I absolutely love eating out and hunting down the best coffee/brunch/cocktail spots in a new city. I lived in Manchester for three years whilst at university and fortunately I made friends that love eating out as much as me so we managed to tick a fair few restaurants, bars and cafes off the list. My favourite places that I discovered whilst in Manchester vary from cosy cafes and low-key restaurants, to bars that let you dance on the tables all night long!
Good for: after work drinks, lively dinner, friday/saturday evening out
This so-called ‘Bavarian Bier Palace’ was host to some of my favourite nights out in Manchester. The place comes alive after 5pm when the city workers flock to the bar to make the most of the ‘push for prosecco’ buttons and dinner service. On a Friday/ Saturday night you can expect slightly rowdier crowds who are there for the live bands and table-dancing opportunities! I visited Albert Schloss for the first time for dinner, during which we were surprised with a live DJ and cabaret dancers and I’ve since been back for a couple of nights out with girlfriends (note: it’s very easy to get carried away with the drinking culture here!) I’d recommend Schloss for both dinner and drinks, although I’d definitely make sure I pick a night with a live band. Also worth noting is their free photo-booth and very photographic, industrial-style decor.
Good for: working, cheap coffee/ lunch
I only discovered The Anchor cafe during my third year in Manchester and it became my second home during my final year projects at uni. My friends and family know how much I love working from cafes and coffee houses, however I’m quite picky with where I spend my time. The Anchor is a church-led cafe (although you would never guess) and it serves delicious Monmouth coffee, along with a simple food menu of bagels, soup and snacks. With it’s close proximity to the university (at the top of the Curry Mile), The Anchor is always filled with working students and I’d recommend arriving at opening to guarantee a good seat.
Good for: brunch
I would very happily declare Rustik home to the best brunch in Manchester. This Didsbury gem is small in size but don’t let that fool you, Rustik serves up some VERY generous portions. Unfortunately I was only able to visit a couple of times but the food is reasonably priced, when considering both its location and the portion sizes. I highly recommend the ‘Rustik Eggs’ with crispy halloumi mmmm.
Good for: cocktails, group dinner
I’m sure most people have visited their local Botanist but I’ve had too many great nights in the Manchester Botanist not to give it a mention. Their food is super tasty (think classic British pub food with a few twists and extras) however their cocktails are obviously what draws in the crowds.
Good for: brunch, chilled evening drinks
Solomon’s is a quirky spot in Manchester’s student-centre, Withington. Whilst their bar has a cosy and chilled atmosphere in the evening, I love visiting for a low-key breakfast/ lunch. This place was only down the road from our student house and it brought all the vibes of the Northern Quarter to south Manchester.
– The Teacup Kitchen, Northern Quarter- perfect for coffee and cake
– Mr Cooper’s House and Garden, The Midland Hotel- quite pricey but ideal for a special occasion
– Brown’s, York St.- amazing venue, where I went for my graduation dinner
– Croma, Didsbury- cheap yet delicious pizza with a super chilled atmosphere
– Fig & Sparrow, Northern Quarter- cosy cafe come gift shop with delicious lunch time salads
– Rudy’s pizza, Northern Quarter
– Bundobust, Piccadilly Gardens
– Proove pizza, Didsbury
– El Gato Negro, King St.
– Sinclair’s Oyster Bar
Anywhere else you think I should add to my list? What are your Manchester favourites?