To celebrate the opening of our new Manchester branch we asked our Manchester based guest blogger Emmi Bowles to share her favourite spots around the city including her favourite cafés, meeting places and co-working spaces.


Whether you’re new to the city or lived in Manchester all of your life there are plenty of places to eat, things to do and sites to see.

I’m not a Mancunian by birth but I’m an honorary Manc at heart. I’ve lived in the city for just over two years now and I couldn’t imagine working or living anywhere else. It’s a city that inspires me daily and one that I blog about often. 

Manchester has been described as London but better and I couldn’t agree more. There are countless opportunities in the city  but there is still a sense of community and homeliness to it.

There are always new cafés, restaurants and activities popping up meaning you’re never short of something to do.

I’ve put together the places you must visit if you’re new to the city, and I’m sure you’ll fall in love with them!


The Must Try Cafés

Ezra & Gill


You’ll find that the Northern Quarter has some of the best brunch spots in Manchester, which can usually mean they can get busy. But if you’re able to nab a table at Ezra and Gil then you’re in luck.

Not only do they serve up an amazing brunch menu they also have a small farmers style market in the café.

It is dog and freelancer friendly with many people picking a spot by the window and working away all day.


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If you’re looking for a bigger space then Foundation is the one for you! They are one of the best workplace cafés in the city with many people booking out the space for events and meetings.

With a café in the Northern Quarter and on Whitworth Street they cater for everyone with free events, yoga and movie nights!


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Evelyn’s & The Daisy



Evelyn’s might be one of the most beautiful cafés in the whole of the city centre and the food is just as good!

It is one of the few cafés in Manchester you can book a table at in advance which helps if you’re looking for somewhere to go for a business lunch.

Below the café they have a shared workspace called The Daisy for those who join up as members.


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Best For Meetings

 Albert Schloss


If you’re looking for a good time, great food and a variety of drinks then Albert Schloss is the place to go. During the day it is packed out with people enjoying the food, fresh bakery treats and drinks on offer. But in the night it turns into the go to place for after work drinks and entertainment.

The burlesque shows might not be ideal for your business meeting but they make for a great night out with friends.

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The Refuge


The Principal Hotel and Refuge are by far one of the best spots for multiple business meetings. You can lounge in the Winter Garden with a coffee and then head off to meet someone else in the stunning Refuge Dining Room.

It is a classic building in the heart of Manchester and definitely worth a visit for the food alone!


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Perfect For Co-Working

WeWork & Work Life

There are plenty of cafés with Wifi in Manchester that you could set up shop in for the day. But if you’re looking for a dedicated co-working space then try out WeWork or Work Life.

Both have offices in the city centre with great facilities, including refreshments, meeting rooms and they’re even dog friendly!



If you’re looking for a one off space to work rather than a monthly membership then Ziferblat is the place to go.

Unlike most co-working spaces where you pay monthly, or cafés where you pay for the food a drink – at Ziferblat you pay for your time used.

The facilities, tea, coffee and cake are all free. Instead you pay 8p a minute and if you decide to spend the whole day there it is capped at 4 hours and the rest of your time is free!

They’re based in the City Centre and in Media City.


The Manchester Must See

Manchester is home to some iconic names. Oasis, The Smiths, Joy Division, Manchester United, Manchester City, Gio Goi and BooHoo to name a few.

You might not be able to go and see all of these but there are some places you need to check out!

Affleck’s Palace

There is no better way to describe Affleck’s than a hub for the creative, weird and wonderful. You will find everything from vintage clothes to record shops and jewellery. You can get your tarot cards read or pick up some American sweets and treats.

It’s the home of indie commerce in Manchester spanning over four floors, it’s easy to get lost as you explore everything it has to offer.  But it’s one of Manchester’s most iconic venues!


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Central Library & Town Hall

Manchester’s Central Library and Town Hall look like something out of Harry Potter or Game of Thrones.

The library is the second largest public lending library in Britain so if you are a book lover it won’t disappoint.

The Town Hall is under renovation with work due to finish in 2024. But if you ever get the chance to go inside, don’t pass it up! The venue has been used in many movies and TV shows due to its similarity to the House of Commons.


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Manchester is a great city, one full of opportunities, different communities and things to do. I hope you end up loving it as much as I do!


Emmi x


If you are based in and around Manchester and looking for a new role, or ready to hire please contact our Manchester office on 0161 974 39 48 or drop Susie an email!