A city that works on a full stomach. Manchester doesn’t just have fantastic job opportunities and great places to work, it also has brilliant cafes and restaurants bringing you lunchtime salvation from all around the world.
On average, Manchester workers take around 35 minutes for lunch. With that in mind lunchtime food in the North’s powerhouse needs to be fast, tasty and inexpensive. Here is our rundown of the top ten places to eat lunch in Manchester.
Top 10 Places To Get Lunch For People With Jobs in Manchester
1. Hunters BBQ – 90-44 High Street
Manchester’s Northern Quarter was once home to the textile industry. Today it is home to a variety of cheap cafes, restaurants and bars, with Hunters BBQ serving up eat in and takeaway curry and rice for as little as £3.95.
2. Yuzu – 39 Faulkner Street
Yuzu is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Manchester according to TripAdvisor reviews. They serve up classic Japanese dishes such as tonkatsu and sashimi all served with rice and miso soup. Their lunch menu ranges between £5.95 and £7.95
3. Al Jazeera, 22 Wilmslow road, Rusholme
Looking for the best rice in Manchester? It might be a little out of the city centre and not accessible for every day but you can do a lot worse than hitting up Al Jazeera. £4.50 will get you half a chicken with perfectly separated grains of rice.
4. I am Pho, 44 George Street, China Town
Manchester’s China Town has a variety of great lunch time eateries with George Street in particular being home to several notable places. This Vietnamese cafe boasts a great lunch time menu of fresh and tasty food, sure to satisfy any ravenous office worker.
5. Gallery Cafe, Whitworth Gallery, Oxford Road
Head over to the Whitworth Gallery on Oxford Road for a plate full of culture and dishes created using a variety of good quality local and regional ingredients, such as local cheeses, as well as fair trade produce. Hot lunches priced from £6.95.
6. Shlurp, Brazennose House East, Brazennose Street
Right in the city centre, close to offices and the town hall you will find Shlurp, a modern soup kitchen. It offers sustenance to local office workers in the form of freshly prepared on site foods. The menu changes with the seasons. Soups range in price from £1.55 to £3.75
7. Barburrito, 1 Piccadilly Gardens.
Piccadilly Gardens are right in the heart of Manchester; a hub for restaurants and cafes, perfect for hungry office workers looking for some lunch. If you love Mexican food head down to Barburrito where you can pick up a burrito, taco or quesadilla. Prices run from £4.85 for a large lunch burrito.
8. Pi, 99 Manchester Road, Chorlton
A bar/cafe offering cheap food and good drinks on the side. The cafe serves a variety of award winning Pieminster pies with sides like mushy peas and a range of beer, perfect for an after work drink. Pies are £4.50 each.
9. Earth, 16-20 Turner Street
Vegan cafes are up and coming in most major cities and Manchester is no exception. Earth is popular with vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters alike with pies, soups, salads and bean burgers – there’s lots to choose from. Dishes range from £2.85.
10. Your desk
When in Rome, do as the Roman’s do. It might not sound like the most exciting place to eat but a survey of 2,000 office workers found that a quarter of Manchester workers stay at their desk for lunch. Their favourite lunch time snack; the humble cheese or ham sandwich with 67% having the same thing each day.
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