Whether you are a freelancer looking for a change of scenery, want to escape the office or simply fancy a little excursion, being able to work on your laptop from a coffee shop is the best.


Let’s paint you a picture. Find a cosy corner to set up camp and plug your headphones in. Enjoy a frothy cappuccino (and maybe a cheeky blueberry muffin on the side) and get stuck into whatever it is that you’re doing. Whizz through your to-do list and watch the time fly. Before you know it, the day will be over. What’s not to love? ☕️☕️☕️


If this sounds like your kind of thing, we’ve made a handy list of the best cafes in Manchester for a working coffee break.


Federal Cafe 


First up, Federal Cafe. A staple on the Manchester brunch/coffee scene. And for good reason. The food is excellent. The coffee is rich. The interior is uber cool. And the WiFi is strong. 


The only downside to this Northern Quarter hotspot is its small size. The good news is they’ve recently opened up another joint on Deansgate, but best to get there early to find yourself a good seat in our experience.




Zifferblat calls itself the “anti-café” chain. Here, customers pay per minute for the time they spend. Get the space and unlimited tea and coffee (including a stellar biscuit selection) totally free. 


It’s a great shared workspace with a quirky interior and all the facilities you need. To find similar shared spaces to work from in Manchester, check out our blog here.


Lupo Caffè Italiano


Discover Lupo Caffè Italiano, a proper Italian espresso bar, located on Salford’s Chapel Street. Having only recently opened, it’s still a pretty well-kept secret. They serve up a delicious spread of authentic Italian treats including homemade pastries. With lush interiors and a relaxed vibe, it’s the ideal space for a working coffee break.

Just six-months after opening they were awarded Best Coffee Shop in Manchester at the MCR Food and Drink Awards. It’s definitely one to visit.


Manchester Central Library


Manchester Central Library boasts magnificent exterior and after undergoing an extensive refurbishment a few years ago, it’s interior has been transformed into a light, open-plan space. With a fantastic central location on St Peter’s Square – (hence it’s name!) and a cafe serving up soups, sandwiches, sweet treats and more, it’s perfect for a productive coffee break.


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