This week is Breakfast Week. It’s the most important meal of the day but the one we neglect the most. It doesn’t have to be about sugar-laden cereal and soggy toast. A good breakfast is a celebration of great grub which can kick start the day. Food which gives you hugs in mugs and brimming bowls. Whether you want something to power you through the day, feed a cold, help a hangover, or something just damn comforting – a good breakfast can’t be beat. Whether it’s a quick bite or a special occasion, here’s Emily Oldfield’s selection of places to grab a great breakfast, one for every day of the week.
Monday: On-the-go, good for you at Pita Pit
Open from 7am Pita Pit can provide you with a quick fix that’s healthy and great value too. Just what you need on a Monday! Currently they are celebrating cinnamon, so you can enjoy a different way to wake up your taste buds. The Cinnaholic Therapy Yoghurt Pot is a protein-packed blend of yoghurt, granola, pumpkin and chia seeds. They also serve up 4 delicious flavours of porridge, breakfast-style pittas and proper coffee, all easy to take away.
45 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2AY
Tuesday: A brew and fine food, too, at Federal
This Australasia-inspired, chilled-out NQ cafe eral is sure to serve up your morning drink just as you like it. For all those who crave a caffeine hit, their Kiwi-roasted coffee is provided in style – and surely beats the high street coffee shops. They seem to make the morning easy and effortless here. Breakfast can be all in one beverage – take their Green Tea Latte as an ultimate detox drink, whilst fresh juices are blended and bottled onsite. Some fine food awaits for when you’re ready and they conveniently serve a brunch menu all day! It strikes the perfect balance of healthiness and home comfort. Try the big flavours of their banana bread, beautiful loaded bagels (with veggie options available) and Eggs Benedict. So much choice and plenty of time to chew over it at Federal.
9 Nicholas Croft, Manchester M4 1EY
Wednesday: Laid back breakfast at Innside Hotel
Street on First is a Spanish-inspired dining space in the majestic Innside Hotel on First Street – an exciting and trendy place to be right now, with new cultural venues and commercial opportunities springing up but without the chaotic crowds. This makes Street On First an ideal place to relax over breakfast with a buffet-style selection which is far from boring. An array of hot and cold favourites with foods from around the world, a feast of fresh fruits and a great selection of drinks. This place prides itself on ‘Food for a Social Mood’, allowing you not just to eat, but enjoy a different theme and changing specials every day. The slimline furniture and stunning natural light features are sure to add brilliance to breakfast. Street On First offers a showcase of clean, cosmopolitan eating. And what’s more, on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, the hotel is treating morning guests to a chilled out start to the day with a set from Manchester DJ legend Edwin Sinclair.
1 First Street, Manchester M15 4RP
Thursday: Better with bacon at The Crafty Pig
Some people need a breakfast butty to get them through the week. The Crafty Pig have a few plans up their sleeve to make their options the best yet. This bar and eatery offers superior quality sausages and bacon, served up in cinematic surroundings. Some impressive cooked options are available, including full breakfasts – ideal for those midweek munchies.
4 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JQ
Friday: American greats at Infamous Diner
Treat yourself, hot stuff! Fill up for less with a £5 breakfast at Manchester’s first independent all-American diner, serving up classic, homemade eats the US way – big on flavour, big plates and service with a smile. That’s at 3 pancake stack / breakfast muffin + coffee + orange juice for a fiver! Monday to Friday 8am-12pm.
3-5 Basil Chambers Nicholas Croft (basically Shude Hill), Manchester M4 1EY
Saturday: Electro Brunch at Gaucho
For a whole new level in all-inclusive breakfasts, potentially bottomless breakfast cocktails and Bloody Marys complete with the best electronic music, try the Electro Brunch on Sundays from 11am to 2pm. Prepare to be treated to exclusive host service and ask for what you want on the menu, as many times as you like. This includes premium steak and eggs, oven-baked chorizo and chivito sandwiches, classic examples of Argentine flair. Or opt for something lighter in the form of smoked salmon, pancakes or avocado on sourdough, just to name a few. Gaucho offers a unique breakfast experience sure to fill you with delight, just as the beautiful interiors of this old Methodist church building are filled with great electronica. Go on, give the Sunday roast a miss and treat yourself to a breakfast to remember.
2A St Mary’s St, Manchester M3 2LB
Sunday: The complete cure at The Koffee Pot
This haven of psychedelic murals, red leather booths and sticky sauce bottles has long been a favourite among touring musicians and in-the-know Mancunians. Now in bigger premises on Oldham Street, The Koffee Pot are ready to serve you the caffeine fix and fry up (cotton wool food) you need at breakfast after a night on the pop. Hair of the dog? These guys have also got an alcohol licence and are making the most of it by serving bottled beers and even prosecco (!) along with their speciality Great British fry ups. Not only do they offer full English, Scottish and Irish breakfasts (so be prepared for black pudding, white pudding, haggis and lorne sausage galore), but also vegetarian and vegan options, too. Throw in the wallet-friendly prices and it’s easy to see why you’ll need sharp elbows and a keen eye to bag a table at the weekend.
84-86 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE
Missed breakfast? New York Brunch at Urban Cookhouse
This spacious restaurant is located in an old shipping warehouse, and has recently started serving up breakfasts capable of fuelling a fleet. Expect elegant New York-inspired eating: ideal for enjoying with friends or even fitting into a working brunch. Whether you fancy beautiful filled bagels, waffles, a hot option or perfect pancakes – you’ve come to the right place. The poached eggs are tremendous, too.
54 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6HS