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Breakfast places near Manchester Central

2 months ago

Wondering where you can get breakfast before you head to Manchester Central? We’ve picked out 11 recommendations for a good-quality, freshly-made breakfast, all within easy walking distance of the complex.

Your closest breakfast spots are Ezra and Gil and Haunt – just two minutes’ walk away on Peter Street. Both open at 7.30am on weekdays and both have grab-and-go pastries as well as sit-down breakfasts. Ezra and Gil has the more extensive menu of the two – its brunch dishes have people queuing outside for a table on Saturday mornings.

If you don’t mind walking a little further, head to Federal on Deansgate, or if it’s a weekend and post-9am, to Albert’s Schloss, which is known for the giant pastries crafted in its in-house bakery. All the recommendations below are well worth checking out – click each listing to find out more about them.

  • Inside Albert's Schloss, the Bavarian-inspired cook haus and bier palace in Manchester city centre.
    Manchester City Centre

    Albert’s Schloss

    Bars

    Albert’s Schloss is a Bavarian-inspired fun palace of extraordinary dimensions and clever design. Behind the glistening tiles of the former Manchester and Salford Wesleyan Mission building (est in 1910) you’ll discover a vast bar, real fires, perfectly preserved original plaster, and a wall stuffed generously with flowers by floral artists’ Frog. You’ll also find a stage, DJ booth and network of beer pipes and tanks serving unpasturised Pilsner Urquell to hordes of adoring punters.

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  • Dish from Another Hand, Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    Another Hand

    Restaurant - British

    From the team that brought you 3 Hands Deli, Another Hand opened in February 2022 in the unit just next door. With a sleek new look, the casual dining restaurant brings brunch, lunch and a relaxed dining experience to Deansgate Mews, Manchester’s newest hotspot.

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    Atlas Bar

    Bars

    Atlas Bar is known as one of the originals of Manchester’s modern cafe-bar scene. And for its extensive collection of gins – over 570 varieties and counting.

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  • Bill's Spinningfields - a restaurant where kids eat free during school holidays.
    Spinningfields

    Bill’s Spinningfields

    Restaurant - European

    Bill’s has come a long way since it was a market café. The family business is now a sizeable chain but in Bill’s Manchester at least, you’ll still find a warm welcome, some pretty special specials and a crowd-pleasing selection of dishes that sometimes manage to deliver rather punchy flavours. You will be pleasantly surprised.

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  • The famous black dahl at Dishoom Manchester
    Spinningfields

    Dishoom

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Dishoom is a legend in its own lunchtime and that’s exactly how it likes things. It’s not enough to serve up top-notch Indian dishes in grand surroundings; there’s a story behind the menu too. But when the food is this good it doesn’t need to hide behind tall tales.

    And the food is this good.

    The menu is bursting with small plates arriving at the table as and when, plus biriyani, curry and grilled gubbins as well as all sorts of sides and sundries. If you’re part of a big group (or obscenely greedy) it’s possible and even preferable to order something from each section.

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  • 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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  • Federal Manchester, Espresso Martini, Bar
    Spinningfields

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

    Haunt

    Bars

    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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  • Statue of a woman reading at Manchester Central Library
    Manchester City Centre

    Manchester Central Library

    Libraries

    Officially, The Lowry is the most visited attraction in Greater Manchester, but only because the official list for some reason doesn’t include Central Library. It recorded a staggering 2m visits in 2019/2020, making it the busiest public library in the UK. 

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  • Piccolino Caffe Grande is a Confidential Guides recommended Christmas party venue.
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    Piccolino Caffe Grande Manchester

    Bars

    With its terrace overlooking Albert Square and Manchester Town Hall, and a beautiful interior featuring a 40-seater private dining room, an open kitchen, and an oyster bar, Piccolino Caffé Grande Manchester is a real destination restaurant. (And, notably, it’s one that doesn’t price people out of the experience.)

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  • katsouris sandwiches manchester deli
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    Katsouris

    Restaurant - Global

    Katsouris is an institution, having sat in its imposing Gothic-style building on the corner of Deansgate and John Dalton Street for getting on close to two decades. Despite its Greek name, you can expect much more than the Aphrodite Special, though that, and the Zorba, is covered.

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