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Mackie Mayor
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The 10 best coffee shops and cafés in Manchester

After your caffeine fix? These are the best coffee shops and cafés in Manchester according to us

By Lucy Lovell
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Manchester is a coffee lover’s dream. Ever since the third-wave coffee movement shook up the roasted bean scene, this red-brick city has been serving up some of the best cups around. And it’s not all too-cool-for-school caffs (though, not gonna lie, we love those too); Manchester has everything from greasy spoons with mugs of jet-black filter to quirky brunch spots with perfect flat whites to brilliant bars serving killer cortados.

Whether it’s a single-origin pourover or a smooth flat white, this city’s coffee scene has you covered. Here’s our round-up of the very best coffee shops and cafés in Manchester right now.

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Best coffee shops and cafés in Manchester

Trove, Manchester
Photograph: Trove

1. Trove

Restaurants Pizza

When family-run café-bakery Trove opened in the small suburb of Levenshulme, it changed the Manchester coffee game. Top brews and sourdough bread propelled this humble joint into a city-wide success – so much so, they recently launched a new branch in Ancoats, central Manchester. Expect minimal-meets-rustic surroundings and a thoughtfully curated seasonal menu.

Mackie Mayor
Photograph: Pexels / Paul Cook

2. Mackie Mayor

Two floors of grade II-listed Victorian finery – including a stunning glass ceiling – make up Mackie Mayor, a vibrant food and drink market. There are six food traders in total, serving things like wood-fired pizza and homemade tacos, while top-quality java comes from Wolfhouse Coffee. Dive into a range of espresso-based bevs and fancy pourovers.

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Siop Shop
Photograph: Courtesy TripAdvisor.com

3. Siop Shop

Bright, friendly, and with stacks upon stacks of homemade doughnuts: there aren’t many places we’d rather spend an afternoon than Siop Shop. If you can drag your gaze away from the perfectly plump sweet treats – the dreamy flavours include millionaire shortbread and chai topped with pecan nuts – then there’s a stonking coffee selection to explore, too.

4. All the Shapes

Sure, Prestwich may not rival Ancoats when it comes to food and drink, but there’s a lovely bunch of indie joints that are well worth the 20-minute tram from the city centre. Our favourite is All The Shapes, a casual bar-restaurant-café serving up fun, family-friendly vibes. Their speciality coffee is best enjoyed with a wedge of cake on their pretty, sun-soaked terrace (yes, sometimes the sun shines in Manchester).

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Idle Hands
Photograph: Idle Hands

5. Idle Hands

This laid-back Northern Quarter café has a loyal following – not least for its incredibly moreish cream pies. Idle Hands are also loopy about coffee, offering a selection of rare filters from guest roasters. Nordic-style beans are your best shout; regular names include Munich-based Man Versus Machine and London’s Dark Arts Coffee.

6. Grapefruit Coffee

Sale is another suburb of Manchester that’s well worth exploring, and Grapefruit Coffee is the ideal place to start. The dinky café is conveniently placed next to the tram stop (which also conveniently looks on to the canal). Pick up a Hasbeen coffee and a slice of triple chocolate loaf to go and meander along the lush Bridgewater Canal path.

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Photograph: Koffee Pot

7. Koffee Pot

Restaurants Cafés

Somewhere between trad greasy spoon and trendy bar, Koffee Pot is a Manchester institution. It’s moved a few times in the city centre, but has now settled on Oldham Street. The vibe is about as Northern Quarter as it gets here: street art on the walls, hot Vimto by the mug and huge, no-nonsense fry-ups. There’s a pleasingly no-frills brew, too, locally roasted by Ancoats Coffee. Filter coffee is just £1.60 and comes served in a proper mug.

North Tea Power, Manchester, Interior
Photograph: North Tea Power

8. North Tea Power

Restaurants Tea rooms

North Tea Power opened back in 2010, making it one of the OG craft coffee houses in Manchester. Their uber-cool site is often lined with freelancers on laptops, but it’s a brilliant shout for a coffee break if you’re in the city centre. A huge selection of loose leaf will keep tea fans happy, while espresso-based cups – from the punchy piccolo to the silky long black – are always exquisite. Long live NTP.

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Photograph: Sebastian Matthes / MANOX

9. Common

Bars and pubs Craft beer pubs

Primarily a bar – and a damn good one, too – Common is often overlooked as a coffee spot, but their brews are second to none. Along with all the usual suspects, Common serve a filter coffee using London-based Workshop Coffee Co (with unlimited refills). If that doesn’t float yer boat, try loose leaf tea by the mug or pot.

Takk, Manchester
Photograph: Takk

10. Takk

Restaurants Coffeeshops

Takk is a love letter to scandi coffee houses, and it’s been serving up hygge vibes to savvy Mancunians for years. They now have three outlets across the city, but we still love their Northern Quarter branch the most. They serve guest coffees from Europe and beyond: the house brew is a single origin from Finca Miravalle in El Salvador.

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