When working from home, do you find yourself constantly making cups of tea and pointlessly pacing? Maybe a change of scenery is what you need in order to meet those important deadlines and increase your productivity. Get your creative juices flowing at these (mostly) free workplaces located in the Manchester city centre.


A brand new independent venture, Cultureplex, located on Ducie Street, offers punters a space to relax and work, or hang out with friends and unwind. The venue prides itself on its core philosophy: a modern space, for modern times—open to everyone, no matter what. For updates about the new venue, subscribe to their newsletter on their website.

Cultureplex, Ground Floor, Warehouse, Ducie Street, Manchester M1 2TP, Tel: 0161 713 3130

Ok, well, I lied. Thought Ziferblat is not free as such, don’t lose faith in your narrator quite yet. Though you have to pay to work here, it makes up for this with a unique twist: you pay per minute —at just 8p a minute— and once indoors, you can help yourself to free tea, coffee, and a variety of snacks. Located on Edge Street, Ziferblat is a unique space to network and make new creative connections.

Ziferblat, 23 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HW, Tel: 0161 806 0706

Under the shadow of Fredrich Engels, seize the means of your own production (appalling joke, I know) in the HOME cafe, located on the bottom floor of the venue. If you have trouble with your work, you can also seek inspiration through the many exhibitions they have on display, or with a nice pint of ale at the bar – or you can even watch a film after you finish. HOME is a creative hub located a stone’s throw from Oxford Road.

HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN, Tel: 0161 200 1500
Chapter One Books

Chapter One is a Northern Quarter literary stalwart. Whether you’re writing a novel about the troubles of a rockstar with emotions he believes to be too complicated for any woman to understand, or just wanting to work on your portfolio, Chapter One has a really unique atmosphere, suitable for whatever project you’re working on. What makes Chapter One really special is that it is open until midnight, seven-days-a-week—perfect for those late night sessions.

Chapter One Books, Chatsworth House, 19 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1BY

Among the hustle and bustle of Deansgate; hidden among the nightlife revellers and Castlefield commuters, Grindsmith is a certified gem. They take real pride in their coffee, necessary to get you over any creative lull. The space is modern, with friendly staff and chilled atmosphere – definitely worth a visit if you’re seeking out a free workspace in Manchester City Centre.

Grindsmith, 62 Bridge Street, Manchester M3 3BW, Tel: 0161 408 4699
Will Stonier
Published on:
Fri 4 Oct 2019