evelyn's cafe bar
Smithfield Buildings, 44 Tib Street
Manchester, M4 1NB
The decor at Evelyn's is very aesthetically pleasing, with Pinterest worthy interiors. It's no wonder it's one of Manchesters most suggested cafes to visit. The restaurant has a relaxed vibe to it and you're not rushed at all during your meal which is nice as it's normally pretty busy in there. That being said I would recommend booking a table before visiting if you're planning a trip as there is normally a wait, especially at weekends.
Evelyn's Cafe Bar is a casual restaurant with its menu inspired by world foods and flavours. The menu has been curated to serve everything from meats, fish to vegan and vegetarian options so it caters to all. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner but it's one of my favourites to go to in Manchester for breakfast/brunch. Their pancakes with blueberries and honeycomb butter are heavenly, as is their shakshuka.
9 Nicholas Croft, Northern Quarter,
Manchester, M4 1EY
Opened in 2014, Federal has been a brunch staple in Manchester for years with a queue formed out of the door regularly for its Aussie-inspired all-day brunch dishes. Creating a community of like-minded souls who are passionate about good coffee and delicious brunches. They now have two locations, the original cafe in the Northern Quarter, just opposite the back entrance of the Arndale and now you can also find them on Deansgate, this new location is a lot bigger than the original so keep that in mind if a few of you are wanting to visit!
Prices are reasonable for what you get and for the taste! The menu has plenty of options including all the breakfast faves but has plenty of variety and additional options to change up your choosing.
hampton and voúis
31 Princess St, Manchester, M2 4EW
Hampton and Voúis is an independent speciality coffee house and kitchen with the most instagrammable plates I have ever seen! The place itself is pretty small but beautifully decorated with a range o seating to choose from depending on the vibe of your visit. For big groups though, bare in mind this place is on the smaller side so maybe better for smaller groups.
The menu focuses on natural food inspired by British and Mediterranean cuisines. The dishes are simple, fresh, nutritious, while being as little processed as possible. All products used in their dishes are also supplied by independent businesses in the North of England which is a big plus if you ask me!
ezra and gil
20 Hilton Street, Northern Quarter,
Manchester, M1 1FR
Founded in 2014, Ezra and Gil means helper and happiness and it certainly ticks that box. I would say my favourite place to eat breakfast, brunch and lunch in Manchester. It's a concept restaurant in urban coffee and cafe culture, a true neighbourhood hangout with a vision to provide a simple but amazing menu in a space that's welcoming and wholesome. Housed in an old former clothing showroom, the style is industrial and striped back that is suitable for both groups and solo diners.
The team search for the best food and drink products and ingredients they can source and you can tell how tasty and fresh everything is. I could genuinely order everything on their menu, it takes me ages to decide when visiting because everything sounds so good.
55 Thomas Street,
Manchester M4 1NA
Teacup Kitchen is an award winning cafe in the heart of the Northern Quarter, owned by none other than music producer and artist, Mr Scruff! Known for their breakfast, brunches, cakes and a tea collection every Brit would be proud of; it's the perfect destination for a warm up from the usual rainy skies in Manchester.
It's a popular place but pretty big so you should be seated quickly. The menu is full of delicious dishes, from eggs benedict to pork and fig sandwiches. I must admit, the thing I love coming here for is the cake and tea. All their teas come with a proper sand timer so your tea is brewed to perfection and there's so much choice I could happily sit for hours with a book or my laptop soaking up copious amounts of tea! And finally, the cake... oh man, the cake. Slices the size of your head. That is all.
Unit 10-11 Church Street
Manchester M4 1PN
The UK's first gourmet grilled cheese restaurant, serving pimped up grilled cheese sandwiches, mac 'n' cheese and milkshakes. The cheesiest, ooziest, melt in your mouth food in the NQ, with the best northern soul tracks as your soundtrack.
The original stall began on Church Street and soon amassed a loyal following of grilled cheese lovers, then moving onto open a site by Piccadilly Station. Now, moving onwards and upwards they will soon be opening their site on Tib Street, where there will be 70 tables so enough to cater for everyone. All of the Northern Soul classics will be available, but the new expansion will allow them to expand their new menu with plenty of new additions including a breakfast menu.
crazy pedro's pizza parlour
1 Short Street, Under Afflecks,
Manchester M4 1AA,
Serving up an eclectic range of weird and wonderful pizzas, this late-night NYC-style pizza parlour will make you fall in love with pizza even more (if that is even possible). Their topping choices are a pizza revolution and they change them regularly. You can buy by the slice or go for a full pizza with happy hour offerings daily. Crazy Pedro's is serious about booze too, it's the go-to spot for anyone craving a frozen cocktail or wanting to try their crazy collection of tequila. They also have beer pong too if you want to play games while eating all the pizza!
Irwell Square 4A Leftbank,
Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3AN
This award winning restaurant has been one of my favourite places to eat in Manchester for years. I absolutely love coming here! With a wide selection of authentic street food dishes, chef specialities and hand made desserts it's the perfect place to spend an evening. Some of the best service I have ever had I should mention too! When I first came here I didn't know anything about what wines I liked, I just knew I liked what I liked! The bar staff talked me through all their white wines and let me sample a bit of everything until I found my one true love, Chenin Blanc. Couldn't recommend here enough.
61 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2AG
For dinner my favourite cuisine is Indian and reading this I'm sure you can tell! Another Indian restaurant, yet this one is all vegetarian and vegan dishes. Opened first in Leeds, Manchester followed suit in 2016. Bundobust is a stones throw away from the Northern Quarter and has been quickly ranked as one of the city's best casual dining restaurants.
What they do is simple, Gujarat-inspired street food in a communal, friendly space. What I love about Bundobust is you can order different combinations off the menu which is perfect for when you're dining in a big group or don't know what you want to order, or just generally want to try everything on the menu (I would not blame you). The combos are a perfect way to sample what Bundobust offers and I'm sure after you try it you'll want to come back again and again for more! My favourites are the bhel puri and the bundo chaat but I could happily eat everything on their menu.
22 Oldham Street
Manchester M1 1JN
Walking into Magma is like walking into a library for me, having the feeling that you could spend hours in there and the urge to look at every shelf you see. Their first shop opened in Covent Garden but they soon expanded the business, launching several products and also the contemporary art magazine, Elephant.
They offer a huge magazine selection, the main thing I pop in for as their selection is the best in Manchester, by far. This shop is ridiculously cool, I do wish I had the money to spend in their regularly! It's definitely a place for browsing and somewhere to buy unique, striking gifts. All the staff are so knowledgable and friendly too and I feel when I ask about something in there, I learn!
rose & grey
31 Atlantic Street
Opened and launched by lovely couple Guy and Lyndsey Goodger, with a passion for interiors and a keen interest in design, Rose & Grey is the place to come for some serious interior inspiration. The showroom is based in Altrincham and well worth a visit for that reason, the way they display their goodies really does get the creative juices flowing. The inspiring online boutique brings together a gorgeous range of contemporary furniture, vintage homewear and beautiful gifts. All the items are carefully selected and globally sourced, the only thing I would say is prepare to want everything but if you're anything like me, prepare not to be able to afford everything you want!
58 Tib Street, Northern Quarter,
Manchester, M4 1LG
An intimate, friendly boutique in the centre of the Northern Quarter, run by a small team of dedicated and qualified florists with 18 years of experience between them. Northern Flower has been open for over 10 years and is well loved in Manchester with their friendly advice and enthusiasm, something I can definitely vouch for! Every time I have visited you're welcomed to such a warm welcome and they are honestly so so helpful. Even if you literally just want a stem of something! Not only do they do beautiful flowers for every occasion but also unusual plants too, house plants and outdoor.
the wonder inn
29 Shudehill, Manchester M4 2AF
The Wonder Inn is Shudehill's historic hidden gem, one of the city centre's most curious buildings. With a huge wealth of history to the building it is now marketed as a creative conscious centre, 'raising the vibrations of its community and the planet through creativity and the celebration of art'. Some people might think the events that go on here are a bit out there, a bit hippy dippy but there is literally nowhere in the city centre even remotely like this place.
They have a huge range of events held here, from yoga to speed dating to storytelling for children in several different languages. It's such a progressive space. On the top floor the owner lets artists use the studio space in exchange for volunteering their time at The Wonder Inn. Definitely worth looking into the events going on around your visit or if you're based living in Manchester. I went to several yoga classes and the atmosphere and history in there really helped with the meditation aspect of it!