If you’ve never visited the multi-faceted and unarguably well turned-out Ducie Street Warehouse then we’ve got one question for you — where on Earth have you been for the past few years? Situated just 100 metres away from Piccadilly Railway Station, just round the back of Manchester’s main train gateway, it’s one of the city’s true all-day hangouts, comprising bar, lounge, restaurant and arthouse cinema, with a great waterside terrace used for outdoor events in the warmer months. In and among this former-industrial pleasure palace you’ll also find Gooey’s kiosk, an exceptional New York-inspired cookie and doughnut bakery that catapulted to the top of the northern sweet tooth list within about five minutes of their first Insta post.
Established in March 2020 and with it’s own cafe across the other side of the Northern Quarter, this proudly independent business serves on-site customers, local and — for anyone foolish enough not to live in our hometown — national delivery orders. And it’s not hard to understand why there is such widespread demand for Gooey. Among the stellar options you’ll find traditional treats such as raspberry jam, chocolate custard donuts, and white chocolate cookies. But there’s so much more besides, like the Strawberry Sandwich — a fresh brioche sliced in half, filled with layers of strawberry jam, dollops of vanilla cream and fresh strawberries, with crystallised sugar thrown on top. Or how about the Kinderella Cookie, where hazelnuts, white chocolate and kinderella sauce meet caramelised hazelnut shards? Just one example of a revolving door of specials that come and go at what can only be described as absolute heaven for any dessert lover.