With such a variety of excellent eateries and emerging coffee shops, grabbing lunch out has never been more tempting. Wherever your office is based, take a look at our guide to some of the best places for lunch in Manchester. Stop typing, save that report and go and sample what Manchester has to offer…

Arndale Market

Don’t get the Arndale market confused with the Arndale food court. Far from the bright lights of KFC and McDonald’s, the Arndale market is a hub of independent food offerings which make it perfect for an on-the-go lunch. The canteen environment hosts everything from African-Caribbean to Mexican to Greek – and if it’s a Friday and you’re feeling a liquid lunch, there’s even a microbar on offer.

Northern Quarter

Venture out the back of the Arndale Market and you’ll soon find yourself in the heart of the Northern Quarter. The Northern Quarter is home to some fabulous independent eateries and with many businesses putting down roots in the NQ, more and more coffee shops, bars and restaurants are opening up to accommodate the district’s lunchtime crowd.

Northern Soul Grilled Cheese markets itself as ‘Manchester’s premier gourmet grilled cheese pop up’ and is a great option for grabbing a killer cheese toastie. (Sorry, we mean grilled cheese). Word in the huddled office has it that once one of their grilled cheeses once changed a former colleague’s life…

Tapas favourite Evuna is a great option if you have a client meeting or want to grab a sit-down lighter lunch and take advantage of their 3 tapas lunch offer.

Venture a little further out of the NQ towards Ancoats and you have the likes of Rudy’s pizza for an authentic neapolitan pizzeria or Kettlebell Kitchen for something healthy and wholesome.

If your working morning has been a bit full-on and you need to grab half an hour of R&R, bordering the NQ and city centre is Chapter One on Lever Street. It offers a relaxed, living room-esque coffee shop serving coffee, cake, light lunches, plenty of books and a couple of typewriters. Also worth noting is Ziferblat, where ‘everything is free inside; except for the time you spend’. It’s a place where you’ll find people working, studying, eating or having meetings. At an 8p a minute charge, whether you want to pop in for a brew or catch up on some emails with some relative peace and quiet, it’s a great concept at and ideal for freelancers.


Spinningfields markets itself as a luxury dining and shopping destination, so if you’re looking to impress on your lunch break, head towards Spinningfields and enjoy food from the likes of BEASTro, Neighbourhood, The Oast House, Tattu or Thaikhun. Spinningfields is also home to a monthly Makers Market, meaning after eating you can have a wander round award-winning local food, drink and arts & crafts goods. It’s worth keeping an eye out on spinningfieldsonline.com for upcoming events and lunchtime discounts and deals – particlualry if you’re an owner of a Yellow Card.

Just round the corner on Deansgate, you’ll find two of huddled’s favourites – The Botanist and Pot Kettle Black. As well as a solid lunch menu, The Botanist can’t be ignored for an after-work cocktail. Sign up to their newsletter to make the most of their deals and events.

Media City

Media City has continued to grow and grow, and is now home to a multitude of different businesses amongst the BBC and ITV studios. As a result, the restaurant scene has responded accordingly, with some charming independents nestled amongst popular chains such as Wagamamas and Prezzo. Try Pokusevski’s for homemade breakfast and lunches or Penelope’s Kitchen for a taste of NYC thanks to their famous burgers, chillis and homemade cookies. Head to the piazza to enjoy lunch al fresco, where on the sunnier days, (granted, these are limited) there’s a real buzz as people make the most of The Shack; a tiki style bar that – weather permitting – serves tropical drinks and fresh food.

Where’s your go-to haunt for a weekday lunch? Tweet us @huddledNW with your recommendations


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