Manchester’s Top Freelance Friendly Spaces

Manchester’s Top Freelance Friendly Spaces

Northern England

When you work from home, your kitchen table or home office can become a pretty lonely place. With this comes the decrease in productivity, leading you to create more work for yourself. The dilemma of trying to find a suitable place to work when you need to get out of the house can be an issue for many freelancers.


When you work from home, your kitchen table or home office can become a pretty lonely place. With this comes the decrease in productivity, leading you to create more work for yourself. The dilemma of trying to find a suitable place to work when you need to get out of the house can be an issue for many freelancers.

There are lots of things to consider when trying to find a freelance-friendly space, from the number of plug sockets to the type of lighting, it can be a battlefield trying to get a spot at the nearest Starbucks when your search falls short. So, whether you’re looking for somewhere that does the best coffee or a quiet cafe which doubles as one of the best places to eat in Manchester, here are some of Manchester’s best freelance-friendly offerings.

Takk, Northern Quarter
With its individual wooden tables and abundance of plug sockets, Takk in the Northern Quarter is a freelancers dream when it comes to workspaces. With one of the best flat whites in Manchester, this cafe works hard to maintain its freelancer-friendly title. The food is reasonably priced and coffee is taken extremely seriously here, so is a must-visit for coffee lovers.

Ziferblat, Edge Street
The thinking behind Ziferblat is simple. Consume as much tea, coffee and cake as you desire and instead pay for the time you spend here. At just 6p per person, per minute, you may think that this isn’t ideal for those who want to work long hours. But, if you can drink enough coffee to sink a ship, and enjoy a cosy and relaxed working space then it quickly becomes worthwhile. They regularly host “Freelancer Fridays” so it can be a great space to connect with others, too.

John Rylands Library, Deansgate
If you’re looking for a little variety with your workspace, then the gothic architecture of John Rylands library is sure to grab your attention. The (understandable) tourist aspect may put you off at first, but the simple joy of being able to work in silence within a 19th-century library makes this a perfect place to work. They have a great cafe on site too, should you need your mid-morning coffee fix.

Chapter 1 Books, Lever Street
This bookshop/cafe is full of quirky charm and is a hidden gem for those that descend here regularly. If you want comfortable chairs or a browse of the impressive Margaret Atwood book collection whilst you work, then Chapter 1 is the place for you. You don’t have to worry about noisy table neighbours here either, the bookshop atmosphere is very much respected by staff and visitors alike.

Grindsmith, Deansgate
Grindsmith’s Deansgate branch fuels the commuters coffee consumption each morning. But, with its large tables and one of the best ground roast coffees available in Manchester, Grindsmith is one of the few little-known freelance havens for workers in need of a caffeine boost.

Ezra & Gil, Northern Quarter
Nestled on the corner of Newton St and Hilton St, Ezra & Gil is a vastly popular place for local workers. With excellent coffee and brilliant breakfast and lunch menus, this is a place that you can relax in and spend your working day. Be careful if you have a sweet-tooth, the cake and pastry selection can be dangerously tempting.