Four Places To Brunch in Manchester.

Hollering at all you foodies out there. If you're headed to Manchester anytime soon (or maybe you're even lucky enough to call the amazing City home), this here post consists of some serious *Northwest based* grub-related chatter.

The past 8 months or so I've found myself in Manchester on quite a few occassions, and have encountered some absolute gems when it comes to that little thing called brunch. 

Here's a round up of my favourite four...

~ Home Sweet Home ~

I mean, did you see that milkshake up top? Home Sweet Home are absolute BABES when it comes to sweet treats. Even better, there's not one, but two branches to choose from. One in the Northern Quarter, the other just a stone's throw from the Albert Hall. Both have very different vibes, but are equally as delightful.

The staff are oh-so nice, the cake offerings are to die for, and the menu's got choices a'plenty whether you're in the mood for a late-night dinner, an afternoon tea, are a meat eater or are vegan. Basically, there's something for everyone.

The two photos above are in H.S.H's Northern Quarter branch (throwback to Summer) which is a little quieter and out of the way.

If I was gonna hit you up with a recommendation, I'd suggest you give the falafel halloumi wrap a whirl, with one of their epic milkshakes to finish things off nicely (obvs). If you're feeling particularly peckish, you definitely can't go wrong with their loaded fries. Matt definitely isn't as fond on these as I am (we opt for them without the bacon being pescatarians) but I think they are amaaazing.

Finally, one for the road, perhaps, get yo'self a slice of cake. We did this on one of our visits and consumed back in our hotel room - excellent decision.

Ezra & Gil ~

My second favourite brunch spot would have to be Ezra & Gil. Another Northern Quarter treat, this is the epitome of chill. Admittedly their website doesn't exactly go overboard with details/photos, but head over to their Instagram so you can really pick up on their awesomeness.

The menu is essentially made up of every single brunch option you could dream of... and then some. From avocado and poached egg on sourdough (see said delish meal above) and chia bowls, to home baked granola and a pretty extensive range of salads, E&G have got it goin' on.

Oh and ahoy to all Fruit and veg lovers; you can also pick up provisions here, alongside a selection of magazines to delve in to whilst sipping your drink of choice.

One you simply must, must try!

Foundation ~

Ok, so this is number one for me, no doubt about it. This is one place me and Matt find ourselves sitting in for hours on end (which says it all if y'ask me).

Unlike a lot of coffee shops, in Foundation, you have plenty of space. You can do your own thing without feeling as though you're in ear's reach of someone else's conversation, which is (obviously) a major plus. 

They also offer pretty much all of the caffeine/warm related drinks in existence, and sell a good  selection home-made gluten free cakes, sandwiches and salads. Just the clarify, the coffee is outta this world good.

Another important factor is the staff. Foundation as a brand are obviously pretty picky when it comes to the 'ol hiring process. Everyone that works there is oh-so welcoming and they always make a conscious effort to talk to you.

The coffee house also attracts a really lovely kind of customer; there ain't no rowdiness going on in this joint, uh uh.

If you've enjoyed your visit that much, you can even take some of the fun home with you by stocking up on some Foundation-shaped merch. I'm talkin' tshirts, mugs, bags, pens, and who'd have thought it... coffee.

10 out of 10 would recommend.

Federal ~

Last, but by no means least, we have Federal. Federal is located near the Arndale Shopping Centre, which is pretty damn handy if you're in the mood to spend some dollar. 

I'd seen this one on Instagram prior to our first visit, so I knew we were gonna be in for a treat. 

The menu isn't too dissimilar from that of Ezra & Gill, but is equally delicious. The staff are again, SO friendly, and make sure you have everything you need for that perfect brunch.

It can get pretty busy throughout the day, so don't be too disheartened if you can't get a table the second you walk through the door - I promise it's worth the small wait.

It's very cosy, and definitely not as spaced-out as the likes of Foundation, but they've made it work and I love it nonetheless. Everyone is having a blast listening to banging tunes and stuffing their faces with edible delights, so there's definitely no uncomfortable vibes to be had. And, just look at the decor; ridiculously cool.

 So there we have it; my top 4 places to brunch in the City that is Manchester! Have you been to any of the above? I would love to hear your favourite places!

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