Manchester is home to a strong coffee scene. If, like us, you’re always in search of the best places to get your caffeine fix, here’s a handy guide to navigating your way round the city’s speciality coffee shops.

Ancoats Coffee Co.

You can always expect the best coffee served in chic industrial surroundings from this Roastery and café residing in the heart of up and coming Ancoats. This is a beautiful space and the perfect setting to try out one of Manchester’s best coffees.

Where? 9 Royal Mills, 17 Redhill St, M4 5BA

Pollen Bakery

Whilst you’re in the vicinity, head to the New Islington Marina where you’ll find the ever popular Pollen.

Pollen is a renowned Manchester institution where you’re guaranteed to pick up a top tasting coffee as well as a delicious baked good. The guys behind this sourdough and Viennoiserie bakery certainly know their stuff. Although you may well have to queue (we told you it’s popular) we for one think it’s worth it to pick up a great coffee and outstanding pastry, the ultimate match made in heaven.

Ezra & Gil:

Relaxed, red brick, open planned space with good coffee, nice food and a welcoming atmosphere. What more could you want? This place is also perfect for those wanting to catch up on a bit of work with plug sockets and space a plenty.

Where? 20 Hilton St, M1 1FR


This Nordic inspired artisan coffee shop is a real gem in the Northern Quarter. Takk are committed to bringing the best espresso and single origin filter coffees from around the globe which change weekly. Their Food menu is more of a local affair. All their dairy, bakery, meat and vegetable products are sourced from local suppliers. A definite for all speciality coffee fans who like supporting local.

Where? 6 Tariff St, M1 2FF

Federal Café:

On the edge of the Northern Quarter you’ll find Federal Café, an independent coffee shop bringing a taste of New Zealand/Australia to Manchester. Federal serve up delicious Ozone coffee and a fresh, locally sourced brunch menu to go with it. This stylish spot guarantees a good coffee and yummy food.

Where? 9 Nicholas Croft, M4 1EY

Evelyn’s Café Bar:

Evelyn’s café and bar is so aesthetically you won’t be able to resist taking a million snaps for your Instagram feed. Throw in excellent coffee and amazing food and you’ve just sorted your Saturday morning. We love to sit in the window seats, grab a coffee and watch the world go by (well, the Northern Quarter.)

Where? G18 Tib St, M4 1NB

Foundation Coffee House:

Foundation Coffee House is large, fresh, white-tiled and minimalist. A beautiful space and a welcomed break from exposed red brick. Expect great coffee, freshly prepared sandwiches, pastries, healthy juices and yummy cakes as well as all the space you could dream of to find a seat on a busy weekend afternoon.

Where? Sevendale House, Lever St, M1 1JB


This artisan micro-roaster sure if off the beaten track. Situated unassumingly in a charming railway arch down in Castlefield, you’ll be glad you stumbled across it.

On the right side of the arch you’ll find the café, on the left the roaster. This space is relaxed, smells AMAZING (benefits of having a roaster on site, hey?) and has the extra charm of sound of passing trains over your head every few minutes.

Where? 84 Hewitt St, M15 4GB

North Tea Power:

Don’t judge a book by its cover. This place isn’t all about tea. North Tea Power serve up a damn fine coffee to. You’ll find all your coffee favourites, from lattes, espressos, Aeropress, pour over, cold brew, Chemex… the list goes on. Whatever you chose, it’s guaranteed to be good.

Where? 36 Tib St, M4 1LA

Fig and Sparrow:

Situated on bustling Oldham Street, Fig and Sparrow is a speciality coffee shop that even comes complete with its own design store. Good food, great coffee and lovely bits and bobs all under one roof? Fig and Sparrow are spoiling us.

Where? 20 Oldham St, M1 1JA

Pot Kettle Black:

Vintage lovers rejoice. Pot Kettle Black have made their home in a gorgeous vintage inspired space inside the beautiful Barton Arcade. Again, be sure you’ve got your camera at the ready.

Speciality coffee and scrumptious brunch, what more could you want?

Where? 14 Barton Arcade, M3 2BW



Grindsmith espresso and brewbar source the best of the best when it comes to coffee beans in order to bring you one of the best cups of coffee in Manchester. What’s more, these guys have three locations around the city, so you’re always covered for your Grindsmith fix.

Where?  231-233 Deansgate, M3 4EN

Unit 5&6 The Garage, Media City, M50 2EQ

The Pod, Greengate Square, Victoria Bridge St, M3 5AS

Siop Shop:

A newbie to Manchester’s thriving coffee scene, Siop Shop not only offers top notch speciality coffee, but also specialises in doughnuts- a match made in heaven? We think so.

Where? 53 Tib St, M4 1LS

Another Heart to Feed:

Across the river in Salford you’ll find a real hidden gem. Known well by locals but less so by visitors, Another Heart to Feed serve up great speciality coffee and spectacular, fresh brunches. We’re talking quality ingredients executed through a refined, well thought out menu. Note: Another Heart to Feed have recently relocated to West Didsbury

Where? 77-79 Chapel St, M3 5BZ