TAKK, 6 Tariff Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M1 2FF – Visit Now
Get your caffeine kicks in this cool but cosy Northern Quarter coffee house.
Whoever says that there’s a double-dip recession (or is that triple drip? It’s so easy to lose track) clearly hasn’t been to the Northern Quarter of late. This most creative of districts is growing at a dizzying rate, pushing past the boundaries of Piccadilly like a teen trying to get past the bouncers at a One Direction gig. Port Street Beer House and the recently scrubbed-up Piccadilly Basin are all recent-ish improvements to the outer reaches of the Northern Quarter, and where once Lammars stood lit up and lonely on the edge of the Dale Street car park it’s now been joined by the likes of Kosmonaut and the Whiskey Jar.
But we’re not here to talk about them. We’re here to talk about TAKK, the latest ingénue standing at the edge of Piccadilly, an Icelandic coffee bar on Tariff Street that possesses all the qualities you have come to expect from a Northern Quarter tea bar: coffee machine the size of a Fiat Punto, free WiFi and refills, homemade cakes (the Eccles plated up on our last visit made by a lady in Whalley Range), posh sandwiches and an oh-so-artful interior. Think school desks, mismatched tables and chairs, a mini library and Icelandic art on the walls and you’ll have a fairly accurate picture of TAKK in your mind’s eye.
All in all, TAKK clearly gives Tib Street’s North Tea Power a run for its money
The artwork is, of course, a nod to TAKK’s Nordic roots, with the work of Iceland-based artists gracing the walls for at least the next year or so (the word “takk”, by the way, is Icelandic for “thanks”). Alongside the imported chocolate bars and coffee on the menu, Iceland has been an inspiration for this place in other ways. “I love how coffee shops over there are so warm and cosy,” says TAKK’s Philip Hannaway. “They are almost like the extension of someone’s living room, somewhere to hang out for a good few hours. Somewhere designed but cosy. In Reykjavik it’s really common for coffee shops to open late and have gigs and happenings in the evenings, and we’re really keen to do that as well.” Which TAKK can easily do thanks to a basement that’s already popular with live music promoter, Hey! Manchester.
All in all, TAKK clearly gives Tib Street’s North Tea Power a run for its money. Lovers of all things caffeinated will find themselves pulled between the two, drawn to the one’s more central location and TAKK’s more generous space and, as Hannaway says, its cosy appeal. So while the recession rages (or flops, or grouches or does whatever the hell a recession does – bitches?), TAKK is one in a line of Northern Quarter ventures looking to buck the economic trend. And if that’s Icelandically cool with them, it’s totally cool with us – we’re heading over there sharpish to get our caffeine kicks.
Services and FacilitiesCafe, live music, free WiFi
AccessibilitySteps at entrance
Commercial and hire servicesPrivate hire available