We don’t know about you, but we think Manchester just does brunch right. The largest city in the North, Manchester is an amazing city break destination and is packed with loads of awesome independents that serve incredible food. If you’re visiting Manchester and want to get your day off to the best possible start with a yummy brunch, then our list of Manchester’s best brunches has you covered. Your only worry? Choosing which one to pick!
Located in Manchester’s trendy Northern Quarter, Cottonopolis is one of the most popular places for a tasty brunch in Manchester. It’s decorated very cool, with art deco and copper finishes, and it’s a fab place to grab a Sex-and-The-City-style brunch with your friends. Cottonopolis serves dishes that are slightly on the fancier side, with standout dishes including the wagyu beef crumpets with truffle eggs. For veggies, the waffles with grilled pineapple and miso caramel is an absolute must.
Fancy making your brunch a little bit boozy? You can add bottomless prosecco, mimosas, Bellinis and Bloody Marys for just £15 extra. Brunch is available at Cottonopolis from 10am-3pm each Saturday and Sunday.
Address: Cottonopolis, 16 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AE. www.cottonopolis-nq.com
Another Heart to Feed
If it’s simple, Scandinavian interiors with Insta-ready food you’re after, then get on down to Another Heart to Feed. They serve up the most popular brunch dishes (their best is undoubtedly the smashed avocado on sourdough toast), along with loads more innovative dishes like toasted banana bread with vanilla mascarpone and violet sugar. Tasty!
If you are heading down, we’d recommend their brekkie board so you can get a little bit of everything, including sourdough toast, hummus, smashed avocado, granola and yoghurt. It’s super delicious and great for when you can’t decide and want to try everything on the menu! They serve every day until 3pm and can do takeouts too – perfect if you want to do your weekend right and eat brunch in bed!
Address: Another Heart to Feed, 220 Burton Rd, Manchester M20 2LW. www.anotherhearttofeed.com
With two locations in Manchester, one in the Northern Quarter and the other in Deansgate, Federal is one of the absolute best places in Manchester for brunch. An independent café, Federal get all their ingredients from sustainable local suppliers and they make everything they can right on the premises too. It’s fresh, local and delicious!
The food is hearty, full of flavour and incredibly Insta-worthy! Think halloumi and shrooms on sourdough toast, banana bread with vanilla mascarpone, classic steak and eggs and the social-media fave the Acai Bowl, with berries, coconut and a delicious peanut butter banana sauce. There’re weekly specials too, so come down between 7:30 (8am on weekends) and 12pm and get your day off to the best start. Your tummy will thank you!
Address: Federal, 9 Nicholas Croft, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1EY. www.federalcafe.co.uk
A Manchester institution, Koffee Pot has been feeding the people (and curing the hangovers) of Manchester for a decade, so it’s absolutely one of the best places in the city for an amazing brunch.
You cannot go to Koffee Pot without trying one of their legendary fry ups. They’re the only café in the UK that serve proper fry-ups from all corners of the UK – there’s a traditional Full English with all the trimmings, Ulster Fry Up with additional black and white pudding and soda farl, Big Yin, a Scottish staple with haggis, totty scone and fried bread, and a Welsh Breakfast with Penclawdd cockle and laverbread cakes. For the non-meat eaters, veggie and vegan variations are available too – there really is something for everyone!
If you’re not in the mood for a fry up, they serve all the classics like buttermilk pancakes, eggs Benedict and a builders’ brekkie, complete with ham, eggs, chips, bread and butter – a good ol’ Northern treat! Get down from 7:30am every day and sample one of the longest-serving and best brekkies and brunches in the business.
Address: The Koffee Pot, 84-86 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE. www.thekoffeepot.co.uk
If you really want to indulge yourself at brunchtime, then you have to do it at Alabama’s All-American Eatery. As the name suggests, Alabama’s serves American dishes including chicken and waffles, breakfast burgers, and their signature stacks of buttermilk pancakes or waffles with a choice of toppings from across the pond, like bacon and maple syrup, banoffee or peanut butter and chocolate. There’s loads of veggie and vegan options available too, as well as weekly specials.
Inside, it’s super bright, light and airy, with a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere – you’ll easily while away a whole Sunday morning here without realising. All we say is that you best come hungry – the portions are huge! Alabama’s serves brunch from 9am-3pm Monday to Friday, and from 9am-5pm on weekends.
Address: Alabama’s All-American Eatery, 10 Newton St, Manchester, M1 2AN. www.alabamas.co.uk
Fancying something a little different? Zouk offers a delicious Indian brunch and you need to try it out if spice is your thing. Their menu is huge, and they serve traditional dishes and classic brunch foods with an Indian twist – we’d recommend their Bollywood Benedict (eggs benedict with turkey rashers, hollandaise and tikka sauce) or the Mumbai Breakfast Bun, which is a moreish fried egg sandwich with chorizo and spicy potatoes.
If you’re wanting to sample one of their more traditional Indian dishes, then you’ll love the Channa Puri (chickpeas with tomato masala and fried bread) – it is the most common Indian breakfast after all! There’s loads of drinks and smoothies to choose from too, so if you want all the choice and a full-on-flavoursome meal that’ll fill you up for the day, then head on down to Zouk.
Address: Zouk Tea Bar & Grill, 5, The Quadrangle, Chester Street, M1 5QS. www.zoukteabar.co.uk
Interested in trying out the best brunches in Manchester? Why not make a weekend of it and stay over in a Roomzzz aparthotel? Roomzzz has two amazing aparthotels to make you feel at home in the city – book your stay today in either Manchester City or Manchester Corn Exchange.