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The Man Wants Guide to: Manchester’s Independent Coffee Shops


I moved from London to Manchester, a few years ago and I’m still getting formally acquainted with the City’s diverse and eclectic culture. From the low-key chaos of the Northern Quarter to the calm of Castlefield, it’s no wonder that Manchester means so much to so many.

So, the first thing I do when residing in a new City is scout out to the best social spots and nothing floats my boat more, than an independent Coffee haunt. Coffee Shops are my ultimate go-to for business and leisure, not to mention a great cuppa! (See how my Northern dialect is creeping in) So, I figured it’s about time I shared my thoughts on some of Manchester’s Best Independent Coffee Shops for cake, coffee and conversation.

Pot Kettle Black, Barton Arcade

Located in the famous Victorian Shopping Centre, Barton Arcade, Pot Kettle Black is a popular coffee shop for those after a quick bite to eat without compromising on luxury. Winning, Best Coffee and Tea Shop at the Manchester Food & Drink Awards in 2016 – Pot Kettle Black has become recognised for its internationally inspired menu and speciality teas and coffee blends.

Fig and Sparrow, Oldham Street

Fig & Sparrow is one of Manchester’s finest, independent Coffee Bars. Situated on Oldham Street in the heart of the Northern Quarter, this coffee stop makes the perfect retreat for all. This coffee shop has a cool and cosy vibe and offers a range of fresh food and delectable sandwiches. Plus – it also acts as a platform for other independent creatives and provides arts, crafts and textiles for sale.

North Tea Power, Tib Street

Speciality coffee, tea and infusions make North Tea Power, a must-try for brew conoisseurs and amateur’s a like. Their extensive menu of food and drink, offers the unexpectant opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and indulge in a little something different. Plus- their breakfast & all day brunch menu is an absolute stunner!

The Koffee Pot, Oldham Street

It wouldn’t be right to offer a guide to Manchester’s greatest Coffee Shops without including the Mancunian Institution, that is The Koffee Pot. The Koffee Pot has been recognised as landmark in Manchester’s culture for generations, with an involvement with some of Manchester’s most iconic musicians, artists, poets and creatives. By day it serves hearty, home-made food and by night in transforms into a relaxed cocktail bar. The Koffee Pot now even has it’s own Art Gallery Space, so you can squeeze in a little culture whilst attacking that post-hangover Fry Up.

Do you happen to have a favourite coffee shop that we’ve not listed? Let us know in the comments below.