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11 places to grab a quick bite near Manchester Central

Manchester Central

Perfect for a quick snack, a little nibble or a couple of plates. These restaurants and cafes are close to Manchester Central so ideal if you need to nip out when hunger strikes.

Ezra and Gil, Bold Street Coffee and Federal lead the way in coffee and breakfast offerings. With pancakes, bagels, super-filled buoys and full English breakfasts that keep people coming back for more. Society is great for a group of friends with different tastes. Order via QR code and take your pick from a host of local vendors – also great if you fancy a swift Vocation Brewery pint to wash down your sushi.

Wright’s Chippy is one of the best fish and chip shops in Manchester serving up all your chippy favourites in the blink of an eye. And Tampopo is a real local success story. With three restaurants in total across the city, its Pan-Asian menu is a favourite with city workers who are after a quick but tasty lunch out of the office or early post work dinner.

Here are 11 places to grab a quick bite to eat close to Manchester Central:

  • The almond milk porridge served at Ezra & Gil Peter Street - a coffee shop and brunch place in Manchester city centre.
    Manchester City Centre

    Ezra and Gil Peter Street

    Restaurant - Coffee

    The opening of Ezra & Gil Peter Street in 2021 was greeted with glee by brunch and coffee hunters this side of the city centre. Like their NQ venue, this new place is well-run and well-thought out, with a menu that suits weekend loungers and grab-and-go office workers. 

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  • Man holding two burgers from Slap and Pickle in Society, Manchester city centre
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    Society

    Restaurant - Global

    Located in between St Peter’s Square and The Bridgewater Hall, Society brings new life to the quiet yet elegant stretch of city between Oxford Street and First Street. The outside area is a sunspot bordered by a fountain and a garden, making it feel more like Madrid than Manchester (weather permitting of course).

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  • Pizza and wine at Rudy's Neapolitan, Peter Street, Manchester
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    Rudy’s Pizza Manchester Peter Street

    Restaurant - Italian

    Rudy’s mission is simple: to put proper Neapolitan pizza on your plate. Following the traditions and artistry of pizza-making from Naples – the birthplace of pizza – Rudy’s pizzaiolos reckon to have found the perfect technique to recreate the light Neapolitan classic. 

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  • Tampopo Thai Restaurant Manchester Albert Square
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    Tampopo Manchester Albert Square

    Restaurant - Pan Asian

    Tampopo Albert Square is the original venue in this Manchester-born chain from restaurateur David Fox. It was here that they devised and tweaked their winning formula of fast, fresh and affordable East Asian food served in an informal, canteen-style environment, ideal for quick lunches or evening meals with groups of friends.

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  • Almost Famous Manchester Burgers with cheese and bacon
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    Almost Famous Great Northern

    Restaurant - American

    Almost Famous Manchester Great Northern is a local legend. It’s OTT in every way. It’s brash, bold and doesn’t seem to care about pissing people off. None of that attention-grabbing means a thing if the burgers aren’t worth the hype. But they are. Almost Famous is the original dirty burger guru and it is by far the best.

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    Bold Street Coffee Manchester

    Restaurant - Global

    Open in Liverpool since 2010, BSC is something of an institution over there and the place to go if you’re in need of caffeine sustenance. Breakfast, brunch and all things cheap and lunch-like are also on the menu, while the art-adorned walls make it a great place to chill out.

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  • Federal Manchester, Espresso Martini, Bar
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    Federal Manchester Deansgate

    Restaurant - Global

    Keeping the Northern Quarter fed and watered since 2014, five years on and Federal claimed another foothole, this time on Deansgate. Dishing up brunch favourites such as French toast and eggs on sourdough, plus bigger plates such as the hummus and sweetcorn falafel sandwich and steak and eggs, it’ll set you up alright.

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    Bundobust Brewery

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    A real Northern success story, the second location for Bundobust in Manchester and the fourth in the family of northern-based restaurants (Manchester Piccadilly, Leeds and Liverpool have come before), the Bundobust Brewery is a welcome addition to Oxford Street at the southern part of the city.

    With a menu that mirrors its sister restaurants, the food is a reliable selection of Indian-style vegetarian small plates. Expect to find crisp okra fries dusted with black salt and mango powder and the iconic vada pav – a deep-fried mashed potato ball in a bun, with red and green chutneys.

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  • The cheese and meat sharing board at Haunt - a recommended wine bar and coffee shop in Manchester city centre.
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    Haunt

    Restaurant - European

    When Peter Street lost its Caffe Nero it gained Haunt, an independent coffee shop and wine bar. Stepping inside, you feel like this corner spot in the beautiful St George’s House, with its views of the Midland Hotel and Central Library, has finally got the classy occupier it deserves.

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    Wrights Fish & Chip Shop

    Restaurant - British

    This neon-lit, old-school tiled chippy on Cross Street is owned by local couple Trisha and Marcus and has plenty of fans including a few celebrities. There are queues out of the door regularly for their traditional fare done very, very well.

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    Evuna Manchester Deansgate

    Restaurant - Spanish

    October 2003 saw the first of the four Evunas open, grabbing a prime position on Deansgate and a reputation for being a go-to place for Spanish cuisine. Plenty of exposed brick, wine-lined walls and low, dark lighting all add to the atmosphere, perfect for cosying up over those authentic small plates.

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