The Best Cafe’s in Manchester: What’s Brewing - Need A Coffee Fix?

The Best Cafe’s in Manchester: What’s Brewing - Need A Coffee Fix?

Manchester is home to incredible art, culture, architecture and sport (not to mention some stellar gym locations), but it’s the city’s coffee game that’s got us all riled up right now. 

There is SO MUCH  to choose from when it comes to great coffee  in Manchester, but who does it best? 

You might be looking for somewhere where you can work remotely outside the four walls of your humble abode, somewhere to enjoy a barista style flat white or perhaps enjoying a quick caffeine fix before hitting the gym. Whatever the reason, we’ve rounded up some of the best coffee destinations in Manchester that hit all the right notes. 


Making waves in the coffee circles across Manchester is Foundation in the Northern Quarter, a quirky café that provides grade speciality coffee using the best possible ethical practices with minimal environmental impact. The coffee menu is quirky with Red Eye, Black Eye + Dead Eye, being just three types of coffee available on the menu. A minimal coffee shop with vibrant and cosy interiors, it’s the perfect spot to work remotely.  

Address: Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1JB

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Factory Coffee 

A brew-tiful success story is Factory Coffee opened by bespoke tailors Dooley & Rostron, within their long-standing shop on the corner of Bridge Street. The cool hatch-style coffee shop has a fan in Manchester’s resident content creator & influencer, Molly-Mae who said it was the best iced-latte she ever had and even gave it a shoutout on her vlog. 

The Factory Shop is now one the most popular coffee spots in Manchester and has made a name for itself as an expert in serving locally roasted coffee and freshly baked goods, all from a quirky hatch at the side of a tailor shop. 

If you’re looking for a good-quality coffee on the go with some sweet treats, head to Factory Coffee located at 38 King Street West.

Address: 38 King St W, Manchester M3 2WZ

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Federal Cafe

Looking for a coffee fix that promises not just great coffee, but an incredible all-day brunch menu too, look no further than Federal Cafe & Bar in the Northern Quarter. This small but vibrant café is known for welcoming its guests and pulling out all the stops to make sure it’s not just a one stop visit. Word on the street is that the French toast is out of this world. To note, Federal don’t take bookings in advance, only offering a walk-in service at all times. 

Address: 9 Nicholas Croft, Manchester M4 1EY

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Bringing the hipster vibes is Takk, a minimalist style café that serves incredibly good coffee and all with a dreamy food offering. Located on the outskirts of the Northern Quarter, the Nordic inspired café is a great spot for those who want to work remotely or for some pals to catch up over coffee. Takk’s house espresso is a single origin coffee from Finca Miravalle in El Salvador and switching things up, they regularly feature guest espresso from some of the best roasters in Europe.

Address: 6 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF

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Idle Hands

It would be an injustice to only reference the coffee offering at Idle Hands without mentioning its vast selection of cream pies. From salted caramel pie to apple pie, cookie dough pie and pecan pie, the selection of pies on offer is off the charts. It’s also a trendy spot for coffee enthusiasts with even the toughest coffee critic finding it hard to fault the coffee blends that are balanced, delectable, and consistent in terms of flavour profile.

Address: 35 Dale St, Manchester M1 2HF

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