It’s actually rare, as in once a year maybe, that I work on my laptop somewhere other than home.
But, I do carry notebooks everywhere, and I’ll happily sit and write free-hand for an hour or two providing the environment works for me.
So here are my top five places to write (digitally or by hand) in Manchester. In no particular order;
- Waterstones Cafe- to sit amongst all the books on the top floor of Waterstones on Deansgate with a warm drink and a blank page waiting to be filled is an exquisite feeling. The walls are literally (geddit?!) heaving with inspiration. I must admit the conversations I am unintentionally evesdropper of can be quite inspiring too.
- John Rylands Library/Central Library- either of these beautiful buildings is inspiring. One rather magical and gothic. The other a beautiful cross-section of the people of Manchester and the history you can almost feel in its walls.
- Leaf- I just love the layout of this tea rooms. There are nooks where you almost feel you are the only person enjoying the service. Housed in a former art gallery this is peaceful and perfect for writing but with the added bonus of table service and 50+ teas to choose from. You can also really spread out if you need to, great if you’re at the research stage of a project.
- The Art of Tea Didsbury- small but perfectly formed. Cosy and with great food, it even has a bookshop at the back if you need a quick bookish fix. It feels bohemian in here, almost as if from another era. Perfect for summoning your creative muse.
- Chapter One Books- this independent bookshop and cafe has typewriters dotted around, books as art and an ornate water fountain (a proper one, not one you’d find in an office) what more do you need? Oh yes, excellent coffee and cake, vegan cake too. The vegan charry brownie is delicious and has fueled me a few times when I’ve stopped by the spot in the Northern Quarter.