Federal Cafe | Manchester Food Review



I’ve been to the Federal Cafe in Manchester a fair few times now – it’s always one of my go to places whenever I’m meeting friends who have just come into Manchester for the day

Federal Cafe is an independent and locally owned coffee shop, describing itself as a New Zealand and Australian Cafe – I’m assuming the owners might be from there then…!?

Nevertheless, I absolutely love supporting local businesses in the city, because the service and passion that goes into making their food and drinks are always second to none! Plus it’s close to Piccadilly Station (about 10 min walk) and it’s right next to the Arndale Center – so the location is perfect!

matcha green tea latte with latte art


Just a quick stroll through their Instagram page, you can see they are serious about their coffee

Using only the finest Ozone coffee, I decided to be a bit experimental and I ordered a Matcha Green Tea Latte, and Chris ordered a standard Latte

First impressions – LOVE the latte art. I really appriciate a good barista who can add these little details on top

FUN FACT: When I used to wrk at Starbucks, ageeees ago – I was a pro at them – not anymore though! ha

However, after my first couple of sips, it was clear that I did not like the Matcha flavour – but we loved Chris’s latte though!

I just thought mine was quite a bit grainy in texture

But at least I got a great picture for Insta!

matcha green tea latte with latte art

federal cafe in manchester
Cake display at the Federal Cafe Manchester


Prices are pretty reasonable for their Breakfast & Brunch options

My Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon was £8

Chris’s Smashed Avocado with Smoked Salmon was £11

Portions were a good size, the dishes were presented well, and all the ingredients are fresh and locally sourced which is always a bonus!

‘Decent size portions for brunch/lunch, and the eggs were done to perfection’

And if you were still hungry after, or looking for a sweet treat – they also offer a wide range of freshly baked cakes made in house

eggs royale at the Federal Cafe in Manchester



  • Friendly & Attentive Staff
  • Competitive
  • Small But Cosy Space
  • Wifi Available
  • Central Location
  • First Come First Serve
  • Would Recommend

For this visit we went for Sunday Brunch – which is probably one of their busiest times! The space inside is quite tight but cosy, so it’s a first come, first serve policy unfortunately – it’s also not uncommon to see a big queue outside, so be prepared to wait up to to an hour! Federal Cafe is a great place for a quick coffee and a catch up – but I wouldn’t recommend it as a working cafe though. The space is too small to be able to spread your stuff out if you have laptops and bags with you. I’d say most people spend about 45min -1hr there



Food Menu

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9 Nicholas Croft
Manchester M4 1EY


07:30 AM – 18:00 PM
Monday – Friday

08:00 AM -18:00 PM

08:00 AM -17:00 PM


0161 425 0974

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