The porridge at Northern Quarter coffee shop Takk, topped with seeds, berries and nut butter.
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Takk Northern Quarter


Takk is one of the mainstays of the always-evolving coffee and brunch scene in the Northern Quarter. It’s been around since 2013 (making it about 80-years-old in NQ years) and has since sprouted two more Takks, one a pop-up at Hatch, and the other a permanent fixture at University Green.

It’s influenced by the coffee houses in epicentre of Nordic cool Reykjavík where they seem to have a pretty similar passion for poached eggs, avocado, and toasted sourdough as we do. Go for simple but well-constructed dishes such as porridge with peanut butter, berries and seeds, or spelt banana bread with espresso butter.

Healthy options sit alongside the not-so-healthy, such as their doorstopper brioche French toast topped with blueberry compote, honey mascarpone, lemon and oat shortbread crumb, toasted almonds and maple syrup.

If you want the brunch menu, you need to be there before 3pm. After that it’s cakes and pastries only till they close in the early evening.

Their house espresso is a single origin coffee from Finca Miravalle in El Salvador, or go for one of their weekly-changing guest coffees. There’s an extensive tea menu too.

Part of the appeal of Takk is its low-key atmosphere which makes it conducive for remote working, or just settling with a book, a brownie and a coffee.

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Takk, Tariff Street, Manchester, UK
Tel: 07948 806588 Our review Read 15/20
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