royal Society of Arts and Future Artists. Drop in and out as you please, host your event here, take their advice offered to new ‘creative entrepreneurs’ and of course sample the coffee.
77 – 79 Chapel Street, Salford, M3 5BZ – futureartists.co.uk
GOOD MORNING MANCHESTER! Whether you are one of our regulars or a new friend passing through, we want to show you how the food and drink you purchase at The Anchor is turned into kindness and grace for the people surrounding you in this part of Manchester. So how does it work with us? When you are buying food or drink at The Anchor you can simply add a Suspended Coffee to your order for an extra £2 charge. That money will then be spent on providing coffee, food and more through the community projects we run from The Anchor to help serve the wider community. Next time you buy a suspended coffee grab a newspaper, we would love to show you the part you play in what we do…
This former pub at the gateway to the curry mile in Rusholme was bought by the local Vinelife church through a campaign and is staffed by volunteers. But it’s not all instant coffee and educational pamphlets here – far from it. The Anchor offers expertly prepped Monmouth coffee, an extensive menu of bagels and some incredible home baked cake. The owners have also maintained the original decorative features of the building, such as its lovely tiled floor in the front room.
508 Moss Lane East, Rusholme, M14 4PA – anchorcoffee.co.uk
— Altrincham Market (@altrinchammkt) November 22, 2015
You’d be forgiven for not spotting this place in Chorlton as it rather quaintly still sports the ‘barbecue’ sign of the previous occupants. However, these days it’s an artisan purveyor of fine coffee and offers a more extensive and particular menu than you get in most places – great for pickier customers. Passion Fruit roast their own beans sourced from Colombia, Rwanda, Burundi and Ethiopia amongst others.
486 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, M21 9AS – passionfruitcoffee.co.uk
Chorlton has almost as many coffee places as the Northern Quarter so here’s another cracker. There’s a distinctly Spanish vibe going on at Junipers which looks – from the outside – a bit like a traditional English tea room. Friendly receptive staff and an Iberian inspired menu make for a great place to grab a bite and hang out in for a while.
514 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, M21 9AW – facebook.com/juniperscoffeeshop
Mary and Archie
A little further out of town is this lovely little boho cafe bar. Apparently named after the owners parents, the small space is decorated in dark hues adding to the comforting atmosphere. As well as serving great quality coffee the homely food on Mary and Archie’s simple menu is locally sourced. Plus there are nights of live music to look forward to.
200 Burton Road, West Didsbury, M20 2LA – @maryandarchie
Across the road is Folk, another great place to while away some time with an excellent coffee in hand. If you sit outside in the covered area among the bamboo and palms you can pretend you’re somewhere more exotic than Manchester. Again, there’s a full menu of homemade goodies including stone baked pizza, burgers and some amazing looking cakes.
169-171 Burton Road, West Didsbury, M20 2LN – folkcafebar.co.uk
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