North Tea Power
Don’t be fooled by the name, this lovely little café has a great selection of coffees as well as speciality teas. They have their own Has Bean custom blend which is one of my favourites – the Deerhunter, which makes a delicious flat white.
You can buy a variety of beans (including the Deerhunter) which they will happily grind for you along with all sorts of coffee making equipment including V60s, Aeropresses and grinders. Tucked in the heart of the Northern Quarter above a yoga studio they have a friendly atmosphere, fine array of cakes and biscuits and a tempting brunch/lunch menu ranging from French toast to frittatas. @northteapower
Fig & Sparrow
Although it may sound a little like a quaint country pub it’s actually a quirky ‘lifestyle store and coffee bar’ selling a mix of teas, coffees and giftware. Located on Oldham Street, it’s absolutely perfect for the Northern Quarter showcasing cards, artwork and homeware from local artists. They have taken a lot of effort to source great ingredients and produce for the menu with a focus on artisan suppliers for their coffee beans, loose leaf tea and baked goods. I tried one of their iced americanos and a chunky peanut butter brownie that was divine! @figsparrow
This Australian/New Zealand café offers everything from espresso to macchiatos, brews, iced lattes and affogatos. You can have a traditional coffee, a pour over, hand brew or aero press along side an epic brunch, brownie or even brinner*. I’m a big fan of the smashed avocado on sour dough and their banana bread!
* How do you fancy breakfast for dinner with an espresso martino on a Friday night? @Federalcafebar
This crowd funded start up now has an espresso and brew bar on Deansgate and a small ‘coffee pod’ tucked away in Green Gate Square. The pod is a hidden gem set back from the main road next to a fountain, a perfect retreat for a coffee but still only minutes from shops such as Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. Over in their Deansgate café they serve up locally roasted coffee and gluten free cakes, pastries and sandwiches with industrial style bare brick walls, hanging light bulbs and wooden crate tables. @Grindsmiths
Pot Kettle Black
Located in the beautiful Barton Arcade this coffee shop serves up great quality coffee to weary shoppers. Whether you’re after filtered, flavoured or brewed they are clearly passionate about their coffee and will gladly help you to choose, along with an offering of speciality teas and cold drinks. They also have a great sandwich menu that changes daily as well as homemade cakes and biscuits. @PKBCoffee
Rust & Stone
Set in the heart of Spinningfields this organic clean eating cafe carefully selects their coffee beans and regularly updates their filter brews. Whether you’re after a v60 drip filter, quick espresso, salted caramel coffee frappe or flat white there is something for everyone along with a lip smacking selection of organic cakes, flapjacks and brownies with the promise of being a little healthier. @rustandstone