It was hit and miss as to whether or not I’d get a Cafe Hop post in this month but of course my blogging friend Alice came to the rescue by inviting me out on a blogging/photography day. These days usually consist of us going to a few cafes…
This month it’s all about Grindsmith – a cafe that I’ve been to a few times now and have grown to like a lot more than I thought I would.
I love the story behind Grindsmith and how two friends put their heads together to come up with the idea, crowdfunded the money and now they have 3 locations across the city of Manchester.
Personally I’ve only ever visited the Deansgate cafe as it’s right next to where I get off the tram and I’m not a fan of exercise – but I do plan on visiting the pod and the Media City Location this year to add to my cafe list.
Grindsmith on Deansgate is what I would describe as a co-working space which is perfect for freelancers. Not only is there really good WiFi, but there are lots of spaces to work, including both small tables and larger group working areas.
It also helps that there are offices above the coffee shop making it a really friendly place for people to go and work. Pair this with the simple yet modern decor and you’re good to go.
Like all great coffee shops they also serve great coffee – considering their aim is to serve the best coffee in Manchester they’re doing pretty well for themselves.
I’ve not been able to try the hot food on offer just yet but the selection of pastries and cakes are right up my street from croissants to brownies – how could I resist!
Although they’re an independent cafe you can tell from the busy tables and the amount of times the door goes with customers coming in for their morning brew just how popular Grindsmith is with the locals.
The staff are beyond friendly and are probably some of my favourite to date from the cafe’s I’ve visited – although the majority of people in Manchester have been lovely!
This cafe might not look like much from the outside but it is definitely a less-hidden gem in the city and well worth a visit, whether it’s for a take out coffee or a catch up with a friend.
If you’re from Manchester tell me where your favourite cafe’s are and where you think I should go next.