A bit of a hidden secret, this cosy little café-bar tucked down a side street in Didsbury Village is the perfect place to settle down with a good book and a cup of delicious loose leaf tea. Once you’ve ordered, open the doorway at the back of the bar and step through into a booklover’s Narnia. The decision to connect the Didsbury Village Bookshop to this charming little café was a stroke of genius, allowing visitors to browse the selection of second-hand books before bringing their purchases through to the café to enjoy with a cup of tea and locally sourced fresh food. A great place to look for gifts or niche tastes, the eclectic collection of both fiction and non-fiction offers something for everyone.
47 Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester, UK, +44 161 448 9323
Not too many people know about this relatively recent addition to the Northern Quarter, but those who do make a habit of visiting as often as possible. It’s nice to find a cosy and cool spot in the hip neighbourhood that isn’t full to capacity, with plenty of room to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee and slice of cake whilst you browse their book selection. As well as offering the current best-sellers, Chapter One is perfect for those seeking something a little different, offering an unusual collection of tomes that you won’t find elsewhere in the city. The piles of reading copies mean that you can pick up a book to read with your coffee before deciding if you’d like to buy it and take it home. Keep your eyes open for their literary events and have a go at crafting your own novel in one of the typewriter booths.
Chatsworth House, Lever St, Manchester, UK, +44 161 298 2015