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Top Five Coffee Shops In The Lively City Of Manchester

Updated on December 10, 2015

Nowadays, new cafes and coffee shops are sprouting out every other week. It is impossible to walk over five strides down the street without smelling the aroma of the freshly brewed coffee. Dotted with little independent gems and hideouts, Manchester is filled with cafes with a little more flair and love for frothy coffee. Watching the neat little casual coffee establishments growing in the lively city has been heartening for the locals and visitors alike.

The trend of holding meetings “over coffee” has grown. Besides, shopping breaks are spent in coffee shops, reading and much of office work is also done in these peaceful places, thanks to the free Wi-Fi offered by most of the cafes. The comfy sofas, quiet environment and the availability of instant coffee and snacks make these places ideal for short breaks and meetups.

Since, a common place for teenagers, business professionals, shoppers and even older people to hangout is a coffee shop therefore, here is a list of some of the favourite ones in the city of Manchester.

Ziferblat Pay-Per-Minute Café

Inspired by an interesting concept in Moscow, Ziferblat charges its customers for how much time they spend in the coffee shop. The cakes, coffee and super speedy Wi-Fi is all free but for them, time is money, in literal terms, since they charge 5p per minute. One can have as much coffee in an hour to energize himself for the entire day. Since it is located on the top floor, it looks amazing and boasts some of the weirdest meeting rooms in the city as well. Just step inside, help yourself but keep an eye on the ticking of the clock!

Foundation Coffee

The owner of the coffeehouse, Adam Chapman, being the former policeman and a gym owner, encourages his customers to try the special bulletproof coffee which is basically a blend of butter and coconut oil in an Americano. Inspired by his days of wearing a bulletproof vest, this coffee is a must-try. Its warmth and smoothness give the customers a nice, pleasantly surprising welcome note.

Besides the unique coffee, this place holds a special title of Manchester City Centre’s largest coffee shop with a capacity of accommodating 130 coffee lovers at one time. With a satisfying offering of lunch and coffee, this place is one of the local favourites. It is based in the recently revamped Sevendale House where the food comes from Trove Café and beans are sourced from Origin coffee.

Federal Coffee & Bar

Being a coffee shop, its extensive breakfast menu and coffee variety is enough of a reason for one to pay a visit. Their range of eatables and coffee available usually tends to stun the punters. Platter consisting of poached eggs, pan-fried halloumi seasoned with garlic and thyme and roasted mushrooms tossed on top of sourdough bread is one of their specialties. A cup of frothy, well-executed coffee afterwards with a freshly baked cake is enough to wash down the savoury flavours.

Lupo Caffé Italiano

Lupo is located in a curious half-moon like building over the road from a dark bridge near a faded chapel. The owner of the cozy little place is a delightful and pleasant Italian, named Nico. The stunning espresso is found once you enter the tiny and neat place, fashioned from a Haitian Arabica bean roasted by the Italians. Besides, the creamy and sultry combination of coffee and cocoa in their natural yet refreshing tiramisu makes one fall in love with it.

The breakfast served is usually a colourful plate with roasted green beans, fried eggs, smoked salmon seasoned with honey and chilli, a dash of avocado sauce and a sprinkle of basil or parsley. The mixture of sweet and savoury ingredients with a blend of chilli results in a burst of flavours with every bite.

Each coffee shop stands out in its own way, however there is one thing in common, that all of them serve an epic cup of coffee which every coffee lover is definitely going to enjoy!

Foundation Coffee

The owner of the coffeehouse, Adam Chapman, being the former policeman and a gym owner, encourages his customers to try the special bulletproof coffee which is basically a blend of butter and coconut oil in an Americano. Inspired by his days of wearing a bulletproof vest, this coffee is a must-try. Its warmth and smoothness give the customers a nice, pleasantly surprising welcome note.

Besides the unique coffee, this place holds a special title of Manchester City Centre’s largest coffee shop with a capacity of accommodating 130 coffee lovers at one time. With a satisfying offering of lunch and coffee, this place is one of the local favourites. It is based in the recently revamped Sevendale House where the food comes from Trove Café and beans are sourced from Origin coffee.

Ezra & Gil

'Ezra & Gil' is a novel urban style coffee place which loosely translates to 'happiness'. There is a happy coffee liveliness all round this new coffee hub in the Northern Quarter. It is a hip and cool fit-out with New York City urban attic flair. Being a trendsetter, they are serious in cashing what they describe as the 'urban coffee and café culture'. Not even a year old, Ezra and Gil is flourishing and constantly aiming for better service and menu. Their rationally priced, full-bodied, thick coffee can surpass the NQ coffeehouse originals. By offering “all day pancakes” with both savoury and sweet varieties and special mushroom and chilli, a substantial breakfast and lunchtime menu is what they make their customers happy with.

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      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderful overview for a coffee lover like myself.

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