Manchester’s Northern Quarter is without a doubt my favorite area of the city. Conveniently situated a stone’s throw away from Picadilly Gardens and Market Street, it is my absolute go-to when it comes to coffee, food, drinks and people-watching. The beauty of Northern Quarter is that it has something for your every wish and mood. From Scandinavian-inspired minimalistic temples of coffee like Takk to quirky, romantic tearooms like Sugar Junction and to my all-time favorite Chapter One Books to which today’s post is dedicated.
Having been warned that it is a bookstore-meets-coffeeshop, the first time I walked in I immediately inquired where the book section was. Well, the books are everywhere – on shelves on the walls, resting on tables, neatly stacked on bookcases, you name it! Apart from the copies that are for sell, you can pick up the Reading Copy, order a velvety cappuccino and/or one of the cakes that wave hello at you the moment you walk into the store, sit back comfortably and delve into a new world.
As you can see from the photos below, the bookstore has a very spacious feel as well as a small fountain that adds to the place’s calming vibes.
If you walk towards the back of the store, where the crime and mystery novels are invitingly arranged on shelves running across all walls, you will discover a row of old-school typewriters waiting patiently for a sudden stroke of inspiration.
If you ask me, it is a perfect spot for a cozy, romantic date as well as for getting some writing done (despite being so adorable, Chapter One is never crowded so it’s pretty quiet). However, I also like meeting friends there; we read – often aloud to each other, browse through cookbooks, discuss writing styles, authors and books in general.