Monday, 28 November 2016

Coffee shop exploration: Fig + Sparrow.

20 Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JN. Open Mon - Fri 8am - 7pm, Sat 10am - 6pm, Sun 11am - 6pm |

Nestled away amongst a selection of lovely homewares you'll find a surprising hideaway for a cuppa and a spot of cake. Fig + Sparrow is one of those hidden gems on Oldham Street, offering a peaceful getaway where you can indulge in some scrumptious treats whilst you shop for some home decor!

On first sight you'll be forgiven for mistaking it for a home shop, their store front is filled with a wonderful selection of homewares, but a wander further back through the shop will unveil their hidden gem, a cosy coffee shop and cafe.

If I hadn't have been franticly searching for free from friendly cafes I probably wouldn't have stumbled upon this lovely place. Just at the start of Manchester's cultural Northern Quarter, Fig + Sparrow is perfectly located, it's a cosy stop off for that much needed cuppa after a busy days shopping. Offering a wide range of brews, amongst tasty treats to unwind in their cafe. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the street in a cosy nest at the back of their shop.

What better way to eye up those new elusive purchases than with a cup of tea and a slice of cake! Their coffee shop offers a unique alternative to the chain shops of Manchester, and with a selection of dairy and gluten free options on their menu, it's certainly worth a visit.

As you walk through the store you'll be greeted by their coffee shop, with a staggering selection of brews on offer, amongst the cake counter filled with the days freshly baked treats. Ranging from comforting cakes, to squidgy brownies and traybakes, with a selection of gluten free and vegan bakes available too.

On my visit their was a tasty selection of vegan and gluten free bakes to choose from, amongst their range of cakes, so you could be sure of a treat with your cuppa. Ranging from lemon and poppyseed cake, to vegan chocolate cake and tasty brownies. I choose one of their gluten free bakes, a chocolate chunk brownie. A lovely squidgy bake with plenty of chocolate and a hint of orange amongst the tasty chunks of chocolate, certainly very moreish!

To accompany my bake I choose an Earl grey tea, my usual beverage of choice on my cake explorations! You'll find a full menu of coffees and teas to choose from, with dairy free options available too. I was quite impressed with the choice of oat and almond milk amongst the usual soya milk.

A great find, not just for the free from options, but their tranquil hidden location made for the perfect stop off after a busy day to sit and unwind. Take in a spot of tea, or shop from their range of homewares whilst you visit, certainly worth popping in when you find yourself wandering down Oldham Street.

 Cake rating:
 4/5 | Free from options available.