Cafes and Coffee Shops in Manchester

Creative Tourist

Can you remember a time when we were a nation of tea drinkers? Our historic love of tea has faded with every coffee shop and café opening. From single origin to special blends, from artisan brews to homemade cakes, via an Icelandic coffee bar, one that doubles up as a design showroom and more besides – here are some of the best cafés and best coffee shops we’ve come across – independents (almost) all.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Fig and Sparrow

    Fig and Sparrow © Jan Dixon

    Fig and Sparrow, 20 Oldham Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 1JN - Visit now

    This design-store-cum-coffee-bar ticks two boxes at once; shopping for beautiful gifts, and sipping a well-crafted coffee. The interior is warm and welcoming with a stripped-back, Scandinavian vibe. Fig & Sparrow serves food, including cakes, as well as loose leaf tea.

  • 2. Rapha Clubhouse Manchester

    Courtesy of Rapha

    Rapha Clubhouse Manchester, 5 St Ann’s Passage, Manchester, M2 6AD - Visit now

    Tucked away off St. Anne’s Square, Rapha Club House Manchester is a place for anyone who loves cycling to congregate and celebrate the sport together. It’s also one of Manchester’s most stylish cafés, serving everything from vegan strawberry protein shakes to sandwiches made with ‘Pollen 28 Hour Sourdough’ bread.

  • 3. Grindsmith Deansgate

    Grindsmith Deansgate, 231 - 233 Deansgate, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 4EN - Visit now

    There are now three Grindsmiths – one is inside a specially-created eco pod in Greengate Square, not far from Manchester Cathedral, there’s a brand spanking new branch over at Media City and this one here inside the Great Northern Warehouse on Deansgate. All serve excellent coffee.

  • 4. North Tea Power

    Image courtesy of North Tea Power

    North Tea Power, 36 Tib Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1LA - Visit now

    Leading the way on industrial chic and high end coffee before the Northern Quarter had reached its peak, North Tea Power has been loved by Mancunians for years now. The staff still pay meticulous attention detail to the coffee, plus you can fill up on the café’s doorstopper sandwiches and sweet treats.

  • 5. Pot Kettle Black

    Pot Kettle Black cafe in Manchester.
    Pot Kettle Black - courtesy of venue

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

    Tucked away beneath the beautiful glass roof of Burton’s Arcade is specialist coffee shop Pot Kettle Black – vigilant against over roasting, this place presents its brews in trademark red mugs, served with a glass of water and a Viennese wafer. It’s spacious, cosy, and that little bit off the beaten track. The brunches here are good, too.

  • 6. Ezra & Gil

    Image courtesy of Marketing Manchester

    Ezra & Gil, 20 Hilton St, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 1FR - Visit now

    One of our favourite spots for caffeine in Manchester. A spacious, stripped back location serving up great coffee and a delicious menu of fresh cooked food. The counter is always filled with a tempting selection of cakes and sweets, resistance is futile. By the way, Ezra means ‘Helper’ and Gil means ‘Happiness’.

  • 7. Nibble

    Nibble

    Nibble, 36 Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JN - Visit now

    Our new favourite café, Nibble provides extensive options for vegan and gluten-free dining and also offers wholesale catering. This includes a local gym where they supply food without refined sugar. So if you work nearby, go to your managers and get them to order the stuff in. You have no excuse.

  • 8. TAKK

    Takk cafe in Manchester.

    TAKK, 6 Tariff Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 2FF - Visit now

    An Icelandic coffee bar on the edge of the Northern Quarter

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