Foundation Coffee House

Restaurants, Cafés Central Manchester
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Foundation Coffee House

A vast, sprawling space, Foundation Coffee House is a departure from the Northern Quarter blueprint.

The Northern Quarter is becoming overrun by coffee shops and cafes, which is no bad thing if done well – after all, we can’t deny the demand is there. Foundation Coffee House, thankfully, is done very well, but more importantly it also breaks the prevailing mould of smaller, intimate coffee joints like Takk, Fig and Sparrow and NTP with its undeniable abundance of space.

It’s huge, which of means whilst it’ll always run the risk of feeling a little like a hotel lobby, unlike some of its nearby contemporaries you should always be good when it comes to getting a seat, with choice aplenty including spacious booths, high stools overlooking Lever Street, and interesting, assorted chairs and tables dotted throughout. Industrial touches such as classic white tiling resembling that of the capital's Underground stations, exposed light bulbs and a bar decorated with old pipes have all been balanced by slick, modern furniture, proving that the interiors are undoubtedly in good hands with co-owners and designers No Chintz.

The staff are friendly, and although food-wise you won't find anything resembling a meal (yet) there’s a good selection of brownies and cakes behind the glass counter - along with those ruddy raw, gluten free and vegan Nakd snack bars. You’ll find a few sockets, too, perfect for the laptop types among us.

By: Jess Hardiman


Venue name: Foundation Coffee House
Address: Sevendale house

M1 1JB
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7.30am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
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Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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With so many coffee shops and cafes popping up around the Northern Quarter, it can be difficult knowing which one to choose. Foundation aims to set itself apart from the competition, offering a vast, sprawling workspace popular with the city's growing freelance population. The coffee here is superb, as well as the array of sandwiches and other tasty bites.


A firm favourite with the Northern Quarter crowd and for good reason. Foundation isn't the same to other cafe's in the area, Foundation offers a large workspace where freelancers and students come to sweat over their words while being able to drown themselves in all flavours of coffee and tea. Along, with the usual hot drinks selection, is the great selection of quick eats. 

If you need a workspace with great decor and the sound of other people hitting their keyboards then i recommend you give Foundation a go.