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
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.
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.
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.
Alabama’s All American Eatery, 10 Newton Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 2AN - Visit now
Alabama’s walls are a gentle blue, its booths mustard-coloured, and the long bar around the kitchen is a sprightlier take on the one in Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks. The menu has a good number more veggie (and vegan!) options than most and is dotted with appealing things like classic eggs Florentine and buttermilk pancakes with wild berries.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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