The best places for coffee in Manchester

Get yourself through the daily grind with these smokin hot cafes, all coffee kweens and no has beans.

By Kelly Bishop | Last updated 22 May 2024

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Where are the best places for a damn fine cup of coffee in Manchester? Whether you like yours flat and white or ‘black as a moonless night’, Manchester has the goods.

There are some people who only care about getting caffeine into their bodies as quickly as possible, then there are those that want to savour the flavour, for whom coffee is a sacred art form, and for whom beans, equipment and barista skills are something worthy of worship. If you are the latter, you’ll be glad to see we have rounded up the best coffee shops in Manchester to help guide you in the right direction. Read on for our roundup of the best places for coffee.

Image: 92 Degrees

92 Degrees 

“People, community, coffee, in that order” is the bold statement that 92 Degrees pins to its mast. This is evidenced by the fact that it pays a living wage to employees, sources coffee ethically, and supports charitable initiatives like planting trees and supporting Project Waterfall. This (mostly) northern indie has three popular little coffee shops in Greater Manchester serving up various house blends and single origin. It’s also a great spot to bring your laptop if you’re a coffee-fuelled freelancer.

16 John Dalton St, Manchester M2 6HY
No.1 Spinningfields 1 Hardman Square, Quay St, Manchester M3 3EB
Rolling St, Middlewood Locks, Salford M5 4GP

200 Degrees 

Conveniently located near Manchester Art Gallery – from where if you throw a crayon in any direction it will hit a massive soulless chain coffee shop – is one from a smaller, independent group of coffee shops called 200 Degrees. Unlike the big boys, each of these coffee shops has its own unique character, and Manchester’s goes one further by being a barista school as well. In partnership with Victoria Arduino, who 200 Degrees reckon make the world’s best coffee machines, you can sign up to a course on everything from basic barista skills to advanced latte art. Coffee beans are their own house blends with regular guest blends too, and you can buy a bag of beans or ground coffee to take home.

75 Mosley St, Manchester M2 3HR

Feed your heart with coffee in the NQ and Didsbury. Image: Another Heart To Feed

Another Heart To Feed

With branches in both West Didsbury and the Northern Quarter, Another Heart To Feed is famous for its fantastic brunch menu comprising everything from wild mushroom French toast to acai bowls with granola and fruit. Its dog friendly, chilled out neighbourhood vibes have won it a dedicated band of repeat customers. But AHTF also does a cracking cup of coffee on its La Marzotto machine with beans from London’s first Carbon Negative coffee brand Kiss The Hippo. This one’s open late as it also serves as a wine bar.

10 Hilton St, Manchester M1 1JF
220 Burton Rd, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 2LW

Image: Ancoats Coffee Co.

Ancoats Coffee Co.

Pick a country, any country and you can sample its finest coffee right on your Ancoats doorstep. Enjoy rich, fruity and chocolatey coffees from Ethiopia, El Salvador, Myanmar, Peru (the list goes on) and you’ll wonder why you ever considered instant coffee. Ancoats Coffee Co. is the kind of place you’ll love if you want to attend niche coffee cuppings and talks with posters that look like Pink Floyd album covers. You’ll find it squirrelled away inside the imposing Royal Mills warehouse apartment building. There’s also a branch on Piccadilly. If you know, you know.

9, Royal Mills, 17 Redhill St, Manchester M4 5BA
111 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2HX

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Blanchflower

Blanchflower started life in Altrincham and has since added branches in Sale and Chorlton to its portfolio. That’s surely the holy trinity of hip Manchester ‘burbs so it stands to reason they do great coffee. What better thing is there to pair with your coffee than a delicious, freshly made pastry? Not only is your sweet tooth in safe hands at Blanchflower, but your love for coffee will be well catered for too. The team at Blanchflower really know their stuff and have a long history in the coffee industry. They’ve got a wide selection of roasts and focus on seasonality of coffee flavours throughout the year. We recommend the Chemex filter coffee, perfect for sharing after dinner.

12-14 Shaw’s Rd, Altrincham WA14 1QU
48-49 Stanley Square, Sale M33 7ZE
406 Wilbraham Rd, Manchester M21 0SD

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Bold Street Coffee

Tedious football rivalry aside, Liverpool has implanted some of its greatest food and drink brands in Manchester, Maray, Madre, and Mowgli, we’re looking at you. Another Scouse migrant to make the bold move to Manchester (and breaking the ‘M’ word trend) is the award winning Bold Street Coffee. Bold Street’s own house blend is creamy, chocolatey and nutty but they have regular guest espressos too. Special mention has to go to the Bold Street Bad Buoy breakfast brioche with sausage patty, fried egg, avocado, cheese and hollandaise sauce, just one of the highlights of their excellent food menu. 

Cross St, Manchester M2 4JN4 1QU
2 Hardman St, Manchester M3 3HF
140 Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9GP

B’Spoke is a bijou brew hut in Heaton Chapel. Image: Outpost Coffee Roasters

B’Spoke

Another one for the bijou crew, this titchy coffee shop is housed in a former coal merchant’s hut in Heaton Chapel. This wholesome spot is all about community and sustainability via the power of a great brew. There are myriad local charities and social initiatives in and around Stockport that the team here supports, their hearts really are in the right place. But they are also nerdy AF about the science behind coffee, selling all kinds of kit and caboodle you can buy to take home and try and recreate their perfect brews and offering barista training too. Beans comes from a range of different local roasters, from Red Bank in Kendal to Manchester’s own Blossom Coffee Roasters.

5 Tatton Rd S, Stockport SK4 4LU

Cafe Sanjuan

If you like a little salt in your coffee, head to Stockport. Yes, really. Not to be confused with the very popular tapas joint in Chorlton, this Cafe Sanjuan is in Stockport town centre and is run by Colombia-born Luis Felipe San Juan and his family. Luis Felipe ships his coffee beans in green from Colombia before roasting them himself, he’ll serve your coffee however you like it but his preference is to drink it black with a pinch of salt to bring out that flavour. Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it. While you’re there, it would be rude not to try the fantastic Colombian breakfasts – or how about a papa? Deep fried mashed potato stuffed with slow cooked meat or beans and served with one of the house made salsas.

27 St Petersgate, Manchester SK1 1EB

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Cap Coffee

This mint green hidden gem of a coffee kiosk started as an itinerant trailer popping up at various parks and festivals around Manchester before settling down more permanently at Turn Moss park in Stretford. Owner and coffee fanatic Kane sources his green coffee beans from sustainable growers across the world and roasts them himself in this tiny one-man operation. You can grab a cup of coffee perfectionism from him 9-4pm Saturdays and Sundays at Turn Moss but keep an eye on his socials for other updates.

Turn Moss Rd, Stretford, Manchester M32 8QD

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Cofano Caffé

Tucked away in Poynton, just a short walk down from the train station, hides a little Italian coffee shop that the locals want to keep all for themselves. With roots in Puglia, Italy, you know you’re in good hands for coffee here – the Italians don’t accept anything less than the best. The Cofano team use roasted coffee beans all the way from Trieste in Italy and pretty much always have irresistible cakes to enjoy on the side too. Prego!

21 School Lane, Poynton SK12 1AX

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The Coffee Sack

Ask anyone in Prestwich about coffee shops and they’ll likely have a soft spot for The Coffee Sack. Owners Kate and Johanna launched the cafe in 2017 after getting fed up of working for other people and have built a lovely community here. Their house coffee blend, which you can also buy bags of to take home, is organic and 100% Arabica with notes of caramel, bitter cocoa, roasted nuts, citrus and a whiff of vanilla. The menu is extensive with everything from spuds to shakshuka and an entire page of vegan options. They also display work from local artists which you can buy if you really like it. 

3 Scholes Ln, Prestwich, Manchester M25 0PD

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Ezra & Gil

In Hebrew, the name Ezra means helper and Gil means happiness, which should give you an idea of the vibe behind this much loved NQ coffee shop. There’s always a queue for food at breakfast and lunchtime but the coffee is a draw too, and you can pick up a few wholesome groceries while you’re at it. E&G recently opened a second branch on Peter Street so whichever side of the city you’re on, you can pop in for some help with your happiness.

20 Hilton Street, Manchester M1 1FR
49 Peter St, Manchester M2 3NG

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Ditto

Ditto is another Liverpool coffee brand that was set up by the music distribution company of the same name. Inspired by the coffee shops of Melbourne, it might be music to your ears that Ditto’s house blend combines Brazilian, Guatemalan and Ethiopian beans for a coffee with notes of chocolate, toffee, and blueberry. The food menu is pretty decent too, we recommend the croque monsieur but there are always sweet treats from local bakers like Teatime Collective on the counter too. 

61 Oxford St, Manchester M1 6EQ
Union, Albert Square, Manchester M2 6LW

A coffee with your cuffs, sir? Image: Factory Coffee

Factory Coffee

If you want the sharpest suit in town, Dooley & Rostron should be your first port of call. What goes with a sharp suit? A sharp shot of caffeine of course, and this bespoke gentlemen’s outfitter also has its own coffee bar and hatch called Factory Coffee. Factory’s signature blend of coffee features a well balanced, smooth blend of Brazilian, Nicaraguan and Ethiopian beans with notes of toasted nuts, caramel, stone fruit and milk chocolate. It’s roasted in Leeds by the award winning North Star Coffee Roasters and brewed on a La Marzocco machine – it’s got to be stylish, right? You can also buy their bespoke espresso blends to take home along with your tailored suit. But there’s more, breakfast brioche buns, meringue cakes, doughnuts from (our fave) DGHNT and chocolate fudge cakes are piled high on the counter. You might need that new suit taking out a few cm if you’re not careful. 

38 King St W, Manchester M3 2WZ

Federal

Inspired by the superlative coffee shops of Melbourne Australia, Federal is famous for having a queue outside all of its three bricks and mortar branches at breakfast time. There’s good reason, it does yolk porn better than most, and offers some inventive brekkie items you can’t get elsewhere as well as probably the best pasteis de nata in the city (thanks to its owner Claudio’s Portuguese heritage). But what about the coffee? Federal’s hand brewed single origin coffee changes seasonally and is always poured with a sunny side up smile. Don’t miss their coffee trailer by Altrincham Market, too.

9 Nicholas Croft, Manchester M4 1EY
194 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3ND
Unit B2 – 2, Circle Square, Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 7FS

Greenwood St, Altrincham, WA14 1SA

Fig + Sparrow

All soft, sanded wood and pastels, Fig + Sparrow is definitely one of the cutest coffee spots in the NQ, this teeny caff serves up all kinds of speciality beverages from around the world, including speciality teas by Blendsmiths, and their own Fig + Sparrow coffee blends. You can also pull up a chair at one of the best people watching windows we can think of to enjoy some cracking breakfasts, cakes and croissants.

Fig + Sparrow, 20 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JA

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Foundation Coffee

About as independent as a coffee shop can get, Foundation started in the NQ but has since expanded all over town, now boasting four locations. The minimally cool Foundation is great all times of the day (including evenings, cocktails anyone?), but its extensive coffee selection will keep you coming back morning after morning. Red eye? Black eye? Dead eye? Bulletproof? Kevlar? All of these are types of coffee available at Foundation, the only way to decide if you like them is to try them but spoiler alert, at least one of them contains melted butter.

Sevendale House, Lever St, Manchester M1 1JB
11 Portland St, Manchester M1 3HU
48-50 Whitworth St, Manchester M1 6LS

21 Aspin Lane, Manchester, M4 4DN

Grapefruit is simply the zest. Image: Grapefruit

Grapefruit Coffee

Housed in a cute, detached black and white building with an ornate design on the peaked roof above its door, Grapefruit is style personified. Sale locals adore it for its ever evolving range of independent coffee brands and the team’s absolute passion for what it does. As well as the daily grind, there are regular takeovers from the likes of Obadiah, Plot Roasting and Dak Coffee Roasters. Sweet baked treats include such swoonworthy creations as raspberry and pistachio buns, grapefruit Turkish delight fancies, and blueberry and lemon meringue friands. There’s also a range of top quality chocolate, coffee to take home, peanut butter and other gorgeous products on sale. 

2 School Rd, Sale M33 7XY

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Grind & Tamp

Another coffee bean shaped jewel in Ramsbottom’s foodie crown, Grind & Tamp specialises in ethically sourced coffee as well as loose leaf tea and wine. Alongside the usual coffee shop suspects are hand brews including Chemex, V60, and Aeropress with suppliers including Hard Lines, Kiss The Hippo and Atkinsons. Menu stars include cheese and onion potato cakes, Turkish eggs and pasteis de data. This lovely indie also donates 10% from every refill of its House Beans to Project Waterfall which aims to bring an end to the water crisis in coffee-growing communities. 

45 Bridge Street, Ramsbottom, BL0 9AD

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Grindsmith

This speciality coffee roaster started out as a pop up coffee trailer, wowing at various locations in the city before setting up permanently on Deansgate. The Deansgate branch is now closed but there is a roastery in Ancoats and a branch at MediaCity because if people getting up at 3am to make a radio breakfast show don’t need coffee, then we don’t know who does.

5-6 The Garage, MediaCityUK, Salford M50 2BS

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Hampton & Vouis

The veg-heavy cafe menu at Hampton and Vouis just off Albert Square attracts vegans, coeliacs and those trying to minimise their meat intake but it’s not just about the food here, coffee is taken very seriously. H&V’s house blend combines Brazilian, Thai and Ethiopian coffee beans and is hand roasted by fair trade coffee company Buxton Coffee Roasters. Those ever popular notes of hazelnut and chocolate are there but with a a smidgen of citrus too. You’ll also find a regularly refreshed guest list of single origin brews in pour over and Aeropress formats. 

78 High St, Manchester M4 1ES
31 Princess Street, Manchester M2 4EW

Your new favourite coffee haunt. Image: Haunt

Haunt

We love it when a massive coffee chain gets budged out by a new indie, and this spot used to be a Cafe Nero. Ever since it opened, Haunt has packed in the customers proving that the whole of Manchester loves an indie too. It helps that it’s a perfect people watching spot on sunnier days or if you are lucky enough the get a window seat, and it’s split level so there’s a quieter upstairs area if you need to get your head down for a deadline. Haunt does great coffee from the likes of North Star in Leeds and great pastries that come via Half Dozen Other. It also has a new sfincione (Sicilian focaccia style pizza) menu and serves wine all day long so you can go from day to night almost too seamlessly.

58 Peter St, Manchester M2 3NQ

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Idle Hands

Before we get to the coffee at Idle Hands, let’s have a moment for the sweet pies. This must be where pies go when they die, as Agent Cooper would say. Most of the pies stacked up in the counter here are cream pies featuring a pastry or biscuit crust filled with things like pistachio or dulce de leche or key lime curd and topped with the kind of kitsch whipped cream swirls that you might find in a retro roadside diner. There are fruit filled double crust and pecan pies as well, and nothing goes better with a slice of sweet pie than a cup of damn fine coffee. Idle Hands gets its coffee from a rotating cast of roasters like Manhattan coffee roasters in Brooklyn, Hard Lines in Cardiff and Round Hill Roastery in Somerset and serves it espresso, hand brewed filter, batch brewed filter and cold brew style for the purists as well as all the milky options you could desire. One last thing, try their brekkie menu too *chef’s kiss*.

Idle Hands, Dale House, 35 Dale Street, Manchester M1 2HF

And the cutest cups award goes to… Image: Inner West

Inner West

This one is tucked away inside The Filaments apartment building a few minutes from Salford Central train station. Coffee at this Sydney-inspired indie comes from Yorkshire-based roaster Limini Coffee and those in the know say it’s one of the best brews in the city – plus the takeaway cups are cute AF. The small menu offers toasted sarnies and pretty piles of pancakes as well as baked treats from locals like the Flat Baker. With its on-trend pastel colour palette, Inner West is a lush spot to while away a few hours thinking abstract thoughts. The ideal place to make your day of freelancing look like a Wes Anderson film for TikTok. 

The Filaments, Halogen House, Gore St, Salford M3 5PD

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Just Between Friends

This little diamond is easy to walk past, despite the massive COFFEE emblazoned across its shop front and at least ten-person long queue at all times. But it would be a woeful mistake to bypass its espresso. Tucked away on Tib Street in the Northern Quarter next to The Freemount, with another branch in Beehive Mill Ancoats and one on Grove Street Wilmslow Just Between Friends really means business when it comes to coffee. A heady blend of bean dealers make up its ever changing line up, from Campbell & Syme to Plot Roasting to A Matter of Concrete, and the NQ branch even hosts the Manchester regional heat for the Northern Filter Championships – yes, that’s a thing. This teacup-sized cafe also sells t-shirts, totes, jewellery, chocolate, and crockery if you like a bit of retail therapy with your coffee.

Just Between Friends, 56 Tib Street, Manchester M4 1LG

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Kiosk

Fighting ManCoCo for the honour of being the smallest coffee shop in Greater Manchester, Kiosk (aka ‘the hole’) is a bright pink kiosk with a bright pink neon sign squished in-between a post office and a wine bar on Lapwing Lane in West Didsbury. You can’t sit inside but you can pull up a stool out front under the ornate, 100-year old glass canopy. Baked bobby dazzlers come from other locals like Levenshulme’s legendary Long Bois Bakehouse, Didsbury’s own French fancy La Chouquette and Mongolian pop up Nomgolian. Kiosk also does beer and other booze and its friendly staff are always up for a natter if the queue’s not too long when you visit. 

99a Lapwing Ln, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 6UT

This one does knoops of hot chocolate and knoops of coffee. Image: Manchester’s Finest

Knoops

Yes we know this new cafe on Cross Street is all about hot chocolate, but did you know it does great coffee too? Founder Jens Knoop is the ultimate nerd when it comes to sourcing cocoa for his unique hot choc and this nerdiness extends to the coffee he sources. Knoops’ own 100% Arabica speciality coffee is a yellow catucai naturally processed single-origin Brazilian with sweet fudgy and figgy notes that makes for a beautiful coffee on its own or add a shot or two to a hot chocolate for a next level mocha.

68 Cross St, Manchester M2 4JQ

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Kobean 

This coffee shop in the former Bernie’s grocery store in Heaton Moor is named after its owner Kobe. The focus here is massively on sourcing as ethically as possible while focusing on small batch, experimental producers so you are likely to find coffee here that you have never tried before. Beans come from the likes of Planadas coffee in Colombia, Max Salazar in Costa Rica, and Jairo Arcila in Colombia who uses experimental styles such as white wine fermentation. In store you will also find hot curry pie action from Patels Pies, locally made bakes from Long Boi’s Bakery, Pollen, and The Flat Baker, and groceries and snacks from the likes of Devil Dog Sauces, Patatas Torres, Porello Olives, Mackies of Scotland, Chu Lo and Karma Drinks, and you can buy bags of Kobean’s beans or ground coffee to take away too.

3 Hawthorn Grove, Heaton Moor, Stockport SK4 4JA

Coffee among the trees, that’s doubly invigorating. Image: Longford Cafe

Longford Cafe

The cafe formerly known as Caffeine and Co was opened by Phil and Claire, now of Blanchflower fame around a decade ago. Pastries are baked at Blanchflower each morning and delivered to the cafe so you can enjoy one on a bench surrounded by trees. Beans come from the much loved Blossom Coffee Roasters in Manchester and good vibes come from being perched in the middle of Stretford’s lush Longford Park.

Longford Park Bungalow, Stretford M32 8DA

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Lupo

You’d be loopy not to get a load of Lupo, the Italian bonanza hidden away on an industrial estate in Prestwich. Not only does it do some of the finest Italian food in the region – from pizza with fresh sausage and friarielli to fresh pasta hugged by home-made sauces to house baked Italian pastries – but it also does an espresso strong enough to kick start a vintage Fiat Panda. Owner Nico is always ready with a massive grin to welcome you and show you what he’s been rustling up this time. 

Trading Estate, Unit 65 Ardent Way, Mountheath, Manchester M25 9WE

Going loco down at ManCoCo. Image: ManCoCo

ManCoCo

A lot of the places on our list are in hidden away locations, but ManCoCo might be one of the most unassuming. It’s snuggled away in an archway around the back of Deansgate train station on Hewitt St, just on the outskirts of Castlefield. ManCoCo is different to many other coffee shops on our list though as its cafe is also a roastery where it blends and roasts its own ethically sourced beans such as the popular Sumatran Bener Meriah – this means the cafe smells even more amazing from all those beans roasting next door. These blends are now stocked by many grocers and other cafes in Manchester including Unicorn, Epicerie Ludo, Ancoats General Store and more.

84 Hewitt St, Manchester M15 4GB

Market Grounds will get your pulse racing. Image: Market Grounds

Market Grounds Coffee Bar

This little gaff in Ashton market really is for those in the know only. Its sackload of local enthusiasts probably don’t want us to tell you about it but we think it should be on your radar. As well as loose leaf tea and posh cordials Market Grounds brews up an impressive 25 different traditional coffees and 18 flavoured coffees all stored in kilner jars on wooden shelves like a pulse-enthusiast’s kitchen. The counter is stacked with home made sweet things to nibble with your coffee too, think Jammy Dodger brownies, rhubarb scones, and lemon cookies. A true hidden gem.

Kiosk L, Unit 3B Market St, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7JS

Don’t be oscillate to this one. Image: Oscillate Coffee

Oscillate Coffee 

Oscillate is owned by Patrick who used to run Just Between Friends in the Northern Quarter (also on this list). The likes of Copenhagen based La Cabra, Finland’s Frukt, and popular local Blossom Coffee Roasters provide coffee shaped vibes at this Urmston nook for serious bean queens and fans of clean, minimalist font choices. While you sip and people watch from your window seat, you can nibble on a pistachio brownie, a croissant or a sourdough toastie via Manchester’s baked gods Pollen.

52 Flixton Rd, Urmston, Manchester M41 5AB

Pollen’s new cafe at Kampus is lush. Image: Manchester’s Finest

Pollen

Speaking of Manchester’s baked gods Pollen (I’m proud of that one so I’m using it twice), here they are of course. When you write about food and drink in Manchester, the name Pollen seems to come up on a weekly basis. Whether that’s due to its peerless sourdough popping up on all the best restaurant menus, its glossy croissants tumbling on the huge platters of cafe counters across the county, or one of the six degrees of separation that Pollen seems to have from any great new foodie team on the block. Hannah Calvert and Chris Kelly’s much lauded bakery started life in a railway arch behind Piccadilly before wafting its particles across the city and beyond. Grab a squegg sarnie or wobbly salted caramel tart at either the Ancoats or Kampus outlet and don’t forget to appreciate their damn fine coffee while you’re at it.

Cotton Field Wharf, 8 New Union St, Manchester M4 6FQ
42 Aytoun St, Manchester M1 3GL

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Pot Kettle Black

With their flagship located in the beautiful Barton Arcade on Deansgate, and other locations at Angel Gardens and peven Manchester Airport, PKB has a real passion for coffee. The brand’s inspiration comes from the coffee culture of Australia and New Zealand where average coffee is simply not tolerated. The menu here also has its sunny side up, with breakfasts involving everything from parmesan truffle scrambled eggs to poached pear French toast. And we’ve not even mentioned the amazing striped croissants and other treats baked at their bakehouse Half Dozen Other. For a completely different coffee, try a Wilson – espresso over coconut water that will kick you up the arse with a burst of freshness.

Angel Gardens, 1 Rochdale Road, Manchester M4 4GE
Barton Arcade, Manchester, M3 2BW
Terminal 2, Manchester Airport, Manchester M90 1QX

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Smoak Coffee 

The team behind Chorlton’s Smoak are all about perfecting their craft. Ask for detail of the exact number of seconds it takes to make their espresso and they can answer that with pleasure. They will also tell you how many grams of coffee are used in their single and double shots, and furnish you with info on the finer (and coarser) details of optimum coffee grinding too, if that’s the kind of detail you’re into. Espresso is made on their pride and joy coffee machine, a Victoria Arduino, the brand used in the world barista championships, apparently. The in-house blend comes via Cheshire’s Kickback Coffee and promises notes of chocolate and hazelnut. If you just fancy a nice coffee alongside a house-smoked salt beef or aubergine bagel then you can swerve the nerdy stuff and enjoy that too. Just don’t get them started on what kind of wood chips they use. 

105 Manchester Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9GA

So Marrakech

It might be mint tea that springs to mind when you think about Morocco, and Altrincham’s So Marrakech does serve that refreshing hot drink of course, but it also does a great coffee. Not the hot sand coffee you find in the markets of Marrakech but a more elegant cuppa suited to a classy Altrincham caff, inspired by the red city. Try the famous Moroccan Nous Nous which is half espresso and half steamed milk. This prettiest of venues with its real Moroccan tiled floor is also a ‘lifestyle store’ selling the same gorgeous glassware, plates, and bowls used in the cafe, as well as other Moroccan inspired home furnishings.

25 Market Street, Altrincham WA14 1QT

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Station South

This cafe-meets-bike-haven is a lovely, airy community-forward meeting space in an old station building in Levenshulme that dates back to 1892. Light streams in at all angles from huge windows as the place buzzes with a variety of Levenshulme life. Lone cyclists, boisterous families and new puppy parents get busy with breakfast-cereal themed French toast, corner shop candy themed pastries and all manner of brunch dishes from potato hashes to Manc Muffins. Coffee comes from certified B-corp (sustainable business) HasBean, a Stafford-based responsibly sourced coffee roasters with a real passion for flavour without compromising on ethics. 

975-977 Stockport Rd, Levenshulme, Manchester M19 3NP

Stomping Ground

Heaton Moor has moor than its fair share of quality coffee shops, and Stomping Ground which moved into a former carpet shop in 2021 is another to add to your coffee crawl. The SG story started in a peach-coloured VW camper, serving its speciality coffee all over the show before settling down in the suburban bliss of the Heatons like many a middle aged former hippy. House blends come from Swan Song and, as always, there is a regular cast of guests. A recent visitor that caught our eye is Milky Cake from Dak in Amsterdam featuring notes of cardamom, pistachio and vanilla cake. If that’s got your sweet tooth vibrating, bakes come via Urmston’s joyous Kin Bakehouse and local Heatons baker BakerLou. Aesthetically pleasing and tactile crockery if you’re drinking in comes from the lush Senay Ceramics, and you can buy bags of coffee and other bits to take away. 

15 Shaw Rd, Heaton Moor, Stockport SK4 4AG

Takk

Takk (meaning thank you) sets itself apart from most other coffee shops by taking inspiration from its owners’ travels across Nordic regions like Scandinavia and Iceland. They call it “a big fat love letter to Reykjavik”, a city that loves to get nerdy over coffee beans. Takk’s house espresso is a single origin from Finca Miravalle in El Salvador, but there is a regular rotation of brews from all over the world too. Born on Tarriff Street in the Northern Quarter, Takk now has outposts on University Green and Hatch over the road. Keeping students pepped up to handle both their studies and Manchester’s legendary nightlife.

6 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF

Image: Trove

Trove

A Levenshulme institution, Trove launched as a lilliputian coffee shop in the lively South Manchester burb way back in 2011. Their Ancoats location opened shortly afterwards and as the trendiest part of the city centre has gone from strength to strength in food and drink terms, Trove remains high on the list of best spots for food and drink in the very well-served area. You can now find them serving the workers of uber cool office space Bloc on Marble Street too. Trove’s sourdough is the stuff of legends and its breakfasts are up there with the best, but it is also renowned for fantastic coffee. It’s so popular, you can even get it on subscription.

5 Murray St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6HS
Bloc, 17 Marble Street, Manchester M2 3AW
1032-1034 Stockport Rd, Levenshulme, Manchester M19 3WX

Image: Two Brothers

Two Brothers Altrincham 

Two Brothers is a multi-award-winning Warrington based coffee company that claims to make “the world’s best coffee” right here in the North of England. We haven’t tried all the coffee in the world, so that’s a difficult statement to verify but we can confirm the coffee at its Altrincham caff is very, very good. Two Brothers’ handful of house blends are carefully considered, like their ever-changing Transient blend, selected for the very best flavours and ground specifically for whichever brewing method you choose. The two brothers in question are engineer siblings and self proclaimed coffee geeks Steve and Dave, and they also have sites in Warrington and Ormskirk.

53 Stamford New Rd, Altrincham WA14 1DS


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