Breakfast in Manchester

Creative Tourist

Breakfast is pretty much everyone’s favourite meal of the day. And why not? Whether you’re a bacon-obsessed carnivore, a lover of French pastries, a single-origin coffee junkie or someone with strong beliefs about bacon and egg baps, it’s a meal that has a small but immeasurably pleasant moment of indulgence for everyone. Fortunately for all of us, Manchester is strong with the breakfast force, and has some impressive form where brunch is concerned. Here’s our pick of the places which offer the best breakfast in Manchester.

As Leslie Knope once said, “Why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?”.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Pot Kettle Black

    Pot Kettle Black cafe in Manchester.
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    Pot Kettle Black, Unit 14, Barton Arcade Deansgate, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 2BW - Visit now

    Tucked away in Barton Arcade, a small but beautiful shopping centre between St Ann’s Square and Deansgate, is Pot Kettle Black. This cosy cafe serves up both excellent coffee and an inventive brunch menu (8am-3pm daily) – we particularly recommend the figs on toast, with whipped ricotta, fresh mint and infused honey. There are comfy seats, wifi and plenty of plug sockets here; Pot Kettle Black may be off the beaten track, but’s bang on in our books.

  • 2. Dishoom Manchester

    Dishoom Manchester

    Dishoom Manchester, 32 Bridge St, Manchester , M3 3BT - Visit now

    Mention Dishoom to anyone in Manchester, and you’ll hear one question, over and over: “Did you have the Bacon Naan Roll?” Well our reviewer tried the double Bacon Naan Roll and rather enjoyed himself. Don’t worry vegans – they have a vegan sausage alternative alongside a choice of more traditional Indian breakfasts.

  • 3. Teacup Kitchen

    Teacup Kitchen, 55 Thomas Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1NA - Visit now

    Teacup has an amazing choice of breakfasts and brunches with vegetarians and vegans especially well catered for. From superfood porridge to the full vegan/vegetarian/English breakfasts via mushrooms, falafel and avocado. As you’d expect, there’s loads of tea to pick from as well as coffee from Ancoats Coffee co and soya and coconut milk alternatives.

  • 4. Koffee Pot

    Photo of Koffee Pot in Manchester's Northern Quarter
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    Koffee Pot, 84-86 Oldham Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1LE - Visit now

    All hail the Koffee Pot. Why do people love it so? It’s cheap and divey, with red vinyl booths and is the ideal place to go for a hungover late breakfast, run into friends, hang out and drink too many cups of builder’s tea. The food is solid fry-up fodder with changing brekkie specials like kippers and haggis. They open at 7:30am during the week. Not very rock and roll, but very handy.

    – Kate Feld

  • 5. Moose Coffee Manchester

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    Moose Coffee Manchester, 20 York Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 3BB - Visit now

    Moose Coffee celebrates ‘the best meal of the day’ (brunch) in American style, with stack pancakes, potato hash, Huevos Rancheros and eggs any way. There’s always a queue.

  • 6. 19 Cafe Bar

    19 Cafe Bar

    19 Cafe Bar, 19 Lever St, Manchester, M1 1BY - Visit now

    19 Cafe Bar is located near the bus stops off the main Northern Quarter drag, instantly making it appealing because: cheaper and less pretentious. We’re big fans of their Breakfast Club offer and Brunch Cocktails.

  • 7. Gorilla

    Gorilla, Whitworth street Manchester

    Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth Street West, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 5WW - Visit now

    Gorilla’s main selling point is their giant ‘royal’ sized full English breakfasts which come in vegan and veggie varieties too. Sometimes size really does matter, especially if you’re hungover and hungry. The food probably won’t kill your hangover, but a pint probably would, and they sell those here too.

  • 8. Federal Cafe

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    Federal Cafe, Basil Chambers, 9 Nicholas Croft, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1EY - Visit now

    By now you’ll have realised that Manchester is awash with breakfast choices – and joining them on this swelling listis this little café on the edge of the Northern Quarter. While it might be smaller than the rest, we love the food here, and the coffee even more.

  • 9. Evelyn’s Cafe Bar

    Evelyn’s Cafe Bar
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    Evelyn’s Cafe Bar, G18 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1NB - Visit now

    Casual, friendly and very, very comfortable, Evelyn’s championed great breakfast in Manchester when it was set up a few years ago. From healthy Buddha bowls and smoothies to indulgent breakfasts of steak and eggs.

  • 10. Tea Hive

    Tea Hive

    Tea Hive, 53 Manchester Rd, Manchester, M21 9PW - Visit now

    Tea Hive is one of the best breakfasts in Chorlton. Sure, there’s some nice places along Beech Road and the many (many) bars dotted around the area make a pretty good fist of it, but for a pure breakfast fix, Tea Hive reigns supreme.

  • 11. The Beagle

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    The Beagle, 456-458 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M21 0BQ - Visit now

    Another Chorlton favorite, The Beagle has some excellent breakfast options and their Mexican infused menu sets it apart from the competition. There are some great choices for vegetarians and vegans here too, we highly recommend the frijoles on toast, or, if you’re feeling like getting on an early morning buzz, try their famous Bottomless Brunch which promises infinite brunch and endless booze.

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