Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s a mantra that’s been ingrained in us since birth.
From stacked breakfast butties and tacos to spätzle and sausages, try these Manchester breakfasts to start your day right.
Because sometimes muesli and toast just won’t do.
Breakfast butties at Northern Soul
You know and love their grilled cheese, but now Northern Soul do breakfast butties, too. The bacon version (£3.50) is filled with smoked streaky bacon, fried egg and American cheese, or try one with a Mancunian sausage patty, egg and cheese.
The Morning Glory (£4.50) is the full works: Mancunian sausage patty, smoked streaky bacon, fried egg, American cheese, a hash brown and a touch of tomato and chilli chutney in a toasted brioche bun.
Available at the Piccadilly branch on Station Approach daily from 8.30am-11am.
Bacon naans at Dishoom
Dishoom has become famous for one breakfast dish above all others: the bacon naan (£6.50, or £9 for double bacon). Smoked streaky bacon is crisped and piled high in freshly baked naan bread with cream cheese, chilli tomato jam and fresh herbs.
There’s also sausage, vegan sausage and egg versions, but don’t miss the triple-stacked rice pancakes (£7.90) topped with Greek yoghurt, fresh berries and toasted coconut. We also love veggie-friendly spiced meat-free keema with sali crisp-chips and homemade toasted pau buns.
Served from 8am to 11.45am on weekdays and from 9am to 11.45am on weekends.
Spätzle and sausages at The Spärrows
Tucked into a tiny converted railway arch on Mirabel Street and seating just 12 diners at a time, The Spärrows offers a hearty carb-fest breakfast and brunch.
Think spätzle (irregular shaped fresh egg pasta popular across Bavaria, Austria, Switzerland, Alsace and Hungary) with scrambled eggs, braised onions, green peas and Swiss Emmentaler cheese (£8). Or there’s a grilled smoked sausage board (£7.50) or fresh soup, plus home baked focaccia, too.
Breakfast is served 10am- 3pm Sat – Sun, with brunch 12pm – 3pm Tuesday – Friday.
Kruffins and cronuts at Alberts Schloss
This Bavarian bier palace is a top spot for daily breakfast and brunch. The menu features steak and eggs and French toast alongside coconut porridge and crayfish eggs benedict (£10), as well as a full cooked breakfast.
Breads, pastries, cruffins and kronuts (£4) are all baked in-house daily and also available to take away. Drinks include freshly squeezed juice, artisan coffees and teas and shakes, plus boozy options such as mimosas, Bloody Marys, French 75 cocktails and prosecco.
Served from 8.30am-11.30am Monday to Friday, and from 9am-11.30am at weekends.
Legendary fry-ups at The Koffee Pot
A Manchester institution, The Koffee Pot all-day breakfast includes fry-ups from all corners of the UK (£9-£10): a full English (with free Bury black pudding if you desire), an Ulster fry (including black and white pudding, potato cake and fried soda farl), a Welsh breakfast (including cockle and laverbread cakes) and the Big Yin (with haggis, square sausage, totty scone – and optional Irn Bru).
There might also be specials such as smoked kippers, haddock rarebit or breakfast poutine, plus breakfast cocktails.
Served from 7.30am-4.45pm weekdays and 9am-3pm at weekends.
Breakfast tacos at PKB
It’s perfectly acceptable to have tacos for breakfast at Pot Kettle Black, which has branches in the Barton Arcade and Spinningfields.
Their breakfast tacos (£10) are loaded with smoky chorizo, scrambled egg, avocado, feta, spring onion coriander and pico de gallo. If you fancy something sweeter, there’s Manchester tart French toast (£9.50). Plus great coffee, of course.
Served daily from 8am until 4pm.
Hot Belgian waffles at Moose Coffee
With a brand new Piccadilly branch joining its popular York Street restaurant, Moose’s dishes aim to replicate an authentic American/Canadian breakfast and brunch experience.
All-day options include homemade fresh potato hash fried on the griddle, stacked pancakes (£6.50) and hot Belgian waffles (£5.80). Sides include three gourmet chipolata sausages, two slices of grilled steak, or griddled halloumi.
Served daily, from 8am until close.
Pancakes, coffee and cream at The Ivy
The Ivy offers a breakfast for all occasions from a full English (£13.95) to toasted crumpets (£3.25), pastries and hot buttermilk pancakes (£8.95), all served in an elegant brasserie setting.
There’s also grilled asparagus with poached eggs, whole kippers with parsley butter, and caramelised pink ruby grapefruit as well as healthy juices and smoothies, teas and coffee with proper cream.
Served from 8am until 11.30am Monday-Friday, and from 9am until 11am at weekends.
Steak, eggs and truffle hollandaise at Masons
Settle into one of the plush, velvety green booths at Masons in Manchester Hall for an elegant breakfast experience.
All dishes are £9 and come with English breakfast tea or coffee, including steak and eggs with truffle hollandaise, a full cooked breakfast, or a locally sourced ham and Lancashire cheese platter with pastries, granola and juice.
Served 8.30am-11.30am Monday to Friday, and 9am-11.30am at weekends.
Black pudding benedict at 20 Stories
It’s only for one day, but where else could you celebrate a lazy Sunday with black pudding benedict (£10) and a champagne supernova cocktail?
Sunday brunch at Manchester’s highest restaurant is a classy affair, with crushed avocado, smoked salmon and grilled sourdough on the menu as well as a hearty option of baked free range eggs, fried potato, chorizo, pickled red pepper and spinach.
Brunch is served every Sunday from midday to 3pm.