3 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB

By Lee Isherwood | Last updated 15 February 2011

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Where: 3 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB – 0161 839 0009

When: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm


What: “We wanted to create a friendly, welcoming place where a smile goes a long way!”

It’s about exploring the wonderful foods from around the globe and opening our ears to music from around the world.

“Giraffes are so tall they see a different view of the world. we LOVE fresh ideas.”

Giraffe is owned by the original founders Juliette and Russel Joffe and Andrew Jacobs who all have an active role in the day to day management of the business. Giraffe also has additional financial backing from some private shareholders, 3i investment group and entrepreneur chairman, Luke Johnson.

Why Giraffe? Juliette, Russel and Andrew decided to open the kind of restaurant they would like to hang out in.

Somewhere relaxed where people could have a great coffee and freshly cooked food at any time of day – all to the spirited sounds of world music so you could imagine yourself being anywhere from Sydney to Israel – somewhere sunny and full of smiles.

Russel always wanted to have a business called giraffe – hence the restaurant ‘giraffe’ was born in 1998 and the first restaurant is in Hampstead

“Did you know that giraffes have the largest hearts of any land mammals?”

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