Chorlton’s coffee culture is such a big deal right now with many new businesses opening, some thriving, some falling by the wayside. It hasn’t always been such a hip destination, but the folks at Barbakan have been nose to the grindstone for over 50 years now so they could probably teach us all a thing or two about determination, work ethic and generally cracking on with it, having made a pretty unshakeable reputation for themselves in that time.
Barbakan is essentially a classic European deli. People come from all over the show to pick up their house baked loaves, their massive German Sausages (fnar), their Polish doughnuts and pastries, their Italian antipasti and coffee, their Greek olives, their Spanish hams, their French cheese and so many other European wonders that it might lead a person to the conclusion that Brexit is a really bad idea. With a large outdoor seating area, you can grab a casual bite to eat and a coffee with mates before filling your hemp-fibre tote bag full of goodies to take home.