UK | 2 Best Brunch Places in Manchester

What's the first thing you look into when you visit a new city? For me it's where I'm going to eat breakfast! My recent trip to England was no different and I reckon I did a pretty good job of finding the two best brunch places in Manchester. Of course you should always take advice from locals and I was lucky enough to have some Mancunian bloggers show me the ropes.

View of interiors at Evelyn's Cafe Bar
Breakfast bar and window with lots of plants at Evelyn's in Manchester

Evelyn's Café Bar

I'm sure you can see the attraction to Evelyn's already. Big open kitchen, shiny tiles, stylish tableware, gold touches and green, green plants everywhere! I visited this place on my final morning in Manchester and enjoyed a solo brunch. Staff were lovely and welcoming and I didn't feel out of place dining on my own at all. I'd expected to be given a spot at the breakfast bar by the window, but was actually taken to a spacious table with comfy seating along the wall facing the kitchen.

Evelyn's shakshuka with a side of halloumi and sourdough
Table, chairs, hanging plants and kitchen view at Evelyn's

Food wise, Evelyn's rocks all the classics - avocado and poached egg on toast, French toast and a full breakfast - as well as some more unusual dishes. Their Taiwanese rolls and Lebanese mushrooms dishes were intriguing! Buttermilk pancakes with honeycomb butter caught my attention but in the end I couldn't resist the shakshuka. And who am I to say no to a side of halloumi? The shakshuka was lovely mopped up with that delicious chunky buttered sourdough.

Evelyn's Cafe Bar
Brunch served Monday - Sunday, 10am-12pm
44 Tib Street, Manchester 

Bee street art in Manchester's Nothern Quarter
Ezra and Gil sign

Ezra & Gil

Just a short walk from Manchester Piccadilly train station, Ezra & Gil was the perfect spot to meet up with some local bloggers before the Icelolly Holidays press event. We chatted all things travel blogging over matcha and caramelised peanut lattes in this big industrial space. The urban café also houses a small general store selling fresh fruit and veg, artisan bread and other daily essentials.

Matcha latte in a glass at Ezra and Gil
Brioche French toast, topped with fresh berries, meringue, mascarpone and syrup

With a huge range of breakfast dishes on offer, including veggie, vegan, gluten free and dairy free options, it was a tough choice, My companion's classic breakfast looked like the ultimate hangover cure! For me it was the brioche French toast though - a huge slab of fluffy toasted brioche smothered in mascarpone, maple syrup and a mango coulis and topped with fresh berries and meringue. Need I say more? A must visit in the Northern Quarter.

Ezra & Gil
Brunch served Monday - Friday, 7.30am - 8pm & Saturday - Sunday 8am - 7pm.
20 Hilton Street, Manchester

Northern Flowers shop front in Manchester's Nothern Quarter

Have you been to Manchester?
Let us know if you try either of these lovely brunch places on your next visit!

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