NOW OPEN: The Hidden Northern Quarter Brunch Spot Serving Up all your Brunch Dreams

Hidden behind a bus stop in the NQ, 19 Cafe Bar is back open and is serving up massive brunch treats to us lucky Mancs.

By Ciara Martin | Last updated 22 October 2020

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The Northern Quarter’s 19 Cafe Bar has earned a loyal following since its beginnings.

Tucked away behind one of Manchester’s busiest bus stops, this humble little cafe is certainly giving Manchester’s breakfast and brunch scene a run for its money, and you NEED to give it a try.

Their menu is massive and there’s definitely a lil something for everyone.

Serving up the perfect balance of sweet treats and savoury goodness, you’ll find the likes of their (huge) open bagels, banana bread, Full English and vegan breakfasts, stacked pancakes, club sandwiches along with their newest addition, artisan Eggs Benedict (+plenty more!).

With the friendliest staff and proper hearty portions, their appeal is straight and simple –  delicious, quality breakfast and brunch food in the heart of Manchester.

After hearing loads of good things both online and in person, we headed over to see what all the fuss was about…


First up, you’re going to want to order one of their famed Open Bagels (which are actually MASSIVE).

The Halloumi & Avocado Bagel (£9) arrives smothered in smashed avocado and topped with two crisp pieces of halloumi, sundried tomatoes, thyme oil and 2 poached eggs. Try not to use your knife and fork for this one, I dare you.

We also recommend you get your gob round one of the Salmon & Avocado Bagels (£9.50) because what’s a breakfast bagel without avocado anyway?! It comes with soft cream cheese, smashed avocado, smoked salmon slices and 2 poached eggs and is bloody remarkable.

(Oh and all of their bagels can be ordered gluten-free!)

Now their Chorizo Eggs Benedict is truly special. How’d you make eggs benny special I hear you ask – you add sweet potato and chorizo. This blew my mind.

The perfectly cooked poachies paired with the sweet potato cubes and salty chorizo makes for the perfect texture. Just the right amount of indulgence for your brunch dish.

You’ll also find their Classic Eggs Benedict on the menu, which is honestly just as good. Sat on top of a fluffy soft bap, the runny poachies are topped with crispy bacon and a perfectly tart hollandaise sauce.

If you’ve got more of a sweet tooth when it comes to your brunch choice, you’re in for a treat too! I mean their full menu is seriously impressive, but the pancake stacks have my heart.

Their deliciously naughty Biscoff Pancakes (£11) are the perfect solution for any rainy morning or bad mood.

3 massive pancakes come stacked with Biscoff spread, caramelised banana, ice cream, Biscoff crumb and a salted caramel sauce. Oh baby.

And if you’re not THAT hungry, be sure to try one of their gooey brownies…

Made fresh daily, there are always plenty of new flavours to choose from including Terry’s Chocolate Orange, Jammie Dodger and their gorgeous Blondie Brownie; which is the perfect match to an Espresso Martini, or maybe just a Flat White if you’re driving.

Currently, they’re offering up their famed Biscoff Hot Drink for a limited time only – so be sure get yourself down there before your Biscoff dreams slip out of reach (is Biscoff Pancakes & a Biscoff drink too much?).

Uncomplicated dishes, quality dining and the perfect portion size. You truly get every penny’s worth at this neighbourhood gem. 

No need to book – just pop in and say hi!

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19 Cafe Bar, 19 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1BY