Often dubbed “the London of the North”, Manchester is a vibrant, welcoming city with a diverse range of people and experiences. Whoever you are, whatever you’re looking for, you’ll probably find it, and a warm Northern welcome, somewhere in the eclectic streets of the city.
First things first, though – nothing happens without something warm to drink, and filling to eat. So, where’s the best cafe in Manchester? Read on…
Top Five Best Cafes in Manchester
#1: Moose Coffee (www.moosecoffee.co)
A traditional American diner on York Street, Moose Coffee is ideal if you’re travelling as part of a large group, as they’re very accommodating – try and get there before 9 am for breakfast; it does get VERY crowded, with waits of around an hour to be seated, at peak times.
With friendly, welcoming service, and large portions of good, tasty (though not necessarily healthy!) food, at reasonable prices, Moose Cafe is a good place to meet friends for breakfast or brunch.
- American diner
- Large portions
- Reasonable prices
- Very busy
#2: Earth Cafe (www.earthcafe.com)
Set in the basement of a Buddhist centre on Turner Street, this is a very simply furnished, somewhat quirky cafe and juice bar, which offers a fantastic range of constantly-changing vegan options. Earth Cafe’s menu changes depending on “what’s good at the market that day”, so you’ll never have the same thing twice – great for vegans who are tired of the same avocado on toast/five-bean chili options, and who like trying new things.
With a chilled ambiance and friendly staff, Earth Cafe is very much a place to relax, and take a few minutes out from a busy, exciting day in Manchester.
- Good vegan range
- Juice bar
- Chilled ambiance
- Quite sparse in terms of décor
#3: Fig + Sparrow (www.figandsparrow.co.uk)
With friendly staff, and a tasty vegan cherry brownie topping everyone’s list of menu favourites, Fig + Sparrow, on Oldham Street, has a retro style, and offers plenty of fresh, healthy options, alongside all the tasty treat favourites you’d expect from a good coffee shop.
Fig + Sparrow excel where others fail, and make a fantastic espresso, as well as possibly the best Americano in Manchester.
While it possibly tries too hard to hit the hipster vibe at times, for the most part, Fig + Sparrow is a relaxed, pleasant cafe that caters equally well to individuals and families.
- Try the vegan cherry brownie!
- Great espresso
- Best Americano in Manchester
- Plenty of healthy options
- Tries a little too hard to be hipster, at times
#4: Ezra & Gil (www.ezraandgil.com)
Set on Hilton Street, this cafe has a quintessentially “Northern Quarter” feel to it, with an arty, Bohemian vibe and very much an urban, hipster vibe.
Friendly and relaxed, despite its hipster ambitions, Ezra & Gil’s veggie full English breakfast is a must to kick start your Manchester experience.
Be prepared to relax your grip on your wallet if you want to get the most out of your visit to Ezra & Gil.
- Great vegetarian full English breakfast
- Arty, Northern Quarter ambience
#5: Pot Kettle Black (www.potkettleblackltd.co.uk)
With a fantastic choice of options for vegans and omnivores alike, this cosy, relaxed cafe is situated in the elegant Victorian Barton Arcade, on Deansgate – perfect for a relaxing coffee and light lunch in the middle of a hard day’s shopping!
The coffee is spot on, too, although a little on the expensive side, and the service is fast, friendly, and professional.
- Good coffee
- Great selection of vegan options
- Centrally located