If you've even half an observant eye you'll likely have noticed that cafes in Manchester aren't exactly few and far between. In fact, in the last decade particularly, cafes have boomed in Manchester as well as just about everywhere else. This boom is likely due to a few reasons, everyone's craving for coffee and caffeine we think being the main one. But it's not just that, cafes in Manchester are now places to relax, places to get work done and, frankly, places to be seen. Cafe culture is almost a way of life these days and we can't get enough of it, so strap yourselves in, folks, grab a cappuccino, the lowdown on Manchester's cafes starts now.
One of many things we love about cafes in Manchester is how accessible they are, by which we mean, how long they're open for. In a way we kind of sympathise with cafe owners because cafe owners have to wake up and open shop while everybody else is still dreaming. That's not easy, but we're oh so grateful. We're grateful because their dedication means piping hot coffee is always on hand to wake us up when we need it most. The 6am commuters of Manchester would be lost without, and Manchester's cafes take pride in this. As such, it's not just coffee that they have ready for first thing in the morning…
Yep, we said it, cafe food is these days very much its own cuisine and damn good it is too. We'd say it comes in two forms: the type where the name of the game is bacon butties, beans, black pudding and bread, then the type where it's smoked salmon, avocado, croissants and things slightly more continental. We're by no means saying one type is better than the other, but they each have their occasions, breakfast on a hangover, breakfast to begin a special day or breakfast just to treat yourself – cafes in Manchester have you covered for all of these. Eating in a cafe is a very pleasant experience indeed, so much so that we don't see the point in doing it only for breakfast.
We mentioned accessibility, and most cafes in Manchester will be open to serve far more than breakfast and your first coffee of the day. Brunch and lunch at the very least can be expected from all, while some cafes in Manchester may even serve dinner. It's these meals where cafe cuisine starts to get way more exciting, with cafes showing off their creativity and home cooking skills like there's no tomorrow. You'll likely find gourmet burgers, all kinds of trendy superfoods and salads, rustic sandwiches and plenty of cakes and baked goods for those in need of a sugar hit.
With all this coffee and good food the line between what's a cafe in Manchester and what's a restaurant is becoming blurrier and blurrier. As well as everything we've just discussed, many of Manchester's cafes offer cuisines from around the world. You'll find pasta cafes, cute little tapas cafes, cafes serving wine and some serving mounds of American food that you'll need more than a few milkshakes to help you see off. The cafes of Manchester are, you could say, all things to all people in the very best of ways. Hunt down whichever is best for your occasion using Quandoo, get a table booked, then go enjoy yourself!