• Somethings brewing: Must visit Northern Quarter coffee shops

Somethings brewing: Must visit Northern Quarter coffee shops

22 January 2023 by Sam Easton

As the years pass, Manchester's café scene continues to go from strength to strength however one area leads the way when it comes to excellent coffee shops and that’s the Northern Quarter. From coffee connoisseurs to pastry pioneers we’ve chosen five of our favourites to highlight where you can get the best brew.


For the freelancers among us, coffee shops are an all too familiar working environment and Foundation feeds off this need a for a make shift office. A regular home to the freelance community and for good reason, Foundation’s spacious and relaxed feel combined with their range of brunch classics and varied coffee selection mean that work or no work you’re in for a treat.

Siop Shop

One of the many Jewels in Tib Streets crown, this quirky coffee shop is bursting with personality. From its custom furniture & décor to its ever-changing array of donut specials all the way to their specially selected coffee options, Siop Shop really does have it all. Make sure to keep an eye on their Instagram for specials, changes to their house made Savoury treats and more.

Ezra & Gil

It only takes a quick look at their regular Saturday queue to realise that Ezra & Gil is an NQ essential. Tried and tested menus (both breakfast and throughout the day) catering to everyone's wants & needs combined with a mixed environment both for casual customers & those needing a space to work give this spot something for everyone.

Chapter One Books

Focusing on the 2 big C’s; Coffee & comfort, Chapter One books is a cosy space tucked away on Lever Street. With more of a working atmosphere whilst not compromising on customer wellbeing, Chapter one provides a gentle, warm environment for all to enjoy. Whether you need an armchair to settle into or a table to spread out on, Chapter One have got you covered. They also have Gulf, a classic middle eastern style tea room, operating inside them. Serving Karak & Chapati and taking design inspiration from traditional middle eastern tea rooms, this space really is a breath of fresh air.

Idle Hands

Situated next to Beatniks Republic Bar on Dale Street, you’ll find Idle Hands. Quite contrary to the name, you’ll be more than occupied in this independent coffee specialist.Not only are they providing NQ with its caffeine fix they also specialise in making some of the tastiest pies we’ve had the pleasure of sampling (sweet ones that is). They also serve an all-day brunch chock full of classics, what’s not to love?