Manchester has a huge wealth of coffee shops, cafes and eateries to visit, many of which are world-famous.
And there is something for everyone and every wish, too. From hotspots in the trendy Northern Quarter and Deansgate areas of the city where ‘hipster’ coffee is aplenty, to central picks which serve something which will really get you ready for the day, the vast range of establishments will have any coffee lover walking round in wonder.
But to save your legs, and your time, we have compiled a little list of the top picks where you will find the best coffee in Manchester, along with great food, entertainment and interiors if that is also your thing.
These are the ten best coffee shops in Manchester which you have to try.
Evelyn’s Cafe Bar
Evelyn’s Cafe Bar, G18 Tib St, Manchester M4
Great coffee. A garden-themed interior which is perfect for a relaxing weekend morning. Plus, great food, with classics such as shakshuka and avocado aplenty on the brunch menu which is served until 5 pm.
Set in the Smithfield Building on Northern Quarter’s iconic Tib Street, it is the perfect place to start before heading to the trendy shopping and art suburb, and they can do Mochas and Chai just as well as the good old Espressos.
Fig and Sparrow
Fig and Sparrow, 20 Oldham Street, Manchester M1
Frequently named one of the best coffee shops in Manchester and even one of the best things to do in Manchester, this is a lovely little cosy establishment.
Perfect coffee, and a selection of snacks and sweet bites to get you going before you carry on exploring. It is vegan friendly and dog friendly, and they have outdoor seating for when the sun finally hits the North.
Their walls and surfaces are adorned with art, and there is some available to buy too. It looks even better inside than out, and that is saying something.
19 Cafe Bar
19 Cafe Bar, Chatsworth House, 19 Lever Street, Manchester M1
Sourcing their coffee beans from local roasters Heart and Graft, this is a great place to pick up a bite to eat as well as a caffeine boost.
The menu changes slightly depending on what they can source locally, but it is guaranteed to be a big portion. It’s a small and cosy establishment with a perfect city centre spot, just off Piccadilly Gardens.
After all, they wouldn’t be able to say they are the “Best Brunch in Manchester” without a solid fanbase who claim that their flat white is the best in the city.
The Mess Cafe
The Mess Cafe, 6 Harper Road, Manchester M22
Light and airy, this independent coffee house is perfect if you’re looking for an establishment which really puts community at the heart of what they do.
They’ve partnered with many local businesses, from a micro-roaster in Cheshire for the coffee to furniture makers for the sofas and tables. But they are also a registered charity, helping vulnerable people to rebuild their lives. Teams work in prisons and young offender institutions across the North West and they also have strong partnerships with local homelessness and rehabilitation charities.
Every purchase from the UK’s Best Not-For-Profit to Work For 2018 (as named by the Sunday Times) doesn’t just mean a good brew for you but helps to reduce reoffending and give work experience to those with learning difficulties, too.
It is outside the city centre, so best if you have a few hours free to get there – but it’s worth it.
Idle Hands Coffee, 35 Dale St, Manchester M1
Coffee is the real focus here, and Idle Hands serve up a whole host of different quality coffees and brewing methods to ensure that it is “not just for those who enjoy drinking, tasting and making coffee, but those who enjoy discussing and researching it.”
Their Idle Hands Cold Brew is good for anyone who wants to try something a little different, and they also do a bit of baking.
There is simply no better way to enjoy a cup of Joe than with a slice of their homemade pies – flavours in the past have included Sticky Toffee, Blueberry and Lemon Meringue.
Oh go on, it would be rude not to…
The Koffee Pot, 84-86 Oldham St, Manchester M4
A Northern Quarter institution. There is a vibe of ‘trendy greasy spoon’ – somewhere relaxing, where you can go for a good catch up just as easily as a hangover-busting dose of caffeine.
The lively and colourful interiors work well with the good, traditional fry ups and filter coffee, and they also serve craft beers in case your visit is a little bit later on in the day.
And it is also the location of the infamous Bee Mural which is seen on famous pictures of the city and is an attraction for those who want to document their visit with pictures, so this cafe is the perfect NQ pitstop.
Cafe North, 66 Shudehill, Manchester M4
Wonderful breakfast. Even better coffee. In amongst the chains, this independent coffee shop serves fresh food and its popularity every morning speaks volumes.
Choose from traditional fry ups or something a bit more ‘brunchy’ and you will be spoilt for choice. The coffee selection features good solid options, too.
Takk Coffee House
Takk Coffee House, 6 Tariff Street, Manchester M1
Great coffee, in a convenient location. It is great if you are looking for somewhere which is vibrant on your hunt for Manchester’s best coffee – groups chatting away in the background inject a bit of life.
The team were inspired by ravels through Scandinavia and Iceland. It’s a big fat love letter to Reykjavik and their love of the coffee bean.
It’s also a great place to go if you have a bit of work to get done, and if you also want to let your social media followers know how you’ve spent your day, the latte art and entire establishment are very Instagrammable.
They also have an espresso bar on Oxford Road, at Hatch.
Earth Cafe, 16-20 Turner Street, Manchester M4
Absolutely everything is vegan here, except the optional choice of cow’s milk in the coffee.
The menu changes daily, but everything is at a great price. It operates on Buddhist ethics, and is situated within easy access of all of the main city centre finds, including the Arndale Shopping Centre, Manchester Arena and the Northern Quarter.
The entrance and location aren’t obvious, as it is in the basement of the Buddhist Centre, but it really is a fine example of a ‘hidden gem’.
Siop Shop, 53 Tib Street, Manchester M4
Need something sweet with your coffee if it is after breakfast (or for – we don’t judge)? Siop Shop is renowned for having the absolute best doughnuts in Manchester, with a massive choice and a display which will have you drooling before you order.
Food reviewer Grace Dent once said she would give them a Michelin star if she was in charge. But enough about the doughnuts – with a brilliantly wonderful coffee selection to peruse over too, this is a perfect place for a fun, colourful pitstop.