Just like the craft ale gems popping up all over Manchester, coffee culture is quickly becoming much more gourmet. And as we all know it’s never all about the coffee. My time spent in these places is 20% drinking, 80% internet surfing so the atmosphere will always be important. So out with big chains and in with independent heroes. A few cosy hot spots to check out in the Manchester area.
Fig and Sparrow
Although in it’s infancy, this coffee shop/art boutique and has made quite a name for itself in the Northern Quarter. If you’re the kind of person that likes it coffee shops like a warm hug, I would suggest this place. Always greeted with a warm smile, I come here to write and relax with a latte and their soup of the day. Today is Carrot, coconut and lentil. Yum.
North Tea Power
A staple of any local coffee lover, provides a good cup of tea or coffee with a healthy rotation of bean to keep it interesting. Today I’ve got a latte and their amazing ginger and Amaretto crunch.
Pay per minute cafes
An idea still in its infancy but very much backed by Manchester’s artistic landscape is the Ziferblat. “You walk in, ‘clock on’, and spend as much time in the space as you like, working on a nice desk, with free Wifi, free power and free refreshments and snacks to get you through the day. The space is charged at 5p a minute (£3 per hour)…” Hopefully this DIY space will be a permanent fixture for bumbling coffee drinking artists and those alike.
Teacup of Thomas Street
Big slabs of cake and a large selection of teas and coffee. This place is more of a meet up with your girlfriends then a watching Netflix and pretending to work on that Monday morning presentation kind of setting but still worth a mention. Recently refurbished for a cleaner, more fresh environment, Teacup is your place to go if you fancy an afternoon tea type event. Be prepared to queue at lunchtime.