Missing your favourite cafes and coffee shops during lockdown? Believe it or not you can still support your favourite businesses in this difficult time by making use of Pay It Forward, a voucher scheme allowing you to support your favourite local vendors but also give yourself something to look forward to when normality returns. Here are five cafes and coffee shops local to Manchester that will allow you to get your fix ASAP.

Vertigo – Plant Based Eatery

With central locations on Cross Street and First Street in Manchester it’s not hard to see why Vertigo is so popular. This gem offers a huge choice of breakfast, brunch, lunch and evening meals, all of which are delicious and completely vegan. Vouchers are available to purchase online between £10-£100 and are valid for 18 months after redemption. Why not treat yourself or someone you love to a plant-based delight in the near future?

Grindsmith Coffee Roasters

Not only do Grindsmith have amazing coffee shops, they also grind their own coffee blends that you can buy online. Whether you’re an espresso whiz or a lover of latte, you can support Grindsmith by having a browse of their coffee and merchandise on their website allowing you to enjoy Grindsmith goodness from your own home or grab a voucher online for your next visit to either their Media City or central Bridge Street stores.

The Creameries Chorlton

Located out of the centre in Chorlton, The Creameries offer either PDF or posted vouchers to be used in the future on their wide selection of hot drinks, snacks, sit down meals, wines and much more. The Creameries has been praised highly for their ‘thoughtful food’ and amazing sourdough – so why not plan a trip whilst they’re hot? Vouchers are available for particular meals or in a monetary form for whatever you fancy on the day.


From day to night, TROVE is a staple both in Ancoats and Levenshulme with everything from homemade jams to sourdough, neatly welcoming in the evening menu as the day goes on. The popular store offers vouchers for organic veg boxes and bread subscriptions and those which can be spent in-store at a later date. Fresh produce and unique recipes made with love are always a must – and now you can create the TROVE feeling from your own kitchen.

Pollen Bakery

Prided for their bakery prowess, Pollen create the most wonderful breads, cakes, pastries and basically anything that would make you drool. Since closure due to the current circumstances, the team have been especially active on Instagram with news and recipes to keep you going. Pollen also offer an order and delivery service for much of their stock, meaning you can still enjoy the deliciousness of their sourdough or fruity jams, whilst keeping safe and supporting the business.

Emmeline Banks
Published on:
Tue 15 Dec 2020