I mentioned on my social media a couple of weeks ago that I wanted to start doing a Manchester series on my blog and today I’m sharing the first of my many recommendations to you for my great city.
As an avid tea drinker and a proud Mancunian, I spend a lot of time in the city getting my caffeine fix and I thought it was about time that I round up my favourite places to visit.
Manchester has so many good places and there are new ones popping up all the time, but these are the ones I go back to again and again and I hope you enjoy if you get the chance to go.
Foundation Coffee House (Lever Street, Manchester)
I love FCH because it is big enough that you’re always guaranteed to get a seat and it’s the perfect place to people watch. They do cocktails, coffees, teas and food and is located in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. It’s the ultimate Insta goals with subway tiles, wooden tables and filament lights everywhere.
Tip – FCH is the perfect place to spend a couple of hours with your laptop and you won’t feel as though you’re being watched for a table because it’s so big.
Takk (Tariff Street, Manchester)
Takk is one of my favourite places to go when I have work to do as it has a much more slower pace than some of the other coffee shops around this area. It is inspired by the owner’s travels around Scandinavia and Iceland and there are nods to that in the decor of the cafe.
Tip – if you want a quieter place to have a relaxed coffee, Takk is definitely your place.
Chapter One (Lever Street, Manchester)
I first went to Chapter One with my good friend Hannah, and since then it has been one of my favourite places to go for a catch-up or to work for a couple of hours. It is actually an independent bookshop first and foremost and they always have really good cakes, which is the perfect reason for a visit.
Tip – Cosy up by the fires and watch the world go by out of the floor to ceiling windows.
Proper Tea (Cathedral Yard, Manchester)
Proper Tea is located next to Manchester Cathedral and has the most spectacular views across some gorgeous architecture. It isn’t the biggest cafe in the world, so be prepared to wait, but the scones and cakes are totally worth it.
Tip – if you find yourself over on the Deansgate side of Manchester, then you won’t be far from Proper Tea.
Teacup On Thomas Street (Thomas Street, Manchester)
Another one of my favourite places to spend a couple of hours is Teacup. They have such an array of teas available, and the staff are so knowledgeable to give a recommendation.
Tip – be prepared to queue for this firm favourite, but it’s totally worth it when you see the cakes on display.
North Tea Power (Tib Street, Manchester)
North Tea Power is one you might have walked past without even realising in the Northern Quarter as it is raised off the ground and you have to walk up some stairs to get to it. It’s a lovely place to go when it’s sunny as they have a small outdoor area, and they have loads of vegan and gluten free cakes on offer.
Tip – the clue is in the name that they have an extensive list of teas to try; so go on, be adventurous!
Sugar Junction (Tib Street, Manchester)
I was really lucky that they opened another Sugar Junction in my home-town of Altrincham, but it is still a firm favourite when I venture into the city centre. The decor is shabby chic, and is a reason in itself to go in (plus the amazing food and drink on offer).
Tip – follow them on Instagram to see their amazing cakes which change daily.
Pot Kettle Black (Barton Arcade, Manchester)
PKB is set in one of the most gorgeous buildings in Manchester, Barton Arcade. I first visited as part of a blogging event, and since then I have been back so many times because the food and drink offerings are amazing. If blueberry cheesecake French Toast isn’t enough to get you down, then I don’t know what will.
Tip – you can’t go to PKB without trying some of the brunch options, so make sure you go hungry.
And there you have my recommendations for the best places to get a brew in the city centre – let me know if you try any of them and what you think!
Where would you recommend for a tea or coffee in the centre?