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Where to find the best coffee in Manchester

Alex | August 14, 2022

If you live or work in or around Manchester, chances are you’ll fancy grabbing a coffee at some point. So if you’re on the go or looking to take a break and relax in a local coffee shop, we’ve got you covered. We’ve pulled together our top five coffee spots in Manchester. So whether you fancy a cappuccino, latte, ristretto, americano, or whatever, we’ll share the best places to get your caffeine fix in the city.

Idle Hands

You’ll find speciality coffee shop, Idle Hands, in the Northern Quarter. They select only the finest beans from artisan roasters and their menu is ever-changing so there’s always something new to try. Established in 2015, they’ve gained a loyal following. They pride themselves on making every drink “consistently special’ and with their wide range of quality coffee and brewing methods, we’ve found that to be the case.

If you have a sweet tooth, they also offer an extensive homemade pie menu. Pair your coffee with sweet pies that include chocolate marshmallow pie, cherry, apricot & strawberry, peanut butter cup and many more varieties. The coconut cream pie also comes highly recommended.

Check out their full coffee and pie menu online:

Address: Dale House, 35 Dale Street, NQ, Manchester, M1 2HF


TAKK is an independent coffee company with three outlets based in Manchester. Nordic-inspired, TAKK is the result of its founders’ travels exploring coffee in Scandinavia and Iceland. They are dedicated to sourcing some of the best guest coffees available in Europe and their house brew is a delicious and flavourful single-origin coffee sourced from Finca Miravalle in El Salvador. Not one to be missed!

People come to relax, socialise and work in these unique and stylish coffee shops. With minimalist Scandi design, the decor is welcoming and contemporary. Plus they have a great brunch menu to enjoy with your coffee.

You can view their menu and the list of all three locations online:

Atkinson’s at the Mackie Mayor

Mackie Mayor itself is a vibrant and bustling food hall in the Northern Quarter and within it, you’ll find coffee aficionados, Atkinson’s. No visit to Manchester would be complete without heading to Atkinson’s at the Mackie Mayor. They’re specialist coffee roasters and tea merchants and were established in Lancashire in 1837.

They brew some of the highest quality coffees from all around the world and you’d be hard pressed to get a better espresso. If coffee isn’t your thing, they offer an extensive range of quality tea blends to sample as well. Plus this Grade II-listed Victorian building itself is spectacular so enjoy your refreshments and take in the stunning and stylish surroundings.

Address: Mackie Mayors, 1 Eagle Street, Manchester M4 5BU

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So Marrakech

Explore the vibrant tastes of Morrocco in the heart of Manchester at So Marrakech. It’s a very unique offering that goes one step further than your traditional coffee shop. Alongside their carefully curated speciality coffees and traditional cakes and sweet treats, you can also shop their own-brand homeware collection. They hold a supper club for customers to further enjoy the authentic Morrocan all-encompassing experience in the evenings.

Coffee-wise, we recommend their lattes which come with some awe-inspiring latte art on top. Alternatively, opt for their signature drink known as a ‘Nous Nous’. It literally translates to half and half, and is made with half a serving of espresso and half a serving of foamed milk.

Address: 25 Market St, Altrincham, Manchester WA14 1QT

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And last, but not least in our top five round-up is Grindsmiths. Somewhat of a Mancunian institution, it’s a popular choice with the locals and a destination for those visiting the city. Initially a crowd-funded business, it still has a community-centric feel and they now have multiple coffee shops across Manchester. If you’re in the area be sure to drop by this wooden-clad, eco-friendly joint where we think you’ll find the best cold brew coffee around.

Address: Grindsmiths, Greengate Square, Victoria Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 5AS
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If you’re looking for quality coffee in your Manchester office, our team at FreshGround offers a wide range of coffee machines that produce barista-style coffees at work. Simply contact us to find out more.