I’ve got a lot of plans for 2018, one of which is to really get stuck into blogging again. This also means revamping my Manchester cafe review series “The Cafe Hop” – which is also a seriously good excuse to spend a whole day stuffing my face with cake and tea.
To kick things off I decided to explore a well known Cafe in the Northern Quarter, that I had heard countless of good things. about – but for some reason I never bothered to visit until now.
Fig & Sparrow is located on … street amongst vintage stores and record shops. From the outside it looks tiny – I was quite worried about not being able to get a seat. But to my surprise it was very much like a cafe Tardis.
The design of small cubby hole seating areas give you plenty of tables to choose from. But we decided to sit by the window for optimal lighting – because that’s what bloggers care about.
I love it when a cafe has a homely feel to it and that’s what Fig & Sparrow has.
The decor is very simple and could be described as rustic and recycled – but in a good way. It didn’t look rundown but instead renewed.
I’m a sucker for wooden decor and that’s practically what Fig & Sparrow is.
My favourite thing by far those had to be the shop section of the cafe. This is what makes independent businesses special in my opinion.
The cafe has a section that displays artwork, cards, wrapping paper etc all made and designed by local artists. Heck you can even buy a wooden spoon if you want.
As I’ve mentioned in my Christmas Market post, I love giving back to the community and I think allowing local artists to display and sell their work their is great. I may have picked up some new flatlay paper…
Now I have to talk about the food and drink on offer before I wrap this up.
Now I’m not messing about when I say their lemon meringue sponge was the best lemon cake I have EVER had! Would high recommend and urge everyone to buy me a slice whenever they go because I’m in love.
They do offer a selection of hot food and brunch options as well as a wide variety of teas which of course makes me very happy.
Overall Fig & Sparrow is a little nook hidden away in the Northern Quarter that has a life of it’s own. It’s well worth a visit if you haven’t been already.
Let me know in the comments what Manchester Cafe I should try out next and what you think of Fig & Sparrow.
© Emmi Bowles