There are few finer things in life than a good breakfast or brunch, and with Manchester's wealth of excellent eateries there's always plenty of scope for partaking in a memorable morning feed. And while for some it's just about soaking up the booze from last night's excess at the pub, others are getting properly stuck into one of the most rewarding mealtimes there is. Whichever camp you're in, we've put together what we deem the best breakfasts and brunches in Manchester, so this time turn your usual cup of tea and slice of toast into something a little more interesting.
Manchester breakfasts and brunches
This Northern Quarter institution may have moved round the corner from its original Stevenson Square spot, yet Koffee Pot remains the area’s destination of choice for hangover banishing breakfasts. This is no ordinary greasy spoon – the interior features vibrant street art (credit is due to Manchester-based artist Hammo) and spacious red booths, while the full English includes spam, potato cake and black pudding – at no extra charge. The shakshouka and smoked haddock rarebit are reliably good, while tea, filter coffee and hot Vimto are joined by craft beers and Bloody Mary’s behind the bar.
Established by Manchester's very own Mr Scruff, whose love of tea is as strong as his love of music (if not stronger), Teacup is a place where you’ll not only find all manner of tea varieties, but an extensive cake menu, cocktails, wines and beers, plus a full lunch and afternoon tea menu. Breakfasts, served all day, are a strength with the 'fabulous' egg Florentine deserving of its adjective.
This homely café in the Northern Quarter is more spacious than it looks. Sure, there's the occasional wait, but everything is spot on. Adventurous breakfasters can opt for waffles, served with fried chicken after noon, or the protein-packed steak, avo and eggs combo. Bottomless filter coffee from local roasters Has Bean seals the deal. If the Northern Quarter branch is too busy, check out the new, supersized outlet in the Great Northern for more of the same.
An unassuming board outside this wonderfully preserved Victorian fish market in the Northern Quarter hints at Oak Street’s existence. Home to both Manchester Craft and Design Centre and this excellent café, refreshments include quality teas, coffees and juices. Food is good throughout the day - and breakfasts fare is particularly strong with a choice of pancakes, frittatas and cakes. Be sure to leave time for a browse of the world-class jewellery and ceramics on sale too.
This trendy bar and nightclub hidden among Whitworth Street’s antiquated railway arches works is a wonderful place to eat or drink, day or night. Breakfast is a treat and the full English breakfast is very popular indeed - and not just with those returning to the scene of last night’s antics. Feeling really hungry? Opt for the 'royal' version - it's massive and even better with a Bloody Mary or Espresso Martini on the side.
Located a stone's throw away from the shops and crowds of Market Street, Moose is a great spot to take refuge. The menu is extensive and will probably give more indecisive folk a panic attack. Rest assured, though, you can pick something with a blindfold on and rarely go wrong. It looks a bit like a chain - but the fluffy pancakes, quite rightly, have their own fan base.
Rosylee sits next to the rambunctious Hula Tiki Lounge, so can be easily overlooked when searching for some grub. Which is a shame as the full English is exceptional, as are the ham and eggs. Both are probably best washed down with one of the four breakfast cocktails - very tasty indeed.
This elegant restaurant is the sister of celebrity haunt, San Carlo, and serves Italian ‘tapas’ behind the House of Fraser department store. Step through the doors and look on as hoards of attentive waiters serve the city’s best-dressed punters from morning until late at night. Many come for gnocchi or a glass of prosecco – but the breakfasts are a local secret. From pastries and bacon sandwiches to the Great Cicchetti breakfast with hash browns and Bury Black Pudding, there’s something for every appetite.
Manchester's Northern Quarter isn't short on quirk - both in its venues and those who frequent them – and Sugar Junction's attention to vintage detail has to be applauded. Afternoon tea is its forte but the eggs Benedict and eggs Florentine are great too, as is the famous French toast, served with fresh blueberries and vanilla mascarpone. Coffee is stand out and breakfast is served until 5pm.
Tucked away in West Didsbury, you’ll find plenty of choice at this café with a mildly hippyish vibe. Ingredients are locally sourced and veggies will be in their element. The Veg Out breakfast is appropriately massive (halloumi veggie pudding, spinach, all the trimmings). Other options include duck eggs Benedict, haddock Florentine, veggie breakfast burritos and eggs en cocotte.